The wonderfully craggy Italian Mediterranean coast beckons. Exotic buildings cling to the rocky cliffs in lush sun-baked tones of sunset pink, vivid scarlet, deep aubergine, warm cream and terracotta, with shady balconies facing the sparkling sea.
Vivid green vegetation adds even more charm but the infinite blues of the water are the stars of the show in this magnificent place, a region rich in old-world charm and famed for its warm welcome. Imagine a blue, any blue, and you’ll find it here, everything from the palest and most delicate shades of turquoise to the legendary royal blues and navy blues of the deepest waters.
Add endless picture-perfect ports to the equation and this coastline has everything you could possibly want from a Mediterranean yacht share experience. So let’s explore the boat-sharing potential of the lovely Ligurian Sea and beyond.
Sailing the heavenly Italian Riviera
The pace is relaxed. The vibe is friendly. The food is quite simply exceptional, classic Mediterranean cuisine in all its flavoursome glory. And you can enjoy the delights of the region in relative solitude compared to the bustling, vibrant French Riviera. If getting away from it all is on your menu, this place is perfect.
The first thing you’ll notice about the beautiful Ligurian coast is the pretty towns, each more exotic than the last with their sun-baked facades, dizzying steep streets and ancient churches set against the backdrop of rugged, rocky mountains. These lovely places make ideal settings for relaxed dining in the balmy, fragrant air. Imagine yourself sitting outside a cafe drinking a tiny cup of dark, super-strong Italian espresso as the day heats up and the streets fill with colourful people going about their business. Or ambling hand in hand through the deepening dusk as the stars begin to glimmer, scenting wonderful food as you approach the fine restaurant you’ve chosen.
The Ligurian Coast is yours to discover in all its lovely glory, stretching from France through the ancient port of Genoa then past delights like Portofino, Camogli, San Rocco, and onwards to the awe-inspiring Cinque Terre in the north west. Little jewels in the crown of the La Spezia Province, the villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore belong to the world-class Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s hard to imagine a lovelier place to send time with the people you love.
Two stunning luxury yachts to share on the Italian Riviera
We have a host of yachts based in the region, always a popular choice with our clients, and we’ll feature just two of them in this guide. First of all our Benetti Tradition 101 awaits you, an outstanding craft designed with typical Italian style, elegance and grace. She’s based in the Western Mediterranean and comes with a cruising speed of 11.5 and a maximum speed of 13.5 Knots, driven by a brace of powerful Caterpillar engines.
She accommodates eight or nine guests in great comfort across four staterooms, plus six crew across three cabins. You’ll find light and spacious rooms throughout, complete with a large lounge, bar and smart interior dining. King size beds, French polished and stained flooring, custom made limestone baths, fantastic showers and soft carpets are the name of the game here, with every aspect of her interior carefully thought through for the ultimate in comfort and style.
This yacht is also rich in fun stuff, with lots of cool toys to make your adventures even more exciting. There’s a seven-person tender with a powerful outboard motor, a couple of Seabob F5 S models for exploring on and under the water, a three-person Jet Ski VX 1100cc and a Laser Pico sailing dinghy. You get three person Banana Advanced Elements Sea Kayaks, a wakeboard, water skis, inflatable paddle boards, fins, masks, snorkels, wetsuits, folding bicycle, fishing tackle, plus plenty of excellent dive equipment including a spear gun.
The Benetti Mediterraneo 116
Our second featured yacht to share on the Italian Riviera is the amazing Benetti Mediterraneo 116, based on the Riviera itself and offering a full 35.5m yacht packed with all the lush Benetti design features you’d expect from the brand. She accommodates 10 people across 5 cabins, with 3 more cabins designed for a maximum of 6 crew.
The flow is fluid, the light is luminous, the feel of space is uninterrupted, and the end result is both supremely stylish and exceptionally comfortable. The cockpit is a full six metres wide with panoramic views of the sea. Every aspect of the design is ergonomic, making the most of every opportunity. And the owner’s cabin is full beam width for the ultimate in luxury, complete with huge frameless picture windows with full-height glass, and two luxury bathrooms.
The 116’s upper deck is something extra-special, an unusually spacious open area on the fore deck giving you a versatile space to use as you like. Add the huge sundeck, measuring a cool 80 square meters and a full 16m long, and she’s clearly a fantastic choice for this region. The breath-taking views are yours to enjoy – and you’ll never forget them.
Let’s discuss your Italian Riviera yacht share dreams
If you’re inspired to visit this remarkable place and enjoy it at your leisure, aboard a supreme yacht from one of the world’s best-respected builders, we’ll be pleased to talk things through with you.