Written by Missy Johnston
Cinque Terre, Italy
Discover the hidden beauty of the Cinque Terre in Italy from your private luxury yacht charter, complete with your own captain, crew, and chef. The Cinque Terre, meaning “Five Lands”, is a hidden gem located on the coast of northwest Italy. Made up of five villages—Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore—this destination is best explored by sea.
If you are looking for ambience and nature, Cinque Terre is the perfect destination. This area, which is protected as a national park, is perfect for scenic hikes along cliffs with views of beautiful candy-colored buildings and the gorgeous water beyond. Trains connect the five towns, making it convenient to travel between them easily for a day of exploring.
Vernazza, Cinque Terre
Begin your tour with a visit to the town of Vernazza, an ancient city rich with history. As you take in the surrounding scenery and beautiful architecture of the buildings clustered on its coastline, you will see why Vernazza has been named one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Established just after 1000 A.D., this town was used as a military base to defend against Saracen pirates. This history is celebrated annually at the floating festival of Festa dei Pirati. The Church of Santa Margherita d’Antiochia is home to a treasure chest, which legend claims contains the bones of St. Marguerite herself.
Sunset light in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy
Manarola is another town worthy of its own postcard. It is built into the cliffs high above sea level. Spilling down a ravine to the rugged coastline, this colorful town is perhaps one of the most romantic in the Cinque Terre. In addition to the amazing views, there are restaurants and bars where you can enjoy the scent of lemon trees, thyme, and rosemary as you sit outside by the sea. Take a stroll along the cobblestone streets and alleyways of lower Manarola for a unique shopping experience in the town’s local craft shops. Whether you enjoy hiking or snorkeling, Manarola has all the outdoor adventures you could want.
With so much to see and do in Cinque Terre, a private yacht charter is your best way to experience it all in luxury. When you charter one of our yachts, we can build the perfect itinerary for you to suit your specific desires. Our clients know that when they book a charter with us that they are getting the luxury yacht experience they have always wanted. Let us be part of creating the perfect yacht charter for you.