The Benedictine La Cervara Abbey, located in Santa Margherita Ligure on the Gulf of Tigullio, is a rare concentrate of wonders.
The structure was founded in the second half of the 1300s and greatly renovated in the 16th century. It includes the church of San Girolamo, which has a Latin cross layout and slate and marble columns; a beautiful quadrangular cloister from the 1500s; a watchtower built to guard the area from Saracen attacks; a wonderful Italian monumental garden overlooking the sea; a vibrant “garden of simples” (or botanical garden) filled with the scents of Florentine lemon trees and Chinese mandarin oranges…
The abbey is also famous for having welcomed Flemish art masterpieces such as the 1510 “Polyptych” by Gerard David – currently in Genoa’s Palazzo Bianco Museum – as well as many historical figures, like Saint Catherine from Siena, Pope Gregory XI, Alessandro Piccolomini and Guglielmo Marconi. Not to mention contemporary celebrities such as singer-songwriter Rod Stewart and British soccer player Wayne Rooney.
A member of ADSI (Associazione dimore storiche italiane), the La Cervara Abbey invites you to lose yourself in its wonders of art and nature.