The Amalfi Coast is such a special and unique area of Italy that is best experienced by boat.
I started this amazing cruise by embarking in the morning on the private boat from Sorrento. We then departed to see gorgeous villas and coves, crumbling Norman towers and huge rock formations jutting out of the sea, as well as Naples and Mt. Vesuvius looming over the bay.
One of the best parts about charter-ing a boat is that the captain is a local of the area. While he is not a tour guide, he is knowledgeable of the area and was more than happy to provide information on what we seen as well as insider tips on things to do. This allowed us to experience the Amalfi Coast through the eyes of a local rather than a tourist.
The service could only be described as simple luxury – relax on the sundeck, enjoy the views, stop to swim in the various bays and enjoy local snacks and beverages that was provided on board.
Throughout the day we seen a number of amazing sights, here are only a few:
The Blue Grotto: Known for it’s electric blue light, it was once the private bath house of Roman Emper-or Tiberius before it was abandoned for centuries, feared to be cursed.
Green Grotto: Turquoise waters with a natural arc leading to the other side of the grotto, opening to what some say is the best swimming lagoon on the island.
White Grotto: Named for the white stalactites that adorn the cave, it sits directly below a higher grotto that has a natural rock formation in the shape of the Virgin Mary.
Marina Piccola: A chic bay and popular docking spot for many mega-yachts cruising the Med.
I Faraglioni: Three huge rock forma-tions off the southern part of the island. They are the symbol of Capri and the back drop to many designer ads, most notably D&G Light Blue perfume.
The Natural Arc: A natural arc on the eastern side of the island that is a remnant of a collapsed grotto dating back to the Paleolithic age. It is also referred to as the Elephant’s Trunk.
Marina Grande: The main port of Capri. We then headed over to the Amalfi Coast where we had the opportunity to stop and swim, visited various villages, and experienced the beauty of the unique coastline.
We also seen:
Nerano: A small fishing village on the Amalfi Coast and home of the “Blue Flag” which is awarded to various beaches under strict criteria, signify-ing and boasting high quality and cleanliness of the sea. A favorite place for a lovely seaside lunch.
Li Galli Islands: A set of private islands off the coast of Positano. There is an underwater nature reserve in the middle of the islands and a beautiful view of Positano as well as Capri from both sides.
Positano: The view of Positano from the sea is one of the most famous and colorful views in the world.
There is so much to see and do, let Thorne Travel make it easy! For more information on amazing private cruises call us on 01294 559949.