Sailing itinerary Italy
The city of Naples, one of Europe’s oldest and largest cities, is located on the Bay of Naples in Southern Italy. Amongst the hustle and bustle, the city boats a broad spectrum of cultural, historical, natural and culinary attractions. History and art enthusiasts should be prepared to extend their stay, with unmissable attractions such as the Naples Cathedral (Cattederale di San Gennaro), Capodimonte royal place and museum, containing a litany of artistic masterpieces, Castel dell’Ovo, the city’s oldest standing fortification and the ancient Roman City of Pompeii are all must see’s whilst here. Lastly, don’t forget to indulge in some famed Napolitan Pizza.
The Island of Procida lays of the coast of Naples and is part of the Flegran islands in the Campania region. Procida is the smallest island in the bay of Naples, a mishmash of pretty pastel coloured houses line the shores of its Marinas feet away from stunningly clear waters dotted with small fishing boats. The island is a fantastic place to discover by foot, the island offers natural and historical beauty, to the east lies the Medieval town of Terra Murata, built at the highest point on the island and offering incredible views. In the North East of the island lies Abbey of St. Michael (Abbazia San Michele Arcangelo), with its eleventh century foundations and current architecture dating back to the 1500’s, its beautiful interior and breath-taking location, it’s definitely worth a visit. We recommend checking out Marina di Chiaiolella and Marina Corricella whilst here.
The volcanic island of Ischia, the largest of islands within the Bay of Naples and though perhaps not as eminent as the island of Capri, welcoming less tourists, it still possesses stunning shores, fantastic food and the kicker of its very own volcanic thermal spas. Discovered by the ancient Etruscans and popular with both the Greeks and Romans, these naturally heated springs boast numerous health benefits, we recommend paying a visit to the thermal resorts of Aphrodite and Poseidon. The island of Ischia has some great festivals, it’s worth having a look at the dates before going. A few items not to be missed, the imposing Aragonese Castle accessible by a bridge from the mainland and the incredibly delightful Church of Soccoroso in Forio, a sixteenth century Augustinian convent dedicated to Santa Maria del Soccoroso.
The very attractive island of Capri is the third and final of the islands found in the Bay of Naples. Well known for its gorgeous scenery, ostentatious boutiques, chic hotels and a fantastic location to drop anchor for a few days. This beautifully rocky destination off the west of the Sorrento Peninsula has something for everyone, east of the centre you will find the ruins of Villa Jovis, the once island home of Roman Emperor Tiberius, captivating chairlifts above over the commune of Anacapri to the island’s highest mountain and of course, Capri’s most famous attraction, the enchanting Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) where you will experience the most luminously striking blue water, an absolute must see.
The seaside town of Sorrento in South Western Italy can be found resting in all its colourful glory on top of cliffs overlooking its active marinas. Tasso Square is the centre, where you will find many great restaurants, cafes and high-end boutiques. The island of Sorrento’s lofty cliffs makes for some fantastic views looking out towards the Amalfi Coast and over the Bay of Naples. A little East of the centre of Sorrento, you will find the Museo Correale di Terranova, previously the personal household of the Correale family, this delightful museum showcases an impressive variety of pieces. The Church of San Francesco is a popular point of interest, this historic structure dates back to the fourteenth century and is known for its romantic appeal.
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