Amalfi Coast Yacht Charter Guide | Italy
Boatbookings' Expert Guide to Chartering and Cruising on the Amalfi Coast to discover Capri, Positano, Ischia, and Sorrento for your 2023 and 2024 Yacht Charter
There is a reason why an Amalfi Coast yacht charter cruise is on everybody's bucket list, whether it is for your annual yacht charter vacation, a 50th birthday celebration or a special anniversary. Set sail and cruise on an adventure around the volcanic island of Ischia, the cosmopolitan and captivating Capri, the perfectly picturesque Positano and the atmospheric Amalfi for summer and you are guaranteed to have the best vacation with memories that make you want to go back.
Touring the "Costiera Amalfitana" by private crewed motor yacht or catamaran is an extraordinary way to embrace the true beauty of the coastline. Lay eyes upon candy-coloured hillside houses and tender ashore to step back in time and discover the coast's rich history and culture. Your Boatbookings Charter Expert Team know the Amalfi Coast inside out, not only from delivering hundreds of successful Amalfi Coast crewed motor yacht charters, Amalfi Coast crewed catamaran cruises and bareboat sailing vacations, but also by exploring the various destinations first hand: port of Naples, Capri, Ischia, Salerno - ask us, all of us at Boatbookings have our favourite options for you and your family and friends.
The Amalfi Coast is the stretch of Italian coastline synonymous with beauty, historic charm and romance. Drawing people to its shores since Roman times, the Amalfi Coast has thrived on a successful history of maritime trade, wealthy nobility, the notions of myths and legends and has since achieved the celebrated status as a World Heritage Site. An Amalfi Coast crewed yacht charter will let you explore up close the scenic beauty and pastel-coloured fishermen's houses that tumble down into the gorgeous blue bays, sample its world-renowned cuisine, and understand why the Amalfi Coast is one of the top global charter destinations that we all return to year after year.
If you're not familiar with all the wonders of an Amalfi Coast yacht charter, we suggest you check out our fantastic Crewed Amalfi Coast motor yacht itinerary or crewed Amalfi catamaran itinerary to inspire you!
Please see below a guide to each of the key charter and crusing ports along the Italian Amalfi Coast. Listings are from east to west.
The Isle of Capri is a rugged and rocky yet stylish and beautiful destination. It is a short cruising distance from Naples to the North and the Amalfi Coast to the South lending itself as an ideal place to stop when visiting either of the areas (or when cruising between the two!). Rising out of the sea to an impressive height, the looming and dramatic cliffs are a spectacular sight.
Capri is a haven for foodies, being home to some of the most delectable Italian restaurants in the world. Enjoy an authentic Caprese salad at La Fontelina Beach Club, or make a reservation for fine dining at Villa Verde. Better yet, revel under the canopy of lemon trees at the famous Da Paolino restaurant, where you can enjoy your food within the true quaint atmosphere of days gone by.
See our Capri Day Charter page to find out more about renting a yacht to cruise for the day and explore this beautiful island.
The namesake of this famous coastline, Amalfi is a town with a long and wealthy history. This Mediterranean hotspot is associated with dramatic clifftops, colourful hilltop towns and a renowned yacht charter destination. With a long line of worthwhile day trips along the coastline such as Capri, Positano and Ischia, it is an area that can be explored over weeks and a destination you will willingly re-visit multiple times and find each trip more exciting than the last.
Whether you are into hikes, cooking, history, shopping or fine dining, Amalfi can offer the best of each of these activities. Prepare to eat the best seafood you have ever tasted, be amazed by beautiful pebble beaches and have all your senses overwhelmed by the wonderful sights and smells of the coast and the Italians!
Lying at the head of the Tramonti Valley, Maiori has become known for its connections with the Italian film director Roberto Rosellini and today is the host for the Rossellini film festival. The town also holds many other events mostly throughout the high season, including a five-church-marathon with musical and theatrical performances as part of the celebrations. You may be wanting to do this after you taste the local delicacy, an unusual combination of eggplants with a chocolate and nut sauce!
Like most of the towns along the Amalfi Coast, Minori was founded by the ancient Roman nobility who, for its beauty and mild climate, chose to build luxurious villas’. Fine examples of Italian architecture can be found here from the ancient Roman villas and the Basilica of Santa Trofimena to the churches of Santa Lucia, San Gennaro and San Michele. Today, Minori is famed for its exceptional quality of food and this is celebrated each September in the fine food festival known as ‘Gusta Minori’ (Tastes of Minori).
