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The historic centre of Rapallo: photo description (Centro storico di Rapallo)

The historical centre of Rapallo is a web of narrow pedestrian streets paved with cobblestones, with many cafés and small shops and of course the old houses - tall and painted in bright colors. Decorative frescoes on the facades of buildings is one of the characteristic features of this part of Liguria. Sometimes among the frescoes there are real works of art - carefully emerged from shuttered Windows that are indistinguishable from the real thing. This trend in street art appeared in the 18th century, when authorities imposed a property tax, the amount of which depended on the number of Windows in the house.

In the centre of Rapallo survived several religious monuments. Among them - Santi Gervasio e Protasio 17th century, notable for its dome and bell tower. The Basilica itself has a neoclassical facade with bronze doors, and inside are kept some valuable pieces of art. The Church of Santo Stefano is the old in Rapallo, its tower, once used to serve as a guard tower, dates from the 15th century. But the facade is newer - it was rebuilt in the 17th century. Finally, the Church of San Francesco d'assisi 16-th century, located in the eponymous square, she attracts the attention of a decorative altar and painted vaults.

Among the other attractions of the historic centre of Rapallo - Porta delle saline, the only remaining of the five gates, which in the past protected the city. Now gates separate the historic centre from the waterfront. Also worth seeing the stone bridge of the middle Ages, known as the Hannibal Bridge. The river that once flowed under the bridge, now completely drained - in its place was built the road.

Meriting separate mention are the museums in Rapallo. The lace Museum, situated in Villa Tigullio, dedicated to the art of lace-making and contains more than a thousand exhibits, which date from the last five centuries. In the Museum of Attilio and Cleofe, Guffalo exhibited various works of art, and Museum of San Maurizio Monti dedicated to rural life.