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From volcanoes to Greek temples and 18th-century Baroque architecture, a Sicily yacht charter offers a true feast for the senses.

The Italian island of Sicily, located just off the ‘toe’ of Italy’s boot, boasts stunning natural beauty and a host of exclusive offerings coupled with a distinctly different identity from mainland Italy. A luxury yacht charter in Sicily offers a superb addition to your Western Mediterranean yacht charter itinerary and can easily be incorporated with an island-hopping adventure in the Aeolian Islands. The island of Sicily is home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Mount Etna, which — towering above the shimmering Mediterranea Sea at 3,350 meters — is also the tallest volcano in Europe. It is a must-add yacht charter destination to your itinerary if you’re a nature lover, adventure seeker, or ocean dreamer.

All around Sicily, you will discover quiet anchorages, beautifully scenic bays and little fishing villages painted in pretty pastel colors.  Your 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.

A Feast for the Senses: The Sicilian Delicious Cuisine

Sicily is perhaps most famous for its food, which is heavily influenced by the island’s past. It 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 from the cuisine of mainland Italy. Expect fresh fish, simple pasta, Mediterranean vegetables, and local markets fit to burst with olive stalls, cheeses, oils, raisins, saffron and pistachios. The yacht’s chef will make local provisions to ensure these local flavors are incorporated into your meals aboard. Still, we recommend you disembark to eat at least one meal ashore for an authentic taste of Sicily.

Taormina: A Cliffside Gem

We also recommend visiting the city of  Taormina on Sicily’s coast. Clinging to the cliff edge, have your phones and cameras ready to snap images of the picturesque terraces that 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.  While there, be sure to visit Isola Bella. This little nature reserve is connected to Taormina’s beach by just a narrow stretch of sand. Lastly, stop at Bam Bar while in town to beat the heat by sampling granita, a Sicilian frozen delight.

Syracuse: A Historical Tapestry

A great migration of Greeks came to the islands in 750 B.C., establishing the stunning city of Syracuse. Home of the renowned mathematician, philosopher and brilliant mind of Archimedes, Syracuse is brimming with history. If you’re interested, your charter broker can arrange a tour of the archeological sites ashore with many well-preserved Greek and ancient Roman ruins. And your visit to Syracuse during a Sicily yacht charter wouldn’t be complete without exploring the Necropolis of Pantalica, extensive rock-cut tombs of antiquity.

San Vito Lo Capo: A Beachside Paradise

During your Sicilian yacht charter, be sure to have the yacht anchor off San Vito Lo Capo and have the crew tender you 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.

Northrop & Johnson has access to the finest yachts for charter in Sicily, the largest island in Italy, including ultra-luxurious motor yachts and sailing yachts by pedigree shipbuilders. Contact our team today and let us connect you with your ideal crewed boat rental, or browse our luxury private yachts for charter in Sicily.

Get in touch with a yacht broker in Sicily

Northrop & Johnson is a leading international yacht brokerage with access to the best and most luxurious yachts for charter, including in Sicily. With offices in the heart of Monaco, just moments away from Port Hercule, our yacht charter brokers boast unparalleled Sicily expertise and market intelligence. We take pride in listening to our client’s needs and crafting exceptional charter itineraries in and around Sicily. Rent a superyacht in Sicily and enjoy the ultimate vacation on the water. Contact our yacht brokers in Monaco today if you want to charter a luxury yacht. We will be thrilled to assist you on your yachting journey.

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Charter Highlights Sicily

  • Explore the ancient city of Syracuse
  • Enjoy a beach picnic on San Vito Lo Capo
  • Tour the mighty Mount Etna, an active volcano and UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover the Temple of Valleys and be amazed by the stunning views
  • Visit Ragusa, in the south of Sicily, which boasts numerous Michelin-starred restaurants
  • Enjoy an island-hopping adventure exploring the Aeolian Islands
  • Visit the Palermo Cathedral and walk through the picturesque streets that have a rich history
  • Set sail in the crystal clear waters and reach the east coast or the Egadi Islands, thanks to the consistent winds
  • Create memories at cultural events, and thanks to the stunning landscapes
  • Learn the local knowledge by stopping at the Syracuse Greek Theater
  • Follow the narrow streets with fewer tourists and discover new hidden coves

Sicily Yacht Charter Itinerary

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Yacht Charter Sicily & Aeolian Islands: FAQs

Where can I moor my yacht in Sicily?

