Lying on the eastern side of the Lugurian Riviera, just 20 minutes north of Portofino, is the classic seaside resort of Rapello. Here you’ll find a great choice of excellent restaurants and bars along the palm-lined promenade – Lungomare Vittorio Veneto. Popular with yachting crews, Rapallo also offers plenty of golf and tennis facilities, including one of Italy’s oldest and most prestigious golf courses.
Rapallo is guarded by a 16th-Century castle that juts out from the harbour and once protected the city from pirate invasions; today is houses art and cultural exhibitions. Ride a cable car up to Santuario Basilica di Montallegro, a pretty church built on the spot of a rumoured sighting of the Virgin Mary in the 16th Century. From the top you can enjoy breathtaking views over the town to Portofino and the sparkling sea beyond.
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Genoa 2 hours