Rapallo is one of the most ancient resorts on the eastern half of the Italian Riviera (called the Riviera di Levante). Not far from Portofino it is also an excellent base for exploring the coast. A short promenade overlooks the wide harbour, flanked by a small medieval castle, now mostly used for exhibits. Worth a visit is the Sanctuary de Montallegro, which, besides a visit to the church itself, provides a wonderful view of the coast.
The five postcard-perfect villages of the “Cinque Terre” which means “five lands” lie along the short stretch of cliffs of the Ligurian coast – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The natural beauty of the scenery and the shabby authentic charm of the fishermen’s villages have been little affected by tourism. These little villages are best visited by tender and then on foot, so pack your comfy walking shoes!
Porto Venere is one of the Liguria’s prettiest harbour towns, lying close to Liguria’s southern border. It guards the Gulf of Poets, a large bay famous for being connected with Shelley and Byron. The largest city in the bay, La Spezia, is a naval base with some nautical-themed museums and known for its yacht building.
A lovely tourist destination, Forte dei Marmi is enchanting in summer. Do not miss the beautiful walk along the beach, and the “Corso” which is 5 km long. Shops and luxury boutiques mark the walk along the promenade, with of course plenty of fantastic restaurants where you can enjoy local fish dishes in the company of good music.
Elba is a beautiful island with plenty of history. It is known for its wonderful beaches, its lush green landscape and the place of exile of Napoleon. The coastal town of Piombino, situated in Tuscany, Italy, is just 20 km away. It is Italy’s third largest island and also acts as a major national park. The azure sea and the calm coastline of the island make it a perfect charter stop.
Rome is the national capital of Italy, and whilst not on the coast as such, it would be a pity to miss out on this city of such immense historical importance and national treasures, including the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Vatican, just to name a few, not to mention the city’s amazing food!
For almost two centuries, Sorrento has been a popular tourist destination, perched on a plateau above the sea with breathtaking views of the Bay of Naples. The historic seaside town has learned to cope with and benefit from tourism, and in exchange, it provides a traditional ‘Mediterranean summer holiday’ experience – without losing its Italian character and charm.
Fall asleep to the twinkling, city lights of Naples and wake up to the breathtaking, white cliffs of the bay of Capri. This exquisite island offers a fantastic marina, a wide range of sophisticated shops and restaurants, gelaterias as well as night clubs and bars along its pristine streets. Known not only for its rugged, natural beauty, but most famously, the Blue Grotto, a bucket list location for many and a spectacular sight to behold, where the sea glows an electric blue.
Much like Capri, Amalfi attracts tourists of great prestige. The 50 kilometers of Amalfi coastline stretch primarily from Sorrento to Salerno. It remains a unique and incredibly beautiful location. The hilly towns display Italian engineering and architecture at its finest, with terraced houses dangling from the steep cliffs. This area is a sight to behold.
Positano is a dramatic, cliffside village on the Amalfi Coast, and without doubt one of the most photographed and filmed locations in Italy. This chic retreat is a must stop on your charter.
Southern Italy’s yacht charter hub, Naples is energetic and lively, but charming and beautiful at the same time. Here you’ll find a proud and colourful culture and a welcoming hospitality. It is the gateway to Capri and the Amalfi Coast which are without doubt one of the most stunning coast lines in the Mediterranean. The rich history of Naples has left it with a wealth of monuments and historical buildings, from classical ruins to medieval castles and a wide range of historically and culturally significant sites including the Roman ruins of Pompeii and the Palace of Caserta. There are plenty of museums & religious sites to visit, not to mention what lies beneath Naples…catacombs, caves and ancient reservoirs. A visit here is of course not complete without a trip to Vesuvius. This city serves a cultural and historical feast for the eyes!