Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, and the Aeolian Islands
Franco-Italian Splendor Just Off the Boot
Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily and the Aeolian Islands offer yachts charter guests a unique cultural experience and spectacular scenery above and below the waterline. Towering rocky precipices plunge straight down into a deep, azure sea. Your charter yacht can reach the shores of Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily from mainland Italy, or you can fly to the island to launch your circumnavigation. Each of these ancient isles is a unique repository of astonishing art, architecture, culture and dramatic history.
Corsica will transfix the senses
Corsica is a magical place. Ruled by the Republic of Genoa since 1284, Corsica was briefly an independent Republic from 1755 until its conquest by France in 1769. Today French culture, crafts and cuisine, create a destination of extraordinary charm. Probe a little deeper to find villages where Corsican is spoken, hillside restaurants are pure Italian, and ancient trails that connect them. Hoist anchor and navigate to the picturesque town of St Florent. Located on the north west coast, it’s shops, restaurants and galleries are reminiscent of St. Tropez 50 years ago. Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, and the Aeolian Islands are destinations for adventure.
Set a southern course, Bonifacio is your ultimate reward
Head south, en route to Calvi have your camera with you on deck to photograph the stunning red rock formations of the lovely L’Ille-Rousse. Calvi is an ancient, monastic town that hosts a base of the French Foreign Legion. Fine food and warmly welcoming locals add allure to a leisurely shore excursion. Cruise a bit further south to dock in Gulfo di Porto a destination popular for ecotourism. The pristine beauty of the entire island makes for delightful
exploration. Dock at Ajaccio, especially amusing for history buffs as the birthplace of Napolean. and Propriano to peruse these charming towns, then head to Bonifacio. This medieval village is one of the most striking to view on approach from the sea. Everyone adores Bonifacio with its amazing harbor and imposing fortified village, perched atop white limestone cliffs.
Crossing the Straits of Bonifacio, dock in the port of Maddalena Island. Known for its magnificent beaches, La Maddalena has a fascinating history due to its strategic position in the straits, and an Old Town worth poking around.
Lavish Porto Cervo and Porto Rotundo, Sardinia
Prince Aga Kahn concieved and constructed trendy Porto Cervo as a yachting retreat worthy of his ultra-wealthy friends. Storied yachts from around the world decorate the harbor and the nightlife is legendary. A few miles further south is the villa town of Porto Rotundo, nestled in pines and palms. Equally as upscale, this is the preference for families, and those that prefer more tranquility and less celebrity. The town of Olbia is easy for a departure by air and a walking tour takes in some most unusual places. Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, and the Aeolian Islands are prized for their extraordinary beauty, but Porto Cervo is where you’ll encounter sumptuous hedonism.
Fine Cuisine, World Heritage Sites, Inspirational Landscapes
Charter a yacht to circumnavigate Sicily and expect the unexpected. Ports of call with stunning baroque churches, priceless renaissance works of art, plazas where coffee drinkers burst into an aria, vast ancient Greek ruins, heady wine and sumptuous food. Scale the heights to look into the maw of volcanic Mt Etna, and with a little luck, when darkness falls, applaud her fireworks from your deck.
The Aeolian Islands
Discover this mecca of yachtsmen, a natural wonder and a leap back in time. This volcanic archipelago surfaces in the Tyrrhenian Sea just north of Sicily. Named after the demigod of the winds, Aeolus, it is a favorite of charter sailing yachts for all the right reasons.