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EXPLORE THE ITALIAN RIVIERA AND TUSCAN ARCHIPELAGO


It's an evocative name as "riviera" means both coastline and a style of… diamond necklace! And the area lying between France to the west and the Tuscan coast to the east is a real jewel. What's on the agenda? Visits to resorts such as Sanremo and Imperia, historic cities and sandy beaches surrounded by jagged cliffs. In the heart of the region is Genoa, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Further east, more exceptional locations await you: the elegant town of Portofino and the five seaside villages of Cinque Terre perched on the rocks of the Riviera di Levante.


Still got time and energy after exploring the Ligurian coast? This is your opportunity to visit the seven Tuscan islands, including Elba and Giglio. There you'll find stunning harbours and breathtaking bays!

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The location

There's no shortage of beautiful beaches along the Riviera, but the best ones are Finale Ligure and Sestri Levante. Don't forget to plan an afternoon on the shingle beach at the monastery of San Fruttuoso. On the island of Giglio, you'll love the small Spiaggia delle Cannelle beach whilst in Elba, the fine sandy beach of Cavoli provides an opportunity to relax.

The five villages of Cinque Terre, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, provide an ideal mooring. They offer some of the most incredible picture-postcard scenery: pastel-coloured houses and hillsides covered in olive groves and vineyards that rise to several hundred feet above sea level.


Suggested itinerary

A yachting holiday on the Italian Riviera and along the Tuscan Archipelago will be filled with fascinating excursions and unforgettable scenery. But the most beautiful destinations can be found during a weeklong cruise from Genoa to Portoferraio on the island of Elba!

Day 1: Genoa

After boarding, take the time to explore Genoa. Visit Christopher Columbus's childhood home, Porto Antico and the tallest lighthouse in Europe. In the evening, enjoy a large glass of Ligurian wine aboard your yacht!

Day 2: Genoa – Portofino

Very soon, the city disappears behind the horizon and is replaced by the picturesque village of Portofino, where fragrances of thyme, mint and sage fill the air. Sitting on a lush green hill and boasting an impressive number of luxury boutiques, this pretty market town looks like Saint-Tropez!

Day 3: Portofino – Porto Venere

Your captain will stop off at the foot of Cinque Terre in Vernazza, a quaint little Italian village. Use the time to hike to Corniglia or Riomaggiore, where you can reboard. In Porto Venere, your yacht will wait for you in the shadow of the narrow houses and church.

Day 4: Porto Venere – Porto Azzurro

Set sail for Elba! Eighty nautical miles lie between you and the largest island in the Tuscan Archipelago. Enjoy the refreshing breeze that blows aboard the yacht. In Porto Azzurro, you could have a glass of Aleatico on the piazza and admire the pastel-coloured facades.

Day 5: Porto Azzurro – Giglio

Expect lush vegetation and crystal-clear water on the island of Giglio. The plan for today? Sunbathing, swimming and water sports. And why not visit the quaint fishing village of Giglio Porto or stroll through the medieval streets of Giglio Castello.

Day 6: Giglio – Marciana Marina

En route for Monte Capanne, Elba's highest mountain, where you can moor in Fetovaia Bay. Today's destination: the quintessential harbour town of Marciana Marina where the Rendez-Vous restaurant serves the famous Tagliolinis con granchietti — a real treat!

Day 7: Marciana Marina – Portoferraio

Lay down anchor beside the old penal colony of Capraia. Use the time to top up your tan, have a dip or stroll around the village. The final destination along your trip through the Tuscan Archipelago? Portoferraio, a breathtaking sight!

A yachting holiday on the Italian Riviera and along the Tuscan Archipelago will be filled with fascinating excursions and unforgettable scenery. But the most beautiful destinations can be found during a weeklong cruise from Genoa to Portoferraio on the island of Elba!
Day 1: Genoa
After boarding, take the time to explore Genoa. Visit Christopher Columbus's childhood home, Porto Antico and the tallest lighthouse in Europe. In the evening, enjoy a large glass of Ligurian wine aboard your yacht!
Day 2: Genoa – Portofino
Very soon, the city disappears behind the horizon and is replaced by the picturesque village of Portofino, where fragrances of thyme, mint and sage fill the air. Sitting on a lush green hill and boasting an impressive number of luxury boutiques, this pretty market town looks like Saint-Tropez!
Day 3: Portofino – Porto Venere
Your captain will stop off at the foot of Cinque Terre in Vernazza, a quaint little Italian village. Use the time to hike to Corniglia or Riomaggiore, where you can reboard. In Porto Venere, your yacht will wait for you in the shadow of the narrow houses and church.
Day 4: Porto Venere – Porto Azzurro
Set sail for Elba! Eighty nautical miles lie between you and the largest island in the Tuscan Archipelago. Enjoy the refreshing breeze that blows aboard the yacht. In Porto Azzurro, you could have a glass of Aleatico on the piazza and admire the pastel-coloured facades.
Day 5: Porto Azzurro – Giglio
Expect lush vegetation and crystal-clear water on the island of Giglio. The plan for today? Sunbathing, swimming and water sports. And why not visit the quaint fishing village of Giglio Porto or stroll through the medieval streets of Giglio Castello.
Day 6: Giglio – Marciana Marina
En route for Monte Capanne, Elba's highest mountain, where you can moor in Fetovaia Bay. Today's destination: the quintessential harbour town of Marciana Marina where the Rendez-Vous restaurant serves the famous Tagliolinis con granchietti — a real treat!
Day 7: Marciana Marina – Portoferraio
Lay down anchor beside the old penal colony of Capraia. Use the time to top up your tan, have a dip or stroll around the village. The final destination along your trip through the Tuscan Archipelago? Portoferraio, a breathtaking sight!

Practical informations

The Checklist
Time zone: UTC +1
Currency: Euro (€)
Travel documents: identity card for EU citizens or passport
Language: Italian
Vaccinations: None
Recommended Period: April to October
23°
11h/day in average
175mm rain per year
28° in average
When to go
The best time to take a private yacht holiday on the Italian Riviera is between April and October. On the coast, you can enjoy a pleasant microclimate in the mountains and warm, dry Mediterranean weather on the Tuscan islands. The temperatures reach 20°C in April and rise to 28°C in August (typically eleven sunshine hours per day and one day of rain in July). The water temperature is around 16°C in April and 25°C in August. In October, the water is still 21°C.
There's very little wind at that time of year (maximum speeds of 3–4). In the low season, you're more likely to come across stronger winds and the captain might struggle with the southwesterly libeccio in particular.
Back to harbour
On the Italian Riviera, there's something different to do in every harbour. Genoa has fully equipped marinas whilst tourers, fishing boats and yachts share the old port in Portoferraio on Elba. Even little fishing villages such as Portofino and Porto Venere can accommodate superyachts. Along the coast of Cinque Terre, you can visit a huge number of beauty spots and bays; just hop aboard your dinghy. It's an ideal opportunity to have a dip, relax or test the water sports aboard your yacht!
Staying shipshape
During your stay, you might decide to concentrate on exploring the Italian Riviera or the island of Elba, combine the two or even take a quick trip to Corsica (if you have more than a week). You can see whether you prefer to spend the night in a harbour or on a small beach counting the stars!
In the high season, bookings are essential in the small harbours. Protected marine areas and national parks should be avoided. Fishing, diving, kitesurfing and jet skiing are allowed if you follow the rules.

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