On the day after our arrival, I am awakened from a deep and peaceful slumber to the sounds of church bells that are being rung on the hour throughout the community.
Santa Margherita Ligure is a community in the province of Genoa in the Italian region Liguria, located about 35 kilometres southeast of Genoa, in the Tigullio traditional area. As you can see, it is a colorful beach side community that is relaxed and safe to travel.
For info about the Santa Margherita area: http://www.livesanta.it/en/
Where we stayed and recommend if you are coming this way: http://www.vrbo.com/6573993ha
Directly below our apartment is a delicious deli called ‘Revelant’ that we were able to get hand made ravioli, gnocchi and mushrooms which are in season and over flowing in the markets. You can also buy local delicacies like olive oil, pesto and local Ligurian wines.
If you come to Santa Margherita, it is a beautiful 1 hour (or so) walk along the sea on a pedestrian path to the lovely town of Portofino. When the sidewalk ends, be sure to look across the street towards the Portofino Park for a lovely pedestrian trail that leads you right into Portofino without having to walk with traffic.
Eating in Portofino is quite pricey so if you want to save money – stop at a market and pack some foccacia, cheese, grapes and your own wine for a picnic. It is hard not to want to stop in the little town for a bite, so on our first visit into town we shared a margherita pizza and a glass of local white wine. Lucky for us, with the wine they also served us chips, local olives and tomatoes drenched in olive oil. Yum! On our second walk in, we were lured into a seafood restaurant for a plate of delicious fried mussels with a thick garlic oil to sop up with foccacia.
Another Italian antipasti are the risotto balls called ‘Arancini’.. which are risotto balls coated in bread crumbs and fried. Also a grilled local white fish served the traditional Genova style with grilled tomatoes, black olives and potatoes.
Perhaps as the days go by, the bloom will fall off the rose of this special beach side community, but until then I will open my pores to be penetrated by the sweet magic of this place.