Rapallo is one of the most beautiful municipalities by the sea of the provice of Genoa,, in Liguria. It is located in the centre of the Gulf of Tigullio, the town has developed around its evocative historic centre, rich in prestigiuos sites of great historic, artistic and landscape value.
From the centre going towards the hamlets that climb on the hills of the town, the territory features glimpses of undebiable beauty that attract tourism.
Rapallo is the 6th town in Liguria for number of inhabitants (about thirthy thousand), it has become famous for being the premises of two peace treaties at the end of WW1: the treaty of Rapallo in 1920 between the Italian kingdom and the kingdom of Yugoslavia, and the treaty between the Republic of Weimar and the Soviet Union, in 1922.
The town can be discovered easily on foot, as the distance beween the historic centre and the surrounding areas is not particulary significant.
Talking about means of transport, Rapallo distinguishes itself for its cable car, the only one in Liguria, that will take you, in a few minutes, to the Sanctuary if Montallegro, located at 600 metres above the sea level.
From this magnificent place you can appreciate a breathtaking view, without mentioning its spirituality and the deep concentration that you can feel entering this sacred place, built after the appearance of our Lady on 2 July 1557.


Historiography has not been able to obtain accurate news about the origin of Rapallo, nor of its name: one of the hyphotesis is that it might come from the latin word “rea palus”, referring to its marshy lands that once distinguished the territory. The oldest known document that mentions the name Rapallo, dates back to Juy 964, which is kept at the National State Archive in Genoa, among parchments from the Abbey of Saint Siro, published by Antonella Ballardini in 1994.



The territory of Rapallo has really unusual views, difficult to find elsewhere: the bay, overlooked by the Ancient Castle by the sea, is surrounded by lush hills that make this landscape really unique.


Places of Interest

Rapallo is nestled between the green coasts of the Promontory of Portofino and rocky cliffs that separate the town from Zoagli, providing glimses of great beauty of its shores and of the charming hamlets located on the surrounding hills, it also offers pleasant walks and a rich net of hiking trails.
Located behind the residential area is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montallegro, a pilgrimage destination for people from all over Italy, it can be reached using the only cable car in Liguria, once you get there you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the whole Gulf.


Accommodation, Tourism and Events

Rapallo always surprises tourists, as it has the great peculiarity of being able to satisfly any kind of need.
This quality, has been reinforced over time, as it has developed for over a century and a half, it can be found especially in the historic hotels that welcome tourists with an ample choice of offers, from Bed and Breakfast to five star luxury hotels.



The Ligurian cuisine, is famous as it has developed over the centuries, using ingredients that once were considered economic, but extremely natural and genuine, it boasts dishes that reach a perfect balance between land and sea.



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Explore the Golfo del Tigullio

Tigullio is a traditional region and a gulf in the Metropolitan City of Genoa, Liguria, northern Italy. Part of the Riviera di Levante, it includes the communes of (from West to East) Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, Zoagli, Chiavari, Lavagna and Sestri Levante.
The name derives from the ancient Ligurian tribe, Tigullii.