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Trip to Italy – Santa Margherita Ligure

The next stop of my trip was Santa Margherita Ligure. I had previously read that Portofino visitors should consider staying in Santa Margherita, and that is actually true. By being a larger town, Santa Margherita offers more options of lodging, restaurants and commerce in general. 

Santa Margherita Ligure's buildings

Santa Margherita was everything I was looking for in this trip: beautiful, relaxing, welcoming and a great place to eat and drink. Of course, the gastronomic expectation is not difficult to fulfill once you’re in Italy.

The great thing about the town is that the walk from the hotel to the train station takes between 10 and 15 minutes, which makes day trips by train easy. I will write about my day trip to the Cinqueterre in a future post.


On the hotel subject, I stayed at the B&B Park Suisse, conveniently located close to downtown and the room’s balcony offered a stunning view of the sea and the city.

View from the hotel room in Santa Margherita Ligure

Food and drinks

The town has good restaurants and cafes. Don’t miss going for cocktails at Miami Café before you go to dinner. 

Wine in a cafe at Santa Margherita Ligure


You can also spend something between 30 and 60 minutes visiting Villa Durazzo, a 17th-century villa that hosted Queen Margherita when she visited the town. 

Villa Durazzo, Santa Margherita Ligure


The town has nice shops and you may find something for your kitchen or living room in one of them. The things I brought back were large and a bit of a challenge luggage-wise, as I only travel with cabin items, but I don’t regret the hassle.

Summing it up

It rained most of the days I have been there, but even under such conditions I still loved my days in Santa Margherita and would definitely come back for some more in the future. Next time, though, I would go during spring or fall, hoping to see more sunny days.

Santa Margherita Ligure

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