It’s easy to see why the Amalfi Coast casts such a spell on those who visit, with sapphire anchorages, fragrant citrus groves and picturesque pastel villages carved into the rocky hillsides. Towering cliffs plunge into deep blue waters and wild pink bougainvillea clambers down towards the sea. Take advantage of the world-class restaurants, boutiques and nightlife, as well as thermal springs, hilltop villages and the famous Blue Grotto. A luxury yacht charter is simply the only way to do the Amalfi Coast justice as you meander between the jewels of Ischia, Capri, Ravello, Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi- not forgetting a trip across the water to Naples and the vast buried city of Pompeii.
An Amalfi Coast trip can be easily continued to the stunning Aeolian islands, where the perfect clear waters and astonishing scenery are lit up at night by the red glow of Stromboli volcano, as it sends lava and boulders streaming down to crash in the sea. The volcanic activity around these pretty islands have created spectacular underwater structures just perfect for diving exploration, and the thermal mud baths and bubbling sea pools are nature’s way to relax after a day’s hiking or exploring the striking black sand and pumice beaches.
Nearby Sicily offers rugged beauty and rustic grandeur, as you eat Sicilian specialities and cruise past hilltop medieval fortresses under the great shadow of the immense Mt Etna volcano. Explore the island’s great history and the ruins and tombs left behind by the waves of conquerors- the Greeks, the Romans and the Arabs. Or just relax and enjoy the scenery- anchor off at San Vito Lo Copo and dine at a luxury beach picnic set up by your yacht’s crew, white cloth tables set up on the sand and lanterns burning all around as the sun falls behind the Sicilian mountains.
Or you could find yachting heaven on the sophisticated island of Sardinia, famous for its powdery white beaches and blue green lagoons, as well as some seriously glamorous beach clubs, shopping and nightlife. Explore rockpools and eat fresh fish baked in foil straight from the sea, or venture into the interior to explore mountain top caves and ancient ruins. Many yachts choose to centre their cruise along the famed Costa Smerelda, a magnificent stretch of coastline where purpose built luxury towns and stunning beaches have created a glittery playground for yachts and celebrities.
If art, history, fashion and food are among your great loves, then why not include a glamorous and historic city in your yacht charter itinerary? On the east coast you could visit the magical canal city of Venice, with its gondolas and spectacular skyline of spires and domes and delicate bridges between famous museums, churches and grand piazzas. Or you could soak up living history in awe-inspiring Rome, or laze the day away being massaged with flecks of gold in a luxury spa built on the site of Nero’s baths. With an extremely fine fashion, dining and nightlife scene, Rome has everything the luxury yacht guest could desire.
And of course, who could forget Portofino, and the magnificent Cinque Terre? Your yacht can follow the cliffs around from Monaco and come upon the beautiful Ligurian coastline, a place of hidden fishing villages connected by high coastal walks, extraordinary local food and the port of Portfofino tucked away in its corner, possibly the most gloriously pretty superyacht marina in all the world.
Whether east coast or west, north or south, a yacht charter in Italy is a superb experience.
For more information on booking a yacht charter in Italy contact our team of charter specialists at bluewater Yachting.