Rapallo’s dream like aesthetic has inspired many prominent authors to wax lyrical about its distinctive beauty. A palm fringed beach adds an element of the exotic while quaint blue cabins give a decidedly Mediterranean air; a flagrant fortress reigns supreme from its hilltop perch, adding yet another cultural and historical layer to this enticing place. Elite jetsetters adore the lavish facilities of Rapallo, but despite this it still manages to maintain a friendly and rustic ambience that is most prevalent in its excellent eateries and rambunctious bars.
One of the town’s most iconic sights is that of the crumbling yet compelling Rapallo Castle. Wander down the picturesque promenade in order to reach this iconic landmark, whose origins date back to the Medieval period. As well as offering a rich reminder of the prosperous past, the castle is now used as a cultural centre in which countless exhibitions are held.
Enjoy both sacred structures and stunning sights with a visit to the ancient Sanctuary of Montallegro, a consecrated church whose fascinating façade creates an arresting vision. much of the buildings drama comes from its vertiginous perch upon a rugged hilltop, the summit of which can be reached by a swift and sleek cable car. Absorb the peaceful aura of the building while enjoying panoramic vistas of both the ocean and the town.
Due to its enviable location upon the seafront, seafood is a signature speciality of Rapallo. Hailed as one of not just the town’s, but the region’s, best restaurants is Eden, an eatery as bountiful and beautiful as its name suggests. The menu changes daily according to which produce was prime at the market, so expect find fresh calamari, clams or sardines to be served sumptuously. (Via Diaz 5, Rapallo, Italy)