If anyone was in doubt that Italy is a superyacht destination, they won't be now. Superyachts over 100m have recently come to moor in Civitavecchia and Trieste, exceptional especially because it is low season. In November, the port of Civitavecchia welcomed 156m Dilbar, which belongs to Alisher Usmanov and is the largest yacht in the world in terms of volume.
"This is certainly very significant,” explains Francesco Luise, one of the directors of family run yacht agency the Luise Group, “This event has been received positively by the Port Authority in Civitavecchia, which sees this type of traffic as indicative of the development of the port and of tourism in the city as a whole."
At the same time, Azzam, the largest superyacht in the world by length at 180m, has moored in Trieste. Just like Dilbar, Azzam has been assisted by the Luise Group, the leading Italian yacht agents, with 22 branches on the Italian coastline and operatives in 14 countries overseas with partner company BWA Yachting.
The 180 metre Azzam is a private yacht owned by the Emirati sovereign Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
"These are international yacht owners who reinforce what Italian tourism has to offer by utilising the luxury services that, for 170 years, our brand has provided along the Italian coast,” commented Francesco Luise, director of the Luise Group.
“2018 has been, for Italy, the year of the superyachts. The number of large yachts moored in the ports of Riposto and Palermo in Sicily, Marina Molo Luise in Naples, Stabia Main Port in Castellammare di Stabia, Venice, Porto Cervo, Brindisi, Civitavecchia and Trieste, demonstrate this. Our commitment, as entrepreneurs in the maritime cluster, is to continue the development of synergies with other operators in the industry, to finance territorial marketing initiatives, to create opportunities for these units to enter national ports, and to encourage the economic growth of our cities and the tertiary sector."
The next ports of call for members of the Luise Group are the international boat shows, where they will demonstrate the luxury services and exclusive tourist itineraries available in Italy, sharing their expert local knowledge of the geographical, cultural and tourist attractions the Italian coastline has to offer.