Luxury Yacht Charter Guide to Campania
The amazement of Italy’s classic Campania region always catches you off guard. With front row views of brooding Mount Vesuvius and chic playgrounds like Capri, and the character rich spot of Naples – a yacht charter to Campania is a summer experience like no other. Italy’s UNESCO corner of the Amalfi Coast is a vertical wonder of dramatic cliffs, colourful villages, and the sea – always the sea. As you explore these shores you will find a well-heeled socialite scene, ancient places, and some of the prettiest piazzas in the whole of Europe. Over in Naples and the chaotic crush of the old town is a vivid imagining of ancient churches, basement pizzerias, strung up washing lines, and colourful characters. With easy access to Pompeii, classic seaside charm, and dramatic vies, Campania is a must.
Reasons to Charter a Yacht in Campania
An Edible Paradise
The birthplace of pizza knows to hold its own when it comes to truly authentic food experiences. Stashed away in the streets of Naples you will find places that will change the way you think of the humble slice forever. Chewy crusts, rich marinas and heady toppings will make you weak at the knees. Throw into the mix the freshest fish, melt in the mouth ricotta stuffed pastries and a rich coffee culture and you have a rare wonder. Michelin stars abound and bagging tables at La Sponda, La Caravella, and Quattro Passi are a must along the way.
Few places can compare to the postcard pretty vistas afforded by Campania and the Amalfi Coast. Being a cliffside collection of villages and towns means that your eye is always turned towards the turquoise hues of the Mediterranean. Cocktail terraces on Capri and enchanting Postiano views from the deck of your luxury yacht are the best spots for soaking up prime panoramas.
History abounds on the streets of Naples. Step ashore from your yacht charter and hear the tragic tale of Pompeii, the 13th century cathedral that sits at its core, and the 17th century monastery of San Martino. The Presepe di Cuciniello offers you the chance to see the famous Napoli nativity scenes outside of the Christmas period. Also worth a visit are the catacombs of San Gerrano with their crypts, tomb chambers and frescoes. History lovers will find plenty between the pages of this chapter of Italy.
Who wouldn’t fall in love with the wonders afforded by the mesmerising Amalfi Coast? Lovers will find themselves smitten by the romantic tender rides through Capri’s gorgeous Blue Grotto. Sunset suppers on Sorrento are enough to make you swoon. And beloved spa bliss on the Island of Ischia sets the mise-en-scene for mud-soaked magic.
Where to Visit in Campania
The splendour of Pompeii’s ruins come at a price – one of the greatest tragedies in Italian history. The ancient city of Pompeii found its fate beneath the spewing ash caused by a devastating eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius back in 79 A.D. Take a tour of this lost city, wonderfully preserved and with many corners of interest. You can see everything from the antique brothel still with its stone beds and frescoed menu intact, to the beautifully restored bathhouses. Pompeii is one of the most stunning architectural sites in the world and a true highlight of a yacht charter to Campania.
Rough around the edges, a foodie paradise, and a place bursting at the seams with personality – Napoli remains a love or hate it kind of place. For yacht charter guests, you couldn’t claim Campania without swinging by Napoli. Lose yourself in the maze-like logic of the UNESCO historical centre, fall in love with the birthplace of pizza, and escape for an afternoon to wander the tragically fascinating ruins of ash clad Pompeii.
The celebrity shores of Capri are another luxury yacht favourite for those sailing Campania. The former playground of Emperor Augustus still holds that holiday vibe, with day trippers coming in their droves, and some of the most elegant eateries, beach clubs and bars to be found along the enchanting coast. The Blue Grotto is a must for those who want to witness iridescent waters and rich cave complexes, the Gardens of Augustus are also sublime for flora clad bliss and views across the bay, and the main piazza is the place for people watching and star spotting with a twenty-euro cappuccino in hand.
Only a one-hour sublime sail from the shores of Capri, you will find the pearl of Postiano. The brightest spot along the Amalfi Coast, Postiano blazes with colour as the village tumbles down the steep mountain, stopping just short of the sea. Be sure to snap a few pictures from the deck of your yacht charter before stepping onto the pebbled shore to explore. Browse the beautiful boutiques lining the downhill streets, and grab an al fresco lunch at Max.
When to Charter a Yacht in Campania
Another superior stop on the Mediterranean summer itinerary - Campania is best enjoyed between the months of May and September. Summers are sweet and long and with soft trade winds are perfect for sailing along the whole of the Amalfi Coast. In the height of summer – July and August, the streets of Pompeii can be packed out with day trippers so prior planning is recommended to make the most of the trip.