Italy - the Ligurian, Tuscan & Amalfi Coasts

An Italy yacht charter holiday gives you the opportunity to experience this romantic Mediterranean country’s beautiful culture and scenery. Italy has much to offer whether it be Postitano, Portofino, Liguria, Naples, or Capri and the Amalfi Coast. This region has so much variety and guarantees yacht charter holidays you will never forget. Bareboat and Crewed Yachts of all types are available for charter from smaller sailing yachts, catamarans and motor yachts right through to the larger luxury yachts and super yachts.

We offer yachts from within the Italian regions of Liguria - the Italian Riviera, the Tuscany Coast and Islands, and Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast.

Please note that our charter pages for Sardinia and Sicily can be found here.

You can experience many different aspects of Italy, including the restaurants, art, history and culture in comfort from your yacht on the Mediterranean and Adriatic coastlines. The sailing holiday season in Italy stretches from the beginning of May to the end of October. Peak period months of July and August are the hottest, but also have the lightest winds and the most crowds. Bays and moorings can get busy throughout these periods.

Liguria

Liguria is a coastal region of north-western Italy, the third smallest of the Italian regions. Its capital is Genoa. It is a popular region with tourists for its beautiful beaches, picturesque little towns, and food. Mountains and steep cliffs rise loftily out of the Tyrrhenian Sea in the most northerly part of the Mediterranean. This is the fascinating landscape that will impress people on their journey through this historically rich and dynamic region. The capital Genoa, one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean and home to Christopher Columbus, was already a powerful maritime state in the middle ages. Today one can find impressive buildings, elegant mansions, and wonderful churches - all of which bear witness to Liguria's glorious past and which blend in perfectly with the modern city. In other parts of Liguria, there are also numerous historical treasures.

Portofino is a small town of cobble-stone streets set amongst hills of ancient olive groves. From the top of the hill, the views of the harbour and coastline are spectacular. Cafes, boutiques and restaurants occupy the main square. The cafes are a great place to sit and watch the world go by. Further down the Italian coast, you'll sail upon 'Cinque Terra' - A series of smaller coastal villages, all sharing the same spectacular views of the coastline.

The Tuscan Archipelago

The Tuscan Archipelago is a chain of islands between the Ligurian Sea and Tyrrhenian Sea, west of Tuscany. The archipelago contains the islands of Gorgona, Capraia, Elba (the largest island of the group), Pianosa, Montecristo, Giglio, and Giannutri; all of which are protected as part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park. The islands' proximity to several major cities has made them a favourite tourist location. History and literature has ensured that most people are familiar with the islands of Elba and Montecristo. Legend has it that the Venus of the Tyrrhenian sea let slip seven pearls from her necklace as she emerged from the sea to ‘embrace the sunset’. These pearls then transformed themselves into the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago.

Tuscany itself is known for its beautiful landscapes, its rich artistic legacy and vast influence on high culture. Tuscany is widely regarded as the true birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and has been home to some of the most influential people in the history of arts and science, such as Dante, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Puccini. Due to this, the region has several museums. Tuscany has a unique culinary tradition, and is famous for its wines (most famous of which are Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino).

The Amalfi Coast

Naples is a city with a distinct energy - chaotic yet charming, cluttered yet beautiful. Rather daunting to the virgin eye, Naples has a way of shedding your inhibitions, to present a proud and colorful culture, with an alluring hospitality. Naples is the yacht charter hub of southern Italy and the gateway to Capri and the Amalfi Coast. The Isle of Capri and Amalfi present some of the most spectacular coastlines of the whole Mediterranean.

A yacht charter in Italy must incorporate the stunning Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi coast is around a day sail south of Naples. Amalfi and Positano, like Capri, attract visitors and charter yachts of the highest prestige. The 50 km of the Amalfi coastline stretches mainly from Sorrento to Salerno. It remains a place of rare and incredible beauty. The hillside towns are a truly magnificent display of Italian engineering and architecture. Terrace houses and buildings cling to steep cliffs, rising from the coastline.

» Easily accessible (Direct flights from Europe)
» Varied and interesting sailing areas
» Breathtaking Scenery
» Several itinerary options
» Combine with a city stay
» Welcoming firendly people
» Picturesque harbours to historical ports

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Example Itinerary

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AMALFI COAST – One week itinerary:

Salerno – Amalfi (6nm), Amalfi – Capri (16nm), Capri – Ischia (20nm), Ischia – Procida (4nm), Procida – Sorrento (17nm), Sorrento – Salerno (27nm)


Salerno

Salerno is the main town close to the Costiera Amalfitana (the "Amalfi Coast" on the Tyrrhenian, which includes the famous towns of Amalfi, Positano, and others) and is mostly known for its Schola Medica Salernitana (the first University of Medicine in the world). In the 16th century, under the Sanseverino family, amongst the most powerful feudal lords in Southern Italy, the city became a great centre of learning, culture and the arts, and the family hired several of the greatest intellectuals of the time.Today Salerno is an important cultural centre in Campania and Italy and has had a long and eventful history. The city has a rich and varied culture, and the city is divided into three distinct regions: the medieval sector with a modern state-of-the arts area, the planned 19th century district and the more densely-populated post-war area.

