Tigullio What to see

Tigullio sightseeing: 5 (free) places you can’t miss!

Italian Version 🇮🇹

Going sightseeing through the Tigullio area: here is our unbeatable guide to visit it the best!

✅ Before starting the reading, below, we put some really interesting things about the Tigullio Gulf. Take a look! 

It is famous for being exclusive and not very cheap…we must admit this is not that wrong!

We already talked about the ten reasons to visit Tigullio in the Winter season.


Now we are revealing to you what to see in Tigullio for free.

You cannot really say that you visited it properly if you missed one of these 5 places.

Ready? Set, go! 👇

1️⃣ Rocche di Sant’Anna in Sestri Levante

Our first proposition is a trip to the Rocche di Sant’Anna (Saint Anne’ Cliffs) where some ruins of the old Catholic church can be seen. The ruins can be found along the old path connecting Cavi di Lavagna to Sestri Levante (click here to see the path).

This place owes its beauty to the surrounding scenario: The view on Sestri Levante and the two bays is suggestive, as well as the one on Lavagna and on the entire Tigullio Gulf stretching towards the West.

You will be able to spot one of the best “benches with a view” worldwide. This is one of the most clicked and photographed places in Liguria…and not by chance!

Rocche di Sant'Anna, Sestri Levante
The Rocche di Sant’Anna in Sestri Levante – photo by Claudio Fasce, from the Facebook Group

Just believe us: words cannot describe the beauty and allure of this place. It is not a surprise if we consider it the first thing to be seen in the Tigullio area!

2️⃣ Villa Durazzo and its Garden in Santa Margherita Ligure

In a dominant position in the city of Santa Margherita Ligure, is Villa Durazzo. This majestic square-planned building was built in 1678 as a summer residence for the Durazzo family and then left to the Centurione Princes in 1821.

The “Appartamenti del Piano Nobile” (“Apartments on the Main Floor”) are open to the public and can be visited all the year. Rooms are furnished with period furniture and host precious paintings of the Genoese Pictorial School of the XVII and XVIII centuries.

The complex owes its beauty to the about three-hectares centuries-old Park. The small “Citrus Garden” (“Agrumeto”) situated on the terrace above the sea is the oldest core dating back to the time in which the Durazzo family lived in the Villa.

Villa Durazzo, Santa Margherita Ligure
Villa Durazzo – Photo from the Facebook Group

They wanted to create a green backdrop stretching from the sea to the Villa with orange, lemon, and grapefruit trees. Outside of the Villa, we can find what can be described as the typical Italian Garden (“Giardino all’Italiana”) developed in the XIX century: the outline is characterized by the geometrical shapes of the box-tree hedges.

These are embellished with both female and male exemplars of cycad plants, as well as roses and several species of camellias of rare beauty.