Located in Rapallo on the coast of the Italian Riviera, this rental apartment on the waterfront is available either by itself or with a wonderful vintage yacht with skipper and chef for touring the coast of Liguria, including Portofino and the Cinque Terre. For those looking for a seaside and in-town experience, this apartment in a villa in Liguria, Italy, is the perfect choice.
(50 m2 of terraces and balconies) The charming apartment was built in the 1920's and has since been lovingly restored, inside and the terrace, by the owners while still maintaining its original layout and character. The apartment offers spectacular views of the... Tigullio bay and the Portofino promontory from the terrace and balconies. There is a large terrace off the dining room, a balcony off the kitchen, and a balcony off the living room. A small park is located nearby with playground equipment for children. Parking is possible on the street in front of the property, if spaces are available. The exterior of the building, maintained by the condo association, is in need of repair/restoration. The owners have no control over when that will take place.
(180m2) Entire second floor of the villa.
This apartment is furnished and decorated in accordance to maintaining the original antique feel of the property from the 1920's.
There is an entrance hall and spacious living/dining room. The living room has a new sofa (2007), new LCD TV (2007) and four arm chairs. The dining room has a dining table seating up to twelve people. There is a large kitchen equipped with stove, oven, refrigerator with freezer, dishwasher, microwave, and two washing machines. There is a south-facing master bedroom (25m2) with a queen-size bed, air conditioning and a sea view; a large twin-bedded room (16m2), which can be made up as a double bed upon request; a small bedroom (8m2) with a trundle bed for 2 people; and a dressing room with two regular sized single "Murphy" beds (180x80cm) which fold down from the cupboards. There are two bathrooms: one with tub and shower, and one with a large shower stall with hot water jets.
Arrive and Relax:Guests are greeted with a welcome basket filled with such staples as fruit, jelly, coffee, and tea.
* Parking in a private garage is possible for €16/day.
* Chef services are available upon prior request.
* A portable crib is available upon request.
* Vintage Yacht: Upon request, it is possible to arrange for the use of a 14 meter skippered yacht for daily excursions (at an extra cost). Guests may swim off of the yacht; the skipper is an excellent swimmer so this is safe even for children. In addition, it is possible to arrange overnight stays on the yacht which can accommodate up to 4 people. There are 4 single beds on the yacht, a full kitchen, one bathroom with shower, and a WC. Should guests wish to rent the yacht and eat on board, the skipper can also cook. Please note that the yacht is licensed for up to 8 guests for daily excursions. At the time of booking the apartment, please ask for the skipper's contact information. Diesel fuel is extra.
* This property is listed for 6 people only. However, there is a small fourth bedroom which can accommodate another person at a 5% surcharge. There is no extra charge if the seventh person is a baby.
* AC (in master bedroom only; fans are available in the other bedrooms, which receive less direct sun)
* The exterior of the building is in need of repair/restoration. The owners must wait for the condo association to take care of this.
* Daily housekeeping (2 hours per day, except for Sundays)
Additional amenities include: city centre, housekeeping - included, housekeeping available - extra cost, walk to town, welcome basket, cd, outside area - private, near the sea, cook service available - extra cost, balcony/terrace, portable baby crib/play pen - upon request, outside dining, air conditioning - partial house.
Left on 04/13/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | Scott
Outstanding view and very spacious with a great 2nd story patio.
The super friendly and helpful owners met us at check in.
Good location near main part of town and the train station.
The property is on a busy street with some road noise most of the time.
Plenty of nice restaurants and wine cafes within walking distance. There's a coffee shop right across the street and a train station less than a 10-minute walk.
Edward's review of Rapallo
Left on 11/03/2012 for a stay in October 2012 | Edward
Overall we really enjoyed our last week in Rapallo (our 4th week in Italy.) It was a lot noisier than our location in Chiavari. Scooters, cars and trucks just outside. The owners were wonderful. They live in Milan, but greeted us the day we arrived and walked us into town showing us places to eat and buy food. They provided daily maid service and gave us their phone numbers in the event we had any issues or questions. A bottle of Prosecco in the fridge was a nice touch as were the coffee, tea and snacks.
The location is the selling point. The walk into town was only a few minutes and we were within driving distance of a lot of beautiful sea towns. Fantastic eating and shopping for food to prepare in the apartment. The kitchen was basic, but very usable.
The surrounding area is beautiful and very walkable.
Crystal's review of Rapallo
Left on 09/30/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | Crystal
We thoroghly enjoyed our experience in Rapallo. The owners were so helpful and friendly. The location was perfect. Walking distance to the markets, grocery stores, ferry, and train station. Best of all was the view and the terrace where we spent most evenings outside eating and visiting.
The terrace was perfect. All of our socializing was done on the terrace. The location would come in as a second favorite. The house was so well equipped that we didn't need anything that was suggested on the packing checklist.
The town of Rappalo is so charming. It lacks the volume of tourists in nearby areas. We could walk to the train and ferry locations and depart to enjoy everything around yet still feel like we were living like locals.