Praiano, like other places along this picturesque coastline, is surrounded by splendid landscapes that have lured Roman Emperors and the wealthy here since the first century AD. The town meets the sea, edged by the white fishermen’s houses prevalent in the area and features a baroque style church, the beautiful Church of St Luca the Evangelist. The town faces a small archipelago of three islands known as ‘Li Galli’ or ‘Sirenuse’.Praiano is an intriguing place to stay and take small, yet interesting sailing day trips from Positano.
Vietri Sul Mare is the first town along the coast from Salerno and perfect for your first stop at a picturesque location. The local economy is based on the production of its unique brilliantly coloured ceramics and brickwork, which embellish the town’s buildings. The town has plenty of little shops to explore, a good beach and marina if you are thinking of staying here for a few days.
Away from the noise and bustle of other locations, the small fishing town of Atrani lies hidden from view enclosed by steep rocky walls. The town preserves the typical structure of a medieval town, with alleys, narrow streets, vaults, archways and small squares and courtyards. On the surrounding mountain slopes, bright and colourful flowers spill over the balconies of the distinctive white houses among the lemon orchards that reach down to the sea.
The largest city on the Amalfi Coast Salerno combines charm and individuality with its colourful past. Many people say the promenade, lined with trees, is the most picturesque in Italy! So, take a stroll to soak in the city, dine at a local Trattoria and check out the Duomo, to get an all-encompassing Salerno experience.
The main airports near the Amalfi Coast are the Naples international airport which is served by most major European airlines and the Airport of Salerno known as "Costa d'Amalfi" which supports some services from various European destinations. For charters starting in Naples, we would recommend flying into Naples Airport (Aeroporto di Napoli Capodichino) before taking a transfer to your embarkation port.
The culture on the Amalfi Coast is just as you would expect from an Italian province with an amazingly beautiful setting; laid-back, friendly and pleasant. The historic prosperity of the region has led to the construction of many large and prestigious churches, villas and monuments in the affluent towns and today these are stunning backdrops to the exclusive boutiques, grand hotels and good restaurants that have appeared with the new tourism-driven economy.
There is still something of the old Italian style in the area and it is unlikely to leave as the people are proud of their heritage and work hard at their town’s unique characters and attributes, such as the ceramicists of Vietri Sul Mare, the tailors and sandal makers of Positano and the fine food of Minori.
With such a strong maritime influence, cuisine from the Amalfi Coast is dominated by the smells and tastes of seafood, in particular tuna and anchovies. And of course, you can enjoy an authentic Italian pizza that may make it difficult to eat pizza anywhere else!
The area is also world-renowned for its lemon groves which have been famous since Roman times and now have a special body of people to look after and protect them. The lemons are used widely in Amalfi Coast cuisine and are the signature taste for the famous Limoncello digestif, which originates from Sorrento on the end of the Sorrentine Peninsula.
Other specialities of the area are varied and diverse as you move from town to town, but pasta is always freshly made and fresh vegetables, in particular eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, Mediterranean herbs and good quality meats are prevalent.
The history of the Amalfi Coast and region of Campania is long, intricate and highlighted by periods under the rule of most of the civilizations that have swept their way through the Mediterranean region over the centuries. The most significant period in the area’s history has to be between the 9th and 13th century when the Maritime Republic of Amalfi was installed with Amalfi as the capital. The Republic was an important trading power and enjoyed extensive trade links with the East, leading to the Moorish influences evident in many of the towns along the coastline.
Covered by ash in AD 79 by the towering Mount Vesuvius, the ancient city has become a hotspot for travellers and tourists to discover the fascinating ruins. Whether you’re an avid historian or not, lost for over 1,500 years, so is a worthwhile attraction. We often organise a guided day to Pompeii once you finish cruising the Amalfi Coast and end your yacht charter.
The more lavish and wealthy neighbour of Pompeii, Herculaneum met the same fate during Mount Vesuvius’ eruption. Today it is one of the few places you can see the impressive architecture and splendour of the Roman Empire, with furniture, buildings and even food preserved by ash.
3- Mount Vesuvius
The maker of Pompeii and Herculaneum’s fame, Mount Vesuvius is the only volcano in Europe to have erupted in the last 100 years. Close to the bay of Naples and reigning supreme over the Italian coastline, discover the summit from your private yacht.
