This legendary Italian bay, overlooked by the volcanic peak of Mount Vesuvius, is a great starting point for experiencing the delights of the Amalfi Coast and visiting the chic destinations of Capri and Positano.
The island of Capri has so much to offer – designer boutiques, elegant cafes and the most private and beautiful anchorages. Indeed, a superyacht is the best way to reach this exclusive retreat.
Sailing back along the Amalfi Coast towards the mainland, you’ll come to Positano, a postcard-perfect village that clings to the steep cliffside. The views, from Positano itself, or from your own luxury yacht moored offshore, are memorable.
Or heading north and west from Capri you reach the more remote islands of Ponza and Palmarola, with their ruggedly beautiful shores, quiet bays and few tourist sites. What they do have, though, are excellent restaurants, serving up truly authentic Italian food.
These islands offer the perfect respite, a welcome dose of solitude in between the buzz of Capri and the big city delights of Rome, which is where this itinerary finishes.
Your journey will begin in Italy’s third largest city, Naples, located at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. Meet your yacht at Sannazzaro Marina, close to Naples international airport, from where you will set sail for the Marina Grande on the isle of Capri. Whether you choose to dine on board or on shore, the marina is just a short stroll from winding streets full of high-end shops and boutiques. La Piazzetta is the center of attention for the many international jet setters who visit the island every year.
Palmarola is one of the most charming islands in the Mediterranean. Enjoy a leisurely cruise through the island’s transparent blue waters while admiring its ruggedly handsome coastline dotted with grottoes, bays and cliffs. The shallow crystal-clear waters of Palmarola’s south side are a bather’s paradise and the perfect place to stop for lunch. This is a wonderful area for snorkeling and exploring caves – followed by a fabulous meal and quiet night on board.
Cruising around Capri, the benefits of traveling by yacht are apparent: you’ll be able to visit parts of the island inaccessible by other means. Discover the Grotta Bianca, the Arco Naturale, the Faraglioni rocks and the bay of Marina Piccola. Enjoy the quiet glamour of this lush island.
A one-hour cruise back towards the mainland brings you to Positano. Known as “the Gem of the Divine Coast,” Positano rises up almost vertically from the sea following the steep incline of the mountains. This may be the only place in the world where the panoramic view of the town is more beautiful than the seascape behind you (and yet another reason why a yacht is the best way to appreciate this coastline). Spend the afternoon relaxing on the sundeck or try out the yacht’s water toys. Dine al fresco on board and enjoy the breathtaking views. While you sleep, your yacht will steam towards the remote islands of Italy’s Pontine archipelago, and you will awake at anchor between Palmarola and Ponza.
Visit Ponza, the largest of the Pontine islands. It is well worth the trip. Encircled by dramatic coves and cliffs, the main town, with its colorful houses, is thought by many visitors to be a less spoilt version of Capri. The island’s main settlement is Porto di Ponza, around the harbor. Compared with some Italian islands, there aren’t many tourist sites or monuments on Ponza, but there are some excellent restaurants as well as a few options for late-night drinking and dancing. Overnight, the yacht will cruise on towards Rome.
Spend the last day of this gorgeous voyage in the Eternal City of Rome, where you can tour the many historic sites of the Italian capital. It’s also an ideal place to shop for Italian luxury items and dine at gourmet restaurants before finally heading back home, bidding Italy “ciao, bella!”