David's review of Rapallo
Left on 07/31/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | David
This was our 3rd stay at the property in Rapallo in the past 7 years. We gave our 4 children a choice of anywhere in the world to visit, and they unanimously picked Rapallo to go back to for a family vacation. We had another fantastic trip, where we enjoyed the ability to cook, swim in the sea, sail, shop and enjoy a relaxed time. The proximity to the Cinque Terre, Genoa, Milan, Florence and Viareggio allowed everyone to do what they most wanted - whether it was shop or hang in the water. Fantastic!
The balcony and it's view over the bay and marina are unique and utterly wonderful. We loved watching the boats go out early in the day and return at the end of the day. We also loved looking at the house when we were going out on the sea for the day, and coming in from sailing at the end of the day!
The property is beautiful, but it is very hot in the middle of the summer. The addition of air conditioning in the Master Bedroom, which cools all three bedrooms in that wing of the apartment really improved the property and allowed everyone to sleep more comfortably.
Rapallo doesn't have the many overseas tourists that other parts of Italy have in the summer, so the atmosphere in the town is very natural and festive in the summer for the people of the area. The fireworks show on July 3rd was absolutely spectacular! ... more impressive than on the national mall in DC, if you can imagine.
roger's review of Rapallo
Left on 09/30/2009 for a stay in September 2009 | roger
Plenty of space and great location with everything within walking distance.
The noise. Also, although it had the old world charm parts of the villa, it needs a makeover, as it's getting rather tired. It needs proper sun lounges for the deck. There were unpleasant drain smells from the bathroom near the kitchen.
Restaurants coffee shops.
Cathy's review of Rapallo
Left on 09/30/2008 for a stay in September 2008 | Cathy
The balcony view.
The 3 flights of stairs.
Steve's review of Rapallo
Left on 07/31/2008 for a stay in July 2008 | Steve
We had a splendid time in Rapallo. We would highly recommend the apartment and hope one day our family will enjoy time there together again. It was terrific to have my family together for an Italian experience, culminating in the week at the villa in Rapallo.
The apartment was very comfortable and we enjoyed many meals on the terrace. The ease of walking across the road to the water for a swim or a few minutes into the city centre to stock up on supplies for the Italian cuisine we were going to prepare at the apartment was a treat.
Linda's review of Rapallo
Left on 06/30/2008 for a stay in June 2008 | Linda
We had a great experience. The apartment is very well located close to lots of restaurants, the train, and it had a great views of the bay. We loved sitting on the balcony watching the "people parade" in the evening.
The location was great although parking was tough. We took the train several days which was nice. The owners met us and it was great that they spoke English and could explain everything to us. They were very helpful and left us lots of information about where to eat, grocery stores, etc.
It is noisy at night until very late if you have the windows open. It was very cool so we did not try the AC. That might have cut down on the noise but it's only in the master bed room. The other bedrooms do not have AC.
Rapallo is very beautiful and well situated to explore the coast. You can take the ferries to Portofino, Santa Margarita and the Cinque Terra or the train to Genoa. We really enjoyed Genoa as the owners encouraged us to go there since Americans do not know much of the city. It is Beautiful. We used the guide that they recommended and she was great.
Denise's review of Rapallo
Left on 04/30/2008 for a stay in April 2008 | Denise
We had a fabulous week, everyday was fantastic. We were able to use Captain Piero and Alessandra's yacht, which was a great day with loads of information about the area. We also went to Florence for the day with Piero.
The location and just the whole Italian experience. We could live that life style!
Not really anything.
So many things to see and do. We needed much more than one week.
Dianna's review of Rapallo
Left on 07/31/2007 for a stay in July 2007 | Dianna
Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! We can't wait to go back.
This was an absolutely beautiful villa. The online pictures don't do it justice. The view was equally amazing. The property owners were very friendly and helpful.
The area is very noisy at night. There's not much to be done about this. Next time we would take earplugs.
Rapallo and the neighboring coastal towns, such as Santa Margherita and Portofino, are so picturesque. We enjoyed the architecture, shopping and fabulous food. Also, we found people to be very friendly here, as well as patient with our less than great mastery of the Italian language.
Evan's review of Rapallo
Left on 08/31/2006 for a stay in August 2006 | Evan
It is a beautiful property in a great location, and the owners are very nice people who were gracious and helpful. The addition of the yacht was fantastic and Piero and Alessandra couldn't be nicer or more accommodating. In regard to the villa, the terrace and balconies of the villa were also wonderful for having a glass of wine and watching the world go by.
It needs air conditioning which would also reduce the noise level. It could use more accessories - for example, it had no wine glasses so we bought some and left them for the owners and future guests. The common entrance area could use a cleaning as could the common steps.
Everything - the yacht allowed us to see areas at a leisurely pace with excellent company and food. Walking around Rapallo was also very nice.
Elizabeth's review of Rapallo
Left on 06/30/2006 for a stay in June 2006 | Elizabeth
We were in total agreement with the previous comments about this beautiful property -- I still long to be having my morning coffee on the wonderful terrace and watching Rapallo awaken.
