This is one of the largest municipalities on the Eastern Riviera, laying sheltered from winds and currents in an inlet on the Golfo del Tigullio and first inhabited in pre-Roman times by the Tigulli of Liguria. There`s a picturesque castle in the sea, a small harbor and a fine seaside Lungomare Vittorio Veneto, a traditional red-brick promenade lined with palm trees, skirting the semi-circular harbor. Along the promenade are art nouveau buildings, restaurants, bars, and hotels. In summer small music groups sometimes perform in the early 20th century band shell, Chiosco della Banda Cittadina. The bathing areas are flanked by the two tourist ports, which can berth up to 900 boats. The town also has. There are excellent sports facilities, such as the Olympic swimming pools, the horse-riding club, minigolf and rifle shooting club. Also well known is the 18-hole golf course, one of the most popular in Italy, which is situated next to the ruins of the Valle Christi, a Cistercian monastery founded in 1204.
At least 2 nights
Rapallo Castle (built in 1551 to guard against pirate attacks); Historical Center (beautifully painted buildings and pedestrian shopping streets; Saline Gate (remaining from the ancient walls, separates the historic center from the seaside promenade); Basilica of Saints Gervasius and Protasius (started in 1118, Its bell tower is a leaning tower); Municipal Tower (clock tower from 1473); Church of Saint Francis (1519); Oratorio dei Bianchi ( collection of processional crosses); Gaffoglio Museum (In the former Clarisse convent); Museo del Merletto, in Villa Tigullio (huge collection of lace from the 16th to 20th centuries with over 1400 items); Sanctuary of Montallegro (reached by cable car, the most important religious center in the Tigullio area); Monte di Portofino Nature Park (with paths leading into the hills, looking down onto the coast and offer a fine view of typical Mediterranean flora: olives, holm oaks, gorse and, higher up, chestnut trees.