Villa Durazzo

Villa in Santa Margherita

This exquisitely turned-out mansion and gardens, part of a 16th-century castle complex, overlooks the sea. You can take an aromatic stroll among lemon trees, hydrangea and camellia hedges, and other flora typical of the town's mild climate in the lavish Italian gardens, or wander among its recently restored collection of 17th-century paintings.

A cafe is open year-round and sometimes serves free canapés and wine on its lovely terrace.