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In 1897 Gaudenzio Ciana, the first hotelier in his family, arrived in Santa Margherita from his native Orta San Giulio in the province of Novara, where he had been the owner of the Hotel Belvedere (which he had also built). A century later his great-grandchildren are continuing the honourable tradition that he started.

Santa Margherita Ligure

The Roman origins of the town are evidenced by some of the artefacts found in the area, but the history of Santa Margherita, as has been documented, really began in the Middle Ages. Having become a fief of the Fieschi family in the XIII century it passed into the hands of Genoa. This was how matters remained until the end of the eighteenth century.

On 18 July 1798 the village was still divided into two autonomous hamlets: Corte was situated in front of the port area, with Pescino by the sea next to the parish church on the Ghiaia beach - the two hamlets separated by a hill.

On that day, however, the "Municipalists" took control of Pescino, now presiding over the canton of Santa Margherita and the canton of San Giacomo - two cantons that were often in fierce rivalry with each other.

On 22 December 1812 Napoleon, through an imperial decree, definitively united Santa Margherita and San Giacomo in a single municipality bearing his august name, Port Napoleon, but after the fall of the empire a governor was appointed in Genoa and the individual municipalities passed into provisional administration. In 1818, according to the wishes of the governor, the city of Santa Margherita di Rapallo was founded, and was run by a Council of Elders, headed by Gerolamo Costaguta.

45 years later Vittorio Emanuele definitively named it Santa Margherita Ligure, in 1863.

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