4- Blue Grotto Capri
On the island of Capri resides a beautiful sea cave, with sunlight passing through an underwater cavity the cavern is illuminated a stunning shade of blue, all the way down to its sandy base 150m below. Used as a marine temple during Roman times and even as the personal swimming pool of Emperor Tiberius, Blue Grotto’s walls hold a significant amount of history. In most weekly itineraries on the Amalfi Coast, this will be included in your private cruise - mesmorising adventure!
5- Ischia Thermal Baths
Once you have walked the ancient roads of Pompeii or Herculaneum you may wish to kick back and relax a little. Ischia, the largest of the Phlegrean Islands off the Bay of Naples, is home to the self-proclaimed European capital of wellbeing. Natural baths, mythically formed by Zeus from a giant’s tears, provide a utopian spot for some downtime. Albergo Regina Isabelle in Lacco Ameno is one of the most sought-after Spas in Ischia; Hotel Caruso in Ravello is another fantastic option and has amazing views too!
6- Mount Epomeo
Covered in vibrant green flora, the highest mountain on the volcanic island of Ischia is hard to miss. You can take a path to the summit from the nearby village of Fontana, making sure to catch a glimpse of the white lava that coats the upper echelons of this rocky landmark.
7- Da Paulino’s
Having been opened by Paulino under the famous lemon trees, the present restaurant is run by his son, serves freshly caught fish, high-quality meats and locally produced desserts. This iconic restaurant is a must-visit on your Amalfi charter!
8- Sorrento Gelato
Enjoy genuine artisan gelato in Sorrento, and make the most of this quaint Italian town, whilst cooling down and soaking in the sights with a flavour of your choice.
9- Seafood Lunch in Nerano
Enjoy an al fresco lunch anchored off the bay of Nerano. Allow your private world-class chef to treat you to some culinary delights whilst you enjoy the picturesque scenery of the Italian coastline from your yacht.
10- Shopping in Capri
Capri’s centre includes a mix of luxurious stores and local producers who can provide you with something a bit more unique, from shoes and fabrics to pottery and jewellery.
The Amalfi Coast is idyllic for a luxury motor yacht charter vacation - during the summer months, the coast is dotted with yachts enjoying the beautiful cliff-side towns, great shopping and fantastic restaurants. It is also a dreamy destination in October for those of you looking to enjoy a peaceful retreat on the Amalfi Coast, the crowds have vanished yet the sun still shines - as enjoyed by guests on board ZIA CANAIA.
Our Boatbookings Charter Experts know the very best Amalfi Coast crewed catamarans for your summer and autumn getaway. The Italian coastline boasts one of the best selections of luxury crewed catamarans in the world, offering almost every amenity, comfort and luxury for your time away with friends and family. Amalfi Coast Crewed catamarans are ideal for family charters as they provide excellent space and stability, making all guests feel comfortable onboard. You will also benefit from lower fuel consumptions and therefore lower fuel bills. They really are a winning platform to embrace the true beauty of crusing in southern Italy.
The Amalfi Coast is steeped in sailing tradition with Capri and Positano the most distinguished port towns. There is nothing better than anchoring in a secluded bay protected by huge cliffs towering above your mast. With many crewed sailing boats along the Amalfi Coast, there is no better time to explore southern Italy with your friends and family. Sicily is another popular crewed sailing yacht destination as you have the magical Aeolian Islands nearby which are waiting to be discovered.
For those who enjoy performance sailing, the Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics occurs every year, usually in June. It rotates between the ancient Italian Maritime Republics of Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice under the patronage of the Italian Republic President. The competition is preceded by a historical procession with actors dressed in the characteristic clothes of the different Republics.
The rocky and rugged Amalfi Coast creates many natural, scenic and well-protected harbours, ideal for yachting holiday vacations and day charters. The mild year-round climate means that chartering here is suitable at any time of the year with sailing conditions pleasantly relaxing and easy-going. The best sailing conditions for Amalfi Coast Yacht Charters are luxury between Capri and Positano, don't miss out, enquire today for a bespoke proposal from one of our sailing experts.
If you are vacationing anywhere along the Amalfi Coast, a strong recommendation is to plan a day charter to experience the coast from the water. A day charter will give you a more personal experience, allowing you to visit any beach you may stumble upon. For an authentic Italian lunch, you could even dine at a scenic seaside restaurant, away from crowds.
The proximity of the destinations along the coast and the delights of the Gulf of Naples mean that you can easily find time to explore both, it just depends on how much you want to do. Below are just some of the interesting and charming destinations along the Amalfi Coast, but we are sure that you will find plenty of your own too!