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Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino

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Days 5-6
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The beautiful old resort town of Santa Margherita is popular with well-to-do Italians who come here to relax in the grand hotels, stroll the pretty boutique-lined streets, and dine in the simple but classy fish restaurants. A short hop away is world-famous Portofino, an enclave of the superrich (usually hidden away in the villas of the surrounding hills), where day-trippers come to see the picture-postcard waterfront and soak up the luxe atmosphere.
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  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture


  • Hike up to Castello di San Giorgio, a castle with medieval relics, for sweeping views and impeccable gardens.
  • Work on your tan at Paraggi, the area's only sandy beach. It is best reached by bus.
  • Do what everyone else is doing; kick back in a café, browse through the boutiques, and look at the super yachts docked in the marina.

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