Santa Margherita Ligure and Rapallo Villages Walking Tour
Santa Margherita, Italy
- Santa Margherita Ligure: Take a stroll among the fragrant lemon trees and hydrangea bushes at the 16th-century Villa Durazzo, and admire the mega yachts in the harbor.
- Basilica of St. Margaret: Unbridled opulence is the theme at this baroque 17th-century church honoring Margaret the Virgin.
- Rapallo: Marvel at this Riviera town's ornate architecture, including the amazing Music Kiosk, an enchanting dome with a stunning ceiling fresco.
About This Santa Margherita Tour
Margaret the Virgin may have been the model of humility in her time, but the church that bears her name is anything but. No, it's a dazzling, gasp-inducing array of gold leaf, vibrant frescoes, and grand chandeliers – one of Italy's most magnificent churches, the star of a charming seaside town also named after her.
Margaret was a star of the Golden Legend, a biographical book of saints that became a medieval bestseller and described her unprecedented performance during a particularly cruel round of torture: She was swallowed by Satan – he was playing the part of a dragon – but she escaped alive when the cross she carried irritated the dragon's innards.
That was in 304 A.D., but Margaret wouldn't get her star on the saint walk of fame until 1672, when her tiny church was demolished and a whirlpool of water appeared below her altar. The water was said to cure all kinds of ailments, and Margaret's faithful flocked to the spot for a taste of the blessed water.
Her church was rebuilt with all the glory of a medieval palace, and still astonishes today: the vaulted ceilings and opulent columns carved with roses and crown moldings, the glittering chandeliers dripping with crystal, the religious frescos and medieval sculptures adorning the central nave. All of which proves that modest simplicity is fine for a saintly virgin, but kind of boring in a church.
Santa Margherita Ligure has become a popular destination for celebrities and the international jet-set in recent years, and a number of glittering luxury resorts have popped up on the Riviera's hills to accommodate them. Sightings include Wayne Rooney, Rod Stewart, Catherine Zeta-Jones and her husband Michael Douglas. Who will you see?
Please make your way to the Santa Margherita tender pier drop off and look for your GoBe Rep with a displayed sign.
In order for this tour to operate, a minimum of 6 travelers is required, per departure. In the event this minimum isn’t met, we will advise you in advance of your tour departure so that we can assist you with choosing another exciting GoBe tour optionSome shops are closed from 1-3 pm and all day on Sundays. Viva la siesta. The sun is very strong, be sure you are well protected. A small backpack may be useful for all your purchases. Enjoy Black & Whites oratories at Rapallo.
Walking is at your own pace and the amount is at each person�s discretion. There are some wheelchair accessible paths during the course of the tour. Bring a companion to offer any assistance. Folding wheelchairs only, please.
Cultural, Scenic, Family Friendly, Shopping
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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