Italy seems to have it all, surrounded by the majestic azure waters
of five seas, the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Tyrrhenian, Ionian and
Ligurian, and a yacht charter through the belpaese or “beautiful
country”, whether on a megayacht,
catamaran, or sailboat, will offer a
breathtaking glimpse into a fascinating world blessed with stunning
landscapes, diverse cultures, and deep rooted histories. The list
of locations to explore on your charter vacation is vast, from the
natural beauty of Positano, found in the Amalfi Coast, to the
centuries-old villages of Cinque Terre to the romance of Venice and
the glamorous beaches of Sardinia. Regardless of where you choose
to cruise, the one thing guaranteed, the memories you create here
will last a lifetime!
Stretching over 30 miles along the Sorrentine Peninsula, the Amalfi
Coast is one of the Mediterranean’s most scenic yachting
destinations. Lined with historic harbor towns, the sundrenched
shores, rugged landscapes, and magnificent architecture are truly
alluring. For a taste of chic seaside splendor, dock your private
charter yacht in the stately port of Positano or on the
lush island of Capri, filled with old-world glamour, posh
boutiques, and elegant restaurants. Enticing visitors since the 9th
century with her beauty and charm, a luxury yacht
charter along the Amalfi Coast is a perfect way to
enjoy a first class holiday spent with friends or family.
The beautiful and charming Cinque Terre, consisting of five tiny
villages, Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and
Riomaggiore , spread amongst the steeply terraced cliffs lining the
Ligurian coast, is one of the more spectacular yacht
charter destinations in Italy. Literally unchanged for
over three centuries, most of the area is inaccessible by car and
one must travel along rugged footpaths to get from place to place.
Each town has its own unique appeal, but while here make sure to
take a stroll down the Via Dell’Amore, or path of love, with
magical views of the rocky coast descending into the sea, as well
as access to a number of romantic secluded beaches and grottoes.
Described as one of the most beautiful cities on earth, Venice,
built entirely on water, is unlike any place else in the world, a
mesmerizing port of call on a luxury yacht charter
along the Adriatic Sea. Truly unique, the city is an ancient maze
of waterways, quaint narrow streets and walkways, built up on over
100 islets separated by canals and spanned by some 400 bridges.
Walk back through time to experience the splendor of the Italian
Renaissance with architectural icons like the Piazza San Marco and
the Basilica and its awe-inspiring mosaics, and the Galleria
dell'Accademia offering an immense collection of Venetian
masterpieces to admire.
Venice and its Lagoon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a city with
a month's worth of museums and cultural attractions. The city has
also become a major center of international conferences and
festivals, when elegant event charter yachts host
celebrity soirees and corporate functions at the dock. The Venice
Biennale, held in odd years, is known world-wide for the
International Art Exhibition, International Architecture
Exhibition, Festival of Contemporary Music, Theatre Festival,
Festival of Contemporary Dance and the prestigious Venice Film
Festival, which takes place in late August or early September on
the island of the Lido.
A yacht charter along the coast of Tuscany offers
beautiful beaches, historic seaports and intriguing shore
excursions into a region known for breathtaking scenery and
award-winning wines. Viareggio is the main center of the northern
Tuscan Riviera known as Versilia. Several renowned charter
yachts call Viareggio home.
The seaside resort town of Viareggio has been famous since the 18th
century for shipbuilding, and is the birthplace of iconic Benetti
yachts . There are interesting sites here year around, however
the city is particularly amusing around Easter week for its
spectacular papier-mâché floats paraded in the Carnival de
Viareggio. There are also, theater and jazz festivals and a Puccini
festival and museum.
A yacht charter itinerary along the coast of Tuscany
should include Livorno if charter clients are interested in
history, architecture, regional culture and politics. The port city
was designed by the architect Bernardo Buontalenti at the end of
the 16th century. The Venice district retains much of its original
town planning and architectural features such as the bridges,
narrow lanes, the noblemen’s estates, and a dense network of canals
that once linked the port to its storehouses.
During the 18th and 19th centuries Livorno flourished. Neoclassical
buildings, public parks, important museums and cultural
institutions defined a cosmopolitan city noted by significant Greek
and Jewish populations. Sadly, during WWII, Livorno was severely
damaged and subsequent reconstruction gave the city a relatively
modern look by Italian standards. Today Livorno is one of the
poorer Italian cities and is also considered by some to be a
stronghold for Leftist politics in Italy today.
Bolgheri is located a few miles inland from the Marina di
Castagneto Carducci, one of several locations with facilities for
docking a charter yacht on the Tuscan coast. Bolgheri
became an internationally known region in the 1970s when a 1972
Sassicaia, produced by Tenuta San Guido, won in a tasting of 33
great clarets from 11 countries. Although this charming town is
worth a visit in any season, every April it hosts an event to
thrill connoissuers of food and wine.
During the event, wineries are open to the public for tours,
tastings and seminars, to allow visitors to learn about these
unique wines and the history of the acclaimed producers in the
region. Gastronomic products are sampled at tastings and available
as part of a traditional Sunday lunch served in the square at
Castagneto Carducci. Plan to disembark your charter
yacht for a truly Italian style afternoon.
In Bibbona, the Festa del Cedro (Lemon Festival) takes place on
Easter Monday in the historic central square. A market sells local
arts, crafts, and produce, and concerts and tastings take place in
the afternoon. In the evening there is a parade and the annual
Palio delle Botti competition, where barrels are pushed up narrow
Luxury yacht charter guests sailing between the
Ligurian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea, west of Tuscany, can savor
crystal waters teaming with life, wild Mediterranean flowers on
craggy cliffs and vast soft sand beaches that comprise the Tuscan
Archipelago National Park. The marine park protects the seven
islands of Gorgona, Capraia, Elba, Pianosa, Montecristo, Giglio,
Giannutri and their surrounding Mediterranean Sea environs.
Head off on your charter yacht for an early sail to
Elba. Portoferreira is lined with beautiful little seaside
restaurants, shops and galleries. The islands have a fascinating
history, dating back to prehistoric times. Elba is most famous as
the home of Napolean from 1814, who was much adored by the
islanders for his efforts at improving the infrastructure and
economy, and building appropriately marvelous villas and palaces.
Volcanic origins have given the soaring Capanne mountain on Elba a
height of more than 1000 meters. Visitors have plenty of
opportunity for adventure along the steep slopes of the mountain,
horseback riding, mountain biking and extreme sports such as free
Tourism is an important industry on the islands and beside the many
opportunities for communing with nature and participating in sports
activities, visitors will find bars, restaurants, shops, galleries,
tourist villages, vineyards, hotels and night-clubs. For those who
love nature history and culture, a visit to the Tuscan Archipelago
will be rewarding. However, these protected areas will require
megayacht charter guests to arrive by tender.
Choose from a luxurious megayacht,
catamaran, or sailing yacht and live the
dolce vita on your charter vacation in Italy, where you can
experience a world of beauty filled with spectacular landscapes,
rich cultures, and fascinating art and architecture.