Rome & West Italy
8 Days, from Bonifacio to Naples
Embark in Bonifacio and cruise to Maddalena.
The Maddalena Archipelago is a group of islands in the Straits of Bonifacio between Corsica and north-eastern Sardinia. It consists of seven main islands and numerous other small islets. The largest island is Isola Maddalena, on which sits the archipelago’s largest town, La Maddalena. The other six islands are: Caprera, Spargi, Santo Stefano, Santa Maria, Budelli and Razzoli. Only three of which are inhabited: Maddalena, Caprera and S. Stefano.
Spend a relaxing afternoon, between Caprera and Maddalena, nick named “swimming pool bay” thanks to its crystal clear waters.
Day 2Cala Di Volpe
Spend the day anchored off the bay of Cala di Volpe which is well protected from the Mistral wind and is surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches.
Its crowning feature is the spectacular five star Hotel Cala di Volpe at the end of the bay. This hotel is overlooked by the Pevero Golf Course and on the other side are the fabulous villas of La Celvia.
Day 3Porto Cervo
Capital of the Costa Smeralda, wander through the resort’s designer boutiques and dine on the delicious seafood; Il Portico is highly recommended.
The town also offers golf, tennis, and a great nightlife. The area is also blessed with many beautiful sandy beaches.
Overnight passage to Ischia.
The island rises from the Gulf of Naples like a vision, held up by its dormant volcano Mt Epomeo. It is home to one of the most famous spa centres in the world, The Poseidon Gardens, pop in for a morning of pampering.
Spend the day exploring the rest of the island. There are some great beaches on the island; Ischia Porto, Forio and Maronti. Visit Citara beach at Soccorso, a steep promontory watched over by a little white chapel. Sant’Angelo is an ancient, tiny fishing village on a rocky peninsula that is now dedicated to a tranquil and very private retreat.
If you want to explore, visit Serrara Fontana and then climb up to the summit of Monte Epomeo. Barano d’Ischia has some ancient settlements and geological formations. Lacco Ameno is a famous cosmopolitan spa town – visit the steamy cave of San Lorenzo. You will also see the 10m high green “mushroom” rock believed to have fallen from the volcano.
Take a morning cruise over to the island of Capri which is epic in its beauty.
Start with the Grotta Azzura (Blue Grotto) in the northeast’ a cave on the water’s edge whose strange light has made it the area’s most popular attraction after Pompeii. The Capri Palace Hotel is situated close by – a great spot for lunch. In the afternoon visit the town, heading for La Piazzetta, the most famous square, surrounded by white washed houses. Explore the narrow winding streets filled with flowering terraces and elegant little shops. Have dinner in a typical trattoria, where you’ll sample some of the local specialties such as insalata caprese (slices of tomato served with mozzarella and basil leaves), washed down with the local bianco caprese white wine. La Capannina, Villa Verde and da Paolino in Capri town are all popular. Capri is also well known for its lemon-based liqueur Limoncello.
Spend the night at the Marina Grande.
Amalfi is a town in the region of Campania, at the mouth of a deep ravine, at the foot of Monte Cerreto (1,315 m) and surrounded by dramatic cliffs.
Amalfi boasts exceptional cultural and natural scenic value resulting from its geography and historical evolution. There are also plenty of excellent bars and restaurants to watch the sunset with a cocktail. The best way to see Amalfi is through one of the excellent private guided tours.
The nearby “Li Galli” archipelago, according to legend, is home to the bewitching sirens.
Myth tells us that Positano was founded by Poseidon – the god of the sea – for the sake of the nymph Pasitea, whom he loved. Positano has Roman, Angevin and Aragonese influences. In addition three guard-towers were built to protect the town from frequent raids by Saracen and Turkmen pirates. The town is full of character and charm, with bright architecture, many boutiques and a cosmopolitan clientele.
Morning cruise to Naples for midday disembarkation.