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Visit Genoa, Rapallo, Santa Margherita and Portofino with rent a car.

This 7 night sample itinerary includes:
  • Flight into Genoa and out of Genoa
  • Hotel for 1 night in Genoa
  • Rent a car for 8 days
  • Hotel for 1 night in Rapallo
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Santa Margherita
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Portofino
  • Hotel for 1 night in Genoa
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2. Rapallo
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1 nights in Genoa

Nestled in the center of the Italian Riviera, lies Genoa, stretching for several miles from the hills to the coast, it lives up to its reputation as the cultural capital of Europe, a title won in 2004 due to its theaters, museums, restaurants, cafes, shopping centers and Europe's largest aquarium. Genoa's historic center is said to be the largest medieval quarter in Europe and has a wealth of churches, palaces, and museums. During the time of the Romans, it served as an important maritime center for the empire and, during the period of the Renaissance, was known as one of the richest cities of Renaissance Europe. An old port city, Genoa is a mixture of the old and the new, the elegant and the squalid, the historic and the modern. Remnants of the Roman Empire are still available within the town's medieval walls right next to the tenement homes. It is the biggest commercial port of Italy and the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.

Recommended Stay:
At least 2 nights

Must See`s:
The Carruggi (the narrow alleys of the old town of Genoa); Strade Nuove and Palazzi dei Rolli (an extraordinary architectural work of the 16th Century built to host politicians and aristocrats); Palazzo Spinola di Pellicceria (paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck and Bernardo Strozzi); Palazzo Lercari Parodi; Palazzo Campanella and Palazzo Podestà; The Aquarium (one of the most complete and technologically-advanced marine life centers in Europe. It houses an entire marine world, in enormous and varied pools behind large windows: dolphins, seals, sharks and colorful fishes of all shapes and sizes)



1 nights in Rapallo

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.

Recommended Stay:
At least 2 nights

Must See`s:
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.




2 nights in Santa Margherita Ligure

The palm lined harbor town of Santa Margherita Ligure is very close to Portofino. It was well known in the early 1900`s as a fashionable retreat for the rich and glamorous; today it is a peaceful, pretty town, better known now for the food festivals. Santa Margherita is also famous for its lobsters, caught daily by the fleet of fishing ships. It has a picture-perfect seaside promenade, where elegant hotels with Liberty facades overlook million-dollar yachts with bars, cafes, gelaterie and restaurants spread along the seafront the main quay. This is a pleasant, convenient base and ideally situated for day trips, such as Portofino, the picturesque San Fruttuoso monastery, the resorts of Camogli and Rapallo, Genoa and the Cinque Terre (around an hour by train, or an all-day boat excursion).

Recommended Stay:
At least 2 nights

Must See`s:
Basilica di Santa Margherita (Baroque designs, lavish gold leaf and crystal chandeliers); Shopping (a shopper`s haven, paintings by Massimo Meda; designer home furnishings, original Lacoste shirts, and designer clothes from brand-name shops); Piazza Martiri della Liberta, and Piazza Vittorio Veneto (two seaside squares to sit and watch the activities of the fishing boats); The low hill dominating the waterfront is an interesting place to explore. Behind the small Castello and the severely striped Chiesa dei Frati Cappuccini are intriguing overgrown passageways prowled by semi-wild cats.



2 nights in Portofino

One of the prettiest harbors in Italy, Portofino is known as Liguria`s jewel. Its multicolored houses and stunning seaside scenery give this tiny harbor town a picture-perfect setting. Luxury villas perch on the hills of Portofino overlooking the marina where yachts and private boats bob on the water below set against the vibrantly colored dwellings of fishermen. There are very few beaches and hotels in the picture-perfect Portofino. What there are in abundance are bars, boutiques, nightclubs and fishing boats. Portofino is well known for its world-famous visitors like Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, just to name a few. Portofino is car-free but you can drive the narrow, windy road close to the village where there is a small parking lot. In summer, it`s usually very crowded, and driving and parking can be difficult.

