5 nights exploring the stunning Gulf of Naples
We were lucky enough to explore the gorgeous Italian coast this summer, and explore the awe-inspiring locations you can discover on a private yacht charter.
This region offers a particularly generous combination of beautiful anchorages, remarkable vistas, and historical interest. Join your yacht in Naples and explore the islands in The Gulf of Naples before disembarking in Positano. You could also cruise a round trip back to Naples if you wish.
This is an ideal itinerary for a group of friends wishing to explore the area, combining time ashore exploring historical sights and some of the areas vibrant nightlife, along with the regions best restaurants.
We have prepared this itinerary with a 80 to 100ft motor yacht in mind, with a cruising speed of 14-18 knots.
Day 1 – Naples to Procida – 18 nm
Join your yacht in the renowned yachting hub of Naples, the gateway to the Partenopean Islands.
After a welcome reception and orientation of your yacht, cast the lines and set sail towards the first Island in the Bay of Naples, the colorful Island of Procida.
It’s a relatively undiscovered gem with fragrant lemon & orange groves and flourishing gardens. The most picturesque and charming spot being the oldest fishing village of Procida – Corricella, a thin sliver of waterfront backed by a cliff made of colorful fishermen’s’ houses. The total absence of cars, narrow streets and unique architecture makes Corricella a small oasis.
A must for movie loversis to enjoy a Grattata di limone (crushed Lemon drink) at BarGraziella, a set of several film productions.
You can also explore and swim in the variety of small coves and inlets along the coastline.
Day 2 – Procida to Ponza – 64 nm
Just under five miles in length and crescent-shaped, Ponza Island is mountainous in spite of its small size. The views from the top of Monte La Guardia are spectacular and well worth the hike. Beautiful beaches and coves, ocean caves, and quiet anchorages make Ponza an idyllic Mediterranean experience.
Among the Blue Grottoes are Serpents Grotto and the Roman Gallery, a Roman tunnel that connects the town of Ponza to the (now closed) large sandy beach called Chiaia di Luna (pictured).
The island has many archeological ruins visible everywhere, including Egyptian, Canaanite, Greek, and Phoenician necropoli ruins in the middle of the island. A 3,000-year-old marble statue and was found in the harbor, depicting a local Etrurian consul, it is now displayed in a museum in Napoli.
After exploring ashore, try out some of the yacht’s water-sports equipment and toys, with stand-up-paddle boards you can explore coves and secluded bays with crystal clear waters –or for high speed adventure try wake-board or water-ski.
Day 3 – Ponza to Ischia – 50 nm
Famed for it’s mineral rich natural thermal springs, manicured gardens, and striking Aragonese castle, the volcanic outcrop of Ischia is the largest and most developed of the Islands in the Bay of Naples.
This sprawling green Island was favored as a holiday destination by Roman Emperor Augustus & his successor Tiberius, where the ruins of their roman villas remain.Cartaromana Bay has striking views of medieval Aragonese Castle, which is linked to Ischia by a stone bridge. This spectacular medieval castle holds 113m of mysteries through the ages and makes a fascinating explorations through ancient walls, churches, ramparts and towers built mainly between the 14thand 17thcenturies.
Ischia Porto hosts the best bars on the Island, whilst Forio and Lacco Ameno are known for the prettiest spas and gardens.
The thermal springs have been popular since roman times and spas have been built up around the best ones on the Island. Visit Poseidon which set next to the sea and has around 20 pools of different temperatures, some with waterfall or hydro massage. Or Aphrodite thermal park which has eight thermal pools and a bath, where you can also enjoy mud baths and massage.
Day 4 – Ischia to Capri – 25m
Capri is known as the “blue island” for the hues of its water under its hovering cliffs, the lovely shade of the sky and the charming villas and gardens. People love the island simplicity, natural beauty and busy glitz.
From designer creations to Limoncello to leather sandals, Capri is home to the finest boutiques, exclusive beach clubs, restaurants’ & nightclubs.
Circumnavigate the dramatic cove-studded island and visit the Faragliioni –three impressive spurs of rock which rise up out of the sea. Explore the spectacular Blue Grotto, a dark cavern where the sea glows electric blue, the result of sunlight passing through an underwater cave.
Overnight in chic Marina Grande at the foot of Mount Solaro which boarders the picturesque town of Capri.
You will see the ancient fishermen’s houses lining the port, which were originally built at sea level with the lower level as boat house and living space on the upper level.
Enjoy evening dining at Villa Verde, in the wonderful courtyard or reserve the wine cellar for an exclusive party at this famous restaurant.
Day 5 – Capri to Amalfi – 20 nm
At the heart of the magnificent Italian Coastline is Amalfi, built into a gorge in the high mountain, this picturesque town is perfectly placed in a natural setting with dates back to the first century AD when Roman aristocracy built luxurious villas in the area.
Meander the streets of this charming traditional fishing village with its bustling piazzas and beautiful medieval Cathedral Sant’Andrea; a throw back to the Arab-Norman era with it’s striped Byzantine façade. Inside the Cathedral is the hidden Cloister of Paradise, dating to 1266, with a forest of columns, Arabesque arches and an amazing fresco.
The crew can take you to Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo) in the charming bay of Conca dei Marini, aptly named “Emerald” for the incredible colors that filter from an underground opening and fill the cave with intense nuances of green. The inside of the cavern is filled with stalagmites, stalactites and strange “work of arts” created by time and nature.
Stoll the Piazza del Duomo with its small café and elegant shops before returning the yacht for a sumptuous meal prepared by your personal chef.
Day 6 – Amalfi to Positano – 9 nm
It is a short morning cruise to the hillside village of Positano where you can admire the breath-taking views from the water –definitely the best way to see this enchanting town.
Following a relaxing breakfast and some final water-sports activities, sadly it is time to say farewell to your yacht and crew, for departure is by 12 noon.