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What To Do In Genoa, Italy, During A Private Luxury Yacht Cruise


Written By: Missy Johnston

Genoa Harbor Italy

Genoa Harbor, Italy

If you’re taking a private luxury yacht cruise through the Italian Riviera, there is no better place to start your journey than in beautiful Genoa, Italy, with an international airport very close to the yacht marinas where your charter yacht awaits.. Load up on rich Italian food and immerse yourself in the unique history and culture of the city before beginning your luxury yacht charter. 

Food and Drink

Genoa Harbor Front Italy

Genoa Old Town

Sample the fresh seafood and pesto Genoa is known for at the Ristorante Creuza de Ma in Boccadasse. Additionally, Eataly Genova and the Pizzeria 23 Febbraio are great lunch options, while the Blue Lounge Bar and Restaurant inside the Melia Genova hotel offers amazing cocktails and dinner fare. 

History and Architecture

San Lorenzo Cathedral Genoa Italy

San Lorenzo Cathedral

There is no shortage of gorgeous, historical buildings in Genoa. One example is the San Lorenzo Cathedral, a lovely Roman and Gothic style cathedral built between the 12th and 14th centuries. 

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Genoa Old Port

To see more medieval-era buildings, take a walking tour through the Old City. You’ll be able to see mansions, churches, and palazzos, built by Genoa’s wealthiest residents, in between stops at the boutiques and restaurants hidden in the winding, maze-like streets. Genoa is Europe’s largest medieval town, so plan to spend a few hours exploring all of the narrow alleyways and open squares. Your captain can arrange a private museum quality guide for a walking tour.

Scenery and Attractions

View of Genoa from Spianata di Castelletto

The best view in Genoa may be the one from the Spianata di Castelletto. Climb the cobblestone staircase all the way to the top, or take the elevator from Piazza Portello, and enjoy looking at Genoa’s old town and port laid out below.. 

If maritime history and tradition are your cup of tea, perhaps visit the Galata Museo del Mare, which is the largest of its kind in the Mediterranean. Also worth visiting is Genoa’s Aquarium. 

Genoa is such a perfect place to begin your yacht trip of northern Italy that you will undoubtedly want to spend more time here. Several Italian yacht cruise itineraries include Genoa as a starting point or ending port for either the Ligurian Coast or a charter that includes Portofino and the Cinqueterre.

What To Do In Genoa, Italy, During A Private Luxury Yacht Cruise2022-11-17T15:44:33-05:00

Best Things to Do On a Private Yacht Cruise to Sicily


Written by Missy Johnston

Beautiful old harbor with wooden fishing boat in Cefalu, Sicily, Italy.

Beautiful old harbor-Sicily, Italy

Exploring Sicily on a luxury private yacht tour lets you experience the area in a most memorable way. The largest island in the Mediterranean offers a coastal paradise for you to enjoy during your private yacht cruise. Pick your favorite themes among white sand beaches, stunning rocky cliffs, enthralling history and architecture, luxury shopping, and delectable Italian cuisine, and then use this guide to create your customized Sicilian luxury yacht cruise itinerary.


Best Things to Do On a Private Yacht Cruise to Sicily2022-04-05T17:37:17-04:00

What to Do On Your Private Luxury Yacht Cruise to La Maddalena, Sardinia


Written by Missy Johnston

Beautiful Waters of La Maddalena Islands

Beautiful Waters of La Maddalena Islands

The National Park of the Archipelago of La Maddalena is a truly stunning place to visit. Because the area is a protected national park, most of the area is unspoiled and largely uninhabited. 

There are roads from land leading to many of the popular beaches, but if things get too busy, you can always raise anchor and move to another spot, which is the beauty of being in these lovely islands on a yacht charter. The yacht can always move to a more private location. 

Only on a private luxury yacht cruise can you visit each of La Maddalena’s 62 islands at your leisure.  

Choose your ideal beach. Or, visit all of them. 


