The Amalfi Coast (“Costiera Amalfitana” in Italian) is a stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula to Salerno in Southern Italy. The Amalfi Coast is actually on the Tyrrhenian Sea and constitutes a very popular tourist destination for the region and Italy as a whole, attracting thousands of yachting enthusiasts. In 1997, the Amalfi Coast was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape.
This unique coastline runs from the marine protected area of Punta Campanella in the west, to Salerno in the east, passing by Positano. Like the rest of the region, the Amalfi Coast yacht charter destination lies in a Mediterranean climate, featuring warm summers and mild winters.
Also called the Divine Coast (“Divina Costiera” in Italian), please have a look at the following “Amalfi Coast- Italy (Aerial View)” video followed by a location-by-location description to better illustrate this destination:
MARINE PROTECTED AREA OF PUNTA CAMPANELLA
The Marine Protected Area of Punta Campanella is located between the Gulf of Naples and Salerno, it was established on December 1997, in order to protect the rich biodiversity of the area of over 1,530 hectares including the point of the Sorrento peninsula, Capo di Sorrento in Punto Germano, Rock of Vervece and the Li Galli islands.
Preserved integrally and a rare place of considerable environmental value, rich in floral and faunal species, its coast alternates calcareous rocks, shoals, and small islands, with steep seabeds reaching a depth of up to 50 m, Near the coast, underwater reefs are rich in half-submerged caves and this is a paradise for those fond of underwater sports.
The best way to explore the Marine Protected Area of Punta Campanella is by boat rental: ask us for affordable boats available for charter in this area.
Vertiginous and craggy, this is one of the most breathtaking sea coastal lines in whole Europe. Drawing people to its shores since Romans times, the Amalfi coast attracts scores of yachting enthusiasts and gets dotted with most fine luxury yachts since very early in the season.
Renowned for its romantic beauty and historical charm, the Amalfi coast has become a beloved place for honeymoons and romantic journeys, for guests from all over the world.
So, if you chose the Amalfi Coast yacht charter destination, discovering this area is a must, for you will be amazed with the beautiful towns, tumbling down the steep rocks, with whitewashed villas cling precariously to the cliff faces, lemon groves, and antique watchtowers dotted along the coast.
Drop your anchor in front of Nerano, a tiny village nearby the Punta Campanella, built into rocky mountains. Tourists come here for pebble beach with clear water, named Marina del Cantone. Charter yacht clients and boating knowers come to Nerano to dine in fine gastronomic restaurant “Quattro Passi, made famous by it’s reputable chef Antonio Mellino. He will greet you himself in a …. Restaurant cave, which will not only cool you off from the Neapolitan summer heat, but you will also find out the best wine cave the whole Bay of Naples. The menu in “Quattro Passi” is quite traditional: pasta, fresh seafood and fish, a lot of tomatoes, but there is this subtlety in Antonio’s cooking that will simply leave you speechless.
On your way to Positano on your starboard side, you will see the legendary Li Galli islands (Gallo Lungo, Castelluccio and Rotonda) washed by limpid waters, as the islands, as you remember, are a protected area. The Li Galli islands, by old myths, where inhabited by the sirens who seduced sailors with their melodious voice: they lost control of their ships that inevitably crashed on the rocks of the islands.
In the Odyssey, Homer tells us that Odysseus blocked his men’s ears with bee wax, and made them tie him to the foot of the mast so he could not be drawn away by the lure of the Sirens’ song. Periodically visited by Tiberius and protected by the Angevins with the Tower for dissuading raiders to take refuge on it, the last inhabitants of these isles having their own natural charm, have been the choreographer Leonide Massine (who built here a wonderful villa, on the ruins of an ancient Roman villa, subsequently decorated by the architect Le Corbusier) and the ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev.
Positano is a “pearl” of the Amalfi Coast; this small town with colorful houses tumbling down from high rock into sea, attracts scores of tourists and yachting enthusiasts all year round. Dock your charter yacht in bay of Positano and visit the downtown and the beautiful domed Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Ask your captain to bring you for luncheon to neighbor 5-star luxury hotel “Il San Pietro di Positano” – an inevitable meeting point for luxury yacht owners and charterers.
