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Yacht Charters Vacations to Portofino and Cinque Terre, Italy

Italy offers many great vacation destinations, from the Alps to the Amalfi Coast. But if you’re looking to get away from it all and experience some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, you might want to check out Portofino and Cinque Terre. The Italian Riviera is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and you can’t visit it without taking a trip to the coast. The area is known for its stunning coastline, stunning architecture, and stunning food.


Portofino is a tiny town of cobble-stone streets framed by ancient olive grove hills of silver. At the top of the hill, the views of the harbor and coastline are breathtaking. Boutique shops, cafes, and “gelateria” pour out into the harbor piazza. The cafes are a great place to sit and watch the luxurious yachting world go by. Very characteristic is the mountain of Portofino that goes down to the sea, crowning the rocky spur of Punta Chiappa and the wonderful San Fruttuoso bay, guardian of the well-known “Cristo degli Abissi.”

Image of Portofino, Italy

Cinque Terre

Sailing down the Italian coast, you’ll sail upon Cinque Terre – A succession of five coastal villages, all with the same beautiful views of the seas. These villages are less sophisticated and expensive than their more popular sister, Portofino. There is a stunning and famous walk along this coastal route, linking the five towns, called “Via dell’Amore.” Cinque Terre is five miles of rocks, hundreds of kilometers of nature, crystal clear sea, viticulture, thousands of linear kilometers of dry-stone walls (without any cementing agent), and an extensive network of paths. Cinque Terre, referres to the five small villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Corniglia and Manarola.

Image of Cinque Terre, Italy


Monterosso in the Cinque Terre is just behind the typical terrace of the viticulture lands. The main attractions are the beautiful beaches and seaside, with its rocks in the deep water of the sea. The village is part ancient and part modern, divided by a medieval tower. In the old part, you can find the Saint Francis Church, which contains many pieces of art.  You can find an old Sanctuary on the hill. The modern side of Monterosso is more touristic, full of hotels and restaurants.

Vernazza was founded in the 11th century developed through the century a strong marine tradition. Many rich architectonic elements show that Vernazza was socially and economically superior to the other villages of Cinque Terre. From Vernazza, there is a nice path that leads to Monterosso, leaving the center and going toward the cemetery. The path is a bit hard in the first part, with a long downhill at the end towards Monterosso. Extremely nice is the nature you go through walking along the path that surrounds Vernazza, with its spices and flowers.


Riomaggiore was founded in the 8th century by many Greeks who escaped from the persecution of Leone II. In 1276 Riomaggiore went under Genova. The village has medieval structures with houses and towers and grows around the river Riomaior. The economy of Riomaggiore has changed over time, becoming a very important touristic site, but still keeping its agricultural tradition. In fact, the shape of the land with its fertile terraces was fundamental for the development of the cultivation of wine, olive trees, and fruit trees such as oranges and lemons. The famous wine Sciacchetrà, a quality white sweet wine famous all over the world, is a very important product in this land.


Corniglia differs from the other Cinque Terre villages because it is based on an elevated position above the sea. It is more like the inland villages. Found on a Cape, like a big terrace on the water, from here you can admire the wonderful panorama of the coast. The main activity is agricultural production. Built-in 1334, Saint Peter Church is one of the more interesting gothic architecture you can visit at the Cinque Terre. A very panoramic path through nature gets to Vernazza.


With very ancient origins, Manarola is a village.  The little port in front of it is spared from the sea by two large rocks. Only small boats can get through. Manarola is considered to be the most peaceful and quiet village in the Cinque Terre, where you can find nice relaxing walks along the short path surrounding the village. Starting in Manarola, a small path that gets to Corniglia with a fifteen minutes walk. You can admire a beautiful beach with rocks typical of Cinque Terre. Every year for Christmas, the 8th of December, the people of Manarola prepare the biggest lighted nativity in the world on the hill in front of the houses: more than 200 figures and 12.000 lamps.

What is the Cinque Terre?

The Cinque Terre is a series of five small, picturesque villages on the Italian Riviera. The area is known for its spectacular panoramic views, with the rugged coastline of the coast being dotted by small villages. Portofino built its reputation as an idyllic resort town during the 19th century, and the high-end villas that still line the cobblestone streets are a testament to this fact.

Cinque Terre has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy, making it a fabulous destination for visitors. This destination has become so popular that the authorities have taken measures to make the area more accessible. The most notable of these is the creation of hiking routes that allow visitors to take in all of the scenery from the top of the cliffs. The Cinque Terre is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves to travel and explore beautiful places.

The Italian yacht charter season generally runs from April to the end of October.

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