1. Toni Brasch
    March 20, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    We are here in S. margherita a year after you and agree with all you say. We have also added to your favorites the nearby town of camogli for a visit – wonderful little town with excellent focaccia col formaiggio – Molto buona .
    Thank goodness we found the road to Santa Margherita !

    • Andrew
      March 22, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

      I remember seeing Camogli on the map and bus routes. We didn’t make it there though. Thanks for the tip.

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  3. Erin
    June 2, 2011 @ 12:13 am

    I’ve been there! http://mackie.squarespace.com/europe-2005-paris-and-italy/day-6-santa-margherita-ligure/ Back in the day.. we walked from SML to Portofino.. it was a beautiful walk! The weather was a bit overcast just like in your photos–brought back memories 🙂 I love Cinque Terre and this was just a stop off to see something different before heading over there for a few days, but we loved it!

    • Andrew
      June 8, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

      I would have loved to do that walk, but it was too long a walk to do on the day we had set.

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  5. Giulia
    March 13, 2011 @ 12:13 am

    Heeey Andrew! It’s so nice to read about my hometown, but from a visitor’s point of view. I have to admit it’s a really nice place… I remember when I was a child I gave its beauty and colors for granted, then when I started traveling I realized how unique and beautiful this area is.
    SML is a beach town and is full of tourists (especially from Milan) during the summer… and I used to hate it when the quiet small village suddenly became an overcrowded /overpriced place!
    Luckily, unlike Portofino, some areas are not touristic and are much cheaper.
    I am very glad that you had your lunch at Pezzi’s and not in one of the overpriced touristic restaurants near the sea where everyone ends up. Pezzi is my choice too when I’m in town! So great choice 🙂
    …by the way why do all your posts always make me hungry? hehehe 🙂
    It was a pleasure helping you (well I didn’t help that much) writing this, it’s nice to think of the town where I was born and raised… nice memories 🙂
    Thanks for writing about Santa Margherita Ligure, it was a really pleasant read!

    • Andrew
      March 13, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

      Hi Guilia,
      I wish we had more time to spend there, but the time there was pretty cool. I can well imagine how full it would have been with tourists in the summer. We were there last March.
      Glad I could offer nice memories and tasty thought. I don’t know why my posts make you hungry. I don’t really think I write about food all that much.

  6. Dalene - Hecktic Travels
    March 12, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

    It’s confirmed – I want to live out my days in a beautiful Italian town. Must get back that way soon!!

    • Andrew
      March 13, 2011 @ 10:27 am

      Well if you do that certainly add SML to your list of places to look at. Oo for that matter, look at Bologna too.

  7. Debbie Beardsley
    March 12, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

    A fair number of tourists use Santa Margherita L as their home base while exploring the region. It is a fun town, less expensive that Portofino and near enough to the Cinque Terre to use the trains or boats for day excursions.

    Thanks for posting more about this incredible area of Italy.

    • Andrew
      March 13, 2011 @ 10:23 am

      I can see how that would be neat. We picked La Spezia and it was great for its own reasons. We got access to the eastern side of things easier. Sarzana is the next on the list in this series and we went to Pisa. That would have been more difficult from SML. But I totally agree that if you want to explore the area and still have a place to lounge on the beach this would be a great town for it. I would have liked to hike more on that peninsula.

      Thanks for commenting.

  8. Jeremy B
    March 11, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

    Another great town that I would love to visit. It’s interesting to take a look at all these great towns that have the same look and feel as the CInque Terre. While towns like this can’t escape the tourists, still looks like a fun place to visit.

    • Andrew
      March 13, 2011 @ 10:21 am

      Maybe my pictures don’t really do them justice, but I don’t think these towns and CT look alike. Similar yes, but each other one has its own flair. Maybe I’ll do a comparison at the end of the series. That could be fun.