Why charter a yacht in Italy?
Italy is one of Europe’s greatest treasures, with its magnificent sights, spectacular cities, fascinating old ruins and towns and its fabulous coast line and natural scenery. Italy is home to over 400 islands! This includes Sicily, Sardinia and Capri. Italy also holds many yacht friendly villages and cities such as Portofino in Genoa and Venice. These islands, cities and villages make Italy the perfect luxurious yacht holiday for you, your friends and family. Italy is a place for all!
Venice is one of Italy’s most spectacular cities with lots to do and see. It is one of Italy’s oldest yet one of the most beautiful cities in all of Italy. Venice is built on 118 small islands surrounded by the Venetian Lagoon. It’s the perfect place to visit whilst chartering a yacht in the area. After cruising around the lagoon in your private yacht why not berth in a nearby port and go sightseeing for the day? It is a superb city break and extremely beautiful with lots of places to visit, such as St Marks Basilica and Doges Palace.
Portofino is a small fishing village on the Italian Riviera, notorious for its fabulous harbours (Useful for docking your yacht!) and picturesque scenery. It obtains many famous celebrities and artists each year and the colourfully painted buildings that hug the shoreline really add to the beautiful scenery. Portofino is home to many high-end boutiques, many seafood restaurants and a cobblestone square with a view of the harbour which is lined with various super yachts.
Besides cities and villages, Italy owns many different islands. One of the most famous being Sicily. Sicily is the largest Mediterranean island in the world and accommodates many historical buildings and many geographical sights. Why not park your yacht in a nearby harbour and explore all of Sicily’s famous attractions such as The Valley Of The Temples, Cefalu and the Aeolian Islands.
Allow your taste buds to explore all that Italy has to offer from a food and drink perspective. Italy is extremely famous for their wide variety of pasta, heavenly pizzas and rich wine. Italy houses endless famous restaurants such as La Caravella along the Amalfi coast and Antiche Carampane in Venice.
La Caravella is a Michelin star restaurant and art gallery once hosted by Andy Warhol and is situated along the Amalfi coast in Italy, it’s gorgeous artwork, ceramics and frescos really emphasise renaissance Italy times and is the perfect restaurant for art connoisseurs.
Antiche Carampane is one of the most popular restaurants in the area – a seafood-based restaurant in the heart of Venice. Tourists describe even getting to the restaurant was a pleasant experience through all the twists and turns along the ancient streets!
Italy’s history is one of no other. Between its Ancient Roman times and its Renaissance period it all makes Italy one of the most interesting places to visit and with no shortage of tourist attractions. Maybe take a day trip to their capital city Rome before continuing your voyage through Mediterranean waters, whilst you are there you could visit the Colosseum, St Peters Basilica and the Trevi Fountain.
Italy’s Culture is strongly based on their history. The architecture from roman times is absolutely stunning. Romanesque churches and cathedrals scattered all around the place with large monuments in all the squares. Places in Italy such as Rome have a very Monochrome type of look to them, from Ancient Rome times when everything was quite simple yet grand they have the white creamish buildings and beige-brown roofs make Rome look like a cup of coffee!. Then on the other hand coastal areas such as the Amalfi coast and Portofino are both very colourful and picturesque. This honours the Renaissance past when everything was being rejuvenated after the fall of the roman empire and art and science were explored.
Do not get me started on the weather in Italy! It is to die for. The hot summer sun reflecting off of the crystal blue water is something you would not want to miss. However mainland Italy does not provide all year summer weather and can get quite cold, on the other hand, Italy’s gorgeous islands are significantly warmer and sunnier all year round. This means it is the perfect place to charter a yacht as you can go to all the different islands and explore what each one has to offer.