Cruising Itinerary for the Amalfi Coast
Why choose the Amalfi Coast cruising grounds?
The millennia-old heart of Italy epitomises everything a luxury yacht charter has to offer: Cliff-side castles and fortresses surrounded by clear blue waters, thriving modern arts and carefully preserved historic sites of some of the most well-known events in history.
A flexible 11-day itinerary will take visitors on a tour of Naples and Pompeii, the beautiful and serene islands of Procida, Ischia and Ponza, cosmopolitan Capri and the romantic town of Ravello perched upon the cliffs above historic Amalfi.
Savour warm nights sitting out on cobblestone streets drinking coffee or consuming one of the region’s delicious gelato ice creams, where just next door the shopping options encompass everything from the latest high-end fashions through to local crafts.
Amalfi Coast Yacht Charter Itinerary:
Day 1: Naples
Naples is one of the longest continually-inhabited sites in the world and showcases a range of building styles from across the ages: Stroll down narrow cobblestone alleyways one hour and through massive open plazas the next.
The unusual Museo Cappella Sansevero is a remodelled chapel that holds veiled figures, the San Lorenzo Maggiore has stunning works of art and is the site of an ancient Roman market, and the National Museum of Archaeology is worth a visit to see some of the best pieces from Pompeii. Gardeners will take lots of inspiration from the displays at the botanical gardens 'Orto Botanico della Facoltà di Agraria di Napoli' before an afternoon relaxing with a bite of pizza created in its birthplace or one of the incredible gelato ice creams from the parlours open until the very late hours of the night. Real Teatro Di San Carlo is the world's oldest theatre and festive performances as well as summer concerts that will add another memorable moment to your Amalfi luxury yacht charter.
In the evening, taste fresh local flavours in the Michelin-starred restaurants of Veritas and Il Comandante and pair your dinner with one of the region's wines grown from the fertile soil around Mount Vesuvius.
Water sports enthusiasts have nearby bays such as Baia Trentaremi for high octane fun on the jet skis or practise with windsurfers. The pristine natural environment is also the perfect place to enjoy an evening meal or a nap in privacy in the sunshine.
Location highlights: Baia Trentaremi, San Lorenzo Maggiore, The National Museum of Archaeology, Orto Botanico della Facoltà di Agraria di Napoli, Real Teatro Di San Carlo, Veritas Restaurant, Il Comandante Restaurant
Day 2: Procida
West of Naples on the way to Ischia is the unforgettable island of Procida: Quaint blue and white fishing boats float upon crystal clear waters as vividly painted buildings loom up the gentle hillside and over the bay.
The picture-perfect setting features Abbazia San Michele Arcangelo, a magnificent church with ornately carved interiors, in addition to clubs, restaurants and galleries are easy to come by on a stroll along the waterfront and into the labyrinthine streets.
In a location where the cosmopolitan lifestyle is mixed in with the local lives, natural wonders are also easy to come by: At the Punta Solchiaro headlands luxury charter groups have views of Ischia, Naples and Capri before disappearing into the bays around the Statale Isola Di Vivara Natural Reserve. Kayak and paddleboard along the sandy beaches and caves before recovering your energy with an afternoon nap on the sun deck followed by a sumptuous three-course meal prepared by your on board chef.
Location highlights: Abbazia San Michele Arcangelo, Punta Solchiaro, Statale Isola Di Vivara Natural Reserve
Day 3: Ischia
More of the vibrant blues and greens of the Amalfi Coast colour Ischia, home to villages and ruins that blend into the natural scenery. Geothermal springs and fertile vineyards are a short journey away from the bars, clubs and boutiques in Ischia Porto in addition to the incredible Michelin-starred restaurants Danì Maison and Indaco. History lovers can soak up the atmosphere in the old Ischia Ponte and children will revel in a visit to Castello Aragonese, where the there is a grisly history and a medieval torture museum.
