Naples & Amalfi Coast
Verdant hills, shimmering seas and sun-dappled vistas: the Amalfi Coast is arguably one of the Mediterranean’s most evocative destinations. Filtered-like colours and dramatic sceneries aside, the famed Italian coastline is home to charming towns bursting with quaint boutiques, cliff-top bars and alfresco trattorias.
The best way to soak up the coasts’ pastel-coloured cascades and precipitous crags are, naturally, from the sea. An added bonus of discovering Italy’s most breathtaking terrain by yacht is being able to enjoy the sights from the comfort of the aft deck - miles and miles away from the madding summer crowds.
Here’s a titillating taste of a weeklong Amalfi Coast yacht charter:
Day 1 – Naples to Procida
If you're a culture vulture, Naples has everything you could want - royal palaces, castles, museums and ancient ruins that boast some of the world’s oldest frescoes. If you need a break from Naples' wealth of cultural treasures, you can take a stroll along the ‘lungo mare’, the city’s pedestrianised seafront. Your next port of call is petite Procida which is, in fact, so tiny that you can discover its charming narrow streets on foot.
Day 2 – Procida to Ischia
Ischia, the largest island in the Bay of Naples, is the kind of place that, once visited, you tend to keep to yourself. It’s one of those islands conducive to mastering the blissful art of doing absolutely nothing. Well, besides lounging beach-side with a book, floating in a thermal bath, enjoying seafood lunches and sipping on sunset aperitivos, that is.
Day 3 & 4 – Ischia to Capri
There is a reason, a very good reason, why yacht charterers flock to Capri annually – this island is stunning – seriously stunning. Vertiginous cliffs rise dramatically from a sea which sparkles like kyanite, backed by azure skies and framing stylish villas clad by wisteria. Make the most of Capri by soaking in warm, crystalline waters, enjoying balmy evening drinks, and giving in to its seductively easy pace.
Day 5 – Capri to Positano
Positano has lured visitors, and the rich and über fashionable in particular, since antiquity. But Aperol spritz swilling fashionistas and chic boutiques aside, it’s the sight of pastel-hued vertiginous houses cascading into teal-toned waters, cinematic squares and steep streets flanked by lemon trees which are Positano’s real draw.
Day 6 – Positano to Amalfi
Magical Amalfi is home to an array of fine restaurants with spectacular terraces, which offer breathtaking coastal views. But as stunning as these vistas may be, believe us, the region’s real speciality, scialatielli pasta with fresh clams devoured with a glass of chilled white wine in hand, is reason alone to head to Amalfi.
Day 7 – Amalfi to Sorrento
If its stunning beaches, fine passeggiatas (strolls) and dazzling marquetry shops haven’t convinced you to add Sorrento to your itinerary, then maybe the promise of delicious home cooking will. A visit to one of Sorrento’s simple Campanian restaurants which serves gnocchi alla sorrentina, capped off with a shot of chilled artisan limoncello, is not to be missed.
Day 8 – Sorrento to Naples
If you didn’t get to visit Piazza del Plebiscito or see the ornate Teatro San Carlo, now is your chance to discover the cultural riches you missed at the start of your cruise. Cap off your Amalfi coast charter by sitting on a terrace packed with convivial Neapolitans and enjoying the warm night air on your skin.