An Italy yacht charter will take you along the Italian Riviera from near Ventimiglia in the west, close to the French border, to Capo Corvo in the east, also known as Punta Bianca. The city of Genoa marks the centre point of the Italian Riviera and divides the coastline into two sections. Running westwards of Genoa to the French border is the Riviera di Ponente or ‘the coast of the setting sun’. To the east of Genoa is the Riviera di Levante or ‘the coast of the rising sun’.
The coastline east of Genoa has been popular with visitors for decades, made famous initially by visits from the likes of Byron and Shelley during the 19th Century. Once a simple fishing village, Portofino became synonymous with glamour when Hollywood royalty descended on it in the 1950’s. Today, even when the crowds descend in high season, the pastel coloured fishermen’s houses that front the harbour are incredibly picturesque, particularly in the rich late afternoon light.
As you sail further along the coast on your yacht charter on the Riviera, the crowds thin but the coastline is just as beautiful. Corniglia, Manarola, Monterosso, Riomaggiore and Vernazza are five coastline towns every Italy yacht charter should visit.
Why Go: The Amalfi Coastline purely for its beauty.
When to go: May-October
Essential Ports: San Remo, Portofino, Santa Margherita, San Fruttuoso, Cinque Terre and Portovenere.
Essential Experiences: Cocktails on the terrace of the Splendido after enjoying lunch at its sister restaurant in town the Spendidio Mare. The scampi at Da u Batti is among the best to be tasted in all of Italy.
Local Favourite: Trattoria Gianni Franzi in Vernazza where Londons Ruth Rogers got the inspiration for her famed river cafe.