Embarking here in Naples (Napoli) you will experience this beautiful city, surrounded by breathtaking scenery and with the impressive Mount Vesuvius adorning the skyline. Not only will you be able to enjoy the rich artistic and architectural heritage, including Pompeii and its artifacts housed at the National Museum of Archaeology, but also the energy of this hyper-active city. With its colorful markets, winding streets, tasty Neapolitan food (pizza was invented here!), and vibrant nightlife, this is a splendid place to start your luxury yacht charter holiday.
Heading along the Amalfi coast we can see the watchtowers that defended Sorrento against impending Saracen raids. You can relax though, as your luxury yacht keeps you safe from the many that visit this area in the months of July and August. Built on the cliff above the port, Sorrento is famous for its panoramic views and the café-strewn Piazza Tasso. The town with its many terraces, is situated on average over 47 meters above sea level and the view of Sorrento from your luxury yacht is unforgettable. The historic center is a maze of narrow streets and here you can find the tranquil 14th-century church of San Francesco with its pretty cloisters. Enjoy the relaxing way of life, the freshly caught seafood, or sumptuous Mediterranean dishes in a local restaurant. It is a different world from that of bustling Naples.
Positano boasts a mild climate and beautiful landscape. We can anchor in the bay with a backdrop of colorful houses and grand hotels, sunbathe, or swim in private and luxurious surroundings. Taking a trip on shore you find the narrow, steep streets filled with shops and cafes, and stroll down the many staircases that lead from the top of the village to the picturesque pebble beaches. Spiaggia Grande and Fornillo, are both within walking distance, or you can use the yacht’s tender and visit them by sea.
If feeling more energetic you can visit the caves of La Porta or you may walk along the Sentiero Degli Dei stretching from Positano to the seaside villages of the Costiera Amalfitana. Then in the evening relax as your onboard chef surprises you with dishes created from selected ingredients from the local farmers’ market.
The only way to truly appreciate the Amalfi coast is to approach from the sea and your luxury yacht charter is the ideal way to achieve this. The city of Amalfi is known all over the world for its quaint, artistic, and natural beauty in particular its crystal clear water. Overlooking the sea are the characteristic houses clinging to the rocks and narrow streets running between the arches and ancient towers. We can take some time to climb the steps to the ancient iron doors of the cathedral Duomo di Amalfi, which protect the stunning religious murals and relics from the Holy Crusades, including the body of Saint Andrew in the crypt.
Highly recommended is a walk through the alleys in the old town and as you climb the stairs leading to the upper districts, you will be overcome by the memorable fragrances and astonishing views. Once you have toured the ancient streets, head up into the mountains to Marisa Cuomo in the village of Furore for a wine tasting session before returning to your luxury yacht to relax.
Perched at 350 meters above sea level and suspended on a rocky hill overlooking the sparkling waters of the Amalfi Coast, Ravello looks like a small treasure chest. With its preserved national monuments, natural surroundings, and spectacular views, there is plenty to inspire music lovers, poets, and writers. Time it well and you can enjoy the prestigious annual Ravello Festival which honors its musical heritage. It has hosted such distinguished guests from Arturo Toscanini to Humphrey Bogart, from Jacqueline Onassis to Gina Lollobrigida. Elegant Ravello is deserving of its name – the most precious jewel on the Amalfi Coast.
Next day cruise to the scenic island of Capri in the Gulf of Naples, while you lie back on your sun loungers or dine alfresco on the sundeck. Whether you are looking for sophisticated restaurants, romantic pathways, stunning grottoes, local artisan products, or haute couture, mooring your luxury superyacht off the coast of Capri means you can have it all.
Most important is to visit the famous natural dark and rocky cavern Grotta Azzurra, where the sun reflects from the sea bed, making the water a magical neon blue, or you can find a grotto more private if you choose to moor further along the coast. Then, to enjoy a beautiful view we can head to the top of Mount Solaro to gaze down on the limestone cliffs and colorful houses scattered across the landscape below. The famous Kia Krupp road with its hairpin bends is also to be experienced, or you can just view them from the wonderful Gardens of Augustus.
The clarity of the water makes Capri an excellent place to snorkel, dive, and play with your water toys, or you can simply swim along the beaches from the privacy of your own superyacht.
We can make some time to visit Anacapri on the other side of the island, which has its own secret personality: with its distinctive Majolica tiles covering the main square and the San Michelle Church’s unique floor mosaic of Paradise on Earth.
Watch the spectacular sunrise over the Faraglioni rocks of Capri before heading for our final destination – the enchanting volcanic island of Ischia in the Gulf of Naples. Ischia is known for its mineral-rich thermal waters, art, and culture. The thermal springs gush at the Maronti beach to the south of the island and to the East, you can find Roman remains on the seabed off Cartaromana beach. Here you can relax or dive and snorkel, as we anchor the superyacht close by.
There’s still time to explore, so take a walk across the stone bridge to reach the medieval Castello Aragonese or visit the museums or beautiful gardens on the island. There is something for everyone on Ischia, from tranquil corners with magnificent views to more vibrant areas of shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs. Your last stop on this island is bound to be one of the most memorable.
A light breakfast and cruise back to Naples to disembark.