Amalfi

Amalfi is a town in Salerno, in the region of Campania, 35 km southeast of Naples. It lies at the mouth of a deep ravine, at the foot of Monte Cerreto, surrounded by dramatic cliffs breathtaking views, and coastal scenery. The town of Amalfi was the capital of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi, an important trading power in the Mediterranean between 839 and around 1200. In the 1920s and 1930s, Amalfi was a popular holiday destination for the British upper class and aristocracy.Amalfi is the main town of the coast on which it is located, named Costiera Amalfitana, and is today an important tourist destination together with other towns on the same coast, such as Positano, Ravello and others. Amalfi is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Capri

Capri is an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrentine Peninsula, on the south side of the Gulf of Naples. It has been a resort since the times of the Roman Republic. Features of the island are the Marina Piccola (the little harbour), the Belvedere of Tragara, which is a high panoramic promenade lined with villas, the limestone crags called sea stacks that project above the sea (the Faraglioni), Anacapri, the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), and the ruins of the Imperial Roman villas. The town of Capri is the main centre of population on the island. It has two harbours, Marina Piccola and Marina Grande (the main port of the island).

Ischia

Ischia is a volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples. The roughly trapezoidal island lies about 30 km from Naples and measures around 10 km east to west and 7 km north to south. It is almost entirely mountainous, with the highest peak being Mount Epomeo. The islands main attractions include thermal spas where tourists can enjoy the fruits of the island's natural volcanic activity, its thermal hot springs, and its volcanic mud. Ischia is famous for its unequalled natural beauty, and it’s all year round mild climate.

Sorrento

Sorrento is located on a tough coast and has breathtaking views and varied landscapes. It is a popular tourist destination which can be reached easily from Naples and Pompeii. The town gives its name to the Sorrento Peninsula, a great area extended from Vico Equense to Massa Lubrense. This area, thanks to its geographical shape, suspended between green hills and the blue of the seas, is a great attraction of southern Italy. The town overlooks the Bay of Naples.

Procida

Procida is one of the Phlegrean islands off the coast of Naples. The island is located between Cape Miseno and the island of Ischia. With many original features and a genuine beauty, unpolluted nature and simplicity of life, together with century-old traditions. Many tourists come to visit some of the old archaeological sites of Greek origin. It has been a favourite for movie directors where scenes for ‘The Postman’ and ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ were shot. Procida is the smallest and oldest island in the Bay of Naples and is, like Ischia, of volcanic origin. This island is also known for its beauty and natural splendour with a lovely coastline and landscape that captures the heart of every visitor.

Highlights

Rome

Rome is a vibrant city with reminders of its past everywhere. In Rome you'll encounter ancient monuments, medieval and Renaissance buildings and fountains, and great museums. Rome is the capital of modern Italy and boasts many fine restaurants and cafes, good nightlife, and lively streets and squares.

  • Castel Sant'Angelo - is one of finest sites in Italy with a varied and interesting history.
  • Capitoline Museums - Italy and its museums are home to some of the most renowned statues in the world.
  • The Collosseum - one of the world’s most famous structures and the gem of Italy.
  • The Pantheon - is one of Italy’s most beautiful and stunning buildings and has stood for nearly 2,000 years.
  • Scala Santa (Holy Stairs) - these twenty-eight marble stairs (brought to Italy in 326 A.D.) are said to be the steps Christ walked upon on his way to his trial before Pontius Pilate.
  • Villa Celimontana - a treasure of Italy and one of Rome's loveliest public gardens, Villa Celimontana is wonderful as a picnic spot or a respite from sightseeing.
  • Venice

    Venice is one of Italy's most beautiful and romantic cities, built on the water in a lagoon. It's small, traffic-free streets along the winding canals make for great walking. Venice has many magnificent churches and palaces, lively squares, and interesting shops.

