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Rapallo is a major resort town on the Ligurian coast of northern Italy. Once popular with a bohemian literary set, Rapallo is notable for its castle and marina, and for an old quarter of atmospheric cobbled streets. A traditional seafront promenade is lined with palms and seafood restaurants. There are some interesting historic churches in Rapallo, along with museums devoted to local culture, from lace-making to rural life. The venere.com site features a diverse selection of great Rapallo hotels to suit any preference or budget. Book your Rapallo accommodation in advance using the easy Venere reservation system to ensure a relaxed vacation in northern Italy.
What's Rapallo Like?
Compared to some of its elegant neighbors along this stretch of the Ligurian coast, Rapallo is a relatively unpretentious resort. Its lidos are family-friendly and its attractions traditional. Historic sights include the compact but robust 16th-century castle, located on a promontory to defend the town against pirates. It now serves as an exhibition center. The Porta delle Saline is the only surviving gateway of the town's defences, now providing access to the old town from the waterfront. The 15th-century watchtower has been converted into a bell tower for the church of Santo Stefano. The attractive old buildings of Rapallo include the 16th-century Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, with an ornate altar and spectacular painted ceiling. Travelers interested in 20th-century literature will be fascinated by Rapallo's recent history. Literary luminaries who lived and worked here include Ezra Pound, D.H. Lawrence, and Ernest Hemingway. Rapallo hotels offer a practical base for exploring along this beautiful stretch of the Mediterranean coast.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Rapallo
A little Italian will come in handy in Rapallo, although the town has experienced a steady flow of English speaking visitors over the last century. Follow the local custom and dress respectfully when visiting Rapallo's churches. Although it's not as fashionable and refined as some towns in the area, Rapallo locals do dress well when they dine out, and it's worth trying to fit in. Rapallo is a popular choice for dining by travelers looking to escape inflated prices in high-end resorts as the town offers inexpensive places to sample Ligurian fish and seafood specialties. Cinque Terre wines feature prominently on most restaurant lists. Browse the candid ratings by past guests presented on the Venere site to get an idea of what to expect from Rapallo hotels. Sample rooms layouts and informative photos help you get a clear impression of the amenities offered by places to stay in Rapallo.
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