Places to Stay:
Airbnb in Rapallo
Activities to Do:
1. Relax at the beach.The lady who owned the airbnb we stayed in told us of a little path to take down to the beach. There were only a few people on the beach, since it was hidden from the regular beach area. You could walk along the road in Rapallo & find paths to little beaches with little or no people, which I loved! There were also many beaches along the main street in Rapallo.
2. EAT!!! The food in Rapallo was delicious. We walked along the main road which has the ocean on one side and lots of little shops and restaurants on the other side. Everything we had was delicious. The gelato we had in Rapallo was the best I had as well!!! Sadly, I didn't write down the names of the places we ate.
3. Explore the town.- Rapallo is very quaint & it is fun to walk through the little streets, look at the houses, and walk past the castle near the ocean.
4. Take day trips to other nearby towns.- Cinque Terre is just a short train ride away and the perfect place to hike along the coast & do more exploring. (I will do a blog post on Cinque Terre soon!) There are so many cute little towns along the coast, it would be awesome to be able to just get a train ticket and choose a random town to visit!
If you asked me my favorite place that I have traveled, I would quickly answer Rapallo. Rapallo, Italy is a place that combines all of my favorite things: sparkling blue ocean water, delectable food, & laid back atmosphere. We visited there last summer & I am still always talking about way to get back there!
We arrived in Rapallo in the early afternoon and were picked up at the train station by neighbor of the place we were staying at. He took us to the little home we would be staying at and I fell in love with it at first sight. It had seafoam and white tiles all over & a huge deck with a gorgeous view of the ocean!!!
We dropped out bags off & immediately ran down to the ocean. There was the cutest little beach that was only a 5 minute walk from where we were staying. And there were almost no people there, my kind of beach!!! The beach was rocky instead of sandy, but it was actually nice because there were tons of huge rocks to lay out on to warm up after jumping in the water. The water was the most gorgeous turquoise color! We spent a few hours switching between floating & swimming in the clear water and sunning on the warm rocks. It was a perfect afternoon!! I begged Nate to stay at the beach until dark, so we stayed as long as possible, until the sun went down. Then we walked down into the town center to get some dinner.
We actually ended up eating at the first place we saw & I was so glad we did! It was right on the water and had a beautiful view of the ocean and a castle, Antico Castello Sul Mare! I also got my favorite dish from our whole trip there! I was feeling like a tomato pasta, and they had one with pesto that sounded good, so I asked if they could make it with tomato sauce. The waiter told me they had a special dish, Pasta Portofino, that wasn't on the menu that I would love. It ended up being the most delicious dish ever!!! Trofie pasta with a sauce that was a mix of pesto & tomato sauce, served in a parmesean bowl!!! My mouth is watering just thinking of it!!! After dinner, we walked around on a path by the water. There were little shops selling things and lots of people strolling around. Nate wasn't feeling very good, so we headed back up the hill to our little house. I got a hazelnut & stracciatella gelato on our way up and it ended up being my favorite gelato. So pretty much I just completely loved everything about Rapallo!!!
I woke up early the next morning & let Nate sleep in while I walked down into the town square to look for breakfast. I got some croissants, cookies, and fruit from a few different little shops. On the way back, I found a walkway down to a private beach and swam for a little bit! I loved having my own private little beach!!! Then I headed up to get Nate!! We brought our food down to the beach and swam a little more. Then we went to the beach from the first day. We found a spot that no one else was at, and I was in heaven, having our own little beach again! I had my little "route" where I would jump in the water, swim around to a big rock, climb on the rock, and then jump back in the water, and then get back onto our little beach. Haha, it was awesome though!!! We stayed there all morning & afternoon & then it was sadly time to head to our next destination, Corneglia.