Now is the time to book your ideal luxury yacht and crew for a captivating Mediterranean charter along the storied Amalfi coast. One of the most romantic destinations on earth, the region is known for its opulence, luxury and exclusivity.
Play in the crystal clear, cobalt sea, dive archeological sites, Jet Ski to grottos, caverns and coves, sun on empty beaches or join the revelry at celebrity beach clubs. Cruise along a shore of spectacular natural beauty and astonishing architecture in a region with acclaimed wine, cuisine and culture.
This city, steeped in nautical tradition, is the yachting portal to Capri and the Amalfi Coast. Nothing parallels the experience of cruising along the enchanting Bay of Naples with Mount Vesuvius serving as a dramatic backdrop.
The city is a metropolis of contradictions, with neighborhoods preferably avoided just around the corner from magnificent churches and peerless museums. This cultured city offers lovely experiences.
The San Carlo Theatre is a wondrous place to hear a concert. Search for trinkets and treasures at the elegant Galleria Umberto 1, or shop haute couture on the Via Calabritto and Via G. Filangieri. At the Piazza del Plebscito take a seat at the outdoor café, order a rum bubba, and enjoy the passing parade.
People familiar with Pompeii as an ash-frozen city, a poignant window into ancient Roman life in 79AD, will be surprised to know that Pompeii is equally a modern town. Contemporary Pompeii is especially popular with well-heeled Neapolitans and other devout Italians who come on pilgrimage to the Santuario del Madonna del Rosario. Built in 1876 in the shape of a Latin cross, the church has a 53-meter high dome at the center and an 80-meter bell tower with fabulous views.
The encased shroud of Madonna di Pompeii rests upon the altar in a bronze frame encrusted with gems. The streets of modern Pompeii are lined with contemporary comforts; pubs, bars, restaurants, shops and hotels.
Handsome buildings have exquisite sea views and the impressive church welcomes both the devout and the curious. The warm air is heavy with the scent of orange and lemon trees, the aroma of freshly ground coffee, and comforting whiffs of freshly baked bread. People are friendly and greet visitors warmly.
The streets around the central square are lined with a diversity of shops. In the evening, arm in arm, the townsfolk stroll about the square admiring new products in ancient windows. Step off the busy street and into the enjoyable, garden ambiance of L’Antica Trattoria. Oenophiles will especially appreciate their wine cellar boasting 30,000 bottles at friendly prices.
This island is fascinating on so many levels. Snorkeling and diving is a marvelous adventure in a landscape of conical spheres, magical grottos and secluded coves. Tender in to one of the many celebrity beach clubs, some new and glitzy, others elegant, refined and generations old.
Capri has two main towns, Capri Town and Anacapri; time permitting, visit them both.
Anacapri, perched at 902 feet, has charming residential areas, and delightful Belle Epoch architecture that keeps the aristocratic ambiance alive. Visit Villa San Michele, on the grounds of one of Tiberius’s 12 ancient villas.
In Capri Town, have an aperitif at any of the many cafes and bars on the famous Piazzetta. Watch as celebrities, starlets and dreamers vie for sidelong glances.
Villa San Michele, Museum – www.villasanmichele.eu
From the sundeck of your yacht, the elegant mansions, magnificent resorts, castles and convents appear as perfectly positioned shapes of pink and peach, white and stone, clinging to the cliff sides for the coolest breezes and most magnificent views.
It is no wonder that Positano has been the inspiration of painters and poets, bishops and kings, and Cupid is rumored to run rampant up and down the network of steep streets and steps. Positano is a place to relax and simply enjoy the ambiance.
There are the expected boutiques and wine bars, and Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta is an architectural marvel that houses a Byzantine Black Madonna. Duck into the Hotel Palazzo Murat in the city’s pedestrian zone of cafès, restaurants and shops, for refreshments and a stroll about the hidden gardens of this 18th century palace.
Palazzo Murat – www.palazzomurat.it
Approaching the Italian coast by yacht, the view of the harbor from the bow is a playful scene of beach goers beneath parti-colored umbrellas to starboard, and ships of every description to port. Ahead, the town rises up gentle slopes, and beyond your panoramic view includes the mountains of the Sorrento Peninsula.
Amalfi’s medieval prosperity as a maritime power is delightfully apparent in the ornate architecture of religious buildings, easily identified from the deck. Many have been converted into opulent resorts, including the Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi, highly recommended for cocktails and cuisine.
Explore the exquisite medieval chapel, the 13th century cloister, and the breathtaking Passeggiata dei Monaci walkway. For a retreat of absolute calm, reserve treatment at the Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel Spa. Built in 1681 on the cliffs above Amalfi, the rustic terrace restaurant has spectacular views overlooking the Gulf of Salerno.
The heart of this city is an astonishingly beautiful arrangement of historic buildings, from the intensely Moorish Santa Maria a Gradillo, to the 13th century fortified castle, to the Piazza del Vesovado, and a perfectly choreographed ensemble of medieval buildings, manicured gardens and wild vegetation.
Villa Rufolo is a treasure collection of art and history and a favorite haunt of musicians, artists and poets, eulogised in the elegant poetry of Bocaccio. If you have a keen interest in regional cuisine, and three hours to spare, Norna Orsola teaches traditional cooking in the spacious kitchens of the Hotel Villa Maria, also a prime spot for cocktails with a view.
Villa Rufolo – www.villarufolo.it