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Amalfi Coast Sailing Itinerary

7 days sailing along the iconic Italian coast

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Prepare for an enchanting journey through Campania, one of Italy's most captivating regions, where history, architecture, and nature converge in a symphony of beauty. Today, we venture to the renowned Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site stretching along the Tyrrhenian shore from Punta Campanella to Vietri Sul Mare. Here, towering cliffs meet the azure sea, creating a picturesque landscape of small towns nestled into the rugged coastline.

The Amalfi Coast's allure draws visitors worldwide, resulting in bustling crowds, especially during summer. To easily navigate this paradise and truly savour its splendour, consider the strategic option of chartering a boat. This offers respite from the congestion but also unveils unparalleled vistas and exclusive adventures.

Embark on an exclusive odyssey through the region's rich history and breathtaking natural landscapes, where every moment promises to leave you spellbound.

When to visit the Amalfi Coast

The best time to visit the Amalfi Coast is typical during the late spring (May and June) and early fall (September and October). During these months, the weather is mild, crowds are thinner compared to the peak summer season, and accommodations may be more affordable. Additionally, you can still enjoy warm temperatures and sunny days, ideal for exploring the coastline and its attractions without the intense heat and congestion often experienced in July and August.

Amalfi Coast by boat: best starting point

When setting out to explore the Amalfi Coast by boat, the best starting point is the marina located in Salerno.

Salerno serves as a convenient gateway to the eastern end of the coastline, making it an ideal starting point for embarking on a journey that encompasses stops at picturesque towns like Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello. From Salerno, the first stop of our adventure, Amalfi, typically takes about 1.5 / 2 hours to reach, with a distance of 7 nautical miles.

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Amalfi Coast Sailing Itinerary: best places to visit by boat

1. Amalfi 

2. Positano

3. Capri

4. Sorrento

5. Ischia 

6. Procida and Return


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Amalfi 

Distance from Salerno: 7 nm

Travel Time: approx. 1.5 / 2 hours

Amalfi stands out as one of the most renowned destinations along the Coast. Once a prominent Italian Maritime Republic during the 9th century, it held strategic political and commercial significance, now honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Nestled between its gulf and surrounding hills, the city unfolds gracefully, inviting exploration through its labyrinthine streets adorned with vibrant hues and enticing aromas, leading to the captivating square facing the Cathedral. Admire the exotic architectural nuances of the Duomo, from the Constantinopolitan bronze door to the intricately woven arches of the cloister of Paradise, embodying the city's cosmopolitan essence. While in the square, indulge in the refreshing zest of a Limoncello Spritz, savouring both the drink and the cathedral's grandeur.

The globally renowned lemons of Amalfi are a testament to the region's culinary excellence. With a thick, delectable skin akin to cedar, these lemons are the essence behind the unique Limoncello of Amalfi. The sight of these oversized lemons adorning the streets of Amalfi is a marvel in itself.

Amidst the bustling Marina Grande beach lies a serene escape: Duoglio Beach. Accessible by boat or a steep staircase, this hidden gem offers tranquillity amidst turquoise waters and the vibrant hues of the Mediterranean flora, a refreshing contrast to the crowded shores of its counterpart.

Il Duomo di Amalfi visto dalla piazza

The cathedral of Amalfi from the square.

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Positano

Distance from Amalfi to Positano: 7 nm

Travel Time: approx. 1-2 hours

Nestled amidst towering mountains and enveloped by the vibrant Mediterranean foliage, Positano exudes an unparalleled picturesque charm, resembling a scene straight out of a natural stage setting. Viewed from the sea, it unfurls like a grand tableau, with a cascade of colourful houses gently cascading down to meet the azure waters. Its labyrinthine streets, adorned with boutiques lining staircases that descend to the Marina Grande, invite leisurely exploration, beckoning visitors to immerse themselves in the enchanting ambience of Mediterranean life.

Positano offers a sanctuary for relaxation, where one can embrace the unhurried pace of coastal living. From this idyllic haven, a short boat ride transports you to the legendary Li Galli Islands, also known as the Isles of the Sirens. According to mythic lore, it was here that Ulysses and his crew encountered the sirens, narrowly escaping their perilous allure with the guidance of the sorceress Circe.

It's worth noting that while it's possible to circumnavigate and swim around the islands, they are privately owned and therefore not open to visitors.

La bellissima Positano incastonata nella montagna

The beautiful Positano with Li Galli islands in the background.

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Capri

Distance from Positano to Capri: 17 nm

Travel Time: approx. 3-4 hours

Our next port of call is the legendary island of Capri, a playground for the rich and famous with its rugged coastline, hidden caves, and glamorous ambience. Sailing to Capri and admiring the island from the boat offers a unique perspective of its dramatic cliffs and natural beauty. We drop anchor in the azure waters, framed by the iconic Faraglioni rock formations rising majestically from the sea. These towering sea stacks, sculpted by centuries of wind and waves, are a symbol of Capri's wild and untamed beauty.

