You’ll board your charter yacht at the coastal city of Viareggio, in Tuscany. You may arrive in the sounds of Italian opera rolling from the speakers on your yacht – after all, this is the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini, composer of ‘Madame Butterfly,’ ‘La Bohème’ and ‘Tosca.’ Fans of the opera may choose to visit during June or August when the city hosts a festival in his honour. Explore the Art Nouveau buildings, long beaches, and pine forests for which the city is famous. With an early departure, your yacht could take you to Forte Dei Marmi for a late lunch.
Before heading to the archipelago take some time to explore Tuscany. Lucca is a charming town, surrounded by ramparts, which you can still walk around today. For those wanting to move a little faster, hire bikes from the city and cycle around the walls. The town is filled with impressive architecture, great dining spots, and huge botanical gardens. After an early dinner, depart for La Spezia where you will spend the night at Porto Lotti Marina.
In the center of the Ligurian Riviera, La Spezia is the perfect back to visit the Cinque Terre. The villages form part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and with no cars allowed you can wander the crooked streets at leisure. Porto Venere is made up of three villages, where you can take a look at the 12th-century houses and Gothic and Romanesque churches.
You’ll arrive in Elba in time for a traditional breakfast of fresh cheese and bread, which you can enjoy from your yacht as you gaze over the crystal waters and tree-covered cliffs. Napoleon’s official residence still stands on the Piazza Napoleone, and further inland you can visit his summer residence of the Villa San Martino. If you’re feeling energetic take a bicycle around some of the many trails of the area, or relax in one of the nearby bays before boarding your yacht for Giglio island.
The Isola del Giglio is dominated by a stone watchtower built by the Medicis. Walk up the hill to the castle through the surrounding medieval houses, or simply relax on the golden beaches of the island. Back on the yacht, you’ll take a short sail to Porto Ercole, where you’ll spend the night on the Argentario peninsula.
The colourful Porto Ercole is the perfect spot for watersports and snorkeling, with clear waters surrounded by rocky beaches. For a relaxing day take a picnic on the beach of Spiaggia Della Feniglia, or head to the medieval town of Siena. You’ll anchor off the island of Giannutri for the night before cruising to your final stop.
A spectacular final day will see you arrive at the superyacht marina in Rome. Head into the city for the best Italian shopping, dining, and beautiful architecture. Treat yourself to the best seafood at Quinzi & Gabrieli, or try La Posta Vecchia for traditional fare. Before you leave, don’t forget to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain to ensure that you will return to Rome!