Photographer's Note

My bike was in repair for a few days and I had to travel by local trains.

The landscape of two tunnel I seemed very nice, at least from my usual point of artistic view...

Below, in my opinion, the information required:

Santa Margherita Ligure:

Santa Margherita Ligure is a fair-sized town; large enough not to seem smothered by the tourism which has been an integral part of the town's existence for decades. The harbour mainly caters for smart yachts, but the town is also home to a small fishing fleet which can be seen unloading opposite the businesslike morning fishmarket. There are wide ranges of hotels and restaurants, and a selection of good daytrips to make if you get tired of pottering along the laidback seafront.

Bars, cafes, gelaterie and restaurants are spread along the seafront and there are also a few along the main quay - these latter are rather more expensive but the view is lively. If you prefer to picnic, there is a good-sized Coop supermarket in Corso Matteoti which is generally open until 8pm.

The low hill dominating the waterfront is an interesting place to explore. Behind the small Castello and the severely striped Chiesa dei Frati Cappuccini are intriguing overgrown passageways prowled by semi-wild cats. Further up the slope is the fancier church of San Giacomo in Corte, which contains among other sights a creepily-illuminated Madonna in a rocky niche. Next door, the grand Villa Durazzo is a monument to the faded glory of the Riviera. The garden terraces are a public park; a pleasant place to sit. There is also a 'Coffee House' and although the Villa is used as a study centre, you can catch glimpses of frescoed interiors.

Good daytrips from 'Santa' include Portofino, the picturesque San Fruttuoso Abbey, the resorts of Camogli and Rapallo, Genoa and the Cinque Terre (around an hour by train, or an all-day boat excursion).

Ferries to Portofino and other destinations depart from Piazza Martiri della Liberta. The Santa Margherita Ligure Tourist Information Office is located at Via XXV Aprile, 2/B.

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