Italy, a magnificent peninsula that stretches into the Mediterranean and boasts a wealth of nature, history and culture. Poetry is all around, from Sardinia with its enchanting beaches which can be reached by yacht or by motor boat, to Sicily with the Aeolian and Egadi islands; from the fabled Amalfi coast to the small isle of Ponza, a tiny gem of caves and clear water. Tuscany, of course with the isle of Elba, a must-see destination for anyone who enjoys peaceful cruising on a private yacht or catamaran. Then there’s Liguria and the Cinque Terre, with its pretty hill towns; Puglia, with its bewitchingly beautiful Tremiti islands and Salento coast; or Venice, with its splendid islands on the lagoon, perfect for discovering by boat. And Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda, for an atmospheric taste of Northern Italy from the comfort of a chartered yacht or motor boat.
La Maddalena island, the Costa Smeralda, Asinara… Sardinia is an endless list of stunning beaches covering more than 1800 kilometres of coastline. The island is alive with colour, and offers a rich variety of landscapes. It’s a must-see for those wanting to rent a boat, whether a bareboat rental or luxury yacht charter, and sail among the most spectacular scenery that the Mediterranean has to offer.
A magical blend of nature and history makes Sicily one of the most extraordinary regions of the Mediterranean. Its tiny archipelagos offer crystal waters, volcanic mountains and ancient fishing villages: the Aeolian, Egadi and Pelagia isles must be experienced by boat.
As small as it is beautiful, this island just off the Amalfi coast is ideal for anyone seeking a sailing holiday surrounded by sheer beauty: rocks of every imaginable hue, plunging steep cliffs and majestic caves. Whether you opt for a crewed or bareboat charter on a yacht or motor boat, make sure to call in at this destination.
One of Italy’s most picturesque regions. The Tuscan archipelago should be on the bucket list of any catamaran- or sailing holiday-enthusiast: the islands of Elba, Capraia, Giglio, Giannutri. Beautiful beaches and coves, and historic towns too, offering shelter from all the winds.
Cruising along the Cinque Terre is a truly spectacular experience; this stretch of cliffs and bays includes romantic, picturesque corners where the work of human hand can be admired alongside the beauty of nature. Viewed from a yacht, the little villages perched on the hilltops resemble an oil painting.
The stretch of coast between Venice and Trieste and the Venetian lagoons are ideal to visit on a boat or a houseboat and are a unique destination, something that no other Italian region can offer. If tranquil, glassy expanses of water and atmospheric lakes appeal to you, this is the right place.
Venice: perhaps the world’s dreamiest city thanks to its unique atmosphere, and even more captivating if it is discovered by private boat. Cruising through the lagoon, dropping anchor in one of its famous or lesser-known islands, with the freedom to stay on after dusk once the tourists have gone home is an unforgettable experience and would be a dream honeymoon.
Puglia is a simply magical region. It boasts miles and miles of coastline, with crystal seas, picturesque villages to explore, and striking natural panoramas such as those found on the Tremiti Islands and in Salento: a rocky, many-hued paradise, with an almost unreal natural beauty – naturally, best explored on board a chartered boat.
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Spend time exploring Europe’s most magnificent coastline when you book a yacht charter along the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Visit ancient historical sites, play in crystal clear Mediterranean waters and soak up that hot Italian sun living la dolce vita.
YACHT CHARTER DAY 1
Spend the morning exploring Naples before heading to your yacht at noon. Your captain and crew will be ready and waiting, cold drinks in hand, to show you around your new floating home for the next week. The chef has prepared lunch alfresco so you can enjoy their delicious creations while taking in the coastal views.
YACHT CHARTER DAY 2
Today you’ll spend the day in Ischia and it’s time to be pampered! Visit the thermal spas and hot springs or get lathered with volcanic mud at Sant’Angelo d’Ischia and Casamicciola Terme. Head back to the yacht and swim in volcanic springs or take in the views of the Medieval castle that still stands today.
YACHT CHARTER DAY 3
Enjoy a fresh cup of coffee brought to you on the foredeck this morning as your captain cruises down to Ponza. Stop on the way in Ventotene for a dip in the sea, discovering the many fish, shipwrecks and caves this region is famous for. Take the tender into Ponza to explore the town in the afternoon.
YACHT CHARTER DAY 4
Enjoy another morning in Ponza visiting the beaches, taking the jetskis for a spin or relaxing in the jacuzzi in the sun onboard with a good book. This afternoon your captain will head for lovely Capri. A formal dinner is served by your chef and crew tonight – a toast to another fabulous day on the water!
YACHT CHARTER DAY 5
Capri is one of the most photographed regions of Italy and you’ll see why! Breathtaking scenery, Blue Grotto caves and the many historical churches on land will keep you busy this afternoon. Tonight you’ll definitely want to dine in town and experience Capri at night…don’t forget your camera as the sunsets here are hard to beat!
YACHT CHARTER DAY 6
Another day, another island and another heritage site to behold! Visit Salerno with the Duomo of Salerno and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park. Amalfi has a strong history of fishery so make sure you stop in for a bit of lunch to take in the culture here.
YACHT CHARTER DAY 7
Take a short cruise to Positano today and stretch your legs climbing to get a picture of the fantastic views below you. Make sure you try and spot your yacht out at anchor! Head back to the yacht for more time in the water before dining alfresco on your cruise to Sorrento.
YACHT CHARTER DAY 8
A quick final historical visit into the town of Pompei – you can’t come to this area without checking out the Roman ruins of Pompei. Head back to the yacht as you have one final lunch from your amazing chef before pulling back into Naples to your journey home.