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Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
One of the most important towns of the Levante Riviera is Santa Margherita, an elegant international tourist destination with a unique atmosphere. Nestling around the port, its special charm lies in the unusual mix of nautical and Belle Epoque styles. The town had already developed by the Middle Ages, but only began to thrive in the 17th century, when the Genoese nobility built beautiful villas there. In the 19th century it began to attract visitors from all over Europe. Today the town has many hotels and seaside facilities. There is a wide variety of sports on offer, with numerous boat-hiring facilities, a sailing club and several diving centres.
Places to see:
Don't miss Villa Durazzo Centurione, built at the end of the 16th century and surrounded by spectacular Italian gardens. The baroque Santa Margherita di Antiochia Basilica is also worth a visit, which houses numerous works of Genoese artists. We recommend a trip to the Bay of Paraggi, with the only sandy beach in the area, and a spectacular variety of sea fauna and a wreck dating back to 1917.