The western side of the island has just as much to offer and the 6,000m2/64,583ft2 Giardini Ravino botanical gardens are a homage to the cactus and the scenic backdrop to concerts and arts and crafts markets. Another garden considered one of the most impressive in Italy is the late British composer William Walton's La Mortella, featuring over 1,000 plants from countries across the globe. Also on-site is a small museum dedicated to his accomplishments, a cafe and a veranda for holding concerts in spring and summer.
Location highlights: Castello Aragonese, Giardini Ravino botanical gardens, La Mortella, Restaurant, Danì Maison Restaurant
Day 4: Ponza
As your luxury yacht charter heads farther from the main land, there are fewer luxuries to encounter than the ones you've brought with you - and that's exactly how the inhabitants and visiting celebrities like it on Ponza.
Dip into the 'piscine naturale' natural saltwater pools created by ancient volcanic activity, explore Roman tunnels and rest in the shade without a care in the world among grottoes Grotta della Maga Circe and Grotta di Ulisse near the popular bays of Chiaia di Luna and the Ponza port respectively, the latter also the location of a beautiful botanical garden. For guest looking for a change to eating aboard your superyacht or on the beaches, Acqua Pazza is a Michelin starred restaurant halfway up the eastern coast with scenic views of the land and sea.
The younger adults of the group can dance the night away in Covo Nord Est, the village's only night club. Meanwhile, romantics in the group can enjoy a quiet moment on one of the secretive beaches surrounded by striking white cliffs as they watch the sun disappear and the stars come out to carpet the night sky.
Location highlights: Chiaia di Luna, Grotta della Maga Circe, Grotta di Ulisse, Giardino Botanico Ponza, Acqua Pazza Restaurant
Day 5: Capri
Majolica tiled piazzas, grand floor mosaics, the winding Via Krupp road and the Gardens of Augustus are just some of the reasons to spend a day on Capri and Anacapri, one of the most famous island locations along the Amalfi Coast. Take advantage of your luxury yacht to visit the light-reflecting grottoes along the cliffs are one of the biggest attractions, best seen at midday although the early morning and late evening have the fewest visitor numbers Scuba divers and snorkellers have a range of sites catering to various skill levels, each with its own unique features and wildlife. Warm up after a swim on Marina Piccola beach or Cala Grande Beach, or take your motor yacht or sailing yacht to a quiet cove for sunbathing in privacy on your foredeck.
Via Camerelle is the main shopping street in Capri for top brands, and the surrounding streets have bespoke jewellery and men's accessories as well as perfumes and art work that make for memorable souvenirs.
Anacapri is located on the western half of the island and is less visited than eastern Capri for those who want to explore the scenic streets at their own pace. In the evening, take in the ambiance of the town over a meal in the two Michelin star L'Olivo restaurant, then stroll back through the lamp-lit town, stopping at the cafes and bars along the way.
Location highlights: Via Krupp Road, Gardens of Augustus, Grotta Azzurra, Grotta Verde, Grotta Albergo, San Michelle Church, L'Olivo Restaurant
Day 6: Amalfi
The town which this region is named for was once a powerful maritime trading power, and its impressive legacy is the modern day maritime code which was developed from the first iterations which begin here. Now a quaint tourist destination, Amalfi can be accessed by road but is best approached by water, from where you have a view of the beach and the picturesque seafront.
The imposing Duomo di Amalfi located in the town centre is a striking and attractive example of various cultural styles composed into a unique addition to the coast, and its ancient iron doors lead through to a lavishly decorated interior that is said to host the body of Saint Andrew in the crypt below. As an alternative to dining on board you superyacht, there is La Caravella dal 1959 within walking distance while exploring the museums and galleries, and the restaurant has earned itself a Michelin star for its flavourful cooking. Treat family and friends after dinner with the authentic Italian ice cream, coffee and chocolates at Cioccolato e Gelato Andrea Pansa.
