Explore the history and beauty of this Mediterranean idyll
One of those rare but must-do experiences in life is to discover Italy. Few places on earth succeed in intermingling la dolce vita so effortlessly with a heady mix of art, history, architecture, opera, fashion, and food, not to mention the stunning coastlines to visit. Italy is a destination for the bucket list.
The Italian coasts attract many charter visitors each year, not least because of the electric blue waters and vistas of picturesque coastlines, but primarily because once on land one is never far from the architectural treasures to be found in any in the major cities or rolling vineyards in the countryside.
The Italian Riviera
The Italian Riviera offers a relaxed and enchanting experience, perhaps because of its history inspiring some of Italy’s most famous artists. The rugged coastline dotted with villages, cliffs and multi-coloured architecture is a sight to behold from a yacht. The village of Portofino offers a mix of designer boutiques and superb restaurants, and the five unspoilt villages of Cinque Terre make up a UNESCO protected national park. From Genoa, down the Riviera di Ponente to San Remo, this beautiful region is not to be missed.
The West Coast
The west coast of Italy incorporates the stunning cities of Rome, Capri, Ravello, Naples, and Salerno. Tuscany is easily accessed, and with its formidable landscapes of rolling vineyards, medieval architecture, and statue of David overlooking Florence, there is little that comes close to competing. The island of Elba with curved bays and beaches, and the volcanic island of Ischia with its thermal springs and spa centres that take some beating, are perfect destination hotspots for those on a charter adventure.
The island of Sardinia offers an exciting blend of a cosmopolitan lifestyle, prehistoric culture, and stunning natural beauty. Explore rugged coastal trails, kayak in secret bays, and meet friendly locals and the extraordinary wildlife in an island deceptively larger than its size. The island is also famous for boasting some of the finest beaches on the European coastline, with Costa Smeralda’s scalloped bays and Golfo di Orosei’s coves as real highlights.
In 1997 the Amalfi Coast was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site and it is hardly surprising. The coastal scenery of beautiful hilltop towns, winding roads, and lemon groves edging the sparkling sea is enough to cement this area into travel folklore as of the most beautiful region to charter a yacht. It boasts an array of luxury resorts, world-class restaurants, and various little coves, and attracts A-listers from around the world as regular visitors.
The Aeolian Islands are a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily, named after the demigod of the winds Aeolus. The island of Sicily brings with it history in the form of stunning ancient ruins and baroque churches, boutique shopping experiences in the capital Palermo, and not to mention Mount Etna, the famed volcanic mountain that dominates the skyline. An absolute must-visit is San Vito lo Capo, a beautiful curved bay with golden sands, the perfect end to an Italian charter.
Italian East Coast
The east coast of Italy will offer you the delights of Venice, a city so perfectly created for those with a love of boats and the water, the very glamorous Ravenna, and the seaside spot of Rimini. Beautiful beaches and an area steeped in history surround the port town of Ancona, and just beyond, Puglia with its rustic charm, baroque churches, and relative seclusion wait for you.
If you are interested in a yachting vacation around the Italian hotspots identified in this guide, be sure to get in touch with your preferred charter broker after viewing the fleet of superyachts available for Italy yacht charters.
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