Awash with elegant cliff-top villages and with tempting cruising grounds around every indented corner, a luxury yacht charter in Italy is unforgettable. Whether cruising around the unspoilt Aeolian islands, touring the impossibly pretty towns of the Amalfi coast and picture-perfect Capri, hitting the hotspots of the island of Sardinia or revelling in the world-famous gastronomy, culture and heritage of the Tuscan Isles, Italy is one charter destination that will always leave guests wanting more.
LUXURY YACHTS FOR CHARTER IN ITALY
ITALY YACHT SEASON AND WEATHER
The peak summer months of July and August provide warm, sunny days. During August, many Italians take the entire month off work, meaning resorts and coastal areas are very busy. June and September offer quieter cruising grounds and very pleasant temperatures.
Climates do vary from north to south, with the south generally experiencing milder winters. In October, Sicily often has long, warm sunny days with temperatures still in the mid-20s.
ITALY YACHT CHARTER ITINERARIES
La Spezia’s Porto Lotti can accommodate yachts up to 180 metres and Porto Mirabello has capacity for yachts up to 130 metres – both good jump-off points for Portovenere and the Cinque Terre. Rome Marina Yachting is in the port of Civitavecchia and has berths up to 100 metres. The marina is an hour and 15 minutes from Rome by car. On Sicily, Marina di Riposto is an ideal base for visiting Mount Etna and Catania, is six nautical miles from Taormina and has moorings for yachts up to 80 metres. Porto Cervo marina on Sardinia has moorings for yachts up to 160 metres. Porto di Mergellina in Naples has moorings for up to 75 metres.
Awash with old Hollywood glamour and synonymous with Italian aristocracy, the Amalfi coast is one of Italy’s most famous and coveted cruising grounds. Departing from Naples and the shadow of the volcanic peak of Vesuvius, charterers can venture 20 nautical miles to the low key isle of Procida, then take a 10 nautical-mile passage to the volcanic wonders of Ischia, hop south to the famed isle of Capri before cruising 20 nautical miles to Amalfi and the neighbouring gems of Ravello and Positano. For those wanting a mix of city and sea, charters can also make an overnight passage and arrive for sightseeing in Rome.
The island of Sardinia is a superyacht magnet and its famous Costa Smeralda attracts the yachting elite every summer. Mixing Michelin restaurants and five-star hotels with kaleidoscopic bays, sublime beaches and celebrity haunts such as Porto Cervo, Sardinia is one of the hottest charter destinations in Europe.
Charters in the Tuscan archipelago are equally bewitching, with the islands of Elba, Gorgona, Capraia, Montecristo, Giglio and Giannutri home to pristine shores, stunning coves and charming villages steeped in history. The islands form a convenient stepping stone between the Tuscan coastline and Corsica, allowing charterers to combine the delights of Italy and the French island on charter.
Further north the pearls of the Ligurian coastline, the UNESCO protected Cinque Terre exude a romantic, old Hollywood glamour. The picture-perfect towns of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore cling to the cliffs, while Portofino is a must-visit.
For natural wonders and more off-the-beaten-track adventure, the volcanic Aeolian Islands lie 25 miles off the north-east coast of Sicily and provide a varied and stunning itinerary. Sicily itself has also catapulted onto the charter scene, with an enticing mix of secret grottos, secluded coves and glittering beaches.
ITALY BY SUPERYACHT
GETTING TO ITALY
The mainland has a host of international airports that handle commercial and private aircraft including those in Naples, Rome and Pisa.
Sardinia’s three airports of Olbia, Alghero and Cagliari all handle commercial and private jets.
Catania and Palermo airport in Sicily handle private and commercial aircraft.
Common charter routes in and out of Italy include crossings from the Adriatic and Croatia, and crossings from the French Riviera and western Mediterranean.