Recommended Stay:
At least 2 nights

Must See`s:
Church of San Giorgio ( 12th Century with relics brought back by sailors after the Crusades); The Brown Castle ( a fortress in the middle of a hanging-garden); The lighthouse (on Punta del Capo); Oratorio della Confraternita dell`Assunta (a 12th-Century wooden statue of the Assumption of the Virgin) ; Medieval Abbey of San Fruttuoso (just a few miles inland and surrounded by lush vegetation); Teatro Perla del Tigullio of Portofino (a favorite place for artists and intellectuals); The Piazzetta, (meeting-up point for the international jet-set); The Parco Naturale Regionale di Portofino (chestnut trees and olive groves plus birds).



1 nights in Genoa

Nestled in the center of the Italian Riviera, lies Genoa, stretching for several miles from the hills to the coast, it lives up to its reputation as the cultural capital of Europe, a title won in 2004 due to its theaters, museums, restaurants, cafes, shopping centers and Europe's largest aquarium. Genoa's historic center is said to be the largest medieval quarter in Europe and has a wealth of churches, palaces, and museums. During the time of the Romans, it served as an important maritime center for the empire and, during the period of the Renaissance, was known as one of the richest cities of Renaissance Europe. An old port city, Genoa is a mixture of the old and the new, the elegant and the squalid, the historic and the modern. Remnants of the Roman Empire are still available within the town's medieval walls right next to the tenement homes. It is the biggest commercial port of Italy and the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.

Recommended Stay:
At least 2 nights

Must See`s:
The Carruggi (the narrow alleys of the old town of Genoa); Strade Nuove and Palazzi dei Rolli (an extraordinary architectural work of the 16th Century built to host politicians and aristocrats); Palazzo Spinola di Pellicceria (paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck and Bernardo Strozzi); Palazzo Lercari Parodi; Palazzo Campanella and Palazzo Podestà; The Aquarium (one of the most complete and technologically-advanced marine life centers in Europe. It houses an entire marine world, in enormous and varied pools behind large windows: dolphins, seals, sharks and colorful fishes of all shapes and sizes)




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Genoa
Day 1
Arrive to Genoa
Overnight in Genoa    58 hotels offered
Optional   5 Things to do
Day 2
Departing from Genoa
Transportation to next city by: Rental Car
Rapallo
Day 2
Arrive to Rapallo
Overnight in Rapallo    13 hotels offered
Day 3
Departing from Rapallo
Transportation to next city by: Rental Car
Santa Margherita Ligure
Day 3
Arrive to Santa Margherita Ligure
Overnight in Santa Margherita Ligure    18 hotels offered
Day 4
Overnight in Santa Margherita Ligure    18 hotels offered
Day 5
Departing from Santa Margherita Ligure
Transportation to next city by: Rental Car
Portofino
Day 5
Arrive to Portofino
Overnight in Portofino    19 hotels offered
Day 6
Overnight in Portofino    19 hotels offered
Day 7
Departing from Portofino
Transportation to next city by: Rental Car
Genoa
Day 7
Arrive to Genoa
Overnight in Genoa    58 hotels offered
Optional   5 Things to do
Day 8
Departing from Genoa

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Genoa Hotels (58 total)
 
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Genoa

Nestled in the center of the Italian Riviera, lies Genoa, stretching for several miles from the hills to the coast, it lives up to its reputation as the cultural capital of Europe, a title won in 2004 due to its theaters, museums, restaurants, cafes, shopping centers and Europe's largest aquarium. Genoa's historic center is said to be the largest medieval quarter in Europe and has a wealth of churches, palaces, and museums. During the time of the Romans, it served as an important maritime center for the empire and, during the period of the Renaissance, was known as one of the richest cities of Renaissance Europe. An old port city, Genoa is a mixture of the old and the new, the elegant and the squalid, the historic and the modern. Remnants of the Roman Empire are still available within the town's medieval walls right next to the tenement homes. It is the biggest commercial port of Italy and the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.

Recommended Stay:
At least 2 nights

Must See`s:
The Carruggi (the narrow alleys of the old town of Genoa); Strade Nuove and Palazzi dei Rolli (an extraordinary architectural work of the 16th Century built to host politicians and aristocrats); Palazzo Spinola di Pellicceria (paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck and Bernardo Strozzi); Palazzo Lercari Parodi; Palazzo Campanella and Palazzo Podestà; The Aquarium (one of the most complete and technologically-advanced marine life centers in Europe. It houses an entire marine world, in enormous and varied pools behind large windows: dolphins, seals, sharks and colorful fishes of all shapes and sizes)

Rapallo

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.

