Italy: Cinque Terre Yacht Charter Guide
Portofino, La Spezia. Viareggio. Even the names of the towns and villages surrounding the stunning Cinque Terre region of Italy bring about a distinct sense of opulence and calm. Chartering a luxury yacht in the Cinque Terre is the ultimate way to explore this fascinating corner of Italy.
The Cinque Terre (the five villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore) are colourful, vertiginous settlements built into the cliffs and linked by a winding footpath – an architectural marvel best comprehended from the water. This 18 kilometer stretch of coastline boasts bijoux secluded beaches only accessible by foot or boat, labyrinthine pedestrianised streets, and charming pavement cafes serving strong coffee, delicious lunches, and sweet gelato.
Charterers will travel in utter comfort and style, sampling the cornucopia of delights offered by this stretch of Italian coastline.
Set amongst some of the most dramatic coastal scenery, this UNESCO World Heritage Site promises to impress. The rugged coastline of the Cinque Terre is enchantingly isolated, each town maintaining its own distinct personality and even its own individual dialect. Take part in the local pastime of wandering laps of the main street together, where the welcoming calls of “Ciao!” will make you feel instantly part of this exclusive little family. Delicious Ligurian food fills the local restaurants with Parma ham and local wine found on virtually every menu. The area is known for its white wine, with the specialty being Sciacchetrà – a dessert wine. A yacht charter in Italy enables you to explore these hard-to-get to boltholes with freedom, and in absolute comfort and luxury. Portofino is a small but spectacular coastal spot and an easy cruise from the international port of Genoa. Once a sleepy fishing village, the town is alive with culture and passion, epitomizing the Italian way of life. The pastel-coloured houses stack in a seemingly precarious arrangement into the steep hillsides, turning the land into a colourful mosaic most perfectly captured when approached from the water.