La Cinta Beach

Only on a private yacht can you visit all of the locations you want to visit in the Maddalena Islands. Without a private yacht, those who drive or take the bus to the beach for the day have to stay right there, no matter whether overflowing with others or not. This is not a worry on your own private yacht charter, and since the Maddalena Islands overflow with variety, there are many beaches from which to choose, that others might not be able to access unless they too are on a private yacht.  

Cruise from the golden crescent beach of Spiaggia di Monte di Rena to the rocky seaside overlook of Spiaggia di Tegge for a change of pace. Hit Cala Francese to relax on a private beach of white granite and to snorkel in the sparkling waters, and then visit Bassa Trinita Beach to watch the sunset as you sip a cocktail on the soft white sand. 

Go off the beaten path.

The beach of Spalmatore, Sardinia Italy

The beach of Spalmatore, Sardinia Italy

While others visit the popular Spalmatore Beach for a day of snorkeling or canoeing, you can be adventuring on the isolated, hidden beach at Spiaggia del Cardellino, a place most vacationers never get to see. 

Glimpse the military barracks at Teialone Tower from the sea without having to navigate the rocky ruins on foot. Then sail past the pink sand beaches of Budelli, a place the general public cannot access. 

Other wonderful, secluded options include Garibaldi Beach, Cala Coticcio, and Capocchia du Purpu Beach. These areas are hard to access by land. 

Enjoy the aquatic points of interest.

You can customize your La Maddalena, Sardinia yacht cruise to go where you want to go by sea in the cruising area. Visit beautiful beaches, and various anchorages. Spiaggia del Relitto has a shipwreck that enlivens a day of snorkeling and the calm waters of Cala Brigantina offer an inlet  teeming with marine life. 

Spend some time on land.

Caprera Island

Caprera Island

The town of La Maddalena offers a charming look into the past of Sardinia’s history. If nature holds as much appeal for you as the island chain’s history, head to the island of Caprera, where you can find both in abundance. Almost all of La Maddalena’s unique islands offer great hiking options. Once you have finished your trip through the archipelago paradise, then it’s time to sail over to the Sardinian mainland for the next stop on your luxury yacht cruise itinerary of Sardinia.

What to Do On Your Private Luxury Yacht Cruise to La Maddalena, Sardinia2022-01-28T14:05:06-05:00

A Luxury Experience Like No Other: Explore Cinque Terre on Your Own Personal Luxury Yacht Tour


Written by Missy Johnston

Cinque Terre, Italy

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.


A Luxury Experience Like No Other: Explore Cinque Terre on Your Own Personal Luxury Yacht Tour2021-08-31T10:37:47-04:00

Get Off the Beaten Path: A Private Yacht Charter Stop on Giglio Island


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Giglio Island Port and Village, Italy

Giglio Island Port and Village

The archipelago of Tuscany is a favorite destination of many of our private yacht charter clients. Comprised of seven major islands—Elba, Giglio, Capraia, Montecristo, Pianosa, Gorgona, and Giannutri—there are plenty of ways to customize your itinerary to create a unique and memorable experience as you cruise the Ligurian and Tyrrhenian Seas. Today, we’re highlighting Giglio Island. The only way to reach the island is by ferry, private yacht, or private yacht charter, making it the perfect stop if you want to avoid crowds and take the more remote pathway.


Get Off the Beaten Path: A Private Yacht Charter Stop on Giglio Island2021-04-07T13:44:21-04:00

Discover the Pearl of the Riviera on a Private Yacht Charter: Portofino, Italy


Written by Missy Johnston

Portofino, Italy

Portofino, Italy

Known as the “Pearl of the Riviera,” Portofino, Italy is a popular port for those seeking a fashionable and chic spot to visit on a luxury yacht charter. Come into the small “downtown” Portofino Harbor either stern-to along the quay, find a slip in the small marina, or anchor just off the mouth of the harbor in the National Park. But plan ahead, as docking or anchoring requires early reservations in order to get a spot. It is well worth the planning, however. This traditional Italian fishing village is sure to impress with its beachside cliffs and Tuscan-colored villas when visiting Portofino on a private yacht charter. (more…)

Discover the Pearl of the Riviera on a Private Yacht Charter: Portofino, Italy2021-04-07T14:21:05-04:00

