The Italian Job
An owner and a captain recall their recent travels to the Amalfi coast – and explain why they can't wait to return…
As far as picture perfect coastlines go, Amalfi is arguably winning the race. And happily for superyacht owners, the best way to see her colourful cliff-side villages and towering mountains is from the water. The Superyacht Owner speaks to two people who can't wait to return.
Andrey Lomakin, owner, S/Y Firefly
Owner Andrey Lomakin has explored the whole west coast of Italy by boat, and although he cites Portofino as his favourite spot, he is an enthusiastic fan of the Amalfi coast.
“I went to the Amalfi coast last year after visiting Malta. We started in Amalfi itself, continued to Naples and then sailed on to Capri. For me, Amalfi town is wonderful; it has a very special atmosphere and it’s a good place to stay at anchor, surrounded by those spectacular mountains. In Naples, we were berthed in the big city marina which was great and very convenient. You can take a tender from Naples to Capri but we decided to berth in Capri itself. People often complain of the marina’s small size but realistically you aren’t coming to a marina for its facilities, you have everything on the boat. All you need is electricity and protection from the waves. Capri is a fantastic island and small enough to drive around in an hour or so. We did a nice tour there and visited the Grotta Azzura [a famed sea cove flooded with brilliant blue light] which is amazing. There were lots of Michelin starred restaurants to chose from across the region, so when we didn’t eat on the boat we headed out to one of those. We didn’t stop in Positano but we did go by it on jetskis! Next, we’re off to Montenegro but we definitely have plans to return to the Amalfi Coast.”
Andrea Segato, captain, S/Y Miamaa
Captain Andrea has sailed extensively on 32m Benetti S/Y Miamaa around Italy, a favourite destination of Swiss owners Luca and Monica Regusci.
“Even the Roman emperors used to go to the Amalfi coast to relax! The good weather starts early so I’d recommend going in Spring, but it’s also nice right through until September. In Naples, Mergellina is the most used marina for berthing, but there is also a new one in Castellammare di Stabia, which is very nice but in not such a nice suburb. Depending on the dimensions of your yacht, you can also berth in Capri (up to 50m) but the spots are limited so you need to book in advance. Salerno is another good base to explore the coast. For me, the Grotta Azzura in Capri are beautiful and also Da Paolino restaurant, where excellent food and wine is served under Capri’s fragrant lemon trees. I also love the Duomo of Amalfi and the town of Ravello. Conca dei Marini is another favourite. It’s a totally unique coastline, you won’t find anything else like it in the Med.”
The full version of this story appears in issue 23 of The Superyacht Owner, out later this month
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