Santa Margherita Ligure

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Santa Margherita Ligure
Comune di Santa Margherita Ligure
Santa Margherita Ligure bay
Santa Margherita Ligure bay
Location of Santa Margherita Ligure
Santa Margherita Ligure is located in Italy
Santa Margherita Ligure
Santa Margherita Ligure
Location of Santa Margherita Ligure in Italy
Santa Margherita Ligure is located in Liguria
Santa Margherita Ligure
Santa Margherita Ligure
Santa Margherita Ligure (Liguria)
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
CountryItaly
RegionLiguria
Metropolitan cityGenoa (GE)
FrazioniNozarego, Paraggi, San Lorenzo della Costa
Government
 • MayorPaolo Donadoni
Area
 • Total9.8 km2 (3.8 sq mi)
Elevation
13 m (43 ft)
Population
 (31 December 2012)[2]
 • Total9,639
 • Density980/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Sanmargheritesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
16038
Dialing code0185
Patron saintSt. Margaret of Antiochia
Saint dayJuly 20
WebsiteOfficial website

Santa Margherita Ligure is a comune in the Metropolitan City of Genoa in Liguria in Italy. It is a popular tourist attraction.[3]

History[change | change source]

There may have been a Settlement in what is now Santa Margherita since Roman Times although that isn't known for sure. In 641 a places known as Pescino was destroyed by Rothari and again bu the Saracens in the 10th Century. Later it was a fief of the Fieschi family until 1229, when it was taken over by the Republic of Genoa.

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

In 1813, under the Napoleonic domination, the two burghs of Pescino and Corte became Porto Napoleone. Two years later it was taken over by the Kingdom of Sardinia as the commune of Santa Margherita Ligure. In 1861 it became part of the recently formed Kingdom of Italy.

After getting rail links in the 20th Century, Santa Margherita became a toursit attraction after the second world war.

Geography[change | change source]

Santa Margherita Ligure is located on the Riviera di Levante in the innermost part of the Gulf of Tigullio. The town has developed along two main inlets. To the west of the town, towards Genoa, there are many hills covered with pine and chestnut trees on the high ground and olive groves lower down. On the slopes are villas and gardens overlooking the so-called 'Dolphin Coast'(Costa del Delfini), which links the town to Portofino. The town is a popular tourist attraction on the Riviera di Levante.[4][5]

Part of the comunal territory of Santa Margherita Ligure is part of the Portofino Regional Natural Park, while the stretch of water in front of the Portofino promontory is also included in the Portofino Marine Protected Area; both bodies are based in the coastal town.[6][7][8]

Outlying Districts (Frazioni)[change | change source]

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 is located on the slopes of the mountain, to the north, along the Aurelia road that leads to Genoa. There is a Flemish triptych in the local 13th-century church.

Localities[change | change source]

Rivers[change | change source]

There are several small brooks inside Santa Margherita Ligure[9], all of which get water from the nearby mountains: the most prominent rivers are:

These rivers also have many tributaries[10]:

  • Fosso Violara
  • Torrente San Massimo

Torrente San Siro[change | change source]

Fosso Cappellone[change | change source]

Fosso Magistrato[change | change source]

Torrente Morta[change | change source]

Fosso dei Tuvi[change | change source]

Fosso dell'Aqua Viva[change | change source]

Fosso delle Bocche[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  3. "Comune di Santa Margherita Ligure". comunesml.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2022-07-08.
  4. "Relation: ‪Santa Margherita Ligure‬ (‪43036‬)". OpenStreetMap. Retrieved 2022-09-11.
  5. "Santa Margherita Ligure · 16038 Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy". Santa Margherita Ligure · 16038 Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy. Retrieved 2022-09-11.
  6. "Parco Naturale Regionale di Portofino - Home". www.parcoportofino.it. Retrieved 2022-09-11.
  7. "Area Marina Protetta di Portofino". La Mia Liguria (in Italian). Retrieved 2022-09-11.
  8. "Relation: ‪Area naturale marina protetta Portofino‬ (‪6615887‬)". OpenStreetMap. Retrieved 2022-09-11.
  9. Pdf: http://www.caicalco.it/pdf/2018/20180408_Ruta%20Portofino.pdf
  10. Pdf: https://www.cai.it/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/La_Rivista_Luglio_Agosto_03.pdf