OnboardOnline proposes a seven day sample itinerary to discover the beautiful Amalfi Coast and its cultural and gastronomic splendour.
Whether dining in fine restaurants with views over the plunging cliffs of Capri, driving along sleepy country laneways to visit local vineyards, visiting the ancient buried city of Pompeii- or even just soaking up the view of the extraordinary coastline from deck, this is truly an itinerary to please all tastes.
Day 1: The first day’s sailing will take you to the famous Island of Capri, anchoring off in the sheltered bay of Anacapri for a delicious Italian lunch. This is the day to unwind and soak up the atmosphere. You can enjoy the afternoon languishing on the water or take a trip to the island to discover its notorious charm.
Day 2: There’s plenty of people-watching to do in the world famous island of Capri, but it is well worth making a detour to the wonderful Blue Caves in the early morning when it's reasonably quiet. Capri has many great boutiques and cafés, so relax and enjoy the spectacle of the rich and beautiful strolling by.
Capri Restaurant Recommendations:
Da Paolino (also known as the Lemon tree) is one of the more typical restaurants on the island - local cuisine of fresh vegetables and fish. Tel. +39 081 8376102
Villa Verde in the centre of Capri village. A more casual option but good local cuisine including pizzas. Tel: +39 .081.837.7024
La Colombaia - Hotel Quisisana - A more formal option and located around the pool of the Quisisana hotel. A more international cuisine with a Mediterranean flavour. Tel: +39 081 837 0788
Da Gelsomina is at the right end of the island in Anacapri. Super pasta and the walk there is worth it for the views. Tel: +39 081 837 1499
La Capannina Restaurant – Just near Piazzetta di Capri and famed for it’s elite clientele, La Capannina served excellent local food and has a wine bar and gourmet shop. Tel: +39 081 837 0732
L'Olivo - this is the restaurant in the hotel Capri Palace in Anacapri once again it is a fusion between international and Mediterranean cuisine. Tel: Tel. +39 081 9780111
Day 3: This is a good day to cast off and discover the Amalfi Coast. A good stop off for lunch would be restaurant "La Scoglio" Tel: +39-089-875-062 in Nerano. This is a warm, welcoming family run restaurant that has its fair share of Italy’s rich and famous! After lunch, sail to Amalfi and spend the evening there. There is an excellent Michelin starred Ristorante to discover at La Caravella Tel: +39 089 871029 and perhaps take in the wonderful Duomos early evening with its wonderful mixture of oriental style, bronze and mosaics.
Day 4: There is a beautiful rural village called Ravello, comparatively unspoilt by the tourist industry, that is well worth a visit. The drive to the village passes along meandering country roads, with beautiful vineyards and olive groves along the way. It is well worth the drive to experience the magnificent views, and a good lunch in a local restaurant is recommended to allow you to take in the stunning natural beauty.
The village has a lovely cathedral and a history museum constructed in the basement of the cathedral. Along the narrow arcade of Via Roma one will find a few small boutiques and local restaurants with a cuisine quite different from those close to the sea; Cumpà Cosimo, Da Salvatore, Villa Maria, Villa Amore, etc, are all exceptional.
Return to the yacht for a rest and some relaxation time this afternoon. Perhaps anchor in the bay off Salerno and just enjoy the water toys and relax.
Day 5: This morning head ashore early to visit one of the best preserved Greek temples in the Mediterranean situated at Paestum. There are three very famous historical and cultural sites on this coast and there is always debate as to which are the best. Pompeii is certainly the most well known however Paestum is also very famous.
They are all close together so the captain can organize a car to take you to whichever you prefer. Spend a morning exploring one of these sites and return to the yacht for lunch, while setting sail for Positano. This is an amazing seaside town which clings to an almost vertical cliff side. You may like to indulge this afternoon in a spa treatment at either Le Sirenuese Tel: +39 089 87 50 66 or Il San Pietro Tel: (+39) 089 875 455, both of which also offer excellent high quality restaurants.
Day 6: Enjoy a leisurely morning or head ashore to explore the markets in Positano. An afternoon visit to the Island of Ischia where you can anchor off the very fashionable San Angelo port and its diverse selection of restaurants and boutiques.
Day 7: Ischia is famed for its healing spa waters so head out to Negombo in the town of Lacco Ameno. This is one of the best spas on the island and is situated on a beautiful bay with a private beach and swimming pools of different temperatures. There is also a beauty centre where you can enjoy a range of treatments. Return to the yacht for lunch. This afternoon you may wish to take a short tour of this beautiful island. Stop at Pietratorcia vineyard where you can taste the wine and sit down under the cool pergola.
Day 8: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a swim before returning to Naples.
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