Porto Mirabello – Discover the sights, sounds and tastes of Tuscany and Liguria from the only Italian luxury marina for superyachts up to 130m
Porto Mirabello nestles in the Gulf of Poets, Liguria between San Remo and Viareggio, and is the perfect location for private and charter yachts in the Mediterranean who wish to experience the magic of Italy.
Named the Gulf of Poets because of the host of famous poets who has been inspired by the scenery including Mary Shelly and Byron, Porto Mirabello is just minutes away from Tuscany, its world famous landscapes, history and influence on high culture. The ideal new destination for yacht owners and guests, a centre for high-fashion Forte Dei Marmi (often called the St Tropez of Italy) is also just a 45-minute drive away.
Porto Mirabello is the only dedicated luxury port in Italy that can host superyachts up to 130 meters long. In June 2017 the number of moorings for vessels longer than 65m increased from 6 to 17 and this project will transform the marina into one of the biggest superyacht hubs in the Mediterranean.
Upon arrival, the Megayacht Quay and multiple new facilities are available for owners, guests and crew. Members receive state of the art entry badges to gain access through private security gates, there is technical staff available 24 hours a day to assist with docking and unmooring and there is no need for additional manoeuvring to refuel, this can be done directly from berth using the two high-capacity fuelling stations within the Megayacht Quay.
Another improvement is the opening of the Poet’s Lounge. A terrace with breath-taking views of The Gulf of Poets is available exclusively for those moored in the Megayacht Quay, offering a space to relax, enjoy the view and perhaps to indulge in a BBQ.
Linked by a foot bridge to La Spezia, Porto Mirabello is surrounded by forests, streams, hills and valleys, and close to plenty of charming medieval villages to explore, including iconic Porto Venere which is just two nautical miles away.
Porto Venere comprises of three villages, Fezzano, Le Grazie and Porto Venere, and three islands, Palmeria, Tino and Tinetto. Along with Cinque Terre, UNESCO declared the area a world heritage site in 1997. It’s a place to get lost in while appreciating the beautiful architecture of Doria Castle. Located on a rocky outcrop, the fortress was built in the 14th century and played an important role in the history of the Republic of Genoa. From the castle, you can enjoy incredible views of the sea and the ancient church of San Pietro.
Like all of Tuscany, the area should not only be admired but also tasted! The food is simple yet rich in flavour, as are the wines. A favourite local wine Sciacchetra has a golden yellow colour with amber hues and is made from grapes left to dry in the September sun.
Nearby Cinque Terre is made up of five charming villages – Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Each village has a personality of its own and is famed for a particular local product from lemons and honey to exquisite extra virgin olive oil and anchovies! There are 120km of trails through Cinque Terre, so make sure you allow enough time to explore!
Also, close by is the village of Tellaro, an ancient fishing village that can be reached by descending the sea paths along the natural terraces. Tellaro was recently declared the most charming village in Italy.
If you are looking to head out of Porto Mirabello for the day, visit the marina’s Concierge who will make all of the arrangements for a variety of experiences in and around La Spezia. Water based activities include kayaking, rafting, canoeing stream jumping, canyoning and river trekking. There is also plenty of mountain biking, supercar racing, golf, tennis, paintballing and orienteering to do on land. The Concierge promise to make sure no crew or guest has a chance of being bored in this unique part of Italy.
There is a bounty of sights to see, along with a plethora of cultural and sporting activities to do whilst you are moored in Porto Mirabello. Milan is just a 45 minutes helicopter ride away and the marina is perfectly placed as a home port in the Mediterranean for those who also wish to enjoy Monte Carlo, Corsica, Elba Island, Capri, the Amalfi coast, or wonderful Porto Cervo in Sardinia.
Article written by Sarrah Macey of Global Superyacht Marketing