Let us first understand where Rapallo is situated. This is a beautiful Genoa province that dots the shoreline of the Gulf of Tigullio. Having a long history of settlement dating back to 8th century BC, Rapallo has seen many conquests and has emerged as the favorite tourist destination for the rich Italians of north-western province. The pleasant climate of the place still beckons the tourists from far and wide, from Italy and beyond. Long history of settlement has led to this place becoming tourism oriented with many fine luxury Rapallo hotels serving visitors.
Sightseeing at Rapallo
If you are in Rapallo, then the tour can not be complete without visiting its most attractive and prominent destination, the Castle-on-the-Sea (called Castello Sul Mare in Italian). This is 16th century castle was erected close to the coast to provide protection against the sea pirates. You will wonder about its architecture and the way it helped to guard against the pirate attacks. Though pirates are non-existent now, the imposing castle is reminiscent of the times when the inhabitants of Rapallo had to put up with their attacks and this castle played an important role in protecting them.
The Basilica of Saints Gervasio and Protasio is another important landmark which is worth visiting. This was constructed in the 6th century. Gervasio and Protasio were two brothers who are believed to have been persecuted for converting the Christianity. Their martyrdom and the subsequent discovery of their bodies led to the spread of Christianity later on. A church was erected in their name and tourists are taken to this place of historic and spiritual importance.
Nostra Signora di Montallegro, called the Shrine of Our Lady of Montallegro, is another place where the tourists are taken. It is situated on a hilltop, in the hinterland of Rapallo and is constructed in white marble. If the time is opportune, the tourists can also get the musical treat of the hymn of ‘Shine Up’, sung in remembrance of this patron saint of Rapallo. A cable car can take you to this place.
Monastery of Santa Maria in Valle Christi that was abandoned due to the pirate attacks was, later on, declared as a National Monument and this led to its full restoration. The ruines of this Monastery tell the tales of pirate attacks to the curious tourists.
Church of Saint Francis is another important landmark which has been painted in the grey and white patterns. This church dates back to the 16th century and it was completely restored to its glory in 20th century.
Gaffoglio and Lace museums are two other prominent tourist attractions of this small coastal city of splendid beauty.
Live and Eat
Rapallo marvels can be explored by visiting the place for a few days tour. Since the whole economy is tourism oriented, there are a number of quality hotels in Rapallo, including the many restaurants that serve delightful delicacies from around the world and provide modern amenities for spending out time in comfortable rooms. Hotels Rapallo are situated right on the coastline at scenic viewpoints where the guests can simply rejoice the sightseeing of nature, sea and the landmarks located along the coastline.
How to Reach?
The closest airport to Rapallo hotels and landmarks is the Christopher Columbus airport in Genoa. Rapallo also lies en route to the train stretch from French border of Ventimiglia to Rome. This makes it possible for the people to commute here via the train route as well. The closeness to waterways also makes it possible for the tourists coming from nearby coastal locations to use ferry services to reach this place.