Days Along the Riviera
The beach may have your heart, but there’s plenty else to do and discover from the Miramare - whether you're staying on land or walking on water.
It's no secret that we Italians have a deep affinity for aquatic pursuits, from the thrill of speedboats to the glamor of yachts. Luckily, Liguria’s coastline is made for exploring.
Indeed, when Giovanni Fustinoni - our current owner’s father - acquired Grand Hotel Miramare in 1945, he brought his passion for sport and water to the area.
Giovanni would run water-skiing camps which changed the face of Santa Margherita Ligure. He wanted the town and the Miramare to be a reference point for a variety of different people to have a good time. He felt it was important to offer a wide range of activities to amuse and entertain. A mantra we still hold dear today.
It’s why the Miramare is alive with chances to get up and get out. You just need to choose your playground of choice: golf, tennis, fishing, sailing, yachting, diving, jogs, treks, hikes, bikes or scooters.
Exploring the Italian Riviera
Based in the calmer Santa Margherita, but within reach of our country’s classic sites, the Miramare is a fresh way to discover Il Bel Paese.
Not far from us is the Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, one of the marvels of the Ligurian coastline, which you reach by boat or along the paths crossing Monte di Portofino. This abbey, and the surrounding fishing village, are a genuine oasis amongst the rocky landscape and blue sea of eastern Liguria.
One of the sea’s most famous attractions is the Christ of the Abyss - a bronze statue placed on the seafloor in San Fruttuoso bay around Camogli. You can admire the statue from the surface, or dive and swim down to it, while the surrounding waters are full of interesting marine species.
Camogli itself - known as the ‘city of the thousand white sailing ships’ - is another worthwhile trip, if only for a plate of trofie al pesto and more pastel-colored houses that no photo can do justice.
Meet the Neighbors
The Miramare is within touching distance of all the sites and sounds that make a true Estate Italiana. Whether you want to stay nearby in the artisan shops of Santa Margherita, tour a local farm, or travel through Cinque Terre.
Four kilometers from the Miramare is Portofino - with its piazza, painted façades, villas and harbor synonymous with high society and glamor - and Rapallo, the main city on the Gulf of Tigullio. 28 kilometers away is Sestri Levante, a quieter village built on an isthmus between two bays: Baia del Silenzio (Bay of Silence) and Baia delle Favole (Bay of Fairy Tales).
Further afield you have the famous Cinque Terre - ‘five lands’ suspended over the sea with multi-colored houses built into jagged cliff faces. The coastal scenery and old-world feel has made this UNESCO World Heritage a bucket-list-worthy place to visit and we’re just 90 kilometers from it.
Live the Ligurian Way
Pick your way along the Riviera. Find the perfect plate of homemade spaghetti in a town’s hidden streets. Etch the colors of parasols and picturesque towns into your memory.
Life is brighter on the Italian Riviera, and the Miramare is your launchpad to live it all.