Enjoy a Luxury Yacht Charter In Italy
From the whimsical harbor of Portofino, to Sicily and the Aeolian Islands, luxury yacht charter on a super yacht, motor yacht, sailing yacht or catamaran is the best way to explore and enjoy the coastline and islands of Italy including:
- The Pontine Islands of Ponza, Ventotene, Palmarola and Santo Stephano;
- The Naples Bay Islands of Capri and Ischia;
- The Tuscan Islands of Elba, Giglio, Capraia, Montecristo, Pianosa, Gorgona;
- The Aeolian Islands of Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi and Alicudi, and
- The Maddalena Islands of Isola Maddalena, Caprera, Spargi, Santo Stefano, Santa Maria, Budelli and Razzoli. and
This private yacht charter location is filled with history and islands with lovely little fishing villages interspersed between delightfully chic islands like Capri and Elba; with each and every harbor welcoming visiting yachtsmen.
Porto Rotundo, Sardinia
Join your yacht at Porto Rotondo, Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean, separated from Corsica to the north by the 6-mile wide Strait of Bonifacio. Cruise to Cala di Volpe for your first night. Cala di Volpe is a deep shallow bay, well protected from the Mistral wind and is surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches.
Enjoy an early morning swim before breakfast and then take a short cruise to Olbia. The city’s major cathedral is situated in the old town and is dedicated to St. Simplicio, bishop of Olbia, who was martyred under the Diocletian Emperor in the III century A.D. Olbia has also become famous due to the recent archaeological discovery of 24 shipwrecks – 2 of them from the age of Nero, 16 from the fifth century A.D., and the remaining 6 from the Judicial Period. Only a few kilometers from Olbia is the Pedres Castle (Castello di Pedes). Its style of construction comes from the Judicial Period of the Visconti in Gallura. Another castle, Castello di Sa Paulazza, is situated on the small hill and is of Byzantine origin. Overnight.
A short cruise up the rugged eastern shore of the Costa Smeralda, will bring you to Porto Cervo. The Aga Khan built a resort that takes full advantage of the rocky cliffs, protected beaches and stunning blue sea. Since then, the region has become one of the world’s most exclusive retreats. In town, the Stella Maris Church boasts the ‘Sad Madonna’ painted by El Greco. This Church is a modern whitewashed design created by the Roman architect, Michel Busiri Vici, who also created the grotto-design shopping arcade in the town center filled with exclusive boutiques. Overnight.
After a relaxed breakfast, cruise to the Maddalena Island area, located inside the Straits of Bonifacio along the northeastern coast of Sardinia. Budelli, Caprera, Razzoli, Santa Maria, Santo Stefano and Spargi surround La Maddalena Island. This group of small rocky islands has been inhabited since prehistoric times. After lunch head to Budelli, home to one of Italy’s most enchanting beaches that is famous for its pink sand produced by coral shattered by the raging seas. The best mooring places are the almost deserted little beach of Cala d’Arena and Spiaggia Rosa (Pink Beach). Overnight.
Enjoy a light breakfast before heading to Santa Maria for lunch and a swim. The town on shore is notable for the ancient olive trees around the piazza. On the slopes that rise up from the sea is a beautiful white church dating back to 1050 and an imposing grey Spanish Tower guarding the bay and the beach. After lunch cruise to Bonifacio, the oldest town on the island of Corsica (French). Entering Bonifacio’s almost land-locked harbor is one of the most dramatic moments in sailing, as the white chalk cliffs open magically before you revealing a totally protected harbor. For a thousand years, this ancient citadel town has defied gravity balancing on a high perch on the edge of a chalk cliff – a walled medieval village that guarded the southernmost tip of the island. Enjoy dinner in one of the excellent seafood restaurants ashore. Overnight.
Lavezzi Island Sunrise
After breakfast take a short cruise over to the Lavezzi Islands for lunch and a swim. This dreamy archipelago only has one lighthouse and two cemeteries where the 750 crew of the Semillante are buried; a boat which sank in 1855. The island’s coves are a favorite with boaters with fine sandy beaches and lovely water. Cruise to Santa Tereza di Gallura. Spend time here wandering amongst the huge sandstone “animals,” natural formations that closely resemble elephants, rhinos, hippos and water buffalo. Take a walk on one of the many glorious white sandy beaches.
Overnight Leave early to cruise to Cala Yacca to anchor for lunch and a swim. Continue on through the Fornelli Passage, passing by the Island of Asinara, a penal settlement. Arrive in the afternoon in the flourishing fishing port of Alghero, consisting of a picturesque and well-preserved old town enclosed in a stout girdle of walls, surrounded by the new town with a grid of parallel streets filled with hotels and restaurants. The town is very Spanish in flavor having been invaded by Pedro IV of Aragon in 1354. The narrow cobbled streets of the old town are lined with flamboyantly decorated churches, wrought-iron balconies, boutiques and cafes, as well as the workshops of craftsmen working the famed coral of Alghero. Around the town the coast offers many secluded bays, small inlets bordered by pine forests and high, jagged cliffs washed by the emerald green sea. Inland luxuriant vineyards produce some of the most aromatic wines on the island. Overnight.
