■ 7 May 2012 by James Martin
So we hightailed it to Rapallo, took the funicular, and found ourselves in the clouds.
But by the time we’d walked the stations of the cross behind the Santuario Basilica Nostra Signora di Montallegro (1559) it had cleared enough to take pictures of the Golfo del Tigullio from our perch outside the Casa del Peligrino where, under the spotty shade of freshly pruned linden trees, we decided to celebrate the lack of rain with a Prosecco.
We were lazy and didn’t want to walk anymore before lunch, so we asked to look at the menu. It had coniglio, rabbit done in the Ligurian style with olives. It was a done deal. We ordered a pitcher of crisp white, a few salads, rabbit, a swordfish (also with olives) and whiled away the afternoon.
Then we headed back to town and tried for a decent gelato. We were too early. “Estate” they said. Summer. Bummer.
In any case, a trip up the mountain on the funicular to have lunch on the terrace isn’t a bad way to spend a sunny day on your Italian vacation. If you want to know more, check out our Rapallo Video. The tram ride is quite dramatic.
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