Portofino Yacht Charter
As you sail into Portofino’s sparkling bijou harbour, the first glimpse of colourful waters edge buildings, framed by verdant pine trees and olive groves, is guaranteed to take your breath away. A favourite destination on a crewed motor yacht charter in Italy, it is
a scene that has launched a thousand postcards. This charming fishing village, due east of the bustling maritime port of Genoa, has been the destination of choice for a fashionable Italian crowd since the late 19th century and today little has changed in that regard. Portofino remains an ultra-chic choice on a motor or sailing yacht charter in Italy, drawing visitors enchanted by the resort’s beguiling blend of rustic charm and exclusive glamour. While the resort has all the touches as befits its jet set reputation – including designer boutiques and the ultra-luxurious Belmond Hotel Splendido - arguably the memory that will linger longest will be a sunset sailing to San Fruttuoso bay.
Cinque Terre Yacht Charter
If further proof is needed that the stretch of coastline known as the Italian Riviera offers some of the finest cruising opportunities in the world, let us introduce you to the five villages that are collectively known as Cinque Terre. Set in a UNESCO World Heritage listed national park, waterfront Manarola, Riomaggiore, Vernazza are a visual delight, each offering a more stunning display of pastel-coloured buildings cascading into the sea, while pretty Corniglia sits high atop a coastal promontory and coastal Monterosso al Mare is known for its beach. While the villages are linked by walking tracks which meander past vertiginous vineyards and citrus groves, boat is easily the preferred mode of transport here and on a yachting holiday you can sail between the villages at your leisure, while sipping a glass of its signature wine, the sweet white Schiachetrà, on the aft deck.
On the evocatively named Bay of Poets, where the eastern fringes of the national park meet the bustling Italian port of La Spezia, the fishing village of Porto Venere is equally as captivating as its more famous neighbours – complete with colourful facades and cobblestone streets – with half the crowds. Just off the coast, on the island of Palmaria, the family-run Il Pozzale is an authentic local trattoria with spectacular views back towards the mainland.
While superyachts, day cruisers and pretty wooden fishing boats crowd the bays of Portofino and the neighbouring villages of Cinque Terre in the height of the season, yacht charters during the shoulder months of May and September allow for more tranquil exploration of the Italian Riviera.
Capri & Amalfi Coast Yacht Charter
The buzzing metropolis of Naples serves as a gateway to the Amalfi Coast, the country’s most famous stretch of coastline. The perfect tonic to the chaotic charisma of Italy’s third largest city, to sail the Amalfi Coast is to lose yourself in a cinematic setting, complete with terraced villages flowing down to the sea and flowering lemon trees destined to become the local digestif of choice, Limoncello. It’s a destination that draws both artists and royalty, attracted by a promise of a relaxed pace of life under the warm southern Italian sun. But that’s all without sacrificing a drop of sophistication: luxury hotels and spas and Michelin-starred restaurants occupy dramatic waterfront settings. All these ingredients make the Amalfi Coast an idyllic superyacht destination. You’ll be swept up in the romance of pretty Positano, as you dine by candlelight along the seafront. Yet, perched high above sea level, Ravello is to many the jewel of an Amalfi Coast yacht charter. Elegant villas and palazzi open onto manicured gardens with spellbinding panoramic views beyond your yacht at anchor in the distance.
Sailing from the mainland, the islands of Ischia and Capri loom on the horizon. While Capri’s glamourous reputation extends around the world, Ischia retains its charm as one of Italy’s true insider destinations. Relax on its tranquil beaches and rejuvenate in one of its famous thermal baths before cruising to the original Mediterranean island retreat, Capri. From lux hotels to hip bars and trendy restaurants, as you get up close and personal to the the dramatic Faraglioni rock formations rising out of the ocean and the iridescent blue of the sea trapped inside the famed Blue Grotto that you'll be convinced that Capri’s natural charms are some of the finest in Italy.
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