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The distance to the world-famous destination of Portofino from this sleepy town of Santa Margherita Ligure is less than four miles (six kilometers), yet these two Italian tourist destinations are quite distinct from each other. In many ways, Santa Margherita Ligure remains very much a typical small Italian town, as if preserved in a gentler time and somehow protected from the onslaught of commercialism. It is a seaside community with palm-lined harbors, quaint local stores and plenty of genuine old-world charm. It is a much more affordable place to stay than Portofino or its other well-known neighbor, Cinque Terre, yet it is no less beautiful nor breathtaking. Santa Margherita welcomes hundreds of tourists each year, yet it has preserved much of its character as a tiny coastal village. The list of Santa Margherita Ligure hotels on Venere is a great place to plan a visit to this picturesque Italian town. Detailed guest reviews and user-friendly interactive maps of the area make it easy to find the ideal place to stay as well as the most popular attractions in Santa Margherita.
What's Santa Margherita Ligure Like?
The walk up the hill to Villa Durazzo is worth every step. Built in 1678, it was once the summer home for the Durazzo family and overlooks the waters of the Tigullio Gulf like a regal queen. Portions of the citrus garden at the terrace fronting the sea were reportedly planted there by members of the original family to provide a cool, shady retreat for guests who visit from the sea. The mansion is surrounded by a lavish garden and filled with paintings and portraits from artists belonging to the Genoese Pictorial School of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The unpretentious exterior of the Sanctuario di Nostra Signora della Rosa is belied by the ornate baroque design of its interiors. Located in Piazza Caprera, it is a short walk from other popular attractions. Santa Margherita has several beaches that are open to the public. Most hotels have access to private beaches as well, but no one will stop you from spreading your towel in a quiet part of the beach to enjoy the sun and sea air. With a number of different types of accommodations to choose from, one of the Santa Margherita Ligure hotels on Venere's website will surely be right for you.
Tips for Getting along with Locals in Santa Margherita Ligure
Old Town of Santa Margherita is a vehicle-free zone, making it the ideal location for a pre-dinner or post-prandial stroll. There are many restaurants, bars and cafes near by where you can enjoy a traditional Italian dinner, as well as several gelaterie (ice cream parlors) selling gelato along the harbor. Keep in mind that like most of their European neighbors, residents of Santa Margherita eat their traditional evening meal at around eight or nine at night. But not to worry; there are plenty of cafes that offer sweet Italian delicacies to tide you over until dinner is served. The first stop in any well-planned trip should be Venere. Its list of excellent Santa Margherita Ligure hotels yields several lodging options, and one of them will surely suit your taste and budget. Read what other guests have to say about their accommodations so you can make the choice that's right for you. Venere makes it easy to have a safe and enjoyable trip to Santa Margherita or anywhere else in the world you wish to go.