The glorious lifestyle of the Italian Riviera
The Riviera di Levante is an approximately 130 km long stretch of Ligurian coastline that stretches from the easternmost parts of Genoa to the mouth of the River Magra in the province of La Spezia. Inlets, bays and shelters make it an amazing stretch of coastline. The valleys sloping down to the sea, the waves breaking on the rocks and the fragrant Mediterranean scrub make the Riviera di Levante one of the most fascinating landscapes in Northern Italy.
The numerous natural parks in the area, including the UNESCO-protected National Park of the Cinque Terre and the Parco Marino di Portofino, help to protect and enhance this beautiful region, creating a place where land, sea and sky converge in a unique atmosphere of peace and well-being.
The Tigullio Gulf: from the most popular attractions to the most hidden gems
The Gulf of Tigullio is a splendid triangle of sea bounded to the west by the famous resort of Portofino and to the east by Sestri Levante. The promontory of Portofino, which includes the marine area of the same name with the San Fruttuoso Bay and Punta Chiappa, delimits the immense arc of the Gulf of Tigullio on the western side.
Shortly after Portofino lies the enchanting Bay of Paraggi, with a beautiful turquoise sea that contrasts with the bright green hills. Immediately afterwards we find the resort of Santa Margherita, where the property complex of Via Trieste 6 is located, with 10 luxurious apartments from which it is possible to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the Gulf.
Santa Margherita Ligure is a destination for elegant, international tourism and a favourite with wellness enthusiasts. It has a charming seafront promenade, an ancient town centre full of shops and points of interest, and a maze of small creuse, which climb from the castle to the convent of the Capuchin Fathers, as far as the Church of S. Giacomo di Corte.
Nearby we find the small town of Rapallo, which boasts an ancient historical village and the tourist centre of Zoagli, a place already loved and frequented in the 19th century by illustrious personalities such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Ezra Pound and the painter Vasily Kandinsky.
A small marina filled with typical wooden fishing boats and colourful houses built next to each other on the promenade characterise the Ligurian village, whose inhabitants have a maritime tradition dating back centuries.
Chiavari is the second most populous municipality in Liguria. It has a pleasant promenade with numerous bars, restaurants and equipped beaches. You can take enchanting walks along its historic and beautiful porticos or “caruggi“.
The monastic complex was donated to the Italian Foundation for the Protection of the Environment by the Doria family. It includes an 11th-century church with an octagonal bell tower, a Romanesque cloister and a 13th-century palace.
Nestled between the green coast of Portofino and the rocky cliffs of Levante, Rapallo offers glimpses of great beauty from its shores and from the pretty hillside villages that surround it, as well as offering walks and a rich network of hiking trails.
It is one of the symbolic places of Liguria and tourism in the Mediterranean. Famous throughout the world and waiting to be discovered, the seaside village of Portofino is built around a bay, with tall, colourful houses leaning against the small port and the famous little square.
The inlet of Paraggi is a favourite destination for yachtsmen, who habitually visit the Gulf of Tigullio. Just a few minutes by boat, it is famous for the blue-green colour of its waters, the result of the intense green of the vegetation that is reflected in the crystal-clear blue waters of the bay.
European Capital of Culture in 2004, Genoa offers an enormous artistic and cultural heritage. From the Porto Antico area, surrounded by the narrow alleys of the historic centre, called “Caruggi“, with its ancient churches, palaces, museums, open spaces dedicated to shopping and finally the sea. Don’t miss a visit to the Aquarium, the largest in Europe.
Don’t miss a visit to the Cinque Piccoli (Five Small Villages) of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, created along a high coastline and awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. For excursion lovers, this enchanted place offers the possibility of pleasant walks such as the Via dell’Amore (Love Road), which goes from Riomaggiore to Manarola. The itinerary ends in Portovenere, a beautiful town with its typical houses built like towers.
An exceptional enogastronomical tradition
Santa Margherita is home to the best of Ligurian cuisine. With great traditional dishes and excellent locally produced wines. The traditional seafood cuisine has bonded with inland dishes, creating a set of unique flavours.
Typical is the use of vegetables such as borage, used in fresh filled pasta, or basil, used for the famous “Pesto“. Other widely used inland products are pine nuts and walnuts, which are used to make walnut sauce for ‘pansotti‘, and olives, which are used to produce a high quality extra virgin olive oil that is appreciated throughout Italy and beyond.
The seafood is always present in the dishes of the Tigullio, thanks to the fleets of fishing boats from Camogli, Santa Margherita Ligure and Sestri Levante that bring the best fish from the Ligurian Sea into kitchens and restaurants every day.
The typical Ligurian focaccia in its various interpretations, focaccia with cheese from Recco, vegetable pies and traditional fillings are the stars of the show. There are also precious white wines such as Vermentino, Pigato and the white wines of the Cinque Terre.
From social occasions to the discovery of a unique artistic and natural heritage
Walking through the centre, you can admire ancient palaces and large villas. Not to be missed is the 16th-century castle, built for defensive purposes because the village, since ancient times, has often been the object of violent acts of piracy;
the Abbey of Cervara, a large complex built in the 14th century by Benedictine monks and now home to an ancient monastic botanical garden, where rare and precious plants grow; the Baroque basilica of Santa Margherita di Antiochia, dedicated to the city’s patron saint; Villa Durazzo Centurione , a 17th-century mansion built by the Durazzo family for their summer holidays, with many works of art inside and a beautiful park overlooking the Tigullio Gulf.
The town’s beaches are well-equipped and welcoming. The boutiques and shops in the centre are very popular and offer prestigious international brands. There are numerous hiking trails in the countryside, especially for those who enjoy walking and trekking. The resort has been awarded the Environmental Certification 14001, a sign of a deep care and respect for nature.
The prestigious apartments in Via Trieste 6 are located in such an attractive context, thanks to the proximity of unique places and the possibility of reaching in a very short time, by sea or by land, wonderful beaches and hidden stretches of sea, or prestigious private beaches that are located in the immediate vicinity of the flats, such as the Hotel Continental and the Hotel Metropol.
How to reach Santa Margherita Ligure
We recommend that you take the A 12 Genoa-Livorno motorway and exit at Rapallo, which is only 4 kilometres from the properties in Via Trieste 6.
The reference station is Santa Margherita – Portofino which is located a few metres from the residences in Via Trieste 6. It is served by both regional and long distance trains.
Genoa’s Cristoforo Colombo airport is only 40km away. From the Genova Aeroporto exit, take the A10 motorway heading east, then take the A12 motorway to the Rapallo exit.