The Italian Riviera stretches from the peaceful town of Ventimiglia at the French border, to the captivating shores of Tuscany. One of the most popular ports in Liguria is in Genoa – a city with arich maritime history and the largest Italian seaport. However, the greatest sights of the region are located off the big cities. Liguria offers visitors an opportunity to discover numerous secret villages, where natural beauty meets the local heritage and traditions.
Some of the wonderful places to drop anchor in the Italian Riviera are Portofino and Cinque Terre, however there are plenty of other gorgeous little towns to visit. The world-famous Sanremo is one of them,with its historic Casino and Carnival Corso Fiorito and romantic Lerici on the bay of La Spezia.
Liguria’s mild climate with almost no rain makes it ideal for summer holidays. Sometimes however, staying there in late spring or early autumn can be even more delightful, because of the low tourist flow. One of the options for your Italian charter is Monaco (or in any other port of French Riviera) and then continue cruising along the Italian coast. You'll be surprised to see how different the cities of the Mediterranean are.
Portofino, deservingly called the most exclusive port of the Italian Coast, is a stunning ancient fishing village that became a favorite resort for the wealthiest Italian public in the late 19th century.Today, the breathtaking harbor of Portofino is still one of the most attractive destinations of the Italian Riviera.
Colourful buildings perfectly blend into the picturesque natural landscapes that leave no room for disappointment. Peaceful Portofino, surrounded by pine trees and olive groves offer amazing sights. Walking up to the church located above the village can be a bit challenging,but well worth it. Alternatively, you can discover the underwater beauty of the area: magical coral reefs and ancient ship wrecks.
It’s no surprise that Portofino is extremely popular among celebrities: Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, Giorgio Armani and Silvio Berlusconi have their summer residences here. A selection of chic boutiques such as Dior, Emilio Pucci and Louis Vuitton, may be surprising to find for a fishing village’, but, Portofino is all about luxury attracting only the big fish. One of the best restaurants, La Terrazza, located at Belmond Hotel Splendido, which is popular among celebrities visiting Portofino in summer.
Cinque Terre, translated as ‘Five Lands’ is the district consisting of five glorious villages built into the rocks: Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. This natural oasis is a part of Cinque Terre National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage site.
What makes Cinque Terre different is that it’s impossible to reach the villages by car, the only way to get to the coast is by train or by boat. Cinque Terre is a magic region with the pristine beaches and breathtaking views. Colourful villages built right into the rocks surrounded by lovely olive groves and citrus gardens will certainly make you fall in love with this place. Villages of Cinque Terre are famous for their vineyards and some fine white wines, so don’t miss a chance to taste it together with the local Ligurian cuisine. Cinque Terre is a concentration of the Michelin-starred restaurants and it will not be a problem to find a right place to dine.
Capri & Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast begins some fifty kilometres south of Naples, on the southern side of the Sorrentino peninsula. This picturesque region is best approached by yacht in order to capture the stunning panorama.
Beautiful Capri is one of the most well-known and touristy places in the region. Stunning Fraglioni rocks near Marina Piccola, famous Blue Grotto and a wide choice of things to do ashore. Excellent artisan food shops, bespoke shoe makers and ateliers,countless gelaterias…what else do you need whilst in Italy? Walk up to Monte Solare to see the island from the top and get away from the crowds. If you find Capri too busy, ask the Captain to head to the mainland Positano with its stunning sea views, authentic restaurants and pretty cafés. Next on the map – Amalfi. Make sure you visit the Cathedral of St. Andrew and have lunch in La Caravella restaurant.