Campania Sailing Holidays
Campania, a region in southern Italy, known for its rich pastures and fertile land. Campania represents one of the cradles of Greco-Roman culture, and definitely deserves a visit during your sailing holiday in Italy.
Yacht Charter in Campania
Charter a yacht in Campania, drop your anchor in the Bay of Naples, and get ready to explore its edgy same-name capital. For history buffs, no trip to Naples would be complete without a visit to the infamous Pompeii and Vesuvius. Naples is not only the birthplace of pizza (pizza verace napoletana), which is a must try, but is also known for its short and very, very strong coffee. After you feel energized, set the sails of your charter yacht towards the picturesque Procida, the smallest island in the Bay, just a short trip from Naples. You will be amazed by the tangle of houses painted in pink, yellow, blue and green rising above the azure sea.
The obligatory part of sailing in Campania is the visit southeast to the spectacular Amalfi Coast, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also one of Italy’s top spots for hiking, most popular trail being the Path of the Gods. South of the Amalfi Coast is Salerno, a safe port where you can relax and go sightseeing - visit the Cathedral of San Matteo and theRoman aqueduct.
Best time for leisure sailing is without a doubt from April to June, if you want to avoid crowds and the oppressive heat of July and August.
Sailing routes - Campania
Your sailing experience of the Campania region begins in Salerno, the capital of the eponymous province. Begin your day exploring the historic centre and its churches, museums and art galleries. Be sure to visit the Salerno Cathedral and the Virtual museum of Salerno’s Medical school, the first medical school in the world. Come lunchtime, treat yourself to some typical Salernitana cuisine, rich in Mediterranean flavours of olive oil, fish and cheese.
Afterwards, immerse yourself in the lush greenery of Salerno’s gardens and parks teeming with fountains, statues and busts of past times. In the evening, take a nice walk down the Promenade Trieste extending along the coast and try out what the local wine bars have to offer.
In the morning set out from the Marina “Masuccio Salernitano” to the town of Sorrento on the Sorrentine peninsula and tie your boat at the Marina Grande. Take a stroll down Corso Italia where you can do some shopping around local boutiques and later have a lunch break and a taste of limoncello, a famous lemon liqueur.
From the Cathedral of Sorrento, continue sightseeing around the Old Sorrento, famed for its churches, palaces and museums. Be sure to try out hiking around the peninsula and use to chance to hire a local guide to show you around.
From Procida, embark west to the port of Ischia, a volcanic island in the Bay of Naples. Sail around and feast your eyes on the island’s sandy beaches and clear blue sea and rest your bones at the island’s pleasant natural thermal springs and spa complexes.
After you’ve built enough energy from the springs, go for a little cultural enrichment by wandering around Ischia’s museums and churches scattered across the six island settlements, followed by a little adventure seeking by taking a wine tour and trying out horseback riding. To round up a perfect day, visit Ischia’s numerous gardens famous for its tropical plants, resident peacocks and thermal pools.
The following day, proceed sailing from Ischia to the Marina Grande of Capri, the famous tourist attraction known for its natural beauties and classy settlements. Sail around the island’s rocky seashore and shingle beaches and you will soon discover Faraglioni, the island’s iconic rock formations and the hidden Grotta Azzurra.
Dock at Marina Piccola and enjoy a nice meal and with an exquisite view from the terrace of one of marina’s restaurants. From the marina, rent a car or a scooter and continue your adventure by exploring Capri’s gardens and villas. When you reach the town of Capri, visit the Certosa di San Giacomo, an old monastery-fortress housing art exhibitions. Take a hike up the Phoenician Steps, which connect the town of Capri with Anacapri, all the way up to Monte Solaro for a breathtaking view of the island.
Continue your adventure toward the Amalfi coast and the eponymous town and port of Amalfi. Start your day by discovering why this town has been declared UNESCO patrimony of humanity by visiting the central piazza and its Arab-Norman style Cathedral of St.Andrew, the nearby Cloister of Paradise and museum, housing relics of the town’s rich past. From the central square, navigate around the narrow white alleys, buy a souvenir at a local shop and sit down in a cafe for a limoncello, a strong local specialty.
Use the afternoon to relax on Amalfi’s small beach or hop to the neighbouring Atrani, which is less crowded and try hiking up from Valley of the Mills to the Valley of the Ferriere, which are known for lemon groves and paper mills. In the evening, treat yourself to a pleasant stroll along the seafront and delight in the view.
Best time to sail
April - October
Number of boat bases
Naples (NAP), Salerno Costa d'Amalfi (QSR)
Naples, Capri, Mount Vesuvius, Ruins of Pompeii, Fusaro Lake