Rapallo (Liguria): what to see


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What to see in Rapallo, itinerary including the main places of interest, including Castle on the sea, Church of Santo Stefano, Ponte Annibale and promenade.


Tourist information

Located on the homonymous gulf which is part of the larger gulf of Tigullio, Rapallo is a renowned summer and winter resort, thanks to the mild climate all year round.

Known for the laces and laces that are produced on the spot, Rapallo has ancient origins, connected to the presence in the area of ​​the Ligurian Tigulli.


During the Middle Ages it became a free municipality, later, between the tenth and eleventh centuries, it passed under the domination of the maritime republic of Genoa.

The Church of Santo Stefano, dating back to a period prior to the year 1000 and renovated in 1600, is the oldest city building.

In the vicinity of the place of worship is the civic museum, where a collection of precious bobbin laces, wineskins from local relics and a wooden statue of the thirteenth century is exhibited.


What see

The Castle, which dates back to the sixteenth century, was built on a spur of rock on the sea, to be better able to counter enemy incursions thanks to its greater sighting ability due to the particular position.

The Vittorio Veneto promenade begins at the Castle, lined with lush palm trees and flower beds with colorful flowers.

At the end of the promenade there is the Hannibal bridge, most likely from Roman times.


Starting from the castle, walking in the opposite direction from the promenade, you quickly reach the Casale municipal park.

In the surroundings of Rapallo is Zoagli, a seaside resort characterized by a suggestive panoramic pedestrian road carved into the rock and overlooking the sea.

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A typical work of Zoagli is the handmade weaving of silk velvet.

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