Rapallo

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Rapallo featuring tranquil scenes, a coastal town and a bay or harbor

One of Italy’s secret gems, this Ligurian port city has bright beaches, mild weather, luxurious hotels and historic architecture.

As you round the Tigullio Gulf toward Rapallo, walk along the calm waters and jutting crags to see castles and villas looking out over a beautiful harbor. Ride a cable car to a mountain sanctuary. Savor the pretty views or descend and walk along the ancient Ponte di Annibale. Relax on the beach for perfect sunbathing. See why wealthy Italians have been making this their vacation spot for decades.

Since its Greek occupation in the 8th century, Rapallo has been conquered by Lombardians, Ottomans, North African pirates and French invaders. The many territorial changes led to construction of several castles along the water and a rich blend of cultures visible in area landmarks. Here Nietzsche conceived one of his greatest books of philosophy. Poet Ezra Pound, caricaturist Max Beerbohm and theater practitioner Gordon Craig also lived here during significant phases of their lives.

Right on the water are two stunning castles. Visit the weathered and mossy Rapallo Castle, built to withstand an onslaught of pirates during the 16th century with impressive stonework visible from outside. Enter to learn about the rich histories that led to their existences today.

Visit the Basilica of Saints Gervasius and Protasius, a church located in the city’s historic center. It has undergone several renovations since its construction in the 12th century. Today, it still houses a leaning bell tower.

Make a journey by cable car up into the hills near Rapallo to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montallegro (Santuario di Nostra Signora di Montallegro). Inside are Byzantine paintings and perfectly preserved marble and gold detail-work dating from the 17th century.

Fly into Christopher Columbus Airport near Genoa and drive 40 minutes down the coast to reach Rapallo. Once here, walk between any two points in the city in less than an hour.

Enjoy a romantic getaway or weekend trip to Rapallo, a quieter part of the Riviera. With numerous bars and fresh seafood restaurants, Rapallo is also a wonderful place to take an extended break.

Hotel Miramare
Hotel Miramare
4 out of 5
Lungomare Vittorio Veneto 27, Rapallo, GE, 16035
The price is ¥14,676 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this 4-star golf hotel in Rapallo. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy beds in our ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (200 reviews)
A very nice hotel, and excellent staff
"The reception was excellent , and the receptionists were very helpful. Excellent staff. The breakfast room staff was excellent as well. The hotel has been renovated, and the room we stayed in was very nice. There are still some problems at the bathroom which need to be fixed - but I am sure the managemnet ..."

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2021

Hotel Miramare
Best Western Plus Tigullio Royal Hotel
Best Western Plus Tigullio Royal Hotel
4 out of 5
Piazza IV Novembre 3, Rapallo, GE, 16035
The price is ¥16,573 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Rapallo. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (415 reviews)
Exceptional
"It’s the second tine that we stayed in this hotel. And if we are ever in the area, we’ll definitely stay again. It’s an absolutely superb hotel starting with the staff and ending with delicious breakfast. Recommend to anybody!"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2022

Best Western Plus Tigullio Royal Hotel
Excelsior Palace Hotel
Excelsior Palace Hotel
5 out of 5
Via San Michele Di Pagana 8, Rapallo, GE, 16035
The price is ¥39,627 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Rapallo. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (927 reviews)
Amazing stay
"Beautiful hotel (although rooms are pretty small and it’s definitely not “modern”). Enjoyed the beach club so much , water was perfect even this late in the year. Service was great and they were so accommodating (allowed us to check out at 4 and enjoy the beach club longer before our flight. Would ..."

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

Excelsior Palace Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Eurotel 312
Eurotel 312
Via Aurelia di ponente 22/312, Rapallo, GE, 16038
The price is ¥7,216 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this apartment in Rapallo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Marina di Rapallo and San Michele di Pagana Beach ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"L’établissement n’est pas tout jeune et le canapé lit c’est pas évident si ont à mal au dos mais le gérant et très a l’écoute et maintient très très bien l’établissement Merci pour l’accueil c’était super"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

Eurotel 312
Eurotel 405
Eurotel 405
Via Aurelia di ponente 22/405, Rapallo, GE, 16035
The price is ¥7,216 per night from May 17 to May 18
Stay at this apartment in Rapallo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Marina di Rapallo and San Michele di Pagana Beach ...
Eurotel 405
LHP Suite Rapallo
LHP Suite Rapallo
Via Aschieri 10, Rapallo, 16035
Stay at this apartment in Rapallo. Enjoy free WiFi, a TV, and a sitting area. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value in our reviews. Popular ...
3.8/5 Good! (14 reviews)
Comfort in an appt with look of a 5 star Hotel
"This place is an amazing find and great value for what it has to offer. As part of LHP the appartment was done following the same look and ammenities of the 5 stars LHP Santa Margherita Palace Hotel (where I stayed last year and reviewed it with a 5 star rating). Clean, comfortable, with 2 full bathrooms ..."

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2019

LHP Suite Rapallo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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