It was a perfect location for strolling the old town and promenade and had a nicely appointed living area. Our group members that chose to use the yacht loved our excursions to Portofino, Cinque Terre and just cruising the coast. Having Piero play his guitar delighted not only us, but some Italian friends who joined us for one day. The young set also loved the aquarium in Genoa. We appreciated all the help and recommendations from our hosts and Piero and his wife!
Again, only negatives were the night noises, some heat, and some mosquito action.
Fairly easy day trips to Lucca and Pisa and another day to Genoa where we were pleasantly surprised to discover, through a recommended tour guide, one of the most interesting cities in Italy!
Sally's review of Rapallo
Left on 10/31/2005 for a stay in October 2005 | Sally
Its location. its authenticity, an original Italian villa.
Lack of fly screens We know, its a European thing. It would have made a huge difference, because we couldn't sleep with the windows open. Age of electrical appliances. things like kettle and toaster were useless and television was very old and remote wouldn't work. Rapallo is a summer resort town. We arrived in early October and it rained most of the time. It would have been helpful if the owners included a few English and perhaps other language videos and a few better reading lights in the lounge room.
Cafes, shops, friendly people, the surrounding towns and waterways and of course the Cinque Terre.
Gary's review of Rapallo
Left on 06/30/2005 for a stay in June 2005 | Gary
Just a wonderful experience.. The owners were very helpful and nice. If you are driving a car, make arrangements ahead of time for parking. The owners can make those arrangements.
The boat captain and his wife took us all along the coastal area and the views were beatiful..The food on the boat was great and Piero and Alessandra fixed dinner several times at night. Wow what a experience! If you want to experience how real Italians live this is the place for you. The villa is very nice and comfortable and views could not be better.
Noise at night time but really this is part of the beauty of the location..
The people, the food, the wine, and the scenery
Sharon's review of Rapallo
Left on 06/30/2004 for a stay in June 2004 | Sharon
It was a great location right across from the beach with a beautiful, large terrace for watching everything going on as well as enjoying the beautiful view. The property is in a great location -- both in terms of being right on the edge of town and in terms of lots of great day trips nearby. The apartment was beautiful and spacious and the owners and skipper and his family were very nice and accommodating. When we were there the seas were too rough to go out most days and the skipper and his wife offered to take us on some local hikes, instead.
It was very noisy at night in the master bedroom and especially in the kids' bedroom. It was much quieter if we closed the windows, but we wanted the sea breeze to keep things cool. Also, I thought the tender was too small -- it may be because we had rough weather, which I think was unusual, but it wasn't very easy to get on and off the boat when using the tender.
Great access to the Cinque Terre and lots of beautiful towns.
Jeanne's review of Rapallo
Left on 05/31/2004 for a stay in May 2004 | Jeanne
We really loved the location. The terrace was wonderful.
Location, view, charming. We took the boat for a day and that was wonderful. Owners of boat and apartment were very nice and accommodating.
The beds were very stiff, and the couches in the living room weren't very comfortable. You might want to mention it could be difficult for someone to walk up two stories, as there is no elevator.
Location, restaurant across the street, cafe bar below. Proximity to the harbor and shopping. The location was the best. Close to train station and supermarket.
David's review of Rapallo
Left on 11/30/2003 for a stay in November 2003 | David
The apartment is extremely large by European standards. More than worth the price of admission!
The apartment was spacious and comfortable, and felt like home away from home. The location was exceptional and the view was beautiful, inspiring and tranquil. It had everything necessary for total enjoyment without compromise.
The coffee pot was small.
The surrounding area consisted of mountains tumbling into seashore, unlimited vistas and easy access by train and bus.
The apartment was unique,...
Left on 06/14/2003 for a stay in May 2003 |
The apartment was unique, clean, large enough, and had great views.
Jennifer's review of Rapallo
Left on 07/31/2002 for a stay in July 2002 | Jennifer
The apartment is beautiful, full of Old World charm, and very comfortable. The owners and the captain and his wife were absolutely delightful people who made the stay even more wonderful.
Using the boat, and the beautiful terrace.
As in most of Europe, there are no screens on the windows so in order to stay cool at night, you must put up with a few mosquitoes. Not a huge problem, though.
The town of Rapallo had everything we needed, but the surrounding towns were also beautiful. It is possible to visit many of them by boat.
Ann's review of Rapallo
Left on 06/30/2002 for a stay in June 2002 | Ann
Size - Location.
Cinque Terre, Genoa and small seaports.
Stephanie's review of Rapallo
Left on 07/31/2001 for a stay in July 2001 | Stephanie
The property was more than fine, especially the boat where we spent most of our time.
The location which was glorious as well as the property owners who acted more like hosts than landlords. We thought they were wonderful and spent a day as well as a meal with them. The apartment itself has a fantastic view of the boardwalk frontage and the harbor with a nice square in front with a fountain.
The noise level, which in the cities in Italy honestly cannot be helped, althought the source of the noise here is the fountain and the people who congregate there.
We spent most of our time on a boat out front with Pero and Alessandra who own and run the boat.
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