San Michele di Pagana

San Michele di Pagana: what to see?

Italian version 🇮🇹

San Michele di Pagana, is ideally located halfway – between the municipalities of Santa Margherita Ligure and Rapallo.

It’s part of the Municipality of Rapallo, two kilometres away from the center.


➡ The locality of San Michele di Pagana is officially recognized by the municipal body as a Sestiere of the City of Rapallo. Sestiere was an historic, medieval division of the town. Just like the modern neighborhoods.

San Michele di Pagana

The maritime coast is divided into three small bays: Pomaro ,Trelo (or Travello) and Prelo: each enclosed in the classic and typical Ligurian village.

Few houses, tall, narrow and close to the sea. The three inlets are connected to each other by a narrow cliff which, running along the sea, crosses the three maritime nuclei.

San Michele di Pagana, Rapallo
San Michele di Pagana, view by “Rapallo’s side” – 📸 Teresa Frontera, from the Gruppo Facebook

✅ Characteristic of San Michele di Pagana, are the arcades present “here and there” in the inlets , which were the shelter of the small boats of fishermen, when the village, like similar thers Ligurian villages, made of fishing, its main work and livelihood.

What important happened in San Michele di Pagana?

✅ On November 12, 1920, was signed the famous “Treaty of Rapallo”, between the Kingdom of Italy and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, in Villa Spinola.

Wait a second. The’re were a lot of grumbling and controversies..
Villa Spinola, later known as “Villa del Trattato”, is in fact located near the respective municipal boundaries. At first glance, in fact, it seems nearest the Municipality of Santa Margherita.

Chroniclers 🎤 intervened to “immortalize” the historical event, caused a lot of confusion about the place. Some, in fact, attributed the seat of the treaty to Santa Margherita Ligure, instead of Rapallo.

📜After the Great War, it was Carlo Sforza, Foreign Minister, with a note,gave the definitive and official confirmation: the Treaty was ✍ signed in Rapallo.

What to see?

▶ First of all: you have to see the ⛱ beach.

San Michele is a well-known seaside resort in the summer, with private beach clubs and free access point. It’s also a splendid place off- season. Children can play in the sand, you can take your 4-legged friends for a walk. Sunny from morning to late afternoon, it is the ideal place to spend days in company, breathing fresh air.

In a few meters you have : bar, ice cream sellers, pizzeria, restaurant, grocery store and more (there is also the post office!) Nothing is missing.

▶ Definitely, you must see the Church of San Michele Arcangelo, located in the “upper” part of San Michele di Pagana.

The first dating of the Church dates back to 1133, probably built on the remains of a pre-existing pagan building. Interiors are in a single nave. One of the most works of art inside, is the important painting of the Crucifixion, made by the Flemish painter Antoon Van Dyck, during his stay in San Michele di Pagana, between 1621 and 1624.

Rapallo, chiesa di San Michele di Pagana
Church of San Michele Arcangelo – Picture by Rosa Olivari from the Gruppo Facebook

▶ To divide the two coves of Trelo and Prelo , going down by the steps from San Michele Arcangelo, there is a small municipal park, dedicated to the soldiers of Rapallo, died in the two World Wars.

The peculiarity of the park, called “Parco delle remembranze”, lies in the metal nameplates (with the soldier’s personal details) affixed to every tree in the park.

At the entrance, near the beach of Trelo, there is also a small altar-monument to the fallen soldiers. The location is truly impressive.

We advise you to visit it, even only for curiosity.

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