You may think you know Italy, but a sailing holiday on the Amalfi Coast offers a whole new (and, we believe, more authentic) way of experiencing this fantastic and vibrant country. The Amalfi Coast, much like the Cote d’Azur, attracts luxury yachting visitors from all over the world who all know that Italy’s dramatic and lively coastline is best seen from the sea.
The natural scenery is stunning, the marinas are stylish and the Italian food and wine is (always) delicious. The sandy beaches and small villages draw tourists from all over the world. The mountains and villages of the Amalfi Coast and many nearby islands are renowned for their picturesque charm, and there is no better vantage point than the deck of your sailing boat as you cruise along the coast.
The Aeolian Islands are named after Aeolius, Roman god of the winds, and you get an idea of the kind of sailing you can expect around this volcanic archipelago, just a daysail off the Sicilian coast. The water is clear and cobalt-blue, the summers are hot and the islands are just far enough apart to combine rewarding sailing with plenty of downtime to swim, snorkel or explore ashore. If you want fine restaurants and nightlife, the more populated islands of Lipari, Salina and Panarea offer those, along with marinas and supermarkets. If you want quieter anchorages, the more remote islands offer those, along with hot springs and volcanic mud baths. Two of them, Stromboli and Vulcano, are active volcanoes; one of the highlights of the area is watching Stromboli’s natural fireworks display as you sip Chianti in your cockpit on a warm summer night.