Ostia Temple Ruins
Join your yacht at noon in Ostia, a resort beach town 15 minutes away by taxi from Rome’s Fuimicino Airport. Settle in before departing for Ponza, one of the Po an excursion destination for monks and recluses, a strategic base for Corsarian soldiers, and the land of fishermen, today Ponza is a paradise for scuba divers. Dinner can be enjoyed under the stars on the top deck or at one of the many little tavernas ringing the harbor in the town of Ponza offering fresh seafood. Or perhaps enjoy a cocktail ashore people watching before dinner or coffee ashore ntine Islands just offshore. Ponza, about 57 nm from Ostia, is home to cliffs, caves, and beaches and is surrounded by crystal clear water, making it one of the most beautiful islands of Italy and maybe in the entire world. Once a resort island for the Romans, an excursion destination for monks and recluses, a strategic base for Corsarian soldiers, and the land of fishermen, today Ponza is a paradise for scuba divers. Dinner can be enjoyed under the stars on the top deck or at one of the many little tavernas ringing the harbor in the town of Ponza offering fresh seafood. Or perhaps enjoy a cocktail ashore people watching before dinner or coffee ashore after dinner. Overnight.
Port of Ponza
Enjoy breakfast before wandering into town to explore this lovely little fishing village. Be sure to visit the Roman Tunnel, built by the Romans, to connect the town of Ponza to Luna Bay. If wanted you can walk through the Roman Tunnel, while your yacht steams around to Luna Bay to send a tender ashore to pick you up. This is a great location to enjoy a swim. Steam up the coast of Ponza past the many grottos, perhaps stopping to explore the grottos by ship’s tender, and then across to the uninhabited island of Palmarola, within sight of Ponza. Many consider Palmarola to also be one of the most attractive islands in the world. Overnight for cocktails and dinner in a private anchorage off of Palmarola.
Cruise in the morning to Ventotene, a small island – under three kilometers long – and one more suited to those looking for some serious peace and solitude. The island’s ancient and only port was dug by the Romans out of the volcanic rock who also enjoyed Ventotene as a resort location. Take the ship’s tender over to mooring balls off of Santo Stefano, about 1.5 kilometers away. Explore this small island, which is dominated by a prison, built by Ferdinand IV. Built around a circular courtyard, the prison was intended to reproduce the circles of Dante’s Inferno. Around the old ancient Roman Harbor in Ventotene, are Roman fish pools and a Roman shopping arcade still in use today. The main town is above the Roman shopping arcade and worth exploring, and perhaps visiting after dinner to sit in a local café for coffee. Overnight in Ventotene.
Castello Aragonese, Ischia
Leave for Ischia in the morning. Ischia is a volcanic spa island with many sulfur springs and medicinal bathing areas. Deep underneath Ischia, the volcano is still active, and is sending to the island’s surface, hot thermal waters in springs and geysers laden with various minerals. Considerable scientific research has been done in Ischia over the years to isolate the mineral qualities of the various thermal springs and volcanic mud for the possible health benefits. Unique to Ischia are “Spa Gardens”, where thermal pools of various temperatures and mineral content are spread throughout a park like setting. Negombo Spa Garden has sculpture gardens interspersed among mini thermal pools and springs, all cascading down a hillside, providing beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea. Towards cocktail time, head to a local boutique winery. Ischia is steadily gaining worldwide recognition for the quality of the wines being produced. At the vineyard of Vigne di Chignole, have a tour of the ancient winery operation, still in use after many centuries, and sample the wines. The island is very large with different towns and sights to see. On the southern end of the island is Castle Argonese, once a walled city housing over 2000 people open today for touring. Overnight.
Depart for Sorrento after breakfast. Sorrento was the “Surrentum” of the Romans, a resort famed for its scenery and climate. In the 19th century it was a popular winter resort for northern Europeans. Explore the charming town and the countryside noted for its citrus orchards, and also as the home of the Italian aperitif, Limoncello. Sorrento is a great location from which to depart for a 45 minute drive to see Pompeii. A 3 hour guided tour can be arranged from Sorrento.
Depart early in the morning for Amalfi, one of Italy’s most romantic villages, which clings to the dramatic slopes of the ruggedly beautiful Amalfi Coast. Visit Amalfi town and the Cathedral. Take a taxi up and have lunch at Ravello village, with its spectacular views of the coast and magnificent villas. Step inside the Villa Rodulfo, where the view is the most spectacular. In the afternoon cruise to Positano, built around a small curving bay on a steep hill overlooking the island of the Sirens. Once a sleepy fishing village, Positano is one of the most picturesque towns on the Amalfi coast. The typical Moorish style houses are lined up along the slopes facing the sea. Steep steps, narrow lanes, courtyards and gardens furnish the rest of the town. This is the home of the Capri sandal, and there are many little boutiques and shops up the winding alleyways and walking streets. Steam to Capri to overnight dockside in the harbor. After dinner head up to the village on the top of the island, which has a very active and chic nightlife. This is the location for nightclubbing, if of interest, with the European jet set.
Enjoy Capri, which overlooks the stunning Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, and has always been a favorite location for the privileged. Once home to the Roman Emperor Tiberius, Capri now serves as the perfect getaway in which to experience Italy’s natural, scenic beauty. Capri has two levels. There is a walking and shopping area right around the marina. However, the main town, on top of Capri, is accessits upscale, tiny shops and many street cafes. The shopping street is quite famous and here you will probably find a store from every important designer. Wander the streets and shops, and stop for refreshment at an outdoor café in one of the little piazzas as you watch Capri life go by. Overnight.
Early morning departure ible by funicular and is lovely with for a two-hour steam to Naples to disembark.