One to three trains per hour connect Santa Margherita with Genoa (25–30 min.), Camogli (5 min.), Rapallo (3 min.), and Monterosso (40–55 min.) of the Cinque Terre.
There is at least one Tigullio bus ((tel) 0185-373-239) an hour to Camogli (30–35 min.) and to Rapallo (10 min.), leaving from Piazza Vittorio Veneto. Buses also follow the stunningly beautiful coastal road to Portofino, leaving every 20 minutes from the train station and Piazza Vittorio Veneto (25 min.).
Tigullio ferries (www.traghettiportofino.it; (tel) 0185-284-670) make hourly trips to Portofino (15 min.) and Rapallo (15 min.). In summer, there is a boat several days a week to the Cinque Terre. Hours of service vary considerably with the season; schedules are posted on the docks at Piazza Martiri della Libertà.
By car, the fastest route into the region is A12 Autostrada from Genoa; the trip takes about half an hour. Route SS1 along the coast from Genoa is much slower but more scenic.
The tourist office is near the harbor at Via XXV Aprile 2B (www.turismoinliguria.it; (tel) 0185-287-485). Summer hours are daily 9:30am to 12:30pm and 2:30 to 8pm; winter hours are Monday to Saturday 9am to 12:30pm and 2:30 to 5:30pm.
Festivals & Markets
Santa Margherita’s winters are delightfully mild, but even so, the town rushes to usher in spring with a Festa di Primavera, held on moveable dates in February. Like the Sagra del Pesce in neighboring Camogli, this festival also features food—in this case, fritters are prepared on the beach and served around roaring bonfires. One of the more interesting daily spectacles in town is the fish market on Lungomare Marconi; this colorful event takes place from 8am to 12:30pm. On Friday, cars are banned from Corso Matteotti, Santa Margherita’s major street for food shopping, turning the area into an open-air food market.
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