Italy has to be top of the list of exciting sailing destinations. The 7,600 kilometers of sparkling coastline are steeped in history and natural beauty. Visitors can enjoy Unesco World Heritage Sites, art galleries and gelatories galore. Explore ancient cities or relax in sandy coves – just be sure to sample the mind blowing cuisine along the way.
1. Le Cinque Terre
Otherwise known as the Italian Riviera. In the North East of Italy, colorfully painted houses perch on high cliffs and overlook the ocean. Footpaths along the coast lead to breathtaking view after breathtaking view. Vineyards nestle in the hillsides and picturesque ports sit by the sea.
Sailing in Sardinia’s other worldly beauty is an unforgettable experience. The La Maddalena Archipelago National Park is particularly mesmerizing. The pristine sandy beaches and clear waters here are the best in Europe.
Order a strong espresso and get ready to sail the rugged coastline of Sicily. Cruise to the seven Aeolian Islands of volcanic origin, where the atmosphere is smoldering.
The Amalfi Coast is un-missable for sailors. Naples is the home of Pizza and Pompeii, and the islands of Ischia, Procida and Capri are glamorous island getaways.
Tuscany is brimming with beauty and architectural splendor, and the Tuscan Archipelago National Park holds many more treasures.