Gemini -Top comfort in the heart of Rapallo
From $85 / night
Description from the manager
Description from the manager
Type: Apt. / Condo
Gemini apartment is comfortable, ideally located and almost every interesting spot in Rapallo is at walking distance.
Just in front of the building you have train and bus stations. A few steps away there is fresh food market.
You can easily and quickly reach: beaches, grocery stores, restaurants, and the town center on foot.
Car is not needed but in case you have one, a private parking place is available at â‚Ź 12,00/day.
This apartment is designed to be comfortable the whole year around also for families with kids and grandparents.
Heating sistem and cooling can be adjusted at your desire, kitchen is well equipped and food shops in the ...Read more
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Additional Location Information
Here you have some infos about the area from Varigotti to Cinque Terre
They are meant to help you enjoy the places I love and know best and the ones it might be more difficult to bump in just walking around. You'll also find some general hints, that may sound funny or useless if you already know Italy but will turn useful if it is the first time you are in my country.
Consider that I usually visit the area in winter and during weekend (I love Liguria but I live in Milano), in summertime there are many other places to check.
Billa supermarket is a few steps from train station. Ask for Billa or Standa (the old name) and everybody knows. It is open 7/7 from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm.
Fresh vegetable market in Via Venezia every morning.
Many shops like, bakery, pasta fresca, butcher, fishmonger, cheese shop, deli shops etc. in via Mazzini and Via Venezia and surroundings.
Almost every pasta fresca is good. The ones I usually buy at are: la Casana in Via Mazzini and Dassu in Via Venezia.
At the corner of Via Mazzini and Via Magenta you have "La bottega dei sestieri" wich is a real gourmet temple. They also speak English and can suggest you the best combination of wine and food. They have a lot of food produced in the "slow food" spirit. htttp://www.slowfood.com/
Places for breakfast
The "BAR LATTERIA" at the streetlight by the Auditorium delle Clarisse: a tiny bar with fresh pastry, good espresso and a nice view on the sea. My friend Marzia (the owner of the bar and the Bagni Molo just in front of it) can also give you good tips on the area. You find it on the way from the castle to Villa Porticciolo. By the "BAR LATTERIA" you have a new strand with international press.
PASTICCERIA CANEPA: it is in Piazza Garibaldi, the little square at the beginning of the "caruggi" by the octopus (polpo) fountain.
BAR SOLE, great location a few steps from “BAR LATTERIA”
In Italy "bar" does not only mean a place to drink alcohol in the evening, most of the time is a place to have a coffè and croissant in the morning maybe (but not necessary) at the counter.
"caffè" is more a place to seat and spend time. The difference it is not so sharp and you can spend as much time as you want in both.
Very nice also Caffè Defilla in Chiavari in corso Garibaldi.
My favourites are:
-Hostaria Vecchia Rapallo, Via Fratelli Cairoli, 24-25 tel 0185 50053
-Focaccia in Riviera, it is just at the beginning of via Zunino (or at the end if you arrive from the apartment). Try their Focaccia di Recco (cheese focaccia ) it’s excellent.
Bagni Molo (in summer is also restaurant) Marzia: +39 392 0997559
- Bar Sole, great location.
U Bansin Via Venezia, 104 tel: 0185 231119 very easy but but the food is good
U Giancu Via San Massimo - tel: 0185.260505/0185.261212 a must if you have little kids. They will love it. It's far from the center and the apt, you can go there by bus (direction San Massimo) by car or taxi
Trattoria Da Mario, Piazza Garibaldi, 23, tel: 0185 51736
if you love pizza: Pizzeria Bella Napoli, Corso Colombo, 26. tel: tel 0185 56683
Almost all of the places on the Passeggiata are ok. To pick out some two names: Hotel Miramare and Da Monique.
My favourites are:
- Caffè del Porto Via Tomaso Bottaro, 32 tel: 0185 287044, traditional cuisine easy and quite inexpensive.
- Capo Nord: 0185 289542 (it's actually between Santa Margherita and Paraggi) unfortunately it is open only in summer. Very romantic, you really eat "pieds dans l'eau".
There are also some other nice places in the area by Piazza Vittorio Veneto and at the beginning of Calata del Porto but sometimes they are a little snobish and the gap between what you pay and what you get is too high. In summer is really crowded. Consider that Santa Margherita is one of the favourite places for young scion of northern Italy rich families to show off, in winter is different.
My favourites are:
- Polpo Mario: 0185 480203 my favourite dish is "misto all'antica" and my favourite wine is: Vermentino di Laura Aschero
- Cantine Cattaneo: Via Vicinale della Madonnetta, 1 tel: 0185 487431 you need to go there by car or you can take a taxi from Sestri Levante.
