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.
Driving into the town it appeared to be nothing more than a bunch of Italian buildings housing business and apartments. Not the type of thing that would call you back for more. It was not until we reached our hotel which was located just off the port and old town that we started to see the charm of Rapallo.
One of the most memorable features of Rapallo is its 16th century Castello sul Mare or Castello of the sea right in the city’s port. Just behind the Castello the old town begins, with curving cobblestone alleys and cute wine bars that offer free tapas it is the perfect place to spend an afternoon and people watch.
There are plenty of restaurants on the water if you are looking for a view with your meal, however, some of the more unique options require you to travel further inland. We happened to stumble across a pizza place with a line around the corner and prices that could not be beat. They were able to squeeze us into a tiny corner table and we could not have been more pleased with the meal. It just goes to show that taking a detour sometimes leads to a more memorable night.
The town offers a variety of nighttime entertainment options but be aware that if you are staying off the port and want to sleep with your window open the noise can be a bit overwhelming.
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