It is the land where the sweet scent of lemon blossoms harmonizes itself with the most aromatic one of the Mediterranean vegetation and the acrid aroma of saltiness; where the brilliant colors of the majolica domes, bougainvillea and carnations pergolas give an evident colored touch to the typical whitewashed houses, clinging to the last offshoots of the Lattari Mounts that plunge dramatically into the sea.
The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of Italian coastline synonymous with beauty, historic charm and romance. The coastline is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and those who appreciate culture, art, architecture and food could not be better met.
Twisting roads winding through rocky cliffs reveal tantalising glimpses of small villages, secluded bays, and inlets, all looking out over a clear blue sea.
Amalfi, the town for which the coastline was named, sits at the bottom of a ravine, flanked with bluffs, creating dramatic imagery. In the early 1900s, this city was a popular aristocratic destination and has kept its status since This journey leads you to towns of worldwide fame such as Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, Ravello, just the names conjure up the romantic beauty of the Amalfi Coast that has enticed generations of visitors.
A few miles from the Amalfi coast lay the breathtaking isles of Capri and Ischia. Capri is home to the famous Blue Grotto. Named for the shimmering cobalt blue color that is created as the sun shines into the cavern.
Capri is situated in the south of the gulf, opposite to the Sorrentine peninsula and the cliff-top town of Sorrento. The Gulf of Naples lies in the Campania Region of southwestern Italy. It is fronted by the city of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and the Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum (both completely destroyed by an eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D.).
Naples to Procida
Naples, Italy’s third largest city is remarkable in its archaeological treasures; the centro storico (historic centre) that was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site is absolutely breathtaking, with archicteral beauty to be seen everywhere you look!
From there start the cruise over to Procida, the smallest Island off the mainland and the Bay of Naples’ best kept secret. Dine in one of the seaside restaurants whilst enjoying the wonderful fragrance of nearby lemon groves and admiring the picturesque pastel coloured houses.
Procida to Ischia
After a breakfast, continue onto the volcanic island of Ischia. Your crew can take you to Castello Aragonese, towering high up on the rocks for the history fanatics amongst you, or take a trip to the Gardens of la Mortella, originally the property of an English composer. In the quaint village of Forio, make sure not to miss the thermal baths which are Ischia’s pride and joy! The volcanic activity provides thermal springs and volcanic mud, to cleanse and relax. Head over to Ischia Porto, which is lined with bars and restaurants where you can also find clubs.
Ischia to Capri
In the late afternoon, your yacht will head to Capri. This should excite any shopaholics in the group, as well as foodies or photographers. The ‘Blue Grotto’ is a popular attraction where you can get extremely close to the boulders, dive off the platform and be dazzled by the water shining a brilliant blue. This stylish Italian destination is increasingly popular due to the boutiques, designer shops, restaurants and lemon trees! Be sure to sample Capri’s most famous dishes, such as an insalata caprese filled with juicy tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and drizzled with local olive oil!
Capri to Nerano
Today proceed to Nerano, a beautiful fishing village situated between Sorrento and Amalfi, and enjoy some time on the Marina del Cantone. Here there is a large beach with beautifully clean and refreshing waters, protected by the mountains and ideal for swimming. All the beachfront restuarants serve the speciality of Nerano, ‘spaghetti alla Nerano’, so make sure you sample this while you’re here!
Nerano to Positano and Fiordo di Furore
On your fifth day, venture along to Positano, a chic town with peach and terracota piled on top of each other; explore steep streets flanked with smart restaurants and fashionable retailers!
Head onto Fiordo di Furore, a little town with a natural port that appears as a crack in the hillside. This peaceful town is perfect to relax as you sit back on your luxury yacht with a sundowner in hand.
Fiordo di Furore to Amalfi
In town of Amalfi, enjoy a typical italian breakfast (an espresso and small pastry) in the picturesque piazza and admire the magnificent cathedral there. Then cruise over to the charming coastal towns of Maiori and Minori, which are renowned for their historic architectural masterpieces, and their pasta making!
You should try the local speciality of scialatielli ai frutti di mare which are thick ribbons of fresh pasta, served with the freshest seafood.
Amalfi to Sorrento
Enjoy the beautiful cruise over to Sorrento, explore the cobbled back streets and taste the Gelato at Raki; they have a myriad of flavours, including walnut and honey or vanilla and ginger! Stroll back to your yacht for your final night aboard.
Sorrento to Naples
On the last day, cruise over to Naples and disembark your luxury crewed yacht.