Deemed by UNESCO as an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, the Amalfi Coast is a beguiling combination of great beauty and gripping drama: coastal mountains plunge into the sea in a stunning vertical scene of precipitous crags, picturesque towns and lush forests. Having listened to the advice of our most experienced captains and yacht charter crews, and taken on board the suggestions of many of our clients, Royal Yacht Brokers has put together a South West Italy yacht charter itinerary that takes in the highlights of this destination. This itinerary is only a suggested route, and if you have favourite areas you would like to visit on your charter please ask our dedicated RYB charter broker.
Many visitors see Naples as little more than an unruly porthole to fabled destinations like Capri and the Amalfi Coast. Big mistake. Italy’s third largest city is one of its oldest, most artistic and most delicious. Its centro storico (historic centre) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its museums boast some of Europe’s finest archaeology and art, and its swag of royal palaces and castles make Rome look positively provincial.
Ischia is a volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea. It lies at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples, about 30 kilometers from the city of Naples. It is the largest of the Phlegrean Islands. Roughly trapezoidal in shape, it measures approximately 10 km east to west and 7 km north to south and has about 34 km of coastline and a surface area of 46.3 square kilometers. It is almost entirely mountainous; the highest peak is Mount Epomeo, at 788 meters (2,585 feet). The island is very densely populated, with 60,000 residents.
Sorrento is a town overlooking the Bay of Naples in Southern Italy. A popular tourist destination due to its variety of small antique shops and location on the Amalfi Coast, it can be reached easily from Naples and Pompeii as it is at the south-eastern end of the Circumvesuviana rail line. The town is most commonly known for its small shops selling an arrangement of ceramics, lacework and marquetry.
A legendary idyll: Capri’s beguiling combination of fabled beauty and hedonism has charmed Roman emperors, Russian revolutionaries and showbiz stars for decades. It’s the perfect microcosm of Mediterranean appeal – a smooth cocktail of chichi piazzas and cool cafes, Roman ruins and rugged seascapes.
Li Galli are three small islands called Gallo Lungo, Rotonda and Castelletto. According to the legend told by the Greek Home, in this blue sea the sirens tempted Ulysses on his way back home. It is the Greek figurative art which identifies the sirens in the rocks. The 3 islands have always stood as a point of reference for sailors.
Positano is the coast’s most picturesque and photogenic town, with steeply- stacked houses tumbling down to the sea in a cascade of sun-bleached peach, pink and terracotta colours. No less colorful are its steep streets and steps lined with wisteria-draped hotels, smart restaurants and fashionable boutiques
It is hard to grasp that pretty little Amalfi, with its sun-filled piazzas and small beach, was once a maritime superpower with a population of more than 70,000. For one thing, it’s not a big place – you can easily walk from one end to the other in about 20 minutes. For another, there are very few historical buildings of note. The explanation is chilling – most of the old city, and its populace, simply slid into the sea during an earthquake in 1343