Visiting Ponza: A Spectacular Private Yacht Charter Destination


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Port of Ponza, Italy

Port of Ponza, Italy

Ponza is a magical island off the western coast of Italy near Rome that must be explored by boat—making it a truly perfect yacht charter destination in Italy. The largest of the three Pontine Islands, Ponza is a sensational destination to visit during the summer months. Relaxation begins the moment you set afoot your private yacht charter to cruise around the island just as ancient Romans, who considered Ponza the perfect resort island. Walk through the ancient Roman tunnel from Ponza Town to emerge in dazzling Chiaia di Luna. Green landscapes, amazing rock formations, grottos, some hand cut by Romans, beach coves, an ancient Roman built tunnel and ancient Roman ruins all can be found on Ponza Island, a spectacular private yacht charter destination. 

Luna Bay Ponza Italy

Luna Bay Ponza Italy

The water is also truly something special—absolutely crystal clear and perfect for a dip anytime during the day. Explore the little town of Ponza, and talk a walk through the Roman hand dug tunnel from Ponza Town to Luna Bay while your charter yacht cruises around the island, and anchors in Luna Bay for an afternoon of water sports fun.  Further up the coast of Ponza Island are natural grottos and grottos hand dug by the Romans, perhaps for indoor swimming, or to hold live fish or eels for dinner.  End the day waning in a lovely sunset before a fabulous dinner on the top deck created by your own private onboard chef.

Visiting Ponza: A Spectacular Private Yacht Charter Destination2021-03-18T10:43:47-04:00

Chartering in Croatia from Dubrovnik to Venice


Dubrovnik. Croatia

Dubrovnik. Croatia

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Chartering in Croatia should include the full coastline from Dubrovnik to Venice on a private yacht charter through the myriad of lovely islands and beautiful coastline of this historic land coveted from ancient times to now for the beautiful crystal clear waters filled with fish and shellfish and lovely fertile soil. The mainland and islands of Croatia were where the Greeks and Romans went to vacation and retire to relax surrounded by the extraordinary beauty.  Today cruise in the wake of these ancient civilizations and enjoy all that they once did from fresh picked oysters and mussels to beautiful boutique wines, fresh fish, and lovely vine ripened fruits and vegetables.  Swim in the blue green waters and enjoy sea kayaking and other water sports in the many anchorages.  At the end of your charter glide into Venice just like all seafarers once did; into the Grand Canal and up to St. Marks Square, as a very fitting end to your charter and chartering in Croatia.


Chartering in Croatia from Dubrovnik to Venice2021-03-18T10:46:07-04:00

Great Yacht Charter Itinerary Sicily, The Aeolian Islands and Amalfi Coast


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The Ruins of Taormina Theater at Sunset

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Board in the lovely town of Taormina, Sicily, in Italy, and cruise part of the secret Aeolian Islands, easiest to visit by private yacht charter.  Overnight from the chic Aeolian Island of Panarea, to the oh so chic island of Capri.  Enjoy several days on the Amalfi Coast before returning to visit several more of the Aeolian Islands, including Stromboli Island, for a hike to the top of the always active volcano.  Disembark in Taormina, Sicily after a 10 day cruise through the Aeolian islands and Amalfi Coast, both highlights of southern Italy.


Great Yacht Charter Itinerary Sicily, The Aeolian Islands and Amalfi Coast2021-03-18T10:48:06-04:00

Italy Yacht Charter Itinerary Starting and ending in Rome


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Isle of Elba

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Italy yacht charter itineraries are generally for a yacht charter cruising along the western coast of Italy including various island archipelagos.  Half way down the “boot” on the western coast of Italy is the port of Ostia, which is only 15 minutes from the Rome Fiumicino Airport and the center of Rome itself.  Ostia is a perfect port from which to embark on a charter to cruise the Argentario Peninsula, and the Tuscan Islands of Giglio, Elba and Capraia, all of which are great ports to visit on a yacht charter in Italy.


Italy Yacht Charter Itinerary Starting and ending in Rome2021-03-18T10:51:27-04:00
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