We discovered Rapallo while looking for an affordable place to stay near Portofino. If you recall from my previous post, Portofino hotels can take quite a chunk out of your travel budget. Rapallo seemed to be the most affordable solution for us. Only a 20 minute scenic drive North of Portofino this is where we decided to rest our heads. Who knew that we would ultimately enjoy this bustling town with its unique port, Castello on the water, and eclectic old town.
Portofino is a contradiction of sorts, with its small harbor surrounded by pastel buildings it appears to be a quaint fishing village. However, upon closer inspection you begin to notice the super yachts anchored further out in the bay, the prestigious designer stores lining the cobbled walkways, and if you decide to spend a night you will unmistakebly notice the dent in your pocketbook.
Clinging to the cliffs of Eastern Italy, is the worlds oldest surviving sovereign state and fifth smallest country! Much larger than you would originally anticipate the country it is made up of multiple settlements including the medieval Città di San Marino. Only a six-hour drive from Nice, France it made for the perfect place to spend an extended weekend together.