Italy is a land of passion and romance, of history and culture, of beauty varied in its nature. The volcanic Aeolian Islands rise in angular contrast to the more subdued but no less beautiful Emerald Coast of Sardinia. The picturesque Amalfi coast, near the Bay of Naples, is the essence of serenity and tradition. Bustling Palermo, in Sicily, boasts a uniquely scenic appeal, as do the outer islands off the Sicilian coast. An Italy yacht charter offers a rich diversity in experiences, a sampling of the best in the Mediterranean.
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For centuries Ischia has been known as the Green Island for its lush Mediterranean vegetation and thick pine forests. Another name used is the Island of Well Being for its rejuvenating hot springs and thermal baths said to have the power to heal the sick. It was an important port through the ages, a trading center first for the Greeks, who anchored in the bays nearly 3,000 years ago, then for the Romans, and many others. Ischia is still important as the largest of the Phlegraean Islands (Procida and uninhabited Vivara are the other two) and as an exclusive tourist destination with six villages and towns. Ischia charters are a delight for the senses.
Tucked into the north east end of Sicily beneath towering Mount Etna, Portorosa is perfectly situated for cruising the coast of Sicily as well as the captivating Aeolian Islands. Portorosa Yacht Harbor, where The Moorings partner base is located, provides well-protected dockage and excellent facilities. Arrive by 5 PM to spend your last night aboard your yacht, and disembark by 9 AM the following morning. Once ashore, explore the quaint town of Tonnarella, or make a day trip to nearby Mount Etna with its otherworldly, volcanic rock landscape – declared a UNESCO World Heritage site – and quite possibly Sicily’s most beautiful natural attraction.
Mortorio and neighboring Soffi Island are among the smaller isles of the Maddalena Archipelago National Park and Marine Reserve. Located within an easy sail of Porto Rotondo or Porto Cervo, they make an excellent day stop or an overnight anchorage. Totally uninhabited, wind-swept, and rugged, these islands are a natural habitat for all manner of seabirds. You can watch them wheel and dive along the sandy shores, and beyond are the cliffs of the Sardinian coast, grand and awe-inspiring in their breathtaking beauty. Sailing in Mortorio waters allows you to experience the other side of the Emerald Coast, the one where Nature is supreme.
Capri Island yacht charters, the jewel of Southern Italy, is a wonderful experience. Sheer cliffs, rocky outcrops, and high hills loom above the horizon as you approach the island. Once you are there, Capri Town’s numerous fashionable boutiques and upscale restaurants make for an enjoyable stroll. The center of the town is Piazza Umberto, a public square with narrow streets and alleys leading to new discoveries. Historic sites, hiking trails, and scenic anchorages are just some of the pleasures of Capri Island sailing.
Home to one of two active volcanoes in the Aeolian Islands, Vulcano is storied to be the former location of the “God of Fire’s” blacksmiths, according to Greek mythology. The island boasts natural hot springs, a pristine black sand beach, superb snorkeling sites along the south and northwest coasts, scenic hiking around Fossa di Vulcano, and even a volcano museum. Porto di Ponente provides an idyllic and protected spot for anchoring and Grotta del Cavallo offers a unique half-submerged cave, where you can explore underground lakes with hanging stalactites.
Except for a resort at Garibaldi Bay, Caprera Island is nearly devoid of development. There are a few bungalows, a shop or two, but the natural beauty is held paramount over tourism. In fact, at the height of the summer season officials limit the number of vehicles allowed on the island’s roads. Flocks of royal seagulls and cormorants, and solitary peregrine falcons soar overhead. In the interior of this 10-square-mile island, Monte Tejalone rises 695 feet above sea level, dominating the skyline of neighboring Maddalena and its smaller peaks. Because of the steady and sometimes strong winds funneling in from the Strait of Bonifacio sailing in Caprera waters is some of the best in the Mediterranean, which is why the most rigorous sailing school in Italy, The Sailing Centre of Caprera, is based on the southwest side of the island. Beaches, coves, and bays abound, making sailing on Caprera Island a delight.