Sailing in Italy
Instantly recognisably from many a Hollywood film, the islands and coast of Italy have long inspired poets, writers and directors captivated by the picturesque coastline, natural beauty and ancient architecture
Italy has long-been a popular tourist destination but sailing in Italy provides the chance to experience this popular country from a different perspective. The chic Amalfi coast offers dramatic beauty with the popular towns of Salerno and Sorrento, as well as the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida all ripe for exploring. Diverse and full of natural wonder, those who sail here can visit ancient Roman ruins before meandering their way through winding Italian streets, shopping in world-famous boutiques, and dining on freshly caught seafood. From hot springs to grotto caves, secluded coves to snorkelling or soaking up the warm Mediterranean sun, sailing in Italy has it all.
Sailing in Sicily
The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily is a popular sailing ground benefiting from balmy temperatures for most of the year. From the pretty towns of Palermo and Tonnarella to tiny villages and nearby islands, there is much to experience under sail. Step ashore to walk a variety of nature trails, many through verdant hills across volcanic landscapes, or choose to enjoy the golden sands at one of the many secluded beaches. With a wealth of history, culture and architecture to uncover, Sicily is a fascinating destination and those who spend time here will be richly rewarded. The island is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites too, each highlighting the variety of cultures who have influenced the islands character and culture. And of course, no visit to Sicily would be complete without taking in Mount Etna – the tallest active volcano in Europe – from the comfort of your boat.
Sailing in the Aeolian Islands
Wild and unspoilt, trendy and fashionable, the Aeolian islands seamlessly blend trendy towns with ancient harbour villages, each surrounded by untamed volcanic beauty. Sailing in the Aeolian islands is magnificent with a wide selection of things to see and do. Admire at the white-washed buildings which tumble down steep rock faces, enjoy the hot springs and mud baths which can be found on the island of Vulcano and take-in the action of Stromboli, a live volcano best marvelled at from the sturdy deck of your boat!
The entire set of islands are a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and offer over 6000 years of culture and history. With seven islands to explore, there is something for everyone from rich green landscapes to arid, jagged craters – the natural diversity is astonishing and hiking opportunities endless. History lovers will be spoilt for choice with a plethora of traditional villages and towns to discover across the archipelago, whilst the more adventurous guests may wish to experience the hot springs and mud baths on Vulcano.
Sailing in Sardinia
The island of Sardinia is famous for its emerald coloured waters – perfect for sailing and exploring by boat with nearly 2000km of rugged coastline, sandy beaches and secluded coves. The island interior is mainly mountainous with colourful cliff-side villages tumbling down the hills, providing some great walking trails to discover. Watch out for the mysterious Bronze-age stone ruins called nuraghi, dating back to 1500BC. Costa Smeralda on the northeast of the island is well-known for us fine-sand beaches and dramatic white cliffs running into crystal clear turquoise water, great for swimming, snorkelling and enjoying the boats water-toys. Further up the coast sits the natural park of the La Maddalena archipelago, where the sea shines in the most beautiful shades of blue. Swim the warm waters, wander the ancient cobbled streets whilst soaking up that glorious Italian culture and sunshine.
Italian Food and Drink
The culinary delights of this country need no introduction and sailing in Italy certainly works up an appetite. From freshly-picked produce to just off the boat seafood, hand-stretched pizzas to pasta dishes made with recipes passed down through the generations, Italian food is one of the many reasons we love sailing in Italy so very much.