Villa Olimpo

via Aurelia Ponente 16 , Rapallo, 16035 Italy (Show map)


The villa was built at the end of the 19th century and here, in the Thirties, were guests famous personalities, such as Oskar Kokoshka and Ezra Pound. The old charm of the house has been carefully kept in the years through the refurbishments along with the original furniture. Three bedroom (each with private bathroom) are available for guests. It has a beautiful garden and is located in front of the Tigullio Gulf, few steps away from the city center of Rapallo, two miles from Santa Margherita Ligure and five from Portofino.

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Innkeepers: Marina e Attilio



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.5


5 on May 12, 2015

My wife Deb and I stayed here for a few days in May 2015. It was absolutely perfect. Marina is a kind, wonderful woman. She was extremely helpful and knowledgeable of the surrounding area, even giving us a pre-made map with recommendations for local dining. Breakfast was delicious and the views from the room were gorgeous. The location was perfect for us. Easy access to nearby tourist locations such as Portofino and Cinque Terre. Wish we could have stayed longer.

Innkeeper Response
Hi Brian, thank you so much for writing this wonderful review! I hope your trip went ahead fine and that you liked Rome. I suppose now you are back home, and that you'll remember your honeymoon as a special one. Many many greetings!


4.0 on May 21, 2014

Me encantó parar en la casa de Marina, me sentí muy cómoda, la atención fue muy acogedora, la casa es trasladarse en el tiempo, un placer con todas sus letras. Volvería allí y se la recomendaré a mis amigos que pronto visitarán Rapallo. Gracias Marina por tu hospitalidad.

Innkeeper Response
Muchas gracias por el comentario! Estoy muy contento de que se le ha encontrado bien. Aquí todo está bien, sólo que está lloviendo hoy, por desgracia. Espero que no se ha iniciado el invierno! Un abrazo, Marina


4.8 on August 31, 2013

We were in the villa for 1 week, it's really fantastic! All the rooms in the villa are beautiful with a lot of art. The rooms are very clean, the breakfast is good. Also the location is nice, just à few minuts walk to the center of Rapallo. Marina is such a nice lady and a great host. She only wants the best for her guests. We will go back!

Il tempo che fu

4.0 on December 20, 2011

Qui si respira la storia. E' una villa bellissima che fa pensare al tempo che fu. E la focaccia genovese è sublime! Marina, la proprietaria provvede ogni mattina a fartene trovare una diversa da quella del giorno prima.

Home away from home

5 on October 02, 2011

What a wonderful stay. Marina is a fabulous host. Nothing is too much to ask and she goes out of her way to make your stay special. Breakfast was outstanding with good home-brewed coffee and served in such a beautiful setting. Her house is a treasure trove of genuine family antiques. It is a short walk to the station, bus stop or supermarket and the ports of Portofino and St Margherita are a short bus trip away.

Innkeeper Response
How nice of you writing such a wonderful review! Thank you so much!

1st of May ... nella Villa del Capitano

5 on May 01, 2011

colazione in veranda: cornetto appena sfornato, focaccia fresca (buona quella alle olive e quella alle cipolle) e uno sguardo meraviglioso sul golfo; ho dormito 10 ore filate, grazie all'ambiente sereno, tranquillo e pieno di storia /storie; sole ed aria frizzantina ... prima di scendere al mare, un giro nel parco (e nell'orto) sulle orme del Capitano ... immersi nei profumi delle rose e dei fiori d'arancio ...

Wonderful stay

4.6 on April 08, 2011

I had wonderful time there. Villa is a really typical Italian villa with a very cute Winter garden with a nice vise. Marina is an amazing host. Overall it is a very warm place to stay. it is also very close to St margherita and portofino.

relaxing weekend

4.2 on February 15, 2011

We spent an outstanding weekend in this wonderful villa, a special thank to the innkeeper Marina. She is very helpful and polite. The view from the villa is wonderful and the position is very good for the beaches as well as the centre. We are looking forward to coming there again.

Better than Portifino

5 on November 11, 2010

This was quite a special place inside and out.The decor with beautiful paintings,antiques and rich with family history was so interesting and inviting.The view from the sunrooms and upstairs is magnificient of the bay and Rapallo.We could walk to restuarants and the lovely harbor, take a bus to Portifino for the afternoon,and enjoy a glass of special cello with Marina,our gracious hostess. She served fresh pasteries, yogurt and lots of wonderful coffee for breakfast and provided information on restuarants and places of interest.We did not have a car and Rapallo is convenient for train travel to the Cinque Terre and Genoa,conecting to Milan.


4.8 on October 04, 2010

I spent five wonderfull days in this charming 'fin de siecle' style villa. I felt like back in time. Relaxing for my soul and wellness for my mind. If you really want to feel history, dont hesitate.

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Location Type

Mountains, Oceanfront, Small town


Genoa, Italy (GOA-Cristoforo Colombo) 25 miles

Directions to property:

By car: coming from the highway A12, exit Rapallo, follow the way to Portofino/Genoa by via Mameli. At the first traffic light turn right (via Torino) and after the bridge turn left. Go straight until you get to the "STOP" and then turn right (direction Genoa) to via Aurelia Ponente. The villa is about 100 meters ahead at number 16. Since it is not allowed to stop the car in front of the gate, please call us in advance, so we'll give you instructions. By train: from the railway station you can walk direction Genoa (15 minutes) or take a taxi car (say at the driver "via Aurelia Ponente 16, per favore": € 12).

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Picnic area, Religious Services

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Desk, Fax Machine, Wi-Fi

Room amenities


On-site activities

Boating, Golfing, Hiking trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m
  • Check Out:: before 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only and in the winter garden
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, Cash



Marina e Attilio

Languages spoken

English, Italian

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

About the innkeepers

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  • Time Served: 8.00 - 10.30
  • Serving Location: Dining Room