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Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure

Visit with our guides the Riviera di Levante and the two pearls Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure.
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The cost of a service visit to guided groups is 145 euro (3 hours – max 30 people)

PORTOFINO

IMG_2220The ancient Portus Delphini, so called by “Plinio the Elder” in Roman times, once a fishing village, is now a centre of elite tourism. The old part of Portofino retains the structure of the ancient Roman colony, first under the jurisdiction of the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire in the First Middle Ages and of the Maritime Republic of Genoa afterwards. Of particular interest are the multicoloured facades of houses, decorated with pastel colors, overlooking the harbour that give Portofino the characteristics of a coastal village still intact and well integrated into the surrounding environment, so as to become an iconic landscape replicated in different countries of the world. Among the most important monuments: the Church of Saint George, the Church of Divo Martino, Brown Castle, the Chapel of St. Sebastian, the Oratory of the Confraternity of Our Lady Assunta and the Lighthouse.

SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE

santa2“Santa” as it is affectionately called by its inhabitants, is a famous and popular tourist destination of the eastern Riviera of Liguria. Known in Roman times under the name of Portus Pixinum, since the Middle Ages it was divided into townships (the main ones being Pescino and Court) often separated by lively fights. A castle was built in 1550 to protect it from the Moorish raids and by the next century it was discovered by noble families in Genova who built beautiful and elegant summer residences there including Villa Durazzo Centurion. In 1815 Santa Margherita became a fishing village tied to farming and trading, with the annexation of Liguria to the Kingdom of Sardinia. Its rise as an international tourist resort began in the 1900s with the construction of large luxury hotels of great prestige. Every year in March the village of Santa Margherita welcomes Spring: bonfires, fireworks and thousands of pancakes.  Among the most important monuments: the Basilica of St. Margaret of Antioch, the Church of St. James of Court, the complex of Cervara Abbey, the Castle and Villa Durazzo-Centurion.

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