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!
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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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.