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Rapallo, Genova

Shopping and Dining: Rapallo is a seaside resort town and just a few feet outside the building's entrance are numerous café bars, restaurants, gelaterie, pastry shops, fruit and vegetable grocers, butchers, pharmacies and shops of all kinds. In addition to the small specialty grocers, there are 3 supermarkets within walking distance, one of which is open every day.

Not To Be Missed: During the summer months, boats depart from Camogli or Rapallo to the tiny fishing hamlet of San Fruttuoso with an 8th century Benedictine abbey. This romantic cove is accessible only by boat or by a 3 hour hike.

Take the funicular up to the 16th century Sanctuary of Montallegro for a spectacular view over the Gulf of Tigullio.

Public Transportation: Rapallo is well serviced year round by bus and train. The bus stop is 350 yards away on Corso Italia with service to Portofino, Santa Margherita and the other coastal towns. Rapallo's main line train station is 350 yards away with service to all major cities and to the Cinque Terre. By train, it is 70 minutes to Monterosso al Mare, the first village of the Cinque Terre. The last two trains return from Monterosso at 8 pm and 11 pm.

Boat Excursions: Tourist boats leave from the promenade from May through September. Daily ferries leave for Santa Margherita, Portofino and the abbey of San Fruttuoso. In May and June, an excursion leaves for Cinque Terre one day per week. From July through September, there are two departures per week.

Beach: About 200 yards away are small private, pay per use beach clubs along Rapallo's narrow pebbly shoreline. Guests are given a chair along the rocks or on a pier and have access to restrooms and a beach bar. The surrounding towns and villages all have similar beach clubs.

Golf & Tennis: Golf Club Rapallo, a 15 minute drive away, has an 18 hole course and outdoor tennis courts.

Hiking: Drive 15 minutes to the other side of the Portofino promontory to the hillside village of San Rocco, a tiny village with a couple of sea view restaurants and a church. From the parking area, there are marked hiking trails of varying degrees of lengthy and difficulty over the Portofino mountain. For the more advanced, drive an hour inland to the trails of Santo Stefano d'Aveto in the Ligurian Apennines. The trails are using for hiking in the summer months and skiing in the winter.

Open Air Markets: Morning markets are held on Monday in Recco, Wednesday in Camogli, Thursday in Rapallo and Friday in Santa Marghertia and Chiavari. Chiavari hosts the largest antique market in Liguria on the second weekend of each month - one of the best in Liguria with vendors from all over northern Italy, France and Germany. In Chiavari, the last weekend of each month is an enormous food market with hundreds of local producers from all over Italy.

Annual Festivals:
In May:
- Camogli: The second week is the Sagra del Pesce (Fish Fry Festival) with Saturday's "Blessing of the Fish" festivities including bonfires and an impressive display of fireworks. On Sunday, the largest frying pan in the world (12 feet in diameter) fries up huge helpings of fish.
- Recco: The last Sunday in May, is a focaccia feast to sample the town's local specialty.

In July:
- Rapallo: July 1 - 3 is the feast of the Madonna di Montallegro with outdoor markets and an evening fireworks display on July 3rd.

In August:
- Rapallo has several music concerts and festivals taking place on the promenade, like Liguria Jazz and the Festival of Blues.
- Camogli: The first Sunday is a religious feast with thousands of floating candles being placed in the sea during the procession of all the boats of Camogliesi fishermen. Filling the sea with lights is the villager's way of thanking the Virgin Mary, their protector of seafarers.

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