  • The Academia - the best of many fine art collections in Venice, The Galleria dell'Accademia is a true artistic treasure of Italy.
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection - the Peggy Guggenheim collection of modern art is considered one of the most distinguished of Italy.
  • Palazzi and bridges - spend time wandering up, down and over famous bridges that span the Grand Canal of Italy or admire the view from the canals by taking one of the many waterbuses.
  • Rialto Bridge - a historical landmark of Italy, the Rialto Bridge crosses the Grand Canal at an angle and until 1854, was the only place that the Grand Canal could be crossed on foot.
  • St Mark's Square - easily the most famous sight in Venice, the Piazza San Marco is the charming, lively centre of Italy and is often crowded and full of pigeons and surrounded by beautiful architecture.
  • Tuscany

    Tuscany is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Italy. Tuscany is a large region, with the most varied landscape in Italy. Tuscany has picturesque medieval hill towns, scenic countryside, vineyards, and seaside towns.

    Florence

    Florence, a Renaissance city in the heart of Tuscany, is one of the most popular travel cities in Italy. Florence has some of Italy's best museums, beautiful cathedrals and churches, and interesting streets and squares with elegant buildings and shops.

  • Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli) - a beautiful expanse of rich, extravagant pleasure, these peaceful gardens boast some of the most photogenic views of Florence.
  • Ponte Vecchio - this landmark of Italy means literally, 'Old Bridge,' is not only one of Florence’s most famous landmarks, but it’s one of the cities few free attractions.
  • Statue of David - by Michelangelo is perhaps the most famous statue in the world today. Commissioned in 1501 by the Arte Della Lana, which was responsible for the upkeep and decoration of the Cathedral in Florence, the statue is housed today in the Galleria dell' Accademia.
  • Uffizi Gallery - offering one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world, the Uffizi Gallery is a living representation of Florence’s role in the Renaissance.
  • Pisa

    At the edge of the town's center is a magnificent group of monuments, each architecturally fascinating and each leaning at different angles, the grand Romanesque cathedral, a large baptistery and the legendary Leaning Tower.

    Pompeii

    The archeological site of ancient Pompeii is one of Italy's top tourist attractions and the modern town of Pompei makes a good base for visiting it. Pompeii can also be visited as a day trip from Naples or Sorrento.

    Island of Capri

    Travel to Capri is a highlight of a Naples or Amalfi Coast vacation. Capri is an enchanting and picturesque island made of limestone rock. A favorite with Roman emperors, the rich and famous, artists, and writers, it's still one of the Mediterranean's must-see places. The island's top attraction is the famous Blue Grotto, Grotta Azzurra. Beaches are scattered around the island. There are only two towns - Capri, just above Marina Grande, and Anacapri, the higher town. Lemon trees, flowers, and birds are abundant.

    Weather Conditions

    Climate

    General weather for Italy

    The climate of the Italy is ideally suited for a yacht charter, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Winds are generally north-westerly averaging 8 to 12 knots (8 – 14 Mph) with the windiest period being July and August. During the cruising season of April to October, the skies are blue and the weather warm, with water temperatures averaging 22ºC (71ºF).

    The tidal range is less than 30cms (1 foot) and much of the sailing is line-of-sight sailing in sheltered waters with 10 - 20 miles between most of the island groups.

    The Ligurian Coast

    Liguria has a mild, delightful Mediterranean climate. Average temperatures range from 9°C/48°F in January to 23°C/73°F in the summer. There is very little rainfall in the summer, making it ideal for holidays and charters. The weather normally remains nice through October, becoming much more unsettled through the winter. The warmth and calm returns in the spring, when it is often delightful to visit the area.

    Tuscany and the Tuscan Islands

    The climate is typically Mediterranean where summers are warm, dry and breezy. During the summer months the prevailing wind is W – NW and it rarely reaches gale force. Around Capraia, Elba, and down the mainland coast to Giannutri there will often be SE winds with frequent periods of calm. At night there is often a light W or SW wind.

    Amalfi

    During the summer months sailing the winds are generally light in the morning coming from a SW – SE direction, with the stronger winds blowing in the afternoon. The sea and land breeze produce the most predictable wind, with the early morning wind averaging no more than a force 2 and in the afternoon it averages between a force 2 – 5, dying off again at sunset. In the early morning and at night there may be a light E – NE which will rarely get above a force 2. In May and October you’ll enjoy temperatures in the early 20’s with the July and August being the hottest months with the over ten hours of daylight and on average the least rain.