From your sailboat, you can explore the island's coastline and venture into the mesmerizing Blue Grotto, a natural sea cave illuminated by an ethereal blue light that filters through an underwater cavity. Along the way, you can admire various secluded beaches, ancient Roman ruins, and luxurious villas perched on the cliffs, showcasing the island's rich history and glamour. You will also navigate past iconic landmarks such as the Punta Carena Lighthouse, perched dramatically atop a rocky promontory, and the picturesque Marina Piccola, a charming harbour nestled in a secluded bay.

Beyond its stunning coastline, Capri beckons adventurers to explore its lush interior and discover hidden treasures nestled among the rugged hills. Hiking enthusiasts can traverse scenic trails that wind through fragrant lemon groves, offering panoramic views of the island and the sea. One of the most popular routes leads to the summit of Monte Solaro, the highest point on Capri, where breathtaking vistas await those willing to make the ascent.

Capri Faraglioni

Aerial view of the famous Capri's Faraglioni. 

Sorrento

Distance from Capri to Sorrento: 15 nm

Travel Time: approx. 3-4 hours

Our journey continues in the enchanting Gulf of Sorrento. Perched on a promontory overlooking the sea, the city boasts a mesmerizing panorama of the Gulf of Naples and the majestic Vesuvius. This breathtaking view, complemented by crystal-clear waters, fragrant gardens, and Sorrento's rich historical heritage, captivates all who grace its shores. The city's historic centre teems with artisanal shops and architectural marvels, including the Cathedral of Sorrento, the Church of San Francesco, and the historical sedil dominova, unique noble seats that still stand as a testament to Campania's past. Anchoring the city is Piazza Tasso, a bustling square dedicated to the renowned Italian writer born here.

Nestled at the city's base lie the charming fishermen's villages of Marina Grande and Marina Piccola, immortalized as the backdrop of the classic film "Pane, Amore, e..." (Scandal in Sorrento), starring Vittorio De Sica and Sofia Loren. Indulge in a culinary delight with a taste of Sorrento's famed dish, gnocchi alla sorrentina, where the aroma of fresh basil lingers in the air.

Beyond the allure of Marina Piccola beach, this coastal stretch beckons exploration by boat, unveiling a treasure trove of stunning locales. From Pignatella Beach to Mitigliano Cove and the renowned Baths of Queen Giovanna, each destination promises an unforgettable experience along the Amalfi Coast.

Il magnifico Golfo di Sorrento visto dall'alto

Arial view of the Gulf of Sorrento. 

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Ischia

Distance from Sorrento to Ischia: 20 nm

Travel Time: approx. 4-5 hours

Ischia, often referred to as the "Green Island," is a haven of natural beauty and relaxation. Upon arriving by sailboat, visitors are greeted by the island's diverse landscapes, which range from lush greenery to volcanic terrain. One of the must-visit destinations in Ischia is the enchanting village of Sant'Angelo, nestled on a rocky promontory overlooking the sea. Here, travellers can stroll through narrow alleys, dine at waterfront restaurants, and unwind on picturesque beaches.

The island is home to numerous thermal springs and wellness centres, where visitors can indulge in therapeutic baths, mud treatments, and massages. Speaking of natural springs, one such gem is the secluded bay of Sorgeto, famed for its natural hot springs that bubble up from the sea floor. Here, sailors can anchor their boats and immerse themselves in the soothing thermal waters, enjoying a unique blend of relaxation and rejuvenation amidst breathtaking coastal scenery.

For a moment of relaxation, navigate towards the stunning Maronti Beach, a crescent-shaped expanse of golden sand framed by towering cliffs. Accessible only by boat or a scenic hike, Maronti offers a tranquil escape from the crowds.

Finally, for those seeking adventure, a sailboat excursion to the dramatic coastline of Punta Imperatore is a must. Here, jagged cliffs plunge into the sea, creating a dramatic backdrop for snorkelling, diving, and exploring hidden sea caves.

Maronti Beach in Ischia

Maronti Beach on Ischia island. 

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Procida and Return

Distance from Ischia to Procida: 8 nm

Travel Time: approx. 1-2 hours

Distance from Procida to Salerno: 20 nm

Travel Time: approx. 4-5 hours

Procida, with its colourful houses, charming streets, and authentic Italian atmosphere, is a true gem of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Our first stop is Chiaiolella, a picturesque harbour dotted with fishing boats and lined with waterfront cafes and restaurants. Here, sailors can drop anchor and disembark to explore the quaint village, sample freshly caught seafood, or relax with a refreshing drink while taking in the scenic views of the bay.

The nearby Vivara is a tiny island connected to Procida by a narrow causeway. This uninhabited nature reserve is a haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts, with its rugged coastline, pristine beaches, and lush vegetation providing a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

As your boat glides through the azure waters, you are drawn to the dramatic cliffs of Terra Murata, Procida's historic fortified village perched atop a rocky promontory. From the sea, you can admire the ancient walls and watchtowers that once defended the island. 

As our journey along the stunning coastlines of Procida and beyond comes to an end, we set our course for the final leg of our voyage: the return to Salerno. With approximately 20 nautical miles separating Procida from Salerno, our return journey offers one last opportunity to savour the tranquillity of the open sea and bask in the beauty of the Italian coastline.

Procida

The colourful town on Procida Island. 

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