With a more relaxed ambience than its French counterpart, the Italian Riviera is full of Italian charm – hillsides of terraced vineyards, unspoilt villages and delicious, rustic cuisine. From the cliff-top towns of the Cinque Terre to the glamorous port of Sanremo, this area offers everything from sleepy fishing towns to exclusive resorts. An Italian Riviera yacht charter will bring you to the best that this region has to offer – explore beautiful beaches, historical towns, and chic cities. Snorkel off calm anchorages then retire to the top deck with a glass of local wine. During your holiday you can experience the old-world glamour of the region with all the modern comforts of a luxury yacht.
Key Cruising Areas: The Italian Riviera curves from the French border south to Tuscany, and is filled with attractive harbours and anchorages. The island of Elba and nearby islets offer stunning cruising.
Don’t Miss: Sail along the Cinque Terre, which boasts some of the most dramatic coastal scenery you are likely to experience, and marvel at the five villages, perched in a seemingly precarious position atop sheer cliffs. Their pastel walls create a striking image against the lush fields surrounding them, and they remain beautifully unspoiled.
Best Spots for Wining and Dining: Portofino may be the best place to eat seafood in the Italian Riviera! A stone’s throw from the harbour, Da Puny is a renowned fish restaurant – try the branzino baked in salt for expertly prepared, yet simple local flavours.
Local Culture: Liguria is filled with impressive architecture, thriving arts scene and ancient preserved constructions. For a particularly stunning example, stop at Sanremo to see the Madonna della Costa Sanctuary, beautiful baroque cathedral with great views of the city.
Best Beach: The island of Elba boasts more than 150 beaches – some rocky and wild, some with sugar white sands lapped by shallow waves. Anchor in Seccheto for clear shallow waters and granite sand, in a sheltered bay with spectacular views.
IYC recommends: For something a little different, visit the ancient town of Cervo. With classical music woven into its history, this town maintains the culture of music by hosting the International Chamber Music Festival during the summer. Drink an aperitivo in the scenic town square with a panoramic view of the coast, while the music floats around you.
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