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news desk wrote: Replete with history, the land that gracefully extends along the warm waters of the Amalfi Coast has seen the birth of empires and cradled the growth of civilisations. Arguably the best way to explore the west coast of Italy is by boat, providing easy access to quiet backwaters and anchorages far from the madding crowds of landlubbers.
YV&C News Desk wrote: Replete with history, the land that gracefully extends along the warm waters of the Amalfi Coast has seen the birth of empires and cradled the growth of civilisations. Arguably the best way to explore the west coast of Italy is by boat, providing easy access to quiet backwaters and anchorages far from the madding crowds of landlubbers.
YV&C News Desk wrote: Replete with history, the land that gracefully extends along the warm waters of the Amalfi Coast has seen the birth of empires and cradled the growth of civilisations. Arguably the best way to explore the west coast of Italy is by boat, providing easy access to quiet backwaters and anchorages far from the madding crowds of landlubbers.
YV&C News Desk wrote: Replete with history, the land that gracefully extends along the warm waters of the Amalfi Coast has seen the birth of empires and cradled the growth of civilisations. Arguably the best way to explore the west coast of Italy is by boat, providing easy access to quiet backwaters and anchorages far from the madding crowds of landlubbers.
YV&C News Desk wrote: Replete with history, the land that gracefully extends along the warm waters of the Amalfi Coast has seen the birth of empires and cradled the growth of civilisations. Arguably the best way to explore the west coast of Italy is by boat, providing easy access to quiet backwaters and anchorages far from the madding crowds of landlubbers.


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A Yacht Charter Vacation at The Amalfi Coast & Sicily
Replete with history, the land that gracefully extends along the warm waters of the Amalfi Coast

On day four or five, depending on your preference, you’ll sail across the Gulf of Salerno to the charming town of Positano, dramatically positioned alongside ice-cream coloured houses spilling almost vertically down the terraced mountain. At the peak of the dolce vita era, Positano rivalled Capri for jet-set glamour and the town is still popular, but minus the day-trippers that flock to Capri thanks to the mayor’s ruling to minimise noise and promote the finer things in life. Both the harbour and the off-lying islets, known as Li Galli, are ideal for a leisurely day of watersports. Enjoy an apéritif on the terrace of Le Sirenuse and admire the view of Parsifal III in the harbour below as the crew set up dinner on the aft deck, ready for your return.

Further down the coast, the traditional fishing town of Amalfi boasts past glories as a maritime state. The town is no larger in size than neighbouring Positano or Ravello, but the whole coastline was named after it because of its history. Home to wealthy Italian merchants, defeated by Pisa, and destroyed by an earthquake, Amalfi was a maritime republic rivalling Pisa, Genoa and Venice. At its core is Piazza Duomo, from which a flight of stairs sweeps to an immense cathedral whose façade overlooks the stunning coastline below. Explore the town before retiring for an overnight sail south towards Sicily and the Aeolian islands.

Volcanoes created the Aeolian islands, and two of the islands’ volcanoes are still active. Inhabited since the fifth millennium BC, they were named after Aeolus, god of the winds, and are perfect for peace and quiet and, naturally, sailing. You’ll awake to find yourself anchored off the volcanic island of Stromboli, where the volcano has been in a state of near-continuous eruption for 2,000 years. Characterised by its black volcanic sand, the island has many crystal-clear bays, ideal for watersports. Stromboli is best observed at sunset from the decks of a yacht, so in the early evening set sail for the most fashionable of the Aeolian islands, Panarea, and join the Milanese yachting crowd with an apéritif on deck while watching the sun set over neighbouring Stromboli. This is where jet-setting, trend-setting Italians hang out. Step ashore and join them at Da Pina, just above the harbour – the family-run restaurant is considered to be the best on the island. After a peaceful night’s anchorage, set sail for Panarea’s offshore islands, and anchor off the impressive Basiluzzo for lunch before setting sail for the largest island in the chain, Lipari. Home to some of the Aeolian’s most notable buildings including an 11th century cathedral, impressive castles and a 16th century Spanish fort, the island has the air of a place where time has stood still. For great atmosphere and heady music, the Kasbah in the main town has a relaxed and stylish atmosphere. Awake for your final sail aboard Parsifal III through the Messina Straits and the fleets of tall-masted swordfishing boats to Taormina – the Monte Carlo of Sicily, where you will bid farewell to Parsifal III and her crew and join the landlubbers ashore for three or four nights.

