6 of the best iconic Italian moorings

Marina Piccola, Capri

Legend has it that this picturesque bay was where the sirens seduced Ulysses. Nowadays it is home to a smattering of rustic restaurants. Located opposite Capri’s giant sea stacks, tender in to take a convertible taxi up to Capri town.

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Port Portofino

With tall pastel houses hidden among a forested hillside and a harbour lined with bustling bars and seafood restaurants, Portofino is the Italian Riviera’s yachting capital. Yet it has not lost its charming, traditional fishing village feel.

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Punta della Dogana, Venice

Use the mooring piles of La Salute to make the most of Venice’s breathtaking backdrop in total privacy. Opposite St Mark’s Square, enjoy terrific views of elegant palazzos and bustling canals. The mooring is the perfect way to enjoy the Venice Film Festival by yacht.

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The site where Lord Byron is said to have written Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Portovenere’s harbour is surrounded by vibrantly painted  12th century houses and narrow lanes leading to a castle. The town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

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Ponza Harbour

Ponza’s harbour is a natural amphitheatre, with houses circling the protected bay. Famed for its crystal clear waters, and once a favourite holiday spot for Roman emperors, the town’s cobbled streets still have local fishermen offering their catch of the day.

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Porto Cervo

Once a small Sardinian fishing village, Porto Cervo is now a glamorous holiday destination. During the Med season the view here is of superyachts and rugged, beautiful Costa Smeralda. Every summer the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Boat International Media host the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta in this corner of the island.

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