Amalfi and the Gulf of Naples
(from Salerno)
Yachting along the Amalfi Coast is fundamentally different from, say, yachting around the Greek islands. It's not so much about secluded wild lagoons of islands, but about the opportunity to admire the vibrant Italian dolce vita from the water. This opportunity allows, firstly, to partially avoid the crowds of tourists in gem-like towns such as Amalfi, Positano, and Sorrento, and also, the coastline looks completely different from the water compared to being inside the tourist hub.

On this route, relatively short passages and the distance covered are often regulated simply by your preferences for overnight stays and weather conditions: whether you're willing to anchor or prefer a sheltered marina. And be prepared for significantly high prices for marina berths in this region, especially during the peak season.

For example, many prefer to avoid overnight stays on Capri due to its very high cost, difficulty in booking, and huge ferry traffic, which does not add to the pleasure.
Salerno Marina d'Arecchi serves as a convenient starting point for exploring the Amalfi Coast and nearby islands, easily accessible by road or train from Naples International Airport, approximately an hour's drive away.

The total length of the route is about 145 nautical miles.
The sailing time is approximate and calculated based on an average sailing speed of 6 knots. The actual time will depend on the choice of the marina, weather conditions, yacht specifications, and crew skills.
7-Day Route
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Detailed Route from Salerno
Day 7, Friday: Sorrento - Positano - Salerno
On your final day, you'll sail along again the stunning Amalfi Coast. However, when traveling in the opposite direction, the coastline will look different, allowing you to see what you may have missed at the start of your journey, and in a different light.
If you didn't opt to anchor overnight in Positano during the first part of your journey due to waves and motorboats riding, it's worth stopping for a couple of hours during the day to explore the city and get lunch at a seaside restaurant or order pizza to take away and eat on the boat.

Drop anchor and refresh yourself in Vettica Maggiore with the backdrop of the white grand hotel, the Triton. Along the way to Amalfi, be sure to make a stop at the unique Fiordo di Furore, which is a narrow cove with steep cliffs on either side and an arched bridge.

Now, in Salerno Marina d’Arecchi it's time to check out the boat and go have a drink with your crew
30 nm, about 5 h
Yacht check-in day. Even with a non-early yacht check-in, you can sail toward Amalfi because of a very short leg.

Departing from Salerno Marina d'Arecchi, you'll cruise along the rugged coastline, passing by the picturesque town of Vietri sul Mare, renowned for its ceramics. Further along, you'll encounter Atrani, a charming fishing village with a lovely beach framed by a series of arches supporting the above road.

As you approach Amalfi, you'll be greeted by towering cliffs and the iconic Duomo di Amalfi. Along the way, consider stopping for a swim at Spiaggia dei Limoni - a beautiful beach accessible only from the sea, surrounded by terraces cultivated with Limoni. Pay attention to some outcropping rocks towards the shore.
Day 1, Saturday:
Salerno - Amalfi
10 nm, about 2 h
Recommended docking spot:
Marina Coppola - in a walking distance from the city
Day 2, Sunday:
Amalfi - Capri - Sorrento
While Capri offers breathtaking sights, considering the challenges with anchoring and mooring, as well as the busy traffic of motorboats and ferries, you might opt to admire its beauty from the water rather than stay ashore.

Instead, head to the serene and reasonably priced Consorcio Nautico S. Agnello, situated near the quiet town of Piano di Sorrento perched on a cliff. Accessible via a lift just a 5-minute walk from the marina, the ride costs only 1 euro, offering convenient access to explore the charming small town. You can also take a walk to the main city - Sorrento.
35 nm, about 6 h
Day 3, Monday:
Sorrento - Napoli
20 nm, about 3.5 h
Heading from Sorrento to Naples, you cross the Bay of Naples from southeast to northwest, with views of Mount Vesuvius accompanying you all the way on your right.
If you wish to visit the Pompeii Archaeological Park, you can stop at Marina di Stabia or Castellammare di Stabia, where Pompeii is just a 15-minute drive away. Alternatively, you can take a tour there during your stop in Naples.

The shores of Naples greet you with vibrant historical landmarks such as Castel dell'Ovo and the picturesque hills of Posillipo. And of course, in Naples, you simply must try the authentic Margherita pizza, created by the pizzaiolo Raffaele Esposito as a tribute to Queen Margherita of Savoy back in 1889.
Recommended docking spot:
Consorzio Nautico S. Agnello - near Piano di Sorrento
Recommended docking spot:
Ormeggio Santa Lucia - central square of Naples just a 10-minute walk.
Circolo Canottieri Napoli, Porto di Mergellina (Nautica Branchizio)
Day 4, Tuesday:
Napoli - Procida
Leaving Naples, sail towards the colorful island of Procida. It’s known for charming pastel-colored houses and calm fishing harbors.

As you approach the marina Santa Margherita, enjoy the view of the Vivara Reserve, which is a crescent-shaped remnant ridge of an ancient volcanic crater, and swim in the clear waters of the Golfo di Genito by dropping anchor closure to the Punta della Polombara.
In the evening, be sure to reserve a table with a sunset view at one of the restaurants in the authentic and cozy Marina di Corricella.
15 nm, about 2.5 h
Recommended docking spot:
Yachting Santa Margherita S.R.L.
Day 6, Thursday:
Ischia - Sorrento Marina
Continuing your journey, you'll set sail for the volcanic island of Ischia, famous for its natural thermal springs, like Negombo terme, and lush green landscapes.

The passage is short, and it makes sense to drop anchor again near the water crater for brunch and swimming. As you approach the island of Ischia, you'll be greeted first by the majestic medieval castle, Castello Aragonese d'Ischia, located on the peninsula connected to Ischia by a bridge.

Be informed that here is Zone C of the marine protected area around Ischia. Mooring on anchor regulated: banned from June 1st to September 30th and there is a need for authorization for the rest of the year.
Heading back towards the Sorrentine Peninsula. It's worth stopping for a night at Sorrento Marina Piccola, which, though a bit noisy, is conveniently located right near the center of Sorrento. Walking along the evening streets of this city, perched on high cliffs above the sea, and entering restaurants bustling with tourists, you'll sense the genuine Italian joy of life.

To reach the city from the marina, you can also use the Lift to Sorrento Marina or stretch your legs with a walk uphill on foot.
Day 5, Wednesday: Procida - Ischia
25 nm, about 4 h
10 nm, about 1.5 h
Recommended docking spot:
Sorrento Marina Piccola
Recommended docking spot:
Cala degli Aragonesi
Remember that docking in Marinas requires making a reservation with confirmation in advance, especially in a high season. And often, when paying in cash, the price may be lower than when paying by card. Check before you pay.

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