13 Days, from Genoa to Naples
Sweeping down from the glittering French Riviera to the alluring towns of Tuscany, the Italian Riviera combines antiquated charm with exquisite natural beauty for enchanting charter vacations. Cruising the coast, yacht-goers will experience the alluring magic of its pastel-coloured villages perched atop rugged hilltops, as well as glorious stretches of golden sand lapped by crystal clear waters and exclusive Italian resorts.
Ideal in the summer season
Day 2 -
Portofino and the bay of Santa Margarita
Head east towards Portofino and the bay of Santa Margarita.
Before leaving, it is well worth taking a short trip round the headland to visit the small monastery at San Fruttuoso. The whole Tuscany coast is interesting from there all the way down, stopping perhaps at Porto Venere, which is in the Golf of La Spezia next to the Isola Palmaria, for the night.
Day 3 -
Portovenere - Elba
From Portovenere, cruise down to the island of Elba.
Porto Ferrario is the largest port on the island although one can always find good shelter in one of the many bays and inlets all round the island. I suggest a bay to the north called Biodola Bay. It is also possible to visit Napoleon’s house where he was exiled year 1814. Or anchor in Porto Azzuro (on the East Coast).
Day 4 -
St Florent and Calvi
An overnight six hour passage, brings the yacht round Cap Corse and into the bay of St Florent for breakfast.
From St Florent round to Calvi there are a number of small coves well worth stopping in to use the "toys", have lunch etc. Calvi is quite a small harbour and is always full, however it is very pretty to anchor off for the night.
Day 5 -
Calvi - Girolata
From Calvi down to Girolata, there are a number of large bays, surrounded by hills with good beaches.
Two really good ones are Nichiareto and Galeria. Swimming and diving are excellent and in both and there are caves that you can get small tenders into. Girolata Bay is very pleasant so perhaps spend the night on anchor here.
Day 6 -
From here down to the southern part of Corsica, are a series of headlands and gulfs and with the exception of Ajaccio, there are no harbours of any consequence to lie in.
Ajaccio itself is only worth a short visit to reprovision if necessary, but I would suggest that you head over to the south side of the gulf to Cacao, a superb little bay and frequented by local fishermen who are always pleased to barter their catches.
Day 7 -
Cacao - gulf of Valinco and Propriano
From Cacao to the gulf of Valinco and Propriano, again another small harbour, but as a town, quite interesting.
The bay of Compo Moro on the South Western side is good for watersports, although popular with the small flotilla yachts.
Day 8 -
Propriano - Bonifacio
After Propriano, head on towards Bonifacio.
Between Propriano and Bonifacio, with the exception of Figari, there are few places of interest. The entrance into the town itself is between two high cliffs with the old fort overlooking the town.
Day 9 -
Bonaficio - Isles of La Maddalena
From Bonaficio, head across the straights to the islands of La Maddalena located off the northern tip of Sardinia.
A group of some of the most beautiful islands in the whole of the Western Mediterranean, there are always sheltered spots whichever way the wind is coming from.
Day 10 -
Maddalenas - Porto Cervo
From the Maddalenas head over to Porto Cervo, the Agha Khan's 'play ground'.
The town is very expensive but certainly a place to visit after the peace and quiet of Corsica. In the height of the season it is not always possible to berth here as the harbour operates on a first come first serve basis. Other anchorages for the evening, if you don’t want to berth in the port of Porto Cervo, are in Cala di Volpe or to Golfo Pero (just south of Porto Cervo).
Day 11 -
Run south to Isola Tavolara “Spalnatori di Terra” anchorage.
For the evening, head back up to Porto Rotondo, Cala di Volpe or berth in Porto Cervo. If the wind is blowing from the East, there is a very good anchorage just west of Capo Ferro called Liscia di Vacca (15 minutes from Porto Cervo – you can get taxis to go to shore from there).
Night crossing to Capri.
Day 12 -
Berth late morning to south side of Capri and choose anchorage according to appropriate depth.
Anchor near Isola Faraglioni - 15 to 25 metres depth. After lunch, cruise towards Ligalli islands: 9nmiles from Capri – beautiful for swimming.
Day 13 -
Amalfi coast or Ischia
The Amalfi Coast is an attractive and colourful town to visit, renowned for it’s amazing hotels and beautiful scenery. Alternatively, cruise up to the island of Ischia and spend the day swimming .
Disembark in Naples.