Italy has so much coastline it is hard to choose a favorite region.
The Amalfi Coast
The coastline of Amalfi stretches from Salerno to Sorrento. These are the areas where unique beauty is seen. The towns located on the hillside are truly astounding as it displays the architecture as well as the engineering created by the Italians. There are also buildings and terrace houses built in the steep areas of the cliff which overlooks the coastline. Most southern Italian charters begin in Naples, about a day’s sail from the Amalfi region. South of Naples, the Amalfi coastline is a place of rare and incredible Italian beauty. It is, however, isolated from the mainland by mountains, making it one of the most famous yet hard-to-reach seaside destinations in Italy. Approaching from the sea has to be the most sensible, and awe-inspiring, option. The coast is a veritable treasure chest with a brimful of history and traditions: from the incredible archaeological site of Pompeii to the fascinating island of Capri. It is also an area is dominated by volcanic activity with craters still rumbling deep below the surface of the earth; after all, it was the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius which destroyed and buried the ancient city of Pompeii nearly 2000 years ago. Positano has a typical Moorish style with white houses solidly anchored in tiers to the rock face and the sinuous roads full of shops that seem to cling to the mountain. The structure of the town is very original; the small houses, all huddling on top of each other, so characteristic of Positano, form the subject of endless photos. The vibrant colours, the white of the buildings, form a perfect canvas for the bright flowers which decorate the houses, and the small artisans’ shops with their multihued cloths, present the visitor with a vista which is almost difficult to believe. Then there is the smell of the leather used for making sandals, and the restaurants specialising in fish dishes, and the bustle of everyday life. This coastline is scattered with small clusters of islands which are steeped in volcanic history and activity. North West of Capri there is a wonderful archipelago presenting a perfect cruising area. The Pontine Islands, rich in riolitic lava, tufaceous rocks from their volcanic origin, are made up of Ponza, Palmarola, Zannone, Ventotene, Santo Stefano, and the small island of Gavi and the solitary rock of la Botte. They are an extraordinary group of islands in the Tyrrhenian sea because of the variety of their coastlines, the colours of the rocks, the attractive villages and the small ports in pure Mediterranean style. Their spectacular and bright colours give the islands a particular charm and a coastline perfect to explore by boat with a wide variety of small coves, bays or inlets to explore. The coastline appears particularly wild and solitary and as such is the perfect cruising ground for a summer yacht charter.
Sicily is part of another island group, the Aeolian Islands – more commonly known as the Lipari Islands. They have a very strong volcanic influence, with Stromboli erupting around every hour. This archipelago comprises some seventeen islands, only seven of which are inhabited. It is possible to clamber up the volcanic sulphur rock slopes on the island of Vulcano and visit the still active Cran Cratere. If cruising past Stromboli at night you can experience the impressive sights of the red-hot lava glowing and throwing red hot debris high up above the crater, at first glance reminiscent of a firework display.
The island of Sardinia has a language all its own that is not understood by mainland Italians. Stunning coastlines, excellent fishing, beautiful beaches and rugged mountains combine to make this a very special place.
Another place in Italy that you should not miss is the Portofino. It is a small town where the streets are made from cobble stones. If you are located at the top of Portofino’s hill, you will see the breathtaking views of the Portofino’s coastline and the harbour. If you want to get a view of how the world of yachting works, you may seat at any of the portside cafes in Portofino. This is also an excellent place where you can see beautiful people or simply unwind.
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