Via Cervara, 10
16038 S. Margherita Ligure (GE)
Tel. +39 0185 293139
Fax. +39 0185 291270
Write to the garden
From March to October, you can visit the Abbey on the first and third Sundays of the month. Tours accompanied by accredit guides begin at 10.00, 11.00 and 12.00.
To book, call the tel. numeber +39 800-65-21-10 tool free
Guided tours by booking every day of the year for groups over 30 people
Adults € 10,00
Discounted Ticket € 8,00
Free for kids under 14 with an adult
Guided tours (various languages options) every day of the year for groups over 30 people € 270,00 (€ 9,00 p.p.). Advance booking is required.
How to reach
From the Rapallo exit off the A12 (Genoa-Livorno) highway, follow the road signs for Portofino – Santa Margherita Ligure.
At the Santa Margherita exit, take the Lungomare Rossetti coast road toward Portofino.
After you pass the Covo di Nord Est entertainment complex, the second uphill road – Via Cervara – leads directly to the large square in front of the Abbey. Brown signs labelled “Monumenti nazionali” (national monuments) will help you find the road and reach the Cervara.
The Cervara Abbey is situated on a sheer cliff between Santa Margherita and Portofino. Today it is mainly used for conferences, meetings, concerts, private parties and wedding ceremonies. Guests of the events have another privilege: stay in one of the 9 rooms in the Abbey and the ancient Saracen Tower.
The abbey was founded in 1361 by a small group of Benedictine monks and in its 7 centuries of history it has seen peaks of great splendour and lows of decline, which is reflected in the various architectural transformations of the building.
Of particular importance is the monumental Italian garden, the only one still in Liguria, on two levels connected by pergolas and steps. On the lower part, box-tree hedges (Buxus Sempervirens L.) are shaped in geometric designs such as cones and graded cones (a noteworthy example of the artistic shaping of plants), surround the 17th century marble fountain representing a putto.
The plants along the walls or along the borders as well as the vines on the ancient pergolas are all part of the garden architecture.
Among the numerous species we can find the colourful strelitzia, citrus plants, oleander and Aleppo pines, a centuries-old pepper tree and the rare pink capers.
On the East side of the lower garden the pergola is covered with a huge purple wisteria (Wisteria sinesis L.) more than a hundred years old. On the upper part of the garden there are octagonal pillars covered with Trachelospermum jasminoides L., whose flowers give off a delightful jasmine.
Guests of the events have another privilege: stay in one of the 9 rooms in the Abbey and the ancient Saracen Tower.
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