While you continue sailing on the Amalfi Coast yacht charter destination, you will notice on your way further down south-east, the beautiful perched village of Praiano with a small beach wedged between towering cliffs. Those needing small boats for rent can easily find them here in Marina di Praia.
Next, is the village of Furore, famous for its fjord, hosts each summer a spectacular cliff diving competition, and communicates with the next town of Amalfi by a picturesque ancient bridge.
Amalfi is worth visiting by all means, as its harbour Porto di Amalfi Pontile Marina Coppola is well appointed (few steps from city only) and provides professional services to boats and yachts and berth moorings for vessels up to 33-35 meters.
Amalfi is much smaller now than in ancient times. It was one of Italy’s four powerful maritime republics (with Venice, Pisa, and Genoa). All sea trade on the Mediterranean was once governed by the 12th-century Tavole Amalfitane, one of the world’s oldest maritime codes.
Enter the city through the antique arc and find yourself in front of 9th century byzantine church Duomo di Sant’Andrea, fronted by an intricately patterned façade, redone in the 19th century. The cathedral’s subsequent alterations have spared its principal glory, the main portal’s 11th-century Byzantine bronze doors. Next to the church lies the Chiostro del Paradiso (1268), or Cloister of Paradise, whose somber Romanesque tone is enlivened by the Arab elements in its sinuous columns.
While in yacht charter in Amalfi, do not miss the opportunity to have dinner in restaurant “La Caravella”, whose walls were painted by Andy Warhol. Menu suggestions: lemon leaves stuffed with shredded fish, with wild fennel sauce; home-made cuttlefish pasta stuffed with ricotta cheese; Tubettoni pasta from Gragnano with a ragout of fish chowder, large fried profiteroles with bufala yoghurt and lemon sauce. The next-door art gallery shop will thrill you with its collection, consisting entirely of figurines and compositions representing a donkey – the symbol of Amalfi.
Featuring the most spectacular views of the area, Ravello is perched like an eagle’s nest above the dizzying landscape of the Amalfi Coast yacht charter destination. It is the most peaceful and charming resort on the Neapolitan Riviera. Early summer is the best time to explore its largely traffic-free lanes or to wander among the terraces and pergolas of its elegant gardens, from where there are vertigo-inducing glimpses of the Mediterranean miles below.
Greta Garbo, Jacqueline Kennedy and Tennessee Williams all holidayed here, and the place still has an air of restrained glamour (though neighbouring Amalfi has more in the way of beach and nightlife).
The atmospheric grounds of the castle-like Villa Rufolo (said to have provided Wagner with inspiration for Klingsor’s garden in Parsifal), is the setting for the Ravello Concert Society’s annual music concerts between April and October.
While on the Amalfi Coast yacht charter destination eastern end, we recommend you stop-over at the Port of Salerno (Porto di Salerno in Italian). This port serves not only Salerno but also south-western Italy. The Port of Salerno, located in the gulf of the Tyrrhenian Sea, and is capable of harbouring and servicing boats, yachts and superyachts of large sizes. It is one of the major domestic ports and plays an important role in the industrial and commercial system of the center-south Italy.
Salerno may initially seem like a bland big city, but the place has a charming, if gritty, individuality, especially around its vibrant Centro Storico, where medieval churches share space with neighbourhood trattorias, neon-lit wine bars and trendy tattoo parlours. The city recently invested in various urban-regeneration programs centred on this historic neighbourhood, which features a dramatic new ferry terminal designed by Zaha Hadid and a tree-lined seafront promenade widely considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe.
Originally an Etruscan and later a Roman colony, Salerno flourished with the arrival of the Normans in the 11th century. Robert Guiscard made it the capital of his dukedom in 1076 and, under his patronage, the Scuola Medica Salernitana was renowned as one of medieval Europe’s greatest medical institutes. Much later, the city was tragically left in tatters by the heavy fighting that followed the 1943 landings of the American Fifth Army. Part of the historic centre was miraculously spared, but the somewhat featureless wide boulevards elsewhere are a result of post-war reconstruction.
At YACHTS INVEST, we offer a wide fleet of luxury charter yachts and superyachts for the Tyrrhenian Sea, bay of Naples and the Islands in the Gulf of Naples as well as the Amalfi Coast. We can also propose boats already on site and suggest you read the previous articles we’ve written on these destinations.