The Isle of Capri, its name summons images of the Mediterranean, the storied history of the Greeks and Romans, the chic and sophisticated who routinely vacation there. The island is but one jewel in a chain extending off the southwest coast of Italy. Naples lies just to the north. Considered part of the numerous Italian minor islands, the Phlegraean and Pontine groups include Procida, Ischia, Ventonene, Ponza, Palmarola, and tiny Santo Stefano, among others. Capri, southeast of Procida, is in a class of its own. All of these islands are within the fabled Tyrrhenian Sea, an arm of the Mediterranean 475 miles in length and 60 miles wide. Corsica and Sardinia to the west, Elba Island to the north, and Sicily to the south make up its borders. A crewed Bay of Naples yacht charter typically centers on the Phlegraean and Pontine islands, and the Amalfi coast on the Sorrento Peninsula, though longer itineraries can take sailors south to the wonderful Aeolian Islands. Regardless of the length of the cruise, a Bay of Naples yacht charter offers a blend of magnificent sailing, upscale dining, boutique shopping, and intriguing sightseeing in picturesque towns with roots dating back to ancient Greece and Rome.
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A crewed Bay of Naples yacht charter is a voyage through a Mediterranean paradise. The passages between islands are mostly short, providing plenty of time to enjoy all the pleasures of sailing as well as for sojourns ashore to explore, sample the local cuisine, and to sit idly with a cocktail at a café to soak in the wonders of Italy’s southwestern coast. Gentle and warm summer winds from the northwest average between 8 and 12 knots. Land and sea breezes develop daily. In late afternoon, for example, more southerly winds can be expected. Spring and fall sailing is also quite pleasant. Summer temperatures range between 77°F and 90°F (25°C to 32°C). Exploring these waters with a highly professional captain and savoring gourmet meals prepared by a private chef makes sailing aboard a luxury Bay of Naples yacht rejuvenating and relaxing. It’s an adventure that will remain memorable for many years to come.
The professional crews of luxury Bay of Naples yachts provide a sailing vacation customized to meet all expectations. Swimming at beautiful beaches along the shores of the rocky islands, scenic bays filled with local fishing craft, quiet waterfront towns where pink, white, and yellow homes and shops paint the steep slopes in a pleasing and timeless mosaic, these are just some of the charms that make a crewed Bay of Naples yacht charter so appealing. The islands of the Tyrrhenian Sea are volcanic in origin, and the hot springs and thermal baths are among the unique features of Italy. Of course, a Bay of Naples yacht charter wouldn’t be complete without sightseeing and savoring the local cuisine, some of the most delicious in the world. A mix of pleasures await sailors at every port of call, and the getting there, white sails drawing in a balmy breeze, is at the heart of the adventure.
With a population of roughly one million people, Naples is a thriving city and the most important port in southern Italy. It’s a must-see destination either before or after a Bay of Naples yacht charter. The nearby archaeological site of Pompeii, a Roman city that was smothered in ash after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D., reveals what life was like in Italy nearly two thousand years ago. Exploring the ruins, viewing the fascinating array of artifacts, and learning about the history of Rome is intriguing and educational. The National Archaeological Museum of Naples has one of the world’s best displays of Greek and Roman art, jewelry, and artifacts from ordinary life, many excavated from Pompeii. Walking the narrow, winding streets of the Spaccanapoli district, with its shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants, is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon or evening.
Ischia is an extinct volcano, but molten lava from deep in the Earth still creates hot springs, one of the island’s most famous attractions. Visiting the beautiful thermal gardens and nearby beaches at Negombo in Lacco Ameno and Poseidon Garden in Forio is a great way to experience the invigorating benefits of these naturally heated waters. At various places along the coast the hot springs flow into the cool Tyrrhenian Sea, creating a warm zone at some of the beautiful beaches for swimming in winter. The most popular of these is Marina di Sorgeto between Cape Negro and Punto dei Chiarito. Off Ischia Pointe is Castello d’Ischia, an Aragonese castle built in 1438. Crossing the stone bridge to tour the castle and climbing the more than 300 feet to the top to admire the views is just one of many enriching activities on Ischia.
A gem of the Tyrrhenian Sea, vibrant and cosmopolitan Capri is world-famous for its beauty and for its excellent upscale restaurants and boutiques boasting wares from the most prestigious fashion and jewelry designers in Europe. Most of the action is in Capri Town, with its splendid views of the island’s cliffs, the Gulf of Naples, and the Sorrento Peninsula. Like the hot springs in this part of Italy, ocean caves penetrate the rocky shores of many islands and are amazing and beautiful places to explore, on foot or from the dinghy, depending on the location. The magnificent Blue Grotto on Capri is a popular attraction, so named for the sunlight that penetrates its depths and illuminates the sea in shimmering shades of aquamarine, azure, and sapphire.
Shaped like a horseshoe, Ponza is home to a bustling waterfront town with shops and restaurants along meandering streets. Beautiful beaches ideal for swimming and sunbathing are scattered along the coast, and the bays offer some of the most scenic anchorages in the Phlegraean and Pontine islands. The myriad ocean caves between Cala Chiaia di Luna and Cala dell’ Aqua are fascinating for dinghy exploration, entering the cool, dim confines carved out of the stone by the nearly constant motion of the Tyrrhenian Sea. A tunnel excavated in Roman times connects the beach at Cala Chiaia di Luna to the nearby town. At the northeast end of the island is Arco Naturale, a phenomenal natural stone arch well worth seeing.