Rapallo, a castle in front of the sea
Rapallo, with its centuries of history and magnificent monuments is rightly considered the pearl
of the Gulf of Tigullio. Its picturesque and colourful centre enraptures tourists seeking excellent food, culture and top quality bathing establishments.
Close to the city centre, perhaps in the shade of the 16th century Castle on the Sea, visitors are easily seduced by the beauty of the Chiosco della Musica liberty style, the sumptuous monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus adjacent to the port, or the enchanting Hannibal Bridge, built in an unmistakeable Romanesque style.
Rapallo also offers the opportunity to admire its medieval towers, the most important of which is undoubtely the recently restored Civic Tower, and various religious monuments including the church of St. Francis of Assisi and the Marian Shrine of Montallegro, which can be reached in around ten minutes using the funicular and from which visitors can enjoy a splendid view.
A relaxing stroll through the colourful alleyways of the city inevitably leads to the lace museum (Museo del Pizzo) at the beautiful Villa Tigullio, and to the Attilio and Cleofe Gaffoglio museum, which occupies the former convent of the Clarissa nuns and exhibits many collections of gold, porcelain and ivory objects.
Just at three hundred metres from the motorway exit, there is the Rapallo Golf Club, where you can enjoy the challenges of one of the best golf courses in the country. The club is an unmissable destination for golf lovers staying at the Hotel Tigullio Royal in Rapallo and has a discount agreement with the hotel.
In the area around the Gulf of Tigullio there is a wide choice of activities for horse-riding enthusiasts, with the Rapallo riding-school providing an excellent base.
Known and appreciated seaside resort, Zoagli is famous for its pedestrian cliff near the sea built in the thirties of the twentieth century with the financial contribution of the inhabitants of the territory. Here there are also several natural forest paths, features Creuze Ligurian, and trails that allow from the city center to reach the villages and localities of the municipality.
One of the paths is traced on the ancient Roman road called “the five towers” because of it connects the fractional ancient churches of San Pietro di Rovereto, Semorile, San Pantaleo, Saint Ambrose in the middle of St. Martin for a total of about twelve kilometers. Another woodland path allows the connection between the fraction of Semorile and the sanctuary of Our Lady of Montallegro, – in the town of Rapallo – along the river of the same name, and after passing the crossing point of the hip and Mount Castle.