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Italian Riviera  
Bases for Italian Riviera
Genoa
Lavagna
Portosole
 
Boats for Italian Riviera
Arwen (Motorboat - Max 8 P.)
Bradley (Catamaran - Max 10 P.)
Colors (Motorboat - Max 10 P.)
Elegant (Motorboat - Max 30 P.)
Jackie One (Motorboat - Max 8 P.)
Lady Emma (Motorboat - Max 8 P.)
Lazy Bird (Sailing Yacht - Max 10 P.)
Overside (Motorboat - Max 10 P.)
Sea Century (Motorboat - Max 8 P.)
Sunseeker Predator 92 (Motorboat - Max 10 P.)
Sweet Lady (Sailing Yacht - Max 8 P.)
 
Italian Riviera - Destinations
Camogli
Corniglia
Lavagna
Manarola
Monterosso
Portofino
Rapallo
Riomaggiore
Santa Margherita Ligure
Sestri Levante
Tigullio Gulf
Vernazza
 
 

The Italian RivieraItalian Riviera is the narrow coastal strip which lies between the Ligurian Sea and the mountain chain formed by the Maritime Alps and the Apennines. Longitudinally it extends from the border with France and the French Riviera (or Côte d'Azur) near Ventimiglia (a former customs post) to Capo Corvo (also known as Punta Bianca) which marks the the eastern end of the Gulf of La Spezia and is close to the border with Tuscany. For this reason all the area is perfect for luxury yacht sailing vacation. The Italian Riviera thus includes nearly all of the coastline of Liguria. (Historically it extended further to the west, through what is now French territory as far as Monaco.)The Riviera is centred on the port of Genoa, which divides it into two main sections: the Riviera di Ponente, extending westwards from Genoa to the French border; and the Riviera di Levante between Genoa and Capo Corva. Both the section are perfect destinations for sailing yacht charters, both have charming spot to see.

Italian RivieraAll the Italian Riviera is famous for its particularly mild climate which, together with the charm of its old fishing ports and the beauty of its landscape, has made it a popular destination for travellers and tourists and sailing tourism since the time of Byron and Shelley. Many villages and towns in the area are internationally known, such as Portofino, Bordighera, Lerici, and the Cinque Terre. The part of the Riviera di Ponente centered on Savona, is called the "Riviera delle Palme" (the Riviera of palms); the part centered on Sanremo, is called the "Riviera dei Fiori" flower's riviera , after the long-established flower growing industry. Come to discover Italian Rivera: a perfect place for amazing sailing holiday or luxury motor yacht cruise among French Riviera, Italian Riviera and Tuscany Coast.


Camogli
In the heart Camogliof the Golfo Paradiso one finds Camogli, a small sunny town, with multicolored houses and a sea perfect for those wishing to relax. Thanks to its ancient maritime traditions, Camogli is also known as the city of "the Thousand White Sailing Ships'. Camogli is a good stop during your Italian Riviera Sailing Cruise : Walking along the alleyways, one frequently comes across images of the Virgin, to whom the inhabitants of Camogli often turned to ask for protection from the sea. There are a host of local events to tempt the visitor to stay a little longer: St Valentine's day, the Festival of the Patron Saint, St Fortunato,

Camoglithe Celebrations of the Croce Verde, Cristo degli Abissi, the Concerts held in the Abbey of St Fruttuoso, the Dog Show at San Rocco di Camogli, Re Camoglino and the Festa delle Restie. As well as the sea, nature lovers will enjoy the walks: Passeggiata della quite from Ruta to San Rocco; the route towards the promontory of Portofino or Punta Chiappa and San Fruttuoso. Finally the San Fruttuoso or Paradiso Gulf sailing route are splendid. Come to discover Camogli: Rich gastronomy, Crystal sea and ancient tradition for a luxury sailing holiday or a romantic sailing escape in the Italian Riviera.

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Corniglia
The village of CornigliaCorniglia differs substantially from the others of the Cinque Terre thanks to its elevated position above the sea. However the town is a must to be seen among your five lands luxury sailing cruise. It is located on a cape, a terrace on the sea, like that of Volastra, a hundred or so metres above the sea, which descends steeply and is inaccessible from the sea. To reach it one has to climb the 'Lardarina', a long series of steps in brick: 33 flights totalling 377 steps; However who has googd legs will be satisfed as he get on the top.
CornigliaThe village layout of Corniglia also differs from that of the other villages: the houses are shorter, only recently have floors been added, making them similar to those of inland villages. The residential area develops along the main road, via Fieschi; on one side the houses look on to the opposite side of the street and on the other, they look out onto the sea. Of Corniglia's fortifications some remains survive of a stronghold dating back to 1556, on a cliff plunging into the sea: a breathaking sightseeing for your sailing vacation among the Italian Riviera and the Five lands.

