Hot Charter Spots of the Amalfi Coast
The Mediterranean is by far the most popular destination for luxury yacht charters and the trend is unlikely to change any time soon: an abundance of historic buildings and atmospheric ruins cover the coast and as a favourite summering destination for the gentry through the centuries, its local infrastructure has evolved with the times and is ready to cater to today’s wealthy visitors. Charter as a family group, with friends, or as a corporate charter and discover more activities and ancient villas than you can fill your time with at these destinations of the Amalfi Coast sure to impress with their beauty.
From afar, Naples is known as the city where pizza was invented: few realise that it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities, making it a cosmopolitan wonder filled with museums, forts and religious sites.
The Gesu Novo church is one of many impressive religious sites worth visiting this one honouring local Christian doctor Guiseppe Moscati who was raised to sainthood by the petition of the city’s residents.
The National Museum of Archaeology houses the best of Pompeii’s artefacts, which were removed in the early 18th Century. Yet Pompeii is still worth a visit: the ruins have their own haunting beauty and many of the intricate murals and wall paintings are preserved from the layers of ash that covered the site for more than 1,500 years.
The Amalfi coast is dotted with ruins of watchtowers that once warned settlements such as Sorrento of impending Saracen raids.
Today, Sorrento’s only fears of invasion come from an influx of tourists that double the town population in the summer months of July and August. Charter guests visiting outside the summer holiday season will discover a laid back town freshly stocked with sea food from the local fishing fleet, offering sumptuous Mediterranean dishes at each one of the many restaurants throughout the town.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, Amalfi became an independent republic and a force to be reckoned with on the water and established the original rules of the sea.
Now a quaint seaside town, Amalfi is most famous for the cathedral Duomo di Amalfi in the town centre. Steep steps lead up to the ancient iron doors that protect a stunning religious murals, sculptures and relics from the Holy Crusades, including the body of Saint Andrew located in the crypt.
Once you’ve toured the ancient streets of Amalfi, head up into the mountains to Marisa Cuomo in the village of Furore for a wine tasting session in a region of the world famous for its revelry.
Capri & Anacapri
The island of Capri is dotted with grottoes, the most famous of which is the Blue Grotto. Once inside this sea cave, the midday sun reflects off the bottom of the seabed, turning the water a shimmering neon blue.
The famous Kia Krupp road is located on Capri for those with the stomach for it, or view its hairpin bends from the captivating Gardens of Augustus.
In Anacapri, the San Michelle Church has an impressive floor mural depicting ‘Paradise on Earth’ and the town square is surrounded in the region’s characteristic Majolica tiles.
For the best views of the island, head to the top of Mount Solaro. However you reach the summit, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the natural limestone cliffs and colourful Mediterranean townhouses dotting the landscape.
From handmade furniture down twisting alleys to wide shopping streets filled with high-end Italian brands and luxury goods, Salerno is an open opportunity to shop away from the crowds of Naples and Capri.
For luxury yachts heading to the Eastern Mediterranean, Salerno is an excellent ‘final stop’ along the Amalfi coast as the area is studded with museums, cathedrals and ruins. It will also be the last chance to taste authentic Italian cuisine and Re Mauri is an idyllic five-star dining experience to remember long after your charter.
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