Routes, cruises and their meaning
Who really commands on board is always your pleasure, wisely interpreted and indulged by your captain. Drawing a precise route within the area chosen as a weekly charter is therefore not our task, but rather to point out and suggest places and experiences that we are proud of thanks to our affiliation of the territory. It will be exclusively you who decide how long to stay in an island, location or bay, in what order to visit them and how intensely to stay there. All the notes on the places that you will find within the proposed routes are therefore highlights and not a cruise itinerary. You will plan the route yourself with your captain who, with his professionalism and experience, knows how to fulfill and advise you accordingly, always keeping your satisfaction and absolute safety in the foreground.
Peppering the Tyrrhenian Sea just off Sicily’s northeast coast, the Aeolians are a group of seven UNESCO protected islands with volcanic origins and varied landscapes. The main island, Lipari, has a vibrant town and is a great place to explore. Visit Vulcano, famed for its vast and sweeping black sand beaches and mud baths. Remote Stromboli, dominated by the active volcano Gran Cratere, offers incredible views for adventurous hikers and regular magma firework displays at night. Those who prefer a gentle walk can drop anchor off Salina, a lush, hilly island, crammed with history. Don’t miss Pollara – a beautiful bay with an underwater crater. Panarea is the smallest and most refined island. With an upmarket shopping street and a number of quaint hotels dotted between huge, private villas in lush gardens, this is a culinary haven with a surprisingly busy nightlife. For ultimate escapism, head west to the smallest islands, Filicudi and Alicudi; catch your own fish, BBQ on deck and with some Sicilian wine. On the uninhabited west coast of Alicudi, the seclusion of sheer rock walls make a great swimming spot to enjoy in total privacy.
CAPRI – AEOLIAN ISLANDS
The itinerary from Naples to Sicily provides a fantastic opportunity to explore endlessly romantic islands and the picturesque coastline of southern Italy: Capri, Amalfi, Sorrento, Li Galli islands, Maratea, the velvet coast,Tropea, Aeolian islands and after the strait of Messina, finally, Taormina. A succession of spectacular shorelines, where peaks rise dramatically from the sea and picturesque villages cling cliff side. Stop at local restaurants to enjoy the Italian delicacies, sip cocktails in chic bars and indulge in plenty of retail therapy along the route.
SOUTH OF SICILY
Sicily is made up of over 1,000 km of beaches, with an always surprising beauty; the more you move from one beach to another, the more you are surprised at how much the charm of the Sicilian coasts can go beyond all expectations.The Ionian coast is one of the densest of reserves and wildlife oases, a coast that starts from Capo Peloro, crossing the entire coast of Messina and the beaches of Alì Terme, Letojanni, to reach the climax in one of the cities most sought after by international tourism : Taormina and its Isola Bella. From here, to reach the province of Catania you pass by the Alcantara Gorges in the homonymous River Park, with a breathtaking spectacle of canyons, rivers and waterfalls with icy water but infinite charm. From one reserve to another, you reach the Timpa of Acireale, a lava cliff formed over the centuries by the flow of Etna debris. From the reserve to the myth, the Riviera dei Ciclopi, with the stacks of Acitrezza that bring to mind the myth of Ulysses and the cyclops Polyphemus. We change the province, we remain in the myth, with Syracuse and its Ortigia, the beaches of Fontane Bianche and still a reserve, that of Cava Grande del Cassibile, an exciting succession of ponds, streams, waterfalls and dense Mediterranean vegetation. After passing Noto Marina and the Oasis of Vendicari, you end at the most south point of Italysouthern point of Italy, Porto Palo di Capo Passero, which offers almost biblical experiences, when you moor near Capo Passero, the southernmost location in Italy , even further south of Tunisia.
And then the island of Malta for another day of contrasts of light, culture and biomarin diversity.