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Rapallo is the largest town on the Levante Riviera, although it is not as well-known as nearby Portofino and Santa Margherita. The town has the typical aristocratic quality of the Riviera, seen in the villas and large hotels built from the 19th century. The oldest part of the centre has held on to its characteristic maritime feel, with steep narrow alleys buzzing with shops and cafes.Today Rapallo is an international tourist centre, with beautiful beaches, stylish hotels, conference centres, two leisure ports, an 18-hole golf course and numerous sports facilities.
Places to see:
The Castle overlooking the sea, built by the Genoese in 1550 is definitely worth a visit, so too are the churches of San Gervasio and San Protasio. Renowned for its lace, Rapallo has opened the Museum of Lace with over 1400 pieces of rare and precious antique lacework on display.
From Rapallo, we recommend a trip to the Montallegro Sanctuary, an important place of prayer. The sanctuary stands 600 metres above the sea and provides a magnificent view of the Gulf. Rapallo can be reached by cable car or on foot (1 hour hike).