    Average Conditions:


      JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

    High Temperature ( C )

    12

    13

    15

    18

    23

    26

    29

    30

    26

    22

    17

    14

    Low Temperature ( C )

    4

    4

    6

    8

    12

    16

    18

    18

    15

    12

    8

    5

    Precipitation (days)

    14

    13

    14

    13

    9

    7

    4

    6

    9

    12

    15

    15

    Average Sunshine Hours

    4

    4

    5

    6

    8

    9

    10

    9

    8

    6

    4

    3


    Current Forecast:

    Naples 5 day forecast
    Day Min Max Wind Weather
    Thu
    21st
    19°C 24°C
    W

    6 kts

    Fri
    22nd
    19°C 25°C
    WSW

    6 kts

    Sat
    23rd
    19°C 28°C
    SW

    5 kts

    Sun
    24th
    21°C 28°C
    WSW

    5 kts

    Mon
    25th
    21°C 27°C
    SW

    5 kts

    General Information

    Time difference: Time difference between the UK and Italy is +1hr GMT

    Airports: Naples International Airport – (Capodichino)

    Luggage: We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

    Please pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht.

    Passport and Visas:

    Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.

    If your child is not already included on a valid British Passport they are required to hold their own passport. EU Passport holders do not require a visa.

    Non-British passport holders should check with their local Consulate direct

    It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary.

    Customs and Immigration:

    Before leaving the airport, you will have to clear Immigration and Customs.

    Passports are required by all visitors to Italy except for citizens from the following countries, who may enter Italy with a National Identity Card: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

    No Visas are required for stays less than 90 days.

    There is no departure tax payable.

    Sailing Licences

    The Italian Port Authorities require all skippers to be ICC qualified or hold the equivalent RYA qualification. If you have not already done so then both the Skipper and 1st Mate will be required to fill in a Sailing CV to confirm that you have the necessary skills to sail in this region.

    Cruising Area Limits:

    This information is provided in the chart briefing.

    Mooring Fees and Taxes

    Most overnight stops in this area will be either in marinas or at mooring buoys/anchor. The buoys will cost approximately €50.00 per night, to be paid locally at each anchorage. Marina fees start at approximately €50.00 per night and can be as much as €250.00 per night, depending on the time of the year and the size of boat. These are approximate prices only.

    Charts & Pilot Book

    All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are on board the yacht. Charts and pilot books can be purchased from the UK chandler Force4 by contacting them direct on 0845 1300 710 or www.force4.co.uk

    Currency

    The Euro is the currency used throughout Italy.

    Banks

    Bank Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30am-1:30pm and Saturdays: 08:30am-1:00pm (during the summer months only) ATM’s are operational 24 hours a day

    Credit Card Information

    MasterCard, Visa and Eurocheque cards are widely accepted throughout Italy.

    Traveller’s cheques are accepted in major Italian cities and tourist areas, however not in some very small establishments and outdoor markets.

    Please Note: Bases are unable to accept personal cheques and cannot give cash back on credit or debit (Switch/Delta) cards.

    Language

    The language in Italy is Italian

    Cost of living in Procida

    Approximate restaurant prices:

  • Bottle of beer 66cl - €2.50
  • Glass of wine - € 1.50
  • 1.5 ltr of water - € 1.00
  • Starter / Entrée - € 8.00
  • Evening meal main course € 7.00 - € 15.00
  • Dessert € 3.00- € 5.00
  • Tipping

    Tipping is standard and expected in all restaurants / bars and for other services undertaken during your holiday. The rule of thumb is generally 10-15% of the amount charged. Some establishments automatically add this onto the bill

    Shopping

    The Bay of Naples area offers numerous places to go shopping, primarily for crafts, antiques, souvenirs, and typical products of the Neapolitan and Italian cuisine. You will find local local delicacies, beautiful ceramic ware in bright colours and handmade nativity figurines. Handicraft has a long tradition in Campania and is still an important economic factor.

    Electricity

    The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. Electricity in Italy is 220 Volts and uses the standard European 2 pin plug. In order to use electronic equipment that is 220v you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.

    Mobile phones

    Your mobile phone may work when in Italy, but please check with your service provider for coverage details and call costs. You will need to activate international roaming on your contract.

    Fishing

    Sea fishing is possible from the shores, from boats and even underwater and is allowed almost everywhere without a permit.

    Scuba Diving

    The beautiful waters of the Bay of Naples make it a superb place for diving and snorkelling.

    Procida Diving centre - Tel: 0818968385 - www.vacanzeaprocida.it

    Diving Procida sub l'Isola - Tel: 0818101478 - procidasub@libero.it

    The main dive centre is at Capo di Puolo which is slightly west of Sorrento. Caves and caverns abound and you will be able to see plenty of small colourful fish, seahorse, octopus, moray eel etc. Capri offers some good cave diving with plenty of overhangs.

    Walking

    The island of Procida has lots to offer walkers, with its cliffs hundreds of feet above the sea, with amazing views across to Capri and the Amalfi Peninsula.

     

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