Rivaling its French counterpart on the Cote d’Azur, the Italian Riviera or Ligurian Riviera encompasses incredible beauty, history and culture, welcoming charterers to experience a relaxed atmosphere, unspoiled villages and authentic cuisine. The subtle curve of northwest Italy is home to the quaint fishing village of Portofino, the historical center of Genoa and the lusting romance of Cinque Terre. There are few better ways to explore this enchanting region than by luxury superyacht. Cruise the stunning coastlines, go ashore to enjoy classic Italian fare, walk the streets to immerse yourself in the warm and welcoming culture and enjoy stunning sunsets over the sparkling Mediterranean Sea while sipping enchanting Italian wines.
Nestled between the French Riviera and Tuscany, Italy’s Liguria region or Italian Riviera is renowned for charming seaside villages, incredible gastronomy and idyllic views. Within this crescent-shaped territory are some of Italy’s most famous coastal towns, including the region’s capital city Genoa, the picture-perfect Cinque Terre and the quaint fishing village of Portofino. Comprising almost 10 kilometers of pristine coastline, there is no better way to experience the Italian charm and old-world glamor of this breathtaking destination than by the comfort and luxury of your own superyacht.
In 2004, the capital city of Genoa was named the European Capital of Culture, and for a good reason. The cobbled streets of Genoa are brimming with history, art, music and architecture. Also, a member of the World Heritage List, Genoa has so much to offer every type of charterer. From historic homes and palaces to luxury shopping to abundant museums and a myriad of exceptional restaurants, both the history buffs and foodies will be impressed with Genoa.
The brightly colored homes of the idyllic fishing village of Portofino play an excellent backdrop to afternoon cocktails aboard your yacht. Head ashore to shop high-end boutiques, indulge in delightful local seafood restaurants, admire medieval castles and take in the beautiful sights. The sheltered harbor, often lined with superyachts during the summer months, is picturesque and begs for a photo or two. Since the 1950s Portofino has been a favorite spot of the Hollywood elite, the quintessential Portofino restaurant Puny played host to the engagement of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor and European Royalty. With your luxury superyacht as your home base, there is no better way to spend an afternoon than frolicking around this world-renowned locale.
One of the most well-known provinces of the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre, “Five Lands,” is a distinct area comprising the five adjacent towns of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. These unique little villages each boast their own characteristics, and each must be experienced. The best means of doing so is walking the trail through the hills overlooking the ocean that meanders through stunning botanical gardens and olive orchards. Known as Via dell’ Amore, this easy and picturesque 25-minute walk takes you from Riomaggiore and Monterosso. A sunset cruise on board your luxury yacht past Vernazza, one of the most striking of the lands, will offer scenes straight out of an Italian romance film.
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