Cruising the Mediterranean on a luxury yacht charter is a top choice for world travellers seeking the most exquisite scenery, charming villages, and enchanting historical sites.
Tuscany tops the list for many, and for good reason. Along this famous stretch of coastline, the idyllic islands offer white sand beaches, gorgeous gardens, superb local wine, fresh seafood, and stunning surroundings.
While the options are many, we’ve compiled a list of the top five things to enjoy in Tuscany while cruising this exquisite destination aboard a luxury yacht.
If you’re sailing along the fabled Amalfi Coast, between the Bay of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno, you’ll be captivated even as you approach the island of Capri. The dramatic Faraglioni rocks rise out of the sea just off the coast, demanding to be photographed. From the Marina Grande, ride the funicular up to the town and enjoy the sweet smell of lemons (try a lemon granita, and of course, limoncello). Then, allow time for shopping (this is where Jackie Onassis bought her handmade sandals) and pause to relax in the hilltop Gardens of Augustus and enjoy the panoramic view.
The smallest island off the Amalfi Coast, Procida offers plenty to see and do and is easy to explore on foot. The authenticity and quaint charm are the island’s main calling cards, starting with the pastel-coloured Marina Corricella, the island’s oldest fishing village, dating to the 17th century. Enjoy the view (and the fresh fish) from a small waterfront restaurant and then explore the narrow, winding and very typically Tuscan streets.
White sand beaches and numerous thermal springs are every reason to visit this volcanic island. Explore a medieval castle built in 474 B.C., situated high on a rock connected to Ischia by a causeway. Enjoy local rabbit stew with a bottle of wine from one of the island’s oldest vineyards, Casa D’Ambra.
If your starting point is Cinque Terre, north of the Amalfi Coast, add the medieval town of Portovenere to your cruising agenda. The UNESCO World Heritage site is in the Gulf of La Spezia, also known as the Gulf of Poets, for having attracted many writers and artists over its long history. The quiet town offers a pleasant getaway from the busy tourist areas of the Cinque Terre. The brightly coloured buildings at the harbourfront will draw you in, and the exquisite views from the 12th-century fortress on the top of the hill are worth the steep climb.
Famous for being Napoleon’s place of exile in the mid-1800s, Elba is the largest island in the Tuscan Archipelago with 147 kilometres of coastline. It is also known for its white-sand beaches, Etruscan ruins, and the ancient Roman artefacts in its museums. Visit the picturesque fishing village of Porto Azzurro; take the cable car in Marciana for spectacular views; and don’t miss the white pebble beach of Cala del Frati, accessible only by sea.
All of these Tuscan treasures and more can be part of your luxury getaway during a Tuscany yacht charter. Cruise in style and comfort and enjoy the best of Tuscany along the Mediterranean coast.