Begin to explore the traditions of Rapallo with a walk on the promenade amidst the palm and olive-trees. From here, a wonderful view of the entire bay can be enjoyed as well as the beautiful colored buildings housing cafes, hotels and restaurants that make up the ancient center of town. On the other side are the sea, the luxurious medieval castle and the grand port.
It is said that Rapallo was the home of the Liguri Tigulli in pre-Roman times, which gave their name to the Gulf of Tigullio that protects the ancient town, and that Hannibal passed through this area on his way to the Alps. A single-span bridge on the eastern side of the bay is named after Hannibal to mark this event.
Today, the town's harbor is filled with yachts, visitors and those who cannot resist the beauty, antiquity, and gracious hospitality that have been maintained through the centuries. It is a town of both reveling celebrations and peaceful moments by the sea.