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c/o Villa Erba
Largo Luchino Visconti, 4
22012 Cernobbio (COMO)

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Opening hours
From March to October, it is possible to visit the Abbey on the first and third Sunday of the month (taking care to check the closing Sundays on the Calendar), accompanied by accredited guides, at 10.00, 11.00 and 12.00.

With a minimum of thirty people and reservations required, the Abbey can be visited every day of the year, also in English, French, German and Spanish. In addition, it is possible to follow the visit with an aperitif or a buffet lunch.
Adults: € 12.00
Concessions: € 10.00
Free for kids under 14 with an adult
Private tour for minus two persons on reservation: € 25.00+Groups of 30 people on reservation: € 300.00
Lungomare Rossetti
Via Cervara, 10
16038 S. Margherita Ligure (GE)

T. +39 0185 293139
F. +39 0185 291270


La Cervara Abbazia di San Girolamo al Monte di Portofino

Santa Margherita Ligure, Genova

Giardino storico

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© Luca Piola

© Grandi Giardini Italiani

© Grandi Giardini Italiani

How to reach

By car
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.

By rain
From the S.Margherita Ligure Portofino railway station, take the number 82 bus to the Cervara stop. Continue on foot for about 450m until arrival.


The first inhabitants of the place were a few Benedictine monks who in 1361 founded a monastery there and dedicated it to Saint Girolamo.
What was once the vegetable garden of the monks is today the only Italian-style Garden in Liguria overlooking the sea. The box hedges (Buxus Sempervirens L.), skilfully pruned in the shape of geometric designs, according to the best traditions of topiare, surround the marble seventeenth century fountain portraying a putto. The plants against the walls or along the borders are an integral part of the design of the Monumental Garden together with the grape vines on the antique pergolas. In the flower-beds, a quantity of flower species, diverse in order to guarantee blossoming throughout the year, alternate with plants with coloured foliage.
Among the species, the brightly coloured strelitzias, specimens of citrus fruit trees, the exotic bougainvillea, the singular erythrine (Erythrina Crista-galli) and again, pine trees, an ancient false pepper tree and the very rare pink capers (Capparis Spinosa L.). The quiet courtyard shaded by a centuries- old wisteria (Wisteria Sinesis L.) and the pergola of the upper garden, whose pillars are covered in Rhynchospermum, or false jasmine (Rhynchospermum jasminoides L.), provide charming, perfumed – even if short-lasting – bloomings.
The strategic position makes it an ideal venue for organizing exclusive events or meetings which just require privacy and intimacy.
Our guests have the privilege of choosing whether to stay in one of the bedrooms of the Convento, in the ancient Torre Saracena or to isolate themselves in the Suite that once hosted Francis I, King of France.


Guests of the events have another privilege: stay in one of the 9 rooms in the Abbey and the ancient Saracen Tower.