The rugged island of Sicily is yours to explore for the next three days. Strategically positioned between North Africa and Italy, Sicily has suffered a long history of invasion and the influence of the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans is visible in the form of beautiful temples, colourful mosaics and historic buildings. Towering 250 metres above the stunning coastline, Taormina is one of Sicily’s most famous hilltop towns. It is one of the smartest and most exclusive small towns in Italy, so why not stroll past the boutiques and restaurants before taking a helicopter tour over the spectacular summit of Mount Etna? Situated in a vast natural park, Mount Etna at 3,000 metres, is Europe’s highest active volcano. It has five craters at its summit and 260 volcanic cones flanked by rivers of lava. From here, journey to the southwest coast and the Valley Of Temples, where the vast archaeological remains are unrivalled by any in the world.

Sitting on its own rocky outcrop and flanked by two sandy beaches on Sicily’s south eastern coast, Il Castello Di Falconara has been built in stages since the 14th century. The original defensive structure is a dramatic sight, whereas inside, the 17th and 18th century guest quarters provide an array of reception rooms and terraces and beautiful gardens. Dine among antiques and family heirlooms and enjoy a moonlit stroll along the private beach before retiring to your own castle room for the night. From a castle to a Benedictine abbey, the Santa Maria Del Bosco is located in the hills south of Sicily’s capital Palermo. Dramatically situated at the edge of an oak wood, the abbey is a unique property with accommodation in cells (once occupied by Benedictine monks) overlooking one of two huge 16th century cloisters. The surrounding countryside and villages provide an insight into a side of Sicily that is rarely seen by visitors.

The capital Palermo, which under Saracen and Norman rule became one of the most important cities in Europe, lies to the north of the island. An opulent city, Palermo has many fine examples of Norman and Baroque architecture, including the Palazzo Federico. One of the oldest and historically most important buildings in Palermo, the 12th century palazzo’s sleeping quarters have been kept exactly as they would have been in the 17th century, apart from added bathrooms. Located in the old centre of Palermo, the palazzo is a great base for your final few days on Sicily from which to explore the Cathedral, and other astounding baroque churches and buildings. 

About Miriam Cain
Miriam Cain is the communications and publications manager for Camper & Nicholsons International. She is also the managing editor for the the luxury travel magazine Sea & I.

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Replete with history, the land that gracefully extends along the warm waters of the Amalfi Coast has seen the birth of empires and cradled the growth of civilisations. Arguably the best way to explore the west coast of Italy is by boat, providing easy access to quiet backwaters and anchorages far from the madding crowds of landlubbers.

Replete with history, the land that gracefully extends along the warm waters of the Amalfi Coast has seen the birth of empires and cradled the growth of civilisations. Arguably the best way to explore the west coast of Italy is by boat, providing easy access to quiet backwaters and anchorages far from the madding crowds of landlubbers.

Replete with history, the land that gracefully extends along the warm waters of the Amalfi Coast has seen the birth of empires and cradled the growth of civilisations. Arguably the best way to explore the west coast of Italy is by boat, providing easy access to quiet backwaters and anchorages far from the madding crowds of landlubbers.

Replete with history, the land that gracefully extends along the warm waters of the Amalfi Coast has seen the birth of empires and cradled the growth of civilisations. Arguably the best way to explore the west coast of Italy is by boat, providing easy access to quiet backwaters and anchorages far from the madding crowds of landlubbers.

Replete with history, the land that gracefully extends along the warm waters of the Amalfi Coast has seen the birth of empires and cradled the growth of civilisations. Arguably the best way to explore the west coast of Italy is by boat, providing easy access to quiet backwaters and anchorages far from the madding crowds of landlubbers.


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