alternative Italian destinations to overcrowded Cinque Terre

Marina Piccola, Capri, Tyrrhenian Sea

Capri, Tyrrhenian Sea

Cinque Terre’s colourful cliff side villages may be one of the first images that come to mind when you picture a private cruise or luxury yacht charter in Italy. However, with the news that the popular Italian superyacht destination is set to reduce visitors by a million people this summer due to concerns that overcrowding is damaging the UN world heritage site, it's fair to say that mass tourism is lowering the appeal of this destination.

Thankfully Italy's exquisite coastline has many other beauty spots and these six have been singled out by experienced superyacht owners who never tire of visiting them time after time.

1. Capri, Tyrrhenian Sea

Recommended by Peter de Savary, Gloria

This iconic island has been a favourite since ancient times. When the Romans were building their villas here 2,000 years ago, they discovered the ruins of even older civilisations. Today, you can still visit the remains of Tiberius’s palaces. The Marina Grande on the north coast offers berths up to 60 metres, but the more attractive option is the anchorage at Marina Piccola on the south coast.

This broad bay is guarded by three tall stack rocks and curving cliffs, with the small village clinging to the rocks. From here you are just a short drive on switchback roads to the diversions of Anacapri or Capri town. And make sure to dine at one of the many restaurants perched vertiginously on the rock face.

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