During the winter of 1923, Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson, stayed in Rapallo in the modest Riviera Hotel. It was there that she told him she was pregnant, and the young writer and journalist angrily left the room with a loud bang. Four years later they divorced.
By the 1960s, Rapallo had regained its past glory and became the elegant city it is today, a favorite winter retreat for wealthy Italians living in the Northwest.
The city also boasts historical monuments well worth a visit, such as the Castello di Punta Pagana, headquarters of the Military Order of Malta; the historic Tower of Fieschi and the Civic Tower; the Santuario di Monteallegro; the Porta Delle Saline, and the Basilica of Saints Gervasio and Protasio with its leaning tower, or the Monastero di Santa Maria in Valle Christi. And last but not least—in summer—you can enjoy the glamorous beaches of San Michele di Pagana.
The best accommodation in the city is the Excelsior Palace Hotel, a luxurious five-star establishment whose origins date back to 1900 and is especially noteworthy for its exclusive suites and marvelous views over the bay of Rapallo.
Golf enthusiasts can also enjoy the nearby Club, just one mile from the historic center of the captivating city of Rapallo. ■