Italy, a Mediterranean jewel, is a tourist capital of the world and home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. An Italy yacht charter vacation brings this central Mediterranean country’s beautiful culture and scenery to life, including the delightful cuisine, art and ancient history.
A yacht charter in Sardinia, Italy is quite an experience where the local language is incomprehensible to all other Italians. Sardinia has one of Europe’s most stunning coastlines with blue shimmering waters, golden sand beaches and rugged mountains covered with flocks of sheep. Many Italy and Amalfi yacht charters begin in Naples with it’s proud and colorful culture and alluring hospitality.
Naples is the yacht charter hub of southern Italy and the gateway to Capri and the Amalfi Coast. The Isle of Capri and Amalfi present some of the most spectacular coastlines of the Mediterranean. The hillside towns are a truly magnificent display of Italian architecture with houses built to steep cliffs above the coastline. A yacht charter in Italy must incorporate the 50 km of stunning Amalfi coastline that stretches mainly from Sorrento to Salerno. Amalfi and Positano remains a place of rare and incredible beauty.
The best time to see the Amalfi Coast is from April to June, when the spring flowers are in bloom and the temperature of the Mediterranean allows for the first swim of the season. Spring on the Amalfi Coast is this stretch of Italian coastline’s golden season as the scent of orange blossoms and jasmine captivates the first visitors of the season. The cafés and restaurants throw open their doors to the sunlight as the sleepy villages come out of their winter hibernation. The tourist season officially begins at Easter and runs through the month of September, but during May and June prices are generally lower than during July and August. By choosing late spring or early summer, you can also avoid the tourist crush of July and August and the high temperatures later in the year.
Italy Yacht Charter Itinerary: Portofino to Positano (Naples) (sample itinerary)
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Start your journey in one of Portofino’s finest hotels:
Hotel Splendido – Portofino
ITALY YACHT CHARTER DAY 1
Embark at Portofino Marina.
Depart to Portovenere via Cinque Terre
Distance: nm 25 – 1 hr
From Portofino cruise the length of the National Park of Cinque Terre. At the end of this stunning and diverting coastline is Portovenere where you will spend your first night.The famous Cinque Terre are 5 villages (Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore) set along eighteen kilometers/five miles of sheer rocky coastline beneath steep terraced hills and vineyards. The little villages are built into the rocks between the beach and the hills, and are famous for their vineyards and local wines. They are so hard to reach that they are almost perfectly preserved. The vineyards have contributed to create a unique landscape with dry-laid stone walls, winding paths, enchanting beaches between cliffs and clear waters. Not only sea, the Cinque Terre offer beautiful footpaths with take breathing view, churches, oratories and old castles, diving, food and wines of first quality. The Cinque Terre are National Park and UNESCO protected territory since 1997.
ITALY YACHT CHARTER DAY 2
Depart to Portoferraio – Elba
Distance: 80 nm 3 hr
Leave Portovenere early in the morning and cruise to Elba. Elba is one of the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park which is the largest marine Park in Europe. Reach Porto Ferraio, Elba’s main town. Porto Ferraio is lined with beautiful little seaside restaurants and lots of boutiques for shopping. Guests can have dinner near the port at “Stella Marina” serving excellent fish specialties in a modern style setting, or at the more elegant “La Lucciola”, 20 minutes away from the port. Anchor off or dock in Porto Ferraio Marina for the night.
ITALY YACHT CHARTER DAY 3
Depart to Argentario – Giannutri
Distance 45 nm – 2 hr
Early morning departure to the island of Giannutri, along the beautiful promontory of Argentario. Landing Giannutri with chance to see from the sea the second century AD Roman villa, to make optional excursions or diving in crystal clear waters of the wild Cala Maestra or Cala Spalmatoio. Drop anchor in the beautiful Gulf of Spalmatoio, day at sea, at anchor overnight with dinner on board.
ITALY YACHT CHARTER DAY 4-5
Depart to Ponza
Distance 114 nm 5 hr
Morning departure for Ponza, the largest island of Italy’s Pontine Archipelago. Take a trip around the island and stop for some swimming. The island can be best savoured by circumnavigating it. Stop at Chiaia di Luna. This is a beautiful spot also good for anchoring. Charmingly fringed with dramatic coves and cliffs, the main town features colorful houses and is seen by its visitors as a less-spoilt version of Capri. The island’s main settlement is Ponza Porto, around the harbor. There aren’t many tourist sights or monuments on Ponza, but there are some excellent restaurants as well as a few options for late-night drinking and dancing. Anchor off in Ponza. In the morning If guests love solitude, take them to the small island of Palmarola and anchor off in Cala dei Francesi, where guests can relax or go snorkelling. You could also take guests around the island by tender: this is the best way to see the cliffs, bay and grottoes. Optional spot for anchoring is Cala di Feola. In the evening sail back to Ponza. Overnight in port or anchor off at “Frontone” bay.
ITALY YACHT CHARTER DAY 6
Depart to Ischia (Gulf of Naples)
Distance 40 nm 2 hr
Early departure to Ischia, known as the Emerald Island because of its luxuriant vegetation. We recommend to visit San Angelo, a small fishing village south of the island of Ischia. This place is an idyllic treasure, bounded on one side by soaring cliffs which meld beautifully into crystal clear Mediterranean waters. The village boasts a variety of ceramic shops and cafes on the main little square. Worth to be mentioned is the Aragonese Castle, the most impressive historical monument of Ischia. We also suggest light lunch and wine tasting at midday and a relaxing afternoon at the famous Ischia spas. Overnight in Maronti bay out of Santangelo or in Santagelo port (small and picturesque).
ITALY YACHT CHARTER DAY 7
Depart to Capri (Gulf of Naples)
Distance 18 nm less than 1 hr
Early departure for Capri. Cruise around the Island with a few stops near the Faraglioni rocks and Marina Piccola. Guests can also go ashore for shopping or for a quick visit of the island. Alternatively they could visit the Blue Grotto whose enchanted cavern attracts visitor from all over the world. Guests are taken inside the grotto in small rowing boats (up to 5 pax in each boat) that are able to penetrate into the opening to the grotto. Once inside, they will enjoy the most amazing sight ever. Lunch at one of the characteristic restaurants nearby the Blue Grotto, such as “Il Riccio”, “La Canzone del Mare”, “La Fontellina” etc. Afternoon departure for Positano.
End your journey in one of Napoli’s finest hotels:
Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola
fantastico, stupefacente, splendida, grande, travolgente, attraente, meravigliosa, ottima, bello, sexy!