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Lavagna
Lavagna Lavagnais set along the shoreline with beautiful beaches that have often been awarded the Blue Flag, and has a mediaeval town centre with colourful narrow streets and lofty mansions. Lavagna is an amazing mooring during your Italian Riviera sailing cruise. In Lavagna you will discover many hidden treasures of art: mainly sculptures but also paintings by famous artists of the Genoese School. Precious traditional handicraft has its young followers in studios and workshops in the old town centre. Lavagna is proud of having discovered and spread the “Slate” as an art, the “black gold of Liguria”. This characteristic shale, which covers most of the Ligurian roofs, was discovered on the Capenardo and S. Giacomo mountains and its use dates back to the year 1000. In Lavagna you will also find various restaurants pubs and discoes. A perfect starting point for a romantic sailing escape between Italian Riviera and Five Lands.

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Manarola
Perched on a steep Manarolacape of dark rock, with its small port enclosed by two rocky boulders, we find Manarola, a village of ancient origins found by the inhabitants of the (probably Roman) Volastra settlement. Manarola is perfect destination among a romantic five lands luxury motor yacht cruise. The town of Manarola, like the other Cinque Terre villages, is known for its tower-houses; the layout of the village develops around the subsurface course of the Groppo stream which marks out its main axis. From the sunken stream a series of narrow stone-paved streets lead off towards houses and vegetable gardens on both sides of the cape. Love Road Parallel to the main axis runs the Via di Mezzo (Middle Street) that used to be a particularly important byway before the stream was covered over. From Manarola start the Via dell'Amore (Love Road) that joins Manarola with Riomaggiore: Definitely one of most romantic, dramatic, promenade in the world. Another peculiarity of Manarola is a pyramid in white cement whose peak can be seen rising between the taller houses and is used as a navigational reference point for all those at sea. Come and discover Manarola: crystal sea, dramatic settings and good gastronomy for a perfect sailing vacation in Italian Riviera.

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Monterosso
Monterosso al Mare Monterossois the westernmost of the Cinque Terre and is reached by walking along the most difficult part of the "Sentiero Azzurro" footpath. Monterosso is one of the favourite destination in the Italian Riviera luxury yacht sailing cruise. The village is protected by hills covered with vineyards and olive groves and is surrounded by vegetation. Its beautiful beaches, steep rugged cliffs and crystal-clear waters, make this one of the most charming sailing destination among the Five Lands in Liguriajn Riviera.
MonterossoThe medieval tower "Aurora", located on the hills of the Cappuccini, separates the ancient part of the village from the more modern part. In the church of Saint Francis "San Francesco" works of great importance such as the Crucifixion, believed by many to have been painted by Van Dyck, are preserved. The village is popular for their warm and friendly atmosphere and the village's restaurants offer customers the chance to try the local Italian dishes accompanied with the famous Cinque Terre wine : rich gastronomy, crystal sea and amazing setting for your luxury sailing holidays in Italian Riviera.

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Portofino
Set on perhaps Portofinothe most famous part of the Ligurian coast, the little town of Portofino (32km) can be reached by boat from Camogli (approx. 20 mins.) or from above, via a two hour walk along the breathtaking promontary. Without doubt, one of the best loved destinations for luxury yacht charters, it is a fishing village, so picturesque as to seem unreal, with its famous little square surrounded by different coloured houses, and its wonderful little port. Despite having an elegant international flavour, with its prestigious boutiques and fine restaurants, this side of the town co-exists in utter harmony with the skills of the old axe-makers, and the craftsmen who excell at pillow lace and macramè.

PortofinoPortofino is a perfect destination for luxury motor yacht charters as it is known as the resort of the rich and famous, but there is much more to see here than just people. Portofino is a picturesque, half-moon shaped seaside village with pastel houses lining the shore of the harbor. Portofino has shops, restaurants, cafes, and luxury hotels. Portofino's crystalline green waters reveal a myriad display of aquatic life. But Portofino is not only luxury sailing cruise, in the town there are tourist facilities and also numerous opportunities for hiking, diving, trekking.

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Rapallo
Rapallo Rapallois the second city for importance of Tigullio Gulf. The symbol of Rapallo is its old castle surrounded by the sea that once had to defend the city from pirate invasions and where now-a-days original art exhibitions are held. Rapallo is an not to be missed stop during your sailing holiday in Tigullio Gulf and in all the Italian Riviera itinerary. Early in July, the castle bursts into flame under a ring of fireworks: It is the highest point of festivity in honour of the Holy Virgin of Montallegro. Rapallo is a pictorial town and it is one with some truly incredible Medieval and Renaissance architecture. Within the center of the town is the old medieval village, much of which dates back to the 13th century. Set in a small bay, Rapallo has maintained intact the lay-out of a fishing village whose houses give directly onto the beach. come and discover Rapallo for a pleasant sailing holiday or a romantic sailing escape in the Italian Riviera.

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Riomaggiore
Riomaggiore Riomaggioreboasts the typical terraced structure of villages in torrential valleys, with steep sides and restricted valley floor. The landscape is therefore typically vertical and stairs and steps make up the roads. The main road is a covered canal beneath which runs the Rivus Maior stream from which the village takes its name.

