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Santa Margherita Ligure, Province of GENOVA
Part of the Fieschi landed estate in the thirteenth century, Santa Margherita was already quite developed in mediaeval times and not only inhabited by fishermen. But it was in the seventeenth century that many Genoese families began building their summer residences here: some of these are very impressive, such as Villa Durazzo Centurione, whose gardens are today open to the public. It was during the same period that the old parish church of Santa Margherita Vergine e Martire was built in the town centre. The other large church, the church of San Giacomo in Corte, was built in the following century, as was the Capuchin monastery. The older Oratory of Sant'Erasmo holds a collection of mariners' votary objects. Also worth visiting are the old parish churches at Nozarego and San Lorenzo della Costa.
Along a fairly restricted length of coast, there is a large variety of beaches and scenery, ranging from the rocky coastline of San Michele di Pagana to the sandy bay of Paraggi, where divers can find a very varied marine life and the wreck of a merchant ship which sank in 1917. Services and accommodation for visitors are excellent, whether you come for a holiday or a conference, and there are also many sports facilities, including the Palazzetta dello Sport (Sports Complex) and a skating rink. Sailing and canoeing can be practised all year round.
Note: The above is an extracts taken from the official web-site of the Regione Ligure, Agriculture and tourism department - Tourist section.
Travel Hint: Travelling along the Italian Riviera to visit Liguria's coastal towns and cities is recommended by train - they are frequent, comfortable and generally on time. They also take you into the resort centres and give you an additional perspective and 'flavour' of Italian life. The car by contrast is not quite as practical and ideal as first appears. There are basically two roads along the Riviera, the 'autostrada' and the 'Aurelia'. Italian 'autostrada' can be fairly stressed environments and the coastal road (via Aurelia) is pretty in parts but very slow, passing through every little seaside town. Additionally, parking in most Ligurian coastal towns is not in abundance and can take much longer to find a space than ever imagined - during most of the year, not just in summer. With car-hire, petrol, motorway tolls and parking charges, the car soon becomes an expensive and less than ideal way of getting around - and more often than not, slower overall than the journey by train.
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