When planning an Italian yacht charter many head for Sicily and The Amalfi Coast. However, the hidden gem of Cinque Terre does not disappoint, featuring colourful architecture, stunning seascapes and natural wonders.
Found in Liguria in the northwest of Italy, Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name means ‘five lands’, and each of the towns that make up this region are very diverse in what they offer.
We at 212 Yachts have used our vast experience in global yacht charter to produce a guide to chartering Cinque Terre, a captivating coastline.
Riomaggiore is full of possibilities. Anchor here and expect restaurants, shops and hiking trails that delight visitors year on year. You will be greeted by sloping cliffs, a rainbow of buildings and a bustling town centre. Dau Cila is a restaurant renowned for its wine and food, take a table here and eat in the heart of the harbour, watching the sun set behind the town’s dramatic cliffs. If you’re feeling energetic, you can take walking Trail 531 into Manarola, enjoying a bird’s eye view of the towns as you head up and over the cliff. This journey is not for the faint-hearted however, be aware of the steep steps that await! Alternatively, in the comfort of your yacht you can reach Manarola in a couple of minutes, enjoying the magnificent seacapes as you cruise.
Manarola is known as Cinque Terre’s prettiest town, offering stunning views from the ocean and on land. A photographer’s paradise, spend some time here exploring the narrow winding streets, lined with lemon trees. If you want to shop like the locals there are a couple of small shops selling china and the region’s famous lemon soap. Manarola is also home to a viewpoint in the west of the town which features breath-taking views of the Mediterranean. This town is best experienced from the clustered and cobbled streets within but also provides a perfect view for an Italian lunch cooked by your private chef, from your luxury yacht.
The oldest town in Cinque Terre, Corniglia is rich in Roman history. Without a port, the residents have relied on farming for hundreds of years, with their white wine Vernaccia di Corniglia becoming a regional specialty. A place for cultural exploration, the town features the Church of St Peter, dating back to the 14th century, and rows of vineyards stretching for miles. One of the key attractions is Saint Mary’s Terrace, a viewpoint leading from via Fieshi that offers a stunning panoramic of Cinque Terre. Corniglia cannot be accessed easily from your yacht due to its lack of port. However, you could get the train from any of the other 4 towns and then either climb the famous Lardarina (300 steps) or catch a bus from Corniglia train station to the top. If you don’t fancy travelling, Corniglia is a feast for the eyes when anchored near the cliffs.
Vernazza is the retail hotspot of Cinque Terre and offers lots of boutiques and gift shops to be explored. The beach is very popular with visitors as you can watch the boats float in and out of the harbour, the perfect place to relax. Vernazza’s fortified walls were key in defending the coast from Saracen pirates. You can visit one of the original watch towers in Castello Doria! RIstorante Belforte is prized for its food and offers amazing views of the coast and the harbour, book a table here to soak up the atmosphere from above. Vernazza offers endless atractions to fulfil your curiosity,
Monterosso al Mare
Home to the longest beach in Cinque Terre, Monterosso al Mare is the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon watching the waves. You can rent a sunlounger, an umbrella and enjoy cocktails on the beach. To the east of the town you can find the Church of San Francesco, a 17th century Capuchin monastery featuring fine art and stunning seascapes. Take a walk through Borgo Antico to see some of the town’s oldest buildings, with narrow streets, boutques and balconies awaiting your exploration.
Other Must-See Sights During Your Cinque Terre Yacht Charter:
Just northwest of Cinque Terre, the Ligurian port town of Portofino is definitely worth a stop! Leave your yacht in Marina di Portofino and stroll east, this is the perfect place to capture the town’s sweeping panoramic. Luxury meets history here, with high-end boutiques and restaurants all sitting within view of Costello Brown. Take a tour of the beautiful church of Saint Georgio and then dine at Belmond Splendido Mare’s Chuflay Restaurant which sits in the middle of the harbour. The restaurant offers an excellent selection of local wine and is famed for regional specialities such as home-made pasta served with traditional Genoese pesto sauce. Portofino is also the perfect stop when sailing southwards on your private yacht from the French Riviera.
Just southwest of Cinque Terre lies Portvenere, a coastal village near the regional capital of La Spezia. As you glide into the bay you will be greeted by San Pietro Church, towering over you from the western cliff. Built in 1198, this is a focal point of Portovenere and one of the most popular sights. You can anchor in Porto di Portovenere and head into the town centre, where shops and restaurants line the streets. To the west of the town is Grotta di Byron, a cave built into the rugged cliffs. There are some wonderful views of the water here and it has become a popular swimming hotspot, The locals also run tours to this area for anyone looking to discover the history of this quaint little town. Portovenere provides an untouched paradise, steeped in history and culture and would provide the perfect day trip during your Ligurian yacht adventure.
Yacht Charter Italy – How to Plan Your Trip:
Planning a yacht charter to Italy may seem like a daunting task. But don’t worry; 212 Yachts are here to make your planning carefree and enjoyable. Reach out to one of our expert charter brokers via email or telephone, and let us know your possible plans. We would love to know;
Your ideal dates
Your preferred port of departure and disembarkation
The number of guests with you
The number of cabins you require
The kind of charter you enjoy (active, relaxed, spontaneous etc)
Approximate weekly budget
Based on this information, we will be in a great position to advise the best yachts available to you, the best itinerary for your Italian yachting vacation, and to answer any other questions you may have. 212 Yachts have years of experience with global yacht charters, ranging from 20 metre yachts for a long weekend, to 70 metre super yachts for a month of cruising.
To begin planning your yacht charter to Italy, contact our team today.