Location highlights: Duomo di Amalfi, La Caravella dal 1959 Restaurant, Cioccolato e Gelato Andrea Pansa
Day 7: Ravello
It's not hard to see why the hilltop village of Ravello earned status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site - or why successive generations of artists and writers came to its sleepy terraces to be inspired: Be sure to bring your camera to capture this exceptional destination in detail.
Bougainvillea tumbles down ancient stone walls and the Ville di Ravello in particular will take your breath away with its statue-lined terrace overlooking the Amalfi Coast and sea far below. The villa hosts summer concerts, and the Villa Cimbrone Gardens off Villa Rufolo are another favourite with visitors searching for sensational surroundings for a romantic proposal or an atmospheric evening in the fresh Mediterranean air.
Rossellinis serves up Michelin quality fare and the quiet town has bespoke shops including a perfumerie based on lemons, the region's favoured fruit. Shop for a souvenir in the incredible Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal or Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, which have beautiful picture tiles for walls or outdoor tables among their extensive collections - a perfect memento of the Majolica tiles that are found along the Amalfi Coast.
Location highlights: Le Ville di Ravello, Villa Cimbrone, Villa Rufolo, Rossellinis Restaurant, Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal or Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma
Day 8: Positano
Return to the sea for kayaking, sailing and high-octane thrills on the motorised water toys as you cruise to Positano, passing by Spiaggia di Tordigliano and sandy coves only accessible by water.
Once you arrive in Positano, there's no end of fine dining options, cafes and bars to spend the day, with the Church of Santa Maria Assunta being the largest attraction in town. Once you've satisfied your senses walking the sloping wisteria-lined passageways, there are more secluded beaches to hold a private meal or party before you head on to Sorrento.
Location highlights: Spiaggia di Tordigliano, Church of Santa Maria Assunta, La Sponda Restaurant, Adamo ed Eva Restaurant by Eden Roc
Day 9: Sorrento
Magnificent fortress walls separate the sleepy Sorrento harbour from the main town and were created to keep the marauding Saracens out. Today they welcome tourists through open doors, and away from the bay there are lemon groves growing in parks, clean-swept streets with murals and shrines to Mother Mary embedded into the walls and abundant choice for local shops and eateries as well as luxury goods. Sorrento is an excellent place to pick up a practical memento of your luxury yacht charter holiday, and example gifts include jewellery boxes with fine marquetry, lacework, limoncello or the artistic ceramics for which the area is known.
To sightsee, the 17th Century villa Museo Correale di Terranova looks out across the beautiful harbour and showcases art and gardens from the period.
Absorb the tranquil surroundings of 8th Century Chiesa di San Francesco and take in three incredible sights within a single block when you visit the Byzantine and Arabic-inspired Palazzo Veniero, the Deep Valley of the Mills (Vallone dei Mulini di Sorrento) and Cathedral of Sorrento and its surrounding local shops.
Location highlights: Museo Correale di Terranova, Chiesa di San Francesco, Palazzo Veniero, the Deep Valley of the Mills (Vallone dei Mulini di Sorrento) and Cathedral of Sorrento, Terrazza Bosquet Restaurant, Il Buco Restaurant
Day 10: Pompeii
No trip to the Amalfi Coast would be complete without seeing the ruins of Pompeii, which stand in silent testament to the raw power of Mt. Vesuvius towering nearby. Stroll through the ancient streets and learn about the innovative engineering of the Romans that also created the Teatro Grande, the Forum and the Stabian Baths. The House of Vetti and the House of the Faun reveal the opulent Roman lifestyle Pompeii's richest could enjoy.
Location highlights: Teatro Grande, The Forum, The Stabian Baths, The House of Vetti, The House of the Faun
Day 11: Marina di Stabia
Return to your luxury yacht at Marina di Stabia and enjoy good company, food and drinks at the Yacht Club Marina di Stabia. There's still one last opportunity to do some shopping in town or have one last lap with the kayaks on the glassy blue waters before you return home from your memorable superyacht charter.
Location highlights: Yacht Club Marina di Stabia
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