Recommended Stay:
At least 2 nights

Must See`s:
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.


Santa Margherita Ligure

The palm lined harbor town of Santa Margherita Ligure is very close to Portofino. It was well known in the early 1900`s as a fashionable retreat for the rich and glamorous; today it is a peaceful, pretty town, better known now for the food festivals. Santa Margherita is also famous for its lobsters, caught daily by the fleet of fishing ships. It has a picture-perfect seaside promenade, where elegant hotels with Liberty facades overlook million-dollar yachts with bars, cafes, gelaterie and restaurants spread along the seafront the main quay. This is a pleasant, convenient base and ideally situated for day trips, such as Portofino, the picturesque San Fruttuoso monastery, the resorts of Camogli and Rapallo, Genoa and the Cinque Terre (around an hour by train, or an all-day boat excursion).

Recommended Stay:
At least 2 nights

Must See`s:
Basilica di Santa Margherita (Baroque designs, lavish gold leaf and crystal chandeliers); Shopping (a shopper`s haven, paintings by Massimo Meda; designer home furnishings, original Lacoste shirts, and designer clothes from brand-name shops); Piazza Martiri della Liberta, and Piazza Vittorio Veneto (two seaside squares to sit and watch the activities of the fishing boats); The low hill dominating the waterfront is an interesting place to explore. Behind the small Castello and the severely striped Chiesa dei Frati Cappuccini are intriguing overgrown passageways prowled by semi-wild cats.

Portofino

One of the prettiest harbors in Italy, Portofino is known as Liguria`s jewel. Its multicolored houses and stunning seaside scenery give this tiny harbor town a picture-perfect setting. Luxury villas perch on the hills of Portofino overlooking the marina where yachts and private boats bob on the water below set against the vibrantly colored dwellings of fishermen. There are very few beaches and hotels in the picture-perfect Portofino. What there are in abundance are bars, boutiques, nightclubs and fishing boats. Portofino is well known for its world-famous visitors like Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, just to name a few. Portofino is car-free but you can drive the narrow, windy road close to the village where there is a small parking lot. In summer, it`s usually very crowded, and driving and parking can be difficult.

Recommended Stay:
At least 2 nights

Must See`s:
Church of San Giorgio ( 12th Century with relics brought back by sailors after the Crusades); The Brown Castle ( a fortress in the middle of a hanging-garden); The lighthouse (on Punta del Capo); Oratorio della Confraternita dell`Assunta (a 12th-Century wooden statue of the Assumption of the Virgin) ; Medieval Abbey of San Fruttuoso (just a few miles inland and surrounded by lush vegetation); Teatro Perla del Tigullio of Portofino (a favorite place for artists and intellectuals); The Piazzetta, (meeting-up point for the international jet-set); The Parco Naturale Regionale di Portofino (chestnut trees and olive groves plus birds).

Genoa

Nestled in the center of the Italian Riviera, lies Genoa, stretching for several miles from the hills to the coast, it lives up to its reputation as the cultural capital of Europe, a title won in 2004 due to its theaters, museums, restaurants, cafes, shopping centers and Europe's largest aquarium. Genoa's historic center is said to be the largest medieval quarter in Europe and has a wealth of churches, palaces, and museums. During the time of the Romans, it served as an important maritime center for the empire and, during the period of the Renaissance, was known as one of the richest cities of Renaissance Europe. An old port city, Genoa is a mixture of the old and the new, the elegant and the squalid, the historic and the modern. Remnants of the Roman Empire are still available within the town's medieval walls right next to the tenement homes. It is the biggest commercial port of Italy and the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.

Recommended Stay:
At least 2 nights

Must See`s:
The Carruggi (the narrow alleys of the old town of Genoa); Strade Nuove and Palazzi dei Rolli (an extraordinary architectural work of the 16th Century built to host politicians and aristocrats); Palazzo Spinola di Pellicceria (paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck and Bernardo Strozzi); Palazzo Lercari Parodi; Palazzo Campanella and Palazzo Podestà; The Aquarium (one of the most complete and technologically-advanced marine life centers in Europe. It houses an entire marine world, in enormous and varied pools behind large windows: dolphins, seals, sharks and colorful fishes of all shapes and sizes)

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