Overview – Italy
The Italian Riviera begins in San Remo and stretches hundreds of miles on Italy’s western shore. Tour picturesque Portofino, Bay of Naples, Capri, Blue Grotto, and Ischia. Savor the spectacular Amalfi Coast, home of famous artist community Positano. Each location and community have their unique allure and charm. World renowned superb food and fine wine are as abundant here as the sparkling sea and blue skies.
Your overnight voyage will bring you to Corsica, with its quaint yet bustling fishing villages and unspoiled harbors interspersed along a dramatic coastline that has changed little since the ancient Roman Empire. Birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, Corsica remains largely undeveloped, with craggy mountains, inland forests, and rocky, and a dramatic coastline punctuated by splendid beaches. Cross the Bonifacio Straits directly to Sardinia and the Costa Smeralda. This beautiful corner of the world was developed by Aga Khan lV in the 1950’s as a Jet-Set Glamour Haven. It has phenomenal beaches, architectural sites and ruins, snorkeling and diving not to mention fantastic hotels, restaurants and clubs.
A few miles away are the unspoiled, uninhabited Maddalena Islands – a perfect hideaway that has retained their rustic natural beauty with numerous protected anchorages. Dotted along the coast are old military ruins which stand as a proud monument to the defeat of Boneparte’s invasion in 1789.
There are several restaurants and small bars, and a local hotel on the island. Don’t miss the hot focaccia slices which are Maddalena’s version of “fast food”- rustico style!
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Events & Activities – Italy
Here’s a preview of a few things you can expect on your Italy yacht charter with Virgin Island Sailing®:
- A charter in late spring and summer will be accompanied by perfectly pleasant temperatures and very little rain.
- Picturesque ports that have managed to maintain their historic and authentic Italian style and charm dot the coastline.
- Islands, shipwrecks, and the occasional protected reefs are not hard to find and make for perfect snorkeling opportunities.
A Few of the Best Places to Visit in Italy:
- Portofino. Arguably the most famous destination along the Ligurian coast, this small fishing village and resort has somehow managed to maintain its authentic vintage Italian style. Make sure to visit the town square and harbor and take in the brightly painted buildings around you.
- Corsica. It is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and its dramatic coastline is home to miles of beautiful beaches and unspoiled harbors.
- Maddalena Islands. A beautiful archipelago with unique beaches and clear waters. The old military ruins of the 18th century are a sight to behold as well as the pink beach on the isle of Budelli.
Weather & Seasons – Italy
The Italian Riviera makes for a perfect yacht charter vacation destination in the late spring and summer. Temperatures are moderated by the Mediterranean Sea meaning that in-season months will never have days that get uncomfortably warm and nights that are too brisk. Since this is also the time of year when rainfall is lowest, it becomes the ideal period to explore the region.
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Travel Info – Italy
Your charter will usually start in Genoa, which is the main city of the Italian Riviera. It is large enough to be serviced by an airport which is only 5 miles west of the city built on an artificial peninsula. There are several flights from many large European cities that arrive at the Airport of Genoa each day so arranging your flight is not much trouble at all. From the airport, it is a scenic yet quick 10-15 minute ride to the marina where your charter will begin.
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