Santa Margherita Ligure

Santa Margherita Ligure
Comune di Santa Margherita Ligure

Santa Margherita Ligure bay

Coat of arms
Santa Margherita Ligure

Location of Santa Margherita Ligure in Italy

Coordinates: 44°20′N 9°13′E / 44.333°N 9.217°E / 44.333; 9.217Coordinates: 44°20′N 9°13′E / 44.333°N 9.217°E / 44.333; 9.217
Country Italy
Region Liguria
Province / Metropolitan city Genoa (GE)
Frazioni Nozarego, Paraggi, San Lorenzo della Costa
  Mayor Michele Donadoni
  Total 9.8 km2 (3.8 sq mi)
Elevation 13 m (43 ft)
Population (31 December 2012)[1]
  Total 9,639
  Density 980/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Sanmargheritesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 16038
Dialing code 0185
Patron saint St. Margaret of Antiochia
Saint day July 20
Website Official website
Villa Durazzo.

Santa Margherita Ligure is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Genoa in the Italian region Liguria, located about 35 kilometres (22 mi) southeast of Genoa, in the Tigullio traditional area.

16th-century castle.

Santa Margherita Ligure borders the following municipalities: Camogli, Portofino, Rapallo.

It has a port, used for both tourism and fishing activities. Part of comune territory is included in the Regional Natural Park of Portofino.


The presence of a Roman settlement has not been definitely proven. The burgh, known as Pescino, was devastated by Rothari in 641 and by the Saracens in the 10th century. Later it was a fief of the Fieschi family until 1229, when it was acquired by the Republic of Genoa.

In 1432 it was attacked by the fleet of Venice and in 1549, together by Rapallo, by that of Turgut.

In 1813, under the Napoleonic domination, the two burghs of Pescino and Corte were unified as Porto Napoleone. Two years later it was annexed to the Kingdom of Sardinia as the commune of Santa Margherita Ligure. In 1861 it became part of the newly unified Kingdom of Italy.

Connected by rail in the 20th century, Santa Margherita became a renowned tourist resort after World War II.

Main sights

Geography anthropogenic



Paraggi was a small village of fishermen and millers. It is located along the "Costa dei Delfini", halfway between Santa Margherita and Portofino. It is about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from Santa Margherita Ligure, reachable by bus or by boat.


Nozarego is a natural terrace over the Bay of Tigullio. Here there is the church of Santa Maria Assunta with the cobbled square in typical ligurian. From Nozarego also leave several trails in the Park of Portofino.

San Lorenzo della Costa

Located on the slopes of the mountain, to the north, along the Aurelia road that leads to Genoa, there is the frazione of San Lorenzo della Costa in whose namesake church of the thirteenth century, is preserved a Flemish triptych.


  1. All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
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