After we left Lucerne, we headed down to the Italian Riviera.
We stayed in Rapallo, which is the largest city in the Italian Riviera.
We had originally wanted to go to and stay in Cinque Terre.
We have heard so much about the region and everyone raves about it.
Since we had to plan this trip literally at the last minute though, all of
the hotels in all five of the towns in Cinque Terre were booked. So
we used Google Maps and made our way up the coast until we found
a beach town with a vacancy.
That turned out to be Rapallo and one of the best places we've stayed.
Rapallo is a hidden, little known gem. We had never heard of it before
(and Im betting you havent either).
It sits right on the Med, has a castle in the sea, a promenade, unique
shopping and fantastic restaurants. The people were all very nice
and there is a sandy beach to lounge on.
Another plus is that is was very affordable, especially compared to
We liked Rapallo so much that we will definitely go back one day
and we highly recommend it to anyone who is traveling in the region.
|The harbor in Rapallo|
|On the boat, on our way to Portofino|
Portofino is a very small coastal town in Italy.
It literally had one street and the promenade, a couple of churches, castle
ruins and shops and restaurants.
This was a very high class, almost snobbish town. The shops were all very
high class and expensive. (Think Louis Vitton)
The restaurants were all expensive as well, but we did have the best lunch
here. They had the freshest, yummiest mussels that Ive ever eaten.
We also had gelato here which was delicious of course.
When we got back to Switzerland the next day, we saw online that Leo
Dicapprio and Blake Lively were in Portofino the same day we were!
I so wish we would have seen them!
We imagine that they were on one of the huge, expensive and gorgeous yachts
that were anchored there.
|Pulling into Portofino|
|The Portofino harbor|
|The water was a gorgeous color!|
We liked Portofino, but we probably wont ever go back.
It was gorgeous, had great food and gelato, but then, so
does most of Italy right?