Two locations define cruising in Italy: the northern harbours of Portofino, La Spezia, the five villages of Cinque Terre and the Island of Elba; the Neapolitan Amalfi Coast Including Capri. Here are places that combine ancient and modern culture better than anywhere else in the world and is the place to take advantage of your yacht’s scuba diving equipment. Swim through black and coloured corals, rainbows of fish and even wrecked ancient Greek and Roman ships.
Each part of the coast has it’s own distinctive appeal and probably that is what makes this Riviera the most exclusive 100 kilometres in the Mediterranean. Cap d’Antibes and Villefranche, Cap Ferrat and Monte Carlo, each and every bay, town and harbour is beautiful and gives you the opportunity to drop anchor, set out the sports equipment, get ready for breakfast, lunch or dinner and relax in a way that only the Cote d’Azur intended.
Corsica’s Calvi to Bonifacio is undoubtedly one of the world’s most spectacular itineraries. Historic towns with outstanding bars and restaurants, bric-a-brac shopping, local markets, galleries and places to mingle with the locals. Cruise for just half an hour and you are in the most beautiful palm-fringed bay with pale soft sand and lush vegetation. On the west coast, Calvi to Bonifacio is a sensational cruise, towns linked by wide bays, sandy inlets and rocky outlets all of which are perfect for snorkelling, sunbathing, sailing or setting out your own private beach club.
Sardinia’s Porto Cervo, Cala di Volpe and Porto Rotondo are where some of the most impressive yachts sojourn for the summer. They could go anywhere; they come here – it must be a hint. Head south to Sardinia’s Maddalena archipelago. Scattered islands of rocky cliffs, secluded coves and wind-swept beaches – everything here is impossibly perfect. Continue on to Marina di Portisco on the glamorous Costa Smeralda to take in Porto Cervo, Porto Rotondo and Cala di Volpe – this is where chic is an understatement.
If Ibiza and the party scene is what you want out of the Balearics, Edmiston has yachts that will give you the best of all options. But the Balearics has much more on the menu. Mallorca has an equally vibrant night life scene but it also has quiet beautiful bays where you can anchor, 396 holes of golf, a big city (Palma) for shopping and small villages that defy the thought that you are on one of the party islands of the Mediterranean.