About Rapallo

Rapallo is the largest of a string of time-honoured seaside resorts situated along the eastern half of the Italian Riviera. Close to Portofino, this gracious seaside village is tucked into a sheltered bay and was once a Roman settlement.


The small castle of Castello sul Mare dominates Rapallo's harbour. It was built out into the sea from the waterfront to defend against Barbary pirates. Along the palm-lined promenade is a fine collection of Art Nouveau buildings, restaurants and bars.


From the promenade, through the ancient Saline Gate, you'll enter Rapallo's historic centre. This web of narrow, pedestrianised cobbled streets is bursting with exquisitely painted buildings and shops. Here you'll find the church of Santi Gervasio e Protasio, which dates back to 1118, and the former Clarisse convent, now the Gaffoglio Museum with collections of gold, china, and ivory.


The Lace Museum boasts a huge collection dating back to the 16th century. And the cable car up to the Sanctuary of Montallegro is great fun with magnificent views.


Shore excursions in Rapallo

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