What is great is that one can combine Italy with an itinerary that includes Croatia or the Ionian islands in western Greece. These are some of our favourite places to sail in Italy.
Sailing Italy: The Naples area
Just the sound of the names Capri and Amalfi bring to mind images of elegance and grandeur. Capri, Ischia and Procida are the three islands off the Gulf of Naples. Capri has been a retreat for many famous figures for centuries. The sea grottoes, the characteristic architecture and the jet setter’s lifestyle are irresistible attractions. Ischia is a quieter destination with a lush landscape and mineral springs and thermal baths. Procida is lesser known and quite unspoilt, a worthwhile visit if one seeks some isolation and calmness. Between Naples and Salerno lies the famous Amalfi coast. As you sail down the coast you will be charmed by the colourful houses sprawling on high cliffs. Small towns like Positano will steal your heart with their ambience and good food.
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Sailing Italy: Aeolian islands
They are named after the ancient Greek god of winds. So, it comes as no surprise that sailing can be lots of fun in this area. Eight islands in total, off the coast of Sicily, offer lots of attractions including Stromboli island, the tip of an underwater active volcano. Actually, because of their volcanic landscapes, they have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The population of the island of Panarea is multiplied during summer as it has become a favourite destination for many including celebrities. If one goes for the shoulder months of May and October, the lifestyle will be less fancy but probably more enjoyable.