RiomaggioreThe housing is of the typical tower-house variety, developed on three or four floors with no more than two rooms per floor, side by side to each other in parallel rows. The building material is local: stone for the walls, slate for roofing, and yellow or pink plaster for the houses' facades. One can enter the houses both from the main entrance and from the back of the house, entering at one of the higher floors.

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Santa Margherita Ligure
Santa Margherita Ligure Santa Margherita Ligureis situated on the Riviera of Levante in the region of Liguria. Approximately 35km from Genoa, to the east of the Portofino promontory, the town occupies territory along the inner-most part of the Tigullio gulf. Santa Margherita Ligure is surrounded by hills the slopes of which, covered in lush Mediterranean vegetation, provide the paradisiacal setting for villas and gardens all with spectacular views out on to the Delfini coast, this latter linking the town to that of Portofino.

Santa Margherita LigureThis unique landscape tells the story of the town and its extremely resistant population. The resolute hardiness of past inhabitants can be witnessed in the incredibly labour intensive terracing of the land, land predominantly used for the cultivation of olive trees. Santa Margherita Ligure is perfect stop during your Italian Riviera luxury motor yacht charter. The port of Santa Margherita is now the chosen harbour for luxury yachts which drop anchor next to the locals' traditional fishing vessels. The port is also the site for sporting activities such as sailing and canoeing, as well as numerous fashionable social events linked to the international sailing regattas hosted by the town.

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Sestri Levante
Sestri Levante Sestri Levanteis a beautiful little town found approximately halfway between Genoa and La Spezia, another not to be missed spot during your sailing holiday in the Tigullio Gulf and in all the Italian Riviera. While Portofino and the Cinque Terre are probably the most well known tourist destinations on the Italian Riviera, Sestri Levante is becoming quite a favourite among Italians. This once quiet fishing village is slowly turning into a tourist hotspot. The original part of Sestri Levante is actually on a peninsula, with the beautiful Baia del Silenzio (also known as "Portobello") on one side and Baia delle Favole on the other.

Sestri Levante“Baia delle Favole” or “Bay of Fairy Tales” was named in honour of Hans Christian Andersen, who lived in Sestri for a short time. Baia delle Favole (Bay of fairy-tales) is a lively, animated bay boarded by a promenade with beautiful houses, and a beach where you can rent a beach chair or have a drink in one of the many beach bars. In the back you can see the narrow strip of land that divides this bay from Bay of Silence. The land between the two bays has a lot of vegetation. Bay of Silence is a wonderful quiet romantic bay. It has a small boardwalk, but most of the houses come as far as the beach. It's a public beach where you will find many locals. In front of the boardwalk you'll find the typical boats called "gozzi", resting on the beach after a fishing trip. Come and discover Sestri levante, for a romantic sailing escape in the Italian riviera between Tigullio Gulf and Five Lands.

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Tigullio Gulf
The territory of the Tigullio GulfGolfo del Tigullio D.O.C. extends over a vast area between Genoa and the province of La Spezia to the south. It includes a number of valleys, like Val Graveglia and Val Petronio, where winegrowing has very ancient roots. Some of the most enchanting places in Liguria - Portofino, Camogli, Rapallo and Santa Margherita Ligure - are part of this territory. The Tigullio Gulf is a perfect destination for sailing holiday, one of the favourite of all the Italian Riviera. An infinity of shades of green and blue. This is the Tigullio - the land and sea that captured the hearts of Hollywood stars, the leading lights of the international jet set and the legendary playboys of those fabulous carefree years when pleasures were sophisticated and holidays never-ending.

Golfo del TigullioGrand stories, grand personalities, grand emotions in a small, sophisticated and exclusive paradise. Along a short stretch of Liguria splendidly endowed by nature nine resorts offer themselves to you. All share a special, even intangible quality: they all belong to the Ligurian world, to its culture and environment. Yet each one has its own "personal" character which renders it unique in its own special way. This is what makes this corner of Italy so richly blessed: within a very small area it contains countless unexpected delights and hidden surprises. Come and discover Tigullio gulf for your amazing sailing vacation or a romantic sailing escape in enchanting Italian Riviera, among beautiful sites like Camogli, Portovenere, Rapallo, Lavagna and Santa Margherita Ligure.

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Vernazza
The only natural port Vernazzaof the Cinque Terre, the village of Vernazza develops along the Vernazzola stream (now covered) climbing up the rocky face of a cliff, which hides the view of houses to those who come at it from the sea. Very narrow, steep paths descend towards the main road which leads onto a small square located facing the small port. Along with the typical tower-shaped houses, which are also present in Riomaggiore, Manarola and Monterosso, there are more architecturally elaborate buildings decorated by portals and porticos,
Vernazzaas a reminder of the prosperity the village once enjoyed under Genoese domination: that’s why Vernazza is a important cultural site to be visited during your Italian Riviera sailing charter. Very well maintained are the ancient castles, characteristic of Cinque Terre and of Vernazza particularly. The small harbour can host small/mid size boats and provides sufficient shelter for mid-sized waves, but it's not enough for the great winter sea storms. However Vernazza will welcome you to offer charming strolls among its narrow streets during a charming Cinque Terre (Five Lands) sailing cruise.

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