Sicily Yacht Charter Guide

Discover the Sicilian Dolce Vita on a superyacht charter around the stunning Italian island of Sicily

From volcanoes to Greek temples, 18th-century Baroque architecture to 21st-century superyachts, you can see it all in Sicily.  This Italian island displays its natural and human history with all the expected Italian style, whilst maintaining a distinctly different identity to that of mainland Italy. An explosive addition to any Western Mediterranean yacht charter is the exceptionally famous island of Sicily. It is home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Mount Etna, who — towering above the shimmering Med Sea at 3,350 meters — also is the tallest volcano in Europe.

Southern Italy coastal view of Sicily yacht charters

Charter Experience

Sicily has two main ports; Palermo, the capital, on the island’s northern coast and Catania to the east, which sits at the foot of Mount Etna.  Both locations have airports with good connections to Europe and a typical seven-day Sicilian superyacht charter will take you from Palermo round to Catania, stopping at various bays and small towns along the way.

Sicily is perhaps most famous for its food which is heavily influenced by the island’s past – the island has been conquered by the Phoenicians of North Africa, the Islamic Moors, Greeks, Romans, Normans and Spanish over the years.  The influences of Greek, Arabic, French and Catalan cuisine make Sicily’s culinary offering decidedly different to the cuisine of mainland Italy.  Expect fresh fish, simple pastas, Mediterannean vegetables and local markets fit to burst with olive stalls, cheeses, oils, raisins, saffron and pistachios.

Key locations around Sicily’s coast include the city of Taormina.  Clinging to the cliff edge, the picturesque terraces cascade down the hillside to the water.  With views of Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea, Taormina’s ancient Greco-Roman theater, the Teatro Antico di Taormina, is an impressive sight and is still in use today.  Isola Bella is also worth a visit – this miniscule nature reserve is connected to Taomina’s beach by just a narrow stretch of sand.

All around Sicily charterers will discover quiet anchorages, beautifully scenic bays and little fishing villages painted in pretty pastel colors.  The idyllic Mediterannean climate makes it a great option from April through to October and the larger towns mean all the necessary amenities are at hand, even right at the start or close of the season.

“With such an amazing melting pot of cultural history to its name, a coastal cruise of Sicily simply won’t do it justice.  Allow time to step ashore and venture inland.”

A Sicilian charter is not complete without passing through the Aeolian Islands.  Lying off Sicily’s northeastern coast this varied cluster of islands has a fascinating topography.  Here you can take a dip in volcanic hot springs and mud baths, sip sweet Malvasia wine on the island of Salina and explore the beautiful scenery of Lipari.

Although an autonomous region of Italy, Sicily boasts its own unique spirit and culture. Due to its location in between Italy, at the tip of the Italian peninsula, and Africa, Sicily is a true international melting pot. Italian influences mix with African themes and even Asian culture has thrust some input. You will encounter matchless cuisine, art, music, literature and architecture during a Sicilian yacht charter.

A great migration of Greeks came to the islands in 750 B.C., establishing the stunning city of Syracuse. Home of the renown mathematician, philosopher and brilliant mind of Archimedes, Syracuse is brimming with history— an archeological site with many well-preserved Greek and ancient Roman ruins can be found in the northwest portion of the city. The Cathedral of Syracuse also is known at the Temple of Athena, Greek goddess of wisdom, courage, warfare and more, still stands, miraculously fresh looking. And a visit to Syracuse during a Sicily yacht charter wouldn’t be complete without exploring the Necropolis of Pantalica, extensive rock-cut tombs of antiquity.

Under the watchful eye of Mount Etna sits the legendary coastal town of Taormina. Visit the beautiful Greek theater and do not miss the opportunity to snap stunning shots of the volcano in all its glory. While in town, stop at Bam Bar to beat the heat by sampling granite, a Sicilian frozen delight.

During your Sicilian yacht charter, anchor off San Vito Lo Capo and take a tender in with all of the yacht’s beach kit. The golden sands of San Vito Lo Capo adjacent to the magnificent mountains looming further inland create a stunning scene out of a postcard.

Location Highlights

  • Explore the ancient city of Syracuse
  • Visit the Greek theater of Taormina
  • Enjoy a beach picnic on San Vito Lo Capo
  • Tour the mighty Mount Etna
  • Discover the Temple of Valleys
  • Order a bowl of Caponata in a local restaurant, it’s arguably Sicily’s most famous culinary export.
  • Ustica is a tiny volcanic island off Sicily’s north coast which has escaped the spoils of mass tourism. The seabed here is protected and it’s a paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers.
  • The Greek temples of Agrigento are incredibly well preserved. Put your best Greek sandals on and step back in time.
  • Palermo has a main commercial port with no length limit, but the more secluded Marina Villa Igiea offers a more genial atmosphere and can accommodate yachts up to 230 feet (70m).
  • Take a stroll under the palms along the promenade at Syracuse
  • Ragusa in the south of Sicily boasts numerous Michelin-starred restaurants

Expert Advice

Walk thru snow on the rim of active volcano, relax at the renowned Taormina resort, visit one of the world’s top archeological museums at Syracusa a great way to end a glorious charter experience starting at Naples.

Ann Landry

Charter Broker

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