There are several world-class marinas in Sicily where you can moor your yacht. Popular marinas include:

  • Marina di Portorosa
  • Marina di Ragusa
  • Porto di Palermo
  • Marina di Cala del Sole

Northrop & Johnson can arrange all your berthing requirements in Sicily. If you want to visit Sicily on a luxury private yacht, contact our team today.

Is Sicily a good place to explore the Aeolian Islands from?

Absolutely! Sicily is an ideal starting point from which to explore the stunning Aeolian Islands, a volcanic archipelago that is strung across the southern Tyrrhenian Sea. The seven Aeolian Islands – Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Vulcano, Alicudi, and Fillicude – are filled with natural wonders, stunning coastlines, beautiful beaches, breathtaking landscapes, active volcanoes, and charming fishing villages.

What types of yachts can I charter in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands?

As a popular superyacht destination in southern Italy, you’ll find a superb selection of luxury yachts for charter, divided by yacht type. Popular yacht types that guests choose include:

  • Motor yachts
  • Displacement yachts
  • Planing yachts
  • Sports yachts
  • Sailing yachts
  • Catamarans
  • Solar-powered yachts
  • Superyachts
  • Mega yachts

Remember to inform the broker about the main ports you’d like to visit since it’s recommended to charter a yacht with an average length according to the places you’d like to stay: not all ports can accommodate boats above a certain length.

No matter what type of yacht you seek in Sicily, the Italy yacht brokers at Northrop & Johnson can connect you with your ideal boat rental. Contact our team today or browse our luxury crewed boat rentals.

What's the weather like in Sicily?

Sicily enjoys glorious sun-drenched days during the summer, the high season, warm weather in spring and fall, and cooler, wetter weather in winter.

Summer (June to August):

  • Daytime temperatures: 30°C to 35°C (86°F to 95°F)
  • Nighttime temperatures: 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F)

Fall (September to November):

  • Daytime temperatures: 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F)
  • Nighttime temperatures: 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F)

Winter (December to February):

  • Daytime temperatures: 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F)
  • Nighttime temperatures: 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F)

Spring (March to May):

  • Daytime temperatures: 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F)
  • Nighttime temperatures: 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F)

Is Sicily good for a sailing vacation?

Yes, Sicily is fantastic for sailing. A Sicily sailing vacation offers stunning coastlines, beautiful anchorages, and excellent sailing conditions, especially during the summer months. If you want to enjoy a sailing vacation in Sicily, contact the charter brokers at Northrop & Johnson. We have access to every luxury sailing yacht for charter in the Med, including elegant schooners and racing yachts built by pedigree shipbuilders.

What visa do I need to enter Sicily aboard a luxury yacht charter?

Sicily in Italy is part of the European Union. US passport holders can enter visa-free so long as they have a valid passport with an expiration date of at least three months beyond the scheduled departure date. When you book a yacht charter with Northrop & Johnson, our Sicily luxury yacht charter brokers will advise on entry requirements and ensure you have the necessary paperwork to legally enter Sicily.

How much does a private yacht charter in Sicily cost?

The cost of a crewed motor yacht or sail boat charter in Sicily will depend on the size of the vessel and its pedigree, your length of charter, your cruising itinerary, and the time of year. The entry point for a crewed charter in Sicily is US$50,000 per week. Contact Northrop & Johnson to book a luxury yacht charter in Sicily, or browse our luxury yachts for charter.

Is it possible to enjoy a bareboat charter in Sicily?

While it is highly likely that it is possible to enjoy a bareboat charter in Sicily, Northrop & Johnson specializes in arranging luxury crewed yacht charters only.

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Get in touch with a Sicily yacht charter broker at Northrop & Johnson

Northrop & Johnson specializes in creating unforgettable crewed charters aboard the world’s finest vessels. Contact our Sicily yacht charter brokers if you want to enjoy an incredible vacation in this elegant superyacht hotspot, or browse our luxury private yachts for charter.

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