Portobello: Via Portobello, 16 -tel: 0185 41566 in the baia del silenzio
Asseu: via G.B. da Ponzerone, 2 take the road from Sestri Levante to Moneglia, the restaurant is just after Riva Trigoso. www.asseu.it. You need a car or you can take a taxi from Sestri Levante.
Ristorante dei Castelli: the owner is the same of Polpo Mario. Very nice location and good food but, in my opinion, a little too expensive. I prefer Polpo Mario.
Ruta di Camogli:
Nonna Nina (excellent traditional ligurian cuisine) : 0185 773835 www.nonnanina.it you have to go by car or take a taxi from Santa Margherita or Camogli. You can also take a 15-20 min walk from the bus stop of Ruta.
If you go there for lunch and don't mind walking (and little trekking), you can spend the afternoon on the path from Ruta to Punta Chiappa and then from Punta Chiappa to the village of Camogli, wich is beautifull.
Gelaterie (icecream places)
Frigidarium (just by the castle)
Gelateria del Polpo (under the arcades at the beginning of via Mazzini)
Gelateria Centrale try Pinguino (chocolate dipped ice cream)
Baciollo (my top favourite) try: crema con fichi e noci (figs and nut) and ricotta e cotognata.
Places to have a drink from 7 p.m. till late and for APERITIVO
Aperitivo is normally served with a little food that sometimes it is not just "a little".
In some places, in summer, you may find "happy hour" which is served from 7pm to 9pm: you only pay for the drink and are aloud to help yourself as much as you like with food. It is the italian version of "tapas".
Enoteca Il castello
Bar le saline
Caffè Defilla in corso Garibaldi
There are two bars in the "baia del silenzio", one is by Hotel Helvetia and the other one is almost on the other side of the bay. Both of them are very nice.
Enoteca Winter Rose
They are both on calata Marconi on your left side looking at the sea.
If you look for sandy beaches, you should go to LIDO or FLORA, they are a little more far away from the apartment, but not that far.
PORTICCIOLO is very close to the apartment and also my favourite.
MOLO is also close to the apt and is owned by my friend Marzia she is very nice and often organizes nice dinners at the beach.
My suggestion is not to go every day in the same place and, above all, go and visit the little villages in the surroundings, like: Zoagli, Prelo, Trelo, San Michele, Paraggi.
Zoagli: reach the seaside and walk on the cliffs on your right side till you can, the water is great.
Sestri Levante: baia del silenzio
Places to visit and things to do:
you MUST visit the following villages, in brakes the best way to reach them in day time
Sestri Levante (train/car)
Cinque Terre (train/boat) consider a full day to go, visit and come back. It's touristy but worth the crowd. http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/travel/treasures-of-the-cinque-terre.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0
and if your holiday lasts a little more:
- Zoagli (foot/train/car)
- Chiavari (train/car) it’s very nice the center with it’s ancient arcades but I do not like so much the new waterfront.
- Santa Margherita (bus/car)
- Lavagna (bus/car)
- Portovenere and Lerici (boat) quite far away, consider a full day to go, visit and come back
- And last but not least GENOVA. In my opinion, it has the same ranking of Florence or Turin in terms of number and quality of historic buildings and monuments. Do not forget to visit the Genova Acquarium www.acquariodigenova.it and the Città dei bambini, www.cittàdeibambini.net. Your kids will love it!
Also check exhibitions in Palazzo Ducale: http://www.palazzoducale.genova.it/
San Fruttuoso (only by boat). Charming but very touristic, do not go on week-end http://www.fondoambiente.it/beni/abbazia-s-fruttuoso-beni-del-fai.asp
things to do
- walk from Rapallo to Santa Margherita (5km) and Portofino (9km) it is plain and easy with many places and villages to stop and rest on the way. Avoid weekends and July-August period, you walk by the same road of cars and you do not want to mix too much "sea smell and sound" with "traffic smell and sound".
- walk from Ruta di Camogli (you reach it by bus from Rapallo) to Punta Chiappa/Capo Pidocchio. If you are a good swimmer, have a swim at punta Chiappa. Be careful, if the sea is not calm it can be difficult to get out of the water. Check what locals do. On the way there is a nice restaurant: U SPADIN. His pesto sauce is famous.
- trekking from Portofino to San Fruttuoso (you can also reach San Fruttuoso by boat) It is quite challenging but the view is great. If you get too tired you can take your way back by boat. Check the boat (battelli) time table in Portofino.
Other suggestions: http://doveviaggi.corriere.it/dove-rcs/home/weekend/mare/2012/dicembre/liguria-panorami.html
- on the way to the center there is "Auditorium delle Clarisse" where classical music is often performed and the Gaffoglio museum.
