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Marconi and suite 105

1933, on the scenic terrace of the Grand Hotel Miramare of Santa Margherita, Guglielmo Marconi made the world’s first broadcast of telegraph and radio-telephone signals. The 60-cm microwaves were received at a distance of 150 kilometres. As well as doing research work, during his stay Marconi also received friends and personalities, who were attracted as much by the great scientist as by the fame of the Miramare’s superb cuisine. And when his studies obliged him to return to the Elettra, his yacht anchored in front of Santa Margherita, a rowing boat would leave the hotel beach with a number of dishes for the table on board. The scientist made the Miramare his reception headquarters, staying in suite 105 (photo), which now bears his name. It has been painstakingly restored and is regularly taken by his daughter, Princess Elettra Giovanelli (in the photo with the director, Adalberto Gigli).

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