Carlo Pettorosso founded Flying Charter after spending many years in the yachting industry. His company is committed to delivering a seamless service to all charter customers. Here, Carlo offers some advice on what to see and do when chartering in the Bay of Naples.
Celebrated throughout the world, the Sorrentine Peninsula with its views and perfumes offers plenty of choice for those wanting to swim or enjoy the enchanting landscape, with beaches, coves and crystal clear water.
Guests will surely fall in love with Sorrento, with its medieval buildings, its cobbled alleyways and flower-ringed piazzas which invite leisurely strolls. Time passes gently here by enjoying the scenic walks of the peninsula, the town’s great restaurants, cafes, clubs and bars or by relaxing at a sidewalk table, watching the world go by in true Italian style.
Guests can go ashore and visit the town centre with its Cathedral which dates to the 15th century, the San Francesco Church and the Villa Comunale, a public garden on the edge of a sheer cliff that offers spectacular views.
Shopping in Sorrento
Most visitors go to Sorrento for its fine shopping. Guests will enjoy browsing the tiny pedestrian alleys north and west of Piazza Tasso which are lined with all kinds of shoppes. Sorrento is famous for the historical craft of marquetry and wood inlay. We suggest a visit to the Museo Bottega della Tarsia Lignea to admire an intriguing collection of 19th-century marquetry furniture and a stop at the classical Gargiulo & Jannuzzi, dating from 1863. Elderly shop assistants will guide visitors through the three-floor haven where locally made crafts are beautifully displayed and include embroidered lace, pottery and marquetry items.
THE AMALFI COAST, between sea and sky
While cruising, guests will appreciate the incomparable beauty of the Amalfi Coast. The scenery is characterised by mighty cliffs that drop into the sea. The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful areas of southern Italy, and features just about everything nature has to offer. Guests may want to go ashore to visit the village of Amalfi and walk amongst its picturesque alleys and stairs. What makes this town unique is its natural beauty and the majesty of the cathedral of St. Andrea.
Cathedral of St. Andrea
This superb example of Arab-Norman architecture dates back to the 9th century, when the Republic of Amalfi was just gaining success. It is a highly unique cathedral full of interesting sights. Built in the early 1200s, the cathedral features a dramatic location atop a steep flight of stairs, an Arab-influenced exterior, and the relics of St. Andrew the Apostle in its crypt. Connected to the cathedral is an older basilica, now a small museum, and the fascinating Cloister of Paradise, both containing medieval murals. The cathedral dominates the top of its majestic stairs from where guests can admire the view and the square below or where during the summer locals and visitors stop at one of the cafes and bars to have a drink or a glass of local wine.
Guided Trekking tour on Mount Lattari
Walking and trekking are one of the main attractions of the Amalfi Coast. Not only breathtaking views, but culture, art and thousands of years of history are also on offer. The fabulous cliffside paths that date from Roman times take in views which are considered by many to be the most beautiful coastline in the entire Mediterranean. No wonder the most famous of these routes is called the Path of God. The 15/25 Km route links Amalfi and Positano, 2000 feet above sea level, with incredible panoramas. A variety of half-day walks can be taken.
Wine lovers from around the world travel to Italy to enjoy its delicious wines, including those of the Amalfi Coast, where winemaking is a 2000 year-old tradition. Its volcanic soil is home to grape varieties such as Greco, Fiano Aglianico and Falanghina introduced by the ancient Greeks and beloved by the Romans. Today this region is producing premium wines, attracting the attention of wine enthusiasts worldwide.