A colourful, characterful harbour town between Portofino and the Apennines
Holidays in Rapallo take you to Italy’s beautiful Ligura region, on the golden North West coast of the country. It’s a pretty little town with golden buildings and luscious gardens overlooking a harbour full of yachts, sailboats and fishing boats. Couples will love the tranquil feel of the area, with striking architecture and history just waiting to be explored. Families will find activities in the surrounding countryside and water sports available from the harbour.
Spend your days in Rapallo wandering through orange groves and olive trees and taking in the beautiful surroundings, before heading to one of the many excellent restaurants. The old town is home to pedestrianised streets where you can take in the golden stone buildings, sip coffee in a street side café or shop in the little boutiques which line the roads. The 16th Century castle adds a sense of history and culture, while there are Art Nouveau style buildings to be discovered along the harbourside promenade.
Luxury holidays in Rapallo offer you the chance to relax, unwind and immerse yourself in the laid back side of Italy. It’s a picturesque town full of wonderful architecture, quiet squares and winding historic streets. When it comes to dining you’ll be spoilt for choice, with Italy’s famous delicacies on offer around every corner. After dinner head to a chic bar along the water front and listen to the sounds of the waves in the harbour with a cocktail or fine Italian wine in hand.
Whoever you’re travelling with, at Sovereign we’ll help you get the best from your holidays with our carefully selected range of hotels. Stay at the Excelsior Palace for a romantic trip with beautiful views of the Mediterranean and picturesque harbour, a sparkling infinity pool and pretty terraces where you can soak up the sun as you order drinks and snacks straight to your lounger.
Direct flights from the UK to Genoa (usually the best airport for Liguria) take approximately two hours.
Rapallo is around 40 minutes' drive from Genoa Airport.
Summer is a fantastic time to visit Liguria – temperatures can reach 30 degrees, and the coastline (particularly the colourful villages of the Cinque Terre) looks particularly lovely when the sun is shining. May, September and October are also great times to visit, with temperatures in the early 20s – ideal for walks along the coastal paths. From April to October, while the weather is pleasant, boats run up and down the coast stopping off various towns and villages along the way.
British citizens do not currently require a visa to visit Italy.
When you dine out in Italy, you will generally be charged a coperto (cover charge), which is for the bread, tablecloth, cutlery, etc. Tipping in Italy is not customary, but is always appreciated.
The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.