- in the Parco Casale you have: children playground, mini golf course, library, museo del merletto, open air movie theatre (only in summer) great place also for jogging and walk your dog
- not far from the highway exit you can play golf or tennis at Circolo Golf e Tennis Rapallo.
http://www.golfetennisrapallo.it/it/ (bus direction Santa Maria and San Massimo)
Means of transportation:
things change a lot between summer and the rest of the year.
in summer, especially during week-end it's much better not to use your car. The problem is actually much more parking than circulation.
By bus, train or boat you can go almost everywhere but check accurately the schedule for your way back.
Bus station is just in front of train station (stazione). Bus is also a very good place to talk to locals and ask for tips of info about the area.
Boats leave from the "passeggiata" 200mt far from the castle
This is the italian railway company site: http://www.ferroviedellostato.it/ check those destinations: Zoagli, Camogli, Corniglia (cinque terre), Sestri Levante and GENOVA.
This is the bus company site: http://www.tigulliotrasporti.it/cartina2.php?sez=TOc check: Santa Margherita, Portofino, Camogli, Zoagli, Ruta di Camogli.
This is the ferry company web site: http://www.traghettiportofino.it/ check: Portofino, Santa Margherita, San Fruttuoso and Cinque Terre.
Generally speaking in Liguria there is a much wider choice of "land food" than fish. Which it does not mean fish is not excellent, but, it would not be smart to eat more frequently fish than the rest just because you are by the seaside. If I have to pick a category of ingredients to be told as the most important in the Ligurian cuisine, I would say: vegetables and oil. And I would add that the tradition has been able to create dishes full of taste and perfume from very poor ingredients.
Here you have some dishes that are typical of the region:
Pesto sauce, which is used to season trofie or trenette
Salsa di Noci (nut sauce), which is used to season Pansotti, which is a kind of ravioli with vegetable filling
Coniglio (rabbit) or fishes like orata or branzino alla ligure (oven cooked with potatoes and olives)
Polpo con le patate octopus with boiled potatoes (very good at Polpo Mario restaurant)
Many different tipe of Torte di verdure (quiches) or verdure ripiene, one for all is Torta Pasqualina (which is supposed to be eaten at Easter).
Focaccia (flatbread) and focaccia con il formaggio (cheese). The best places to buy focaccia are bakeries. The one by the apartment and the one under the arches at the beginning of via Mazzini are excellent.
Very good focaccia also at Il focacciaio in Vico del Pozzo, 30, Rapallo (and it is open also on Sunday and till 8,30-9,00 pm.)
Olives: if they bring you some dark little olives they are "olive Taggiasche" they do not look nice but are tasteful.
if you eat at home, food shopping in Rapallo
Billa supermarket on the way to the station. Ask for Billa and everybody knows. It is open 7/7 till 8pm.
Fresh vegetable market in Via Venezia
Many shops like, bakery, pasta fresca, butcher, fishmonger, cheese shop, etc. in via Mazzini and Via Venezia and surroundings.
A very good bakery is also a few steps from the apartment.
Almost every "pasta fresca" shops are good. The ones I usually buy at are: la Casana in Via Mazzini and Dasso in piazza Venezia. At La Casana you can also attend cooking lessons
At the corner of Via Mazzini and Via Magenta you have "La bottega dei sestieri" wich is a real gourmet temple. They also speak English and can suggest you the best combination of wine and food.
Tips at restaurant: it does not work like in the States and in many other countries, 15-20% of the bill is a lot (that is why often the service is worse). If you are happy with the service you can leave:
- bar, caffè, enoteca and similar (only if you are served at the table): 1-2 euro per person
- at the restaurant: 2-3 euro per person
- at the bar counter: it would be kind to leave 20-50 cents but most of the Italians don't tip at the counter.
Never leave copper coins.
If you are served by the owner (sometimes it may happen) you should not tip, if you want to tip, is kind to specify that the tip is for the employes.
bill/check: it is quite unusual to ask for separate bills and is even more unusual that each person pays with his own credit card (as it often happens in France).
Means of payment: do not forget to carry some cash on you. In Italy credit/debit cards and similar are used in supermarkets, nice shops and restaurants or to buy gas. Small grocery, bars, small restaurant and, generally speaking, small exercise only accept cash. Maybe they show American Express or Visa sign outside but, when you try to use your card, they tell you either, your card is not working or their machine is broken.
Prices that are shown on menus and everywhere include all taxes.
If you do not like espresso because it is too strong ask for "caffè americano"
if you want a sort of mini cappuccino ask for "macchiato caldo"
Avoid restaurants that displays food pictures outside and the ones with a too wide menu. With a few exceptions, the shorter is the menu, the better (and fresher) is the food. Allways ask the price of the "dish of the day".
Have a nice holiday!!
More About This Location
Waterfront, Warm winter getaways, Beach or lakeside relaxation
Nearest train station: Rapallo
Nearest airport: Genova Cristoforo Colombo, 25 miles
Nearest ferry port: Genova, 20 miles
Car is not necessary