At the very heart of the Mediterranean, Italy's stunning coasts and magnificent landscapes make it a perfect yacht charter holiday destination. Italy is famous for its rich and ancient artistic heritage, and its varied cuisine attracts visitors from all over the world. The west coast is particularly popular as yacht charter destination. Sardinia, Sicily and the Aeolian Islands, the Amalfi Coast and Capri are the most famous, but not the only ones.
The Amalfi Coast is a great example of the typical Mediterranean landscape. You will find picturesque towns, dense forests and a rich legacy of fine churches, villas and monasteries along this 50 km stretch of coastline south of the Sorrentine. Amalfi is the town that gives its name to the coast. The cathedral of St. Andrew, the handmade paper museum and the museum of ancient arsenals are worth a visit. Sorrento is a natural balcony overlooking the Bay of Naples. Positano, is a cliffside village with a pebble beach and steep, narrow streets full of boutiques and cafes. Vietri Sul Mare, is another beautifiul coastal town that is a must-visit, and is world famous for the production of bright colored artistic ceramic. Other places to explore on the Amalfi coast are: Atrani, Cetara, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Maiori, Minore, Ravello, Scalla and Tramonti.
Located in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, the island of Sardinia is a great place to rent a yacht, as she offers one of the best sailing in the world with safe harbours spaced around the whole coast. Sardinia captivates with its emerald sea, coves and beaches with white sand. Sardinia has a big list of charming locations that deserve a visit; in the North East of the island: Santa Teresa di Gallura, The Maddalena Archipelago, Porto Cervo, Porto Rotondo, Olbia, San Teodoro. Sailing along the coast of the Maddalena National Park is and unforgettable experience and a perfect place for scuba diving lovers. Cruising from Caprera to the Bocche di Bonifacio you will be fascinated by the Beauty of Budelli Island with its charming Rosa beach that takes the name from the particular pink coral colour of the sand. Still in Sardinia's Northwest coast the Natural Park of Asinara Island where is located Stintino, that combines the magic of a lively fishing village with high quality accommodation facilities. On the central east coast of the island, the Gulf of Orosei has unparalleled white-sand beaches, caves and coves; Cala Biriola, Grotta Blue Marino, Cala Liberotto, Cala Goloritzé are examples of extraordinary natural scenaries. The Western coast of Sardinia is more rocky and more open to the Mistral wind. The Strait of Bonifacio, between Sardinia and Corsica, is not a doable place to be in a full Mistral. Between the island of San Pietro and Capo Teulada, further down the western side of the island, there are some enchanting sailing areas.
The most interesting part is the South Adriatic coast, from the port of Otranto up to the Gargano Peninsula. The Tremiti islands (Isole Trimiti), situated at the north of the Gargano Peninsula, is a beautiful archiplago of four island: San Nicola, San Domino, Capraia and Cretaccio, that constitute a Marina Reserve - a real paradise for diving enthusiasts. There are no marina facilities and there is only safe to anchor in settle weather.
The harbours of Otranto, Vieste, Bari, Brindisi and Manfredonia all have marina facilities. Also from here it is only a day's sail to the island of Corfu and the magnificent sailing water of Greece. The coastline of the North Adriatic has less interest than other areas of Italy, it is mainly characterized for long sandy beaches. However, there are many interesting places to visit such as: Venice, Ravenna, Trieste and Rimini. The proximity to the northern coast of Croatia, makes it a popular cruising area.
The Bay of Naples is located in the Campania Region of Southwestern Italy. Vibrant, charming and passionate are adjetives that well describe this Bay lying in the shadow of the Vesuvius. Across the water lie the three island to the gulf. It is not difficult to understand the appeal of the Bay of Napes for a yachting holiday. On the north end the islands of Ischia and Procida, are both very attractive with several well equipped marinas and a number of beautiful anchorages suitable in good weather. Ischia is the largest island in the gulf of Naples, it is rich in natural resources and is considered Europe's capital of the spa. Among the many beaches, a special mention to the beaches of Maronti, Citara and Lacco Ameno along with the unique Bays of Sorgieto and Bagnitielo. Procida is the smallest of the islands in Italy's Bay of Naples and still preserves the genuine charm of a tradicional fishing village.
On the southern end the Island of Capri, one of the most picturesque and visited locations in Campania. Emerging from the azure blue water are famous Faraglioni: Stella, Mezzo and Scopolo or Fuori. These three peaks are famous for their breathtaking beauty and variety of rare wildlife. The most famous site in Capri is the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzura) - a marvel of nature that worth a visit. The Island has two main towns: Capri, the most glamorous of the two towns with its famous Piazzeta and Anacapri situated on the slopes of Mount Solaro.
The Aeolian Islands are a group of unique and astonishing islands making up a volcanic archipelago that are located just a few miles off the northern coast of Sicily. The islands are one of the most popular yacht charter destinations in the Mediterranean, due to their outstanding natural beauty, long sandy beaches and coves; and its delightful hot mud baths.
The islands have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000. The seven inhabited islands are extremely varied. If you are island-hopping you will soon realize how different the islands are and discover their individual charms.
Feel like a jet-setter on Panarea, as you enjoy a sunset aperitif at the Bridge Sushi Bar in the port and rub shoulders with the glitterati who arrive on their super yachts in the peak season. If you like history, don't miss the famous remains of the prehistoric village of Panarea, with its oval arrangement of little houses. When you need a break from all the glitz, you can visit the laid-back and traditional island of Alcudi, where donkeys are the only form of transport and the around 120 inhabitants live mostly off the fish they catch. Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian Islands, with its rocky, unspoilt coast and extraordinary views. There, you can visit attractions such as the fortified acropolis and the pretty harbour of Marina Corta. Vulcano gets its name from the smouldering vulcano that the romans believed was the chimney of the god Vulcan's workshop. The Fangi di Vulcano (mud baths) and offshore fumaroles are the main attractions. Salina, is the greenest of the islans. Its main port, Santa Maria Salina, is beautiful and unspoilt with a long pedestrian main street lined with chic boutiques and food shops. Stromboli, the most dramatic of the Aeolian Islands is an ancient and active vulcano, one of the most active in Europe. Well worth is a visit with your charter yacht to the famous farewall called "Sciara del Fuoco". Filicudi offers some interesting diving with a seabed showing traces of ancient shipwrecks. In the small fishing port of Pecorini a Mare you will have very good food - don't miss the hidden sea grotto.