Italian blue water sailing

Explore the remote Phlegraean and Pontine Islands on a bareboat charter holiday from pretty Procida. You’ll enjoy prolonged spells of blue water sailing as you cruise between unspoilt islands reachable only by sea, dropping anchor to discover quiet bays, pristine beaches and Italy’s famous seafood.

Take charge of your own private yacht and sail your own route, or follow our suggested bareboat charter itinerary to make the most of your time in the Gulf of Naples.

Procida itinerary

7
Days

Highlights

  • Blue water sailing
  • Delicious Italian cuisine
  • Explore glamorous Capri
  • Wreck diving in Ventotene
  • Ponza's spectacular coast
  • Procida's picturesque town
Day 1

Procida

The day's sailing

0 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Your bareboat sailing adventure begins at our base on picturesque Procida. This rocky islet is home to a ramshackle village of charming Mediterranean homes, sparkling bays and historical architecture dating back to Roman times. Explore the town and tuck into a delicious meal in a local restaurant or head to the historic Terra Murata fort for spectacular views of the town below.

Discover Procida

Corricella Village

To the south of the island, the picturesque fishing village of Corricella offers an insight into Italy’s past, as well as lovely views over the Gulf of Naples.

Day 2

Procida to Porto Romano, Ventotene

The day's sailing

6 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Your first day on the water takes you far out into the Gulf of Naples to the little island of Ventotene. You’ll cruise past Ischia’s flawless coastline and enjoy a straight shot of blue water sailing as you leave Procida in your wake. Navigate to Porto Romano on Ventotene’s northeast coast. Here you can moor in safety to explore the pretty little town and visit the interesting Museum of the Sea, or sail along the island’s southern and northern shores in search of quiet bays and beaches.

Discover Porto Romano

Wreck diving

Ventoene is home to a diving academy, allowing you to explore the wrecks, treasures and marine life of the Ventotene Marine Reserve.

Suggested lunch spots

Anchor opposite the beautiful Saint Montano Beach on Ischia’s northernmost tip to swim and sunbathe beneath spectacular forested cliffs.

Day 3

Porto Romano to Ponza

The day's sailing

4 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Today you’ll sail to the next island in the Pontine chain, beautiful Ponza 25 miles to the west. Let the Tyrrhenian slip away beneath your keel until Ponza grows larger in the distance. Anchor at Frontone Bay on the eastern side of the island or continue around to Chiaia di Luna in the west. Both offer sheltered anchorage and allow you to explore the bays, beaches and spectacular geological formations Ponza is known for. The snorkelling in Ponza’s crystal clear waters is excellent.

Discover Ponza

The Roman tunnel

Walk the Roman tunnel connecting Chiaia di Luna to the beach and you’ll see artefacts dating back thousands of years.

Suggested lunch spots

Enjoy a late lunch on Isola Zannone to the north of Ponza. This rocky islet is great for bird watching and offers incredible views across the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Day 4

Ponza

The day's sailing

1 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Enjoy a second day in remote, scenic Ponza, exploring the many hidden coves and caves of this spectacular island. Moor at Ponza harbour and walk streets of pastel coloured houses and traditional churches climbing the island’s low hills. Stay on Ponza or take a day trip to the nearby island of Palmarola, a nature reserve of incredible cliffs and grottos where you can dive and snorkel the life rich Tyrrhenian Sea.

Discover Ponza

Suggested lunch spots

Take your lunch on the island of Palmarola, the most westerly of the Pontine Islands. Anchor in the Cala del Porto Bay for a relaxed lunch in the splendour of this island nature reserve.

Day 5

Ponza to Sant' Angelo, Ischia

The day's sailing

9 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Relish the opportunity to experience a day of open water sailing across the boundless Tyrrhenian Sea. Enjoy a long spell of blue water cruising from Ponza to Ischia, setting off early to enjoy the fantastic sailing conditions of western Italy. Bask in the freedom of open water sailing as you cruise past Ventotene Island towards Ischia, where you’ll moor in the marina at Sant’ Angelo. Spend the late afternoon lounging on the beach or relaxing in a local bar after your long spell on the water.

Discover Sant' Angelo

Sorgeto Bay

A short sail west from Sant’ Angelo is the beautiful bay of Sorgeto. Here, thermal waters from Ischia’s volcanic heart flow into the ocean, creating a beautifully warm environment for swimming and snorkelling.

Suggested lunch spots

Break up your journey with a stop at the tiny Santo Stefano islet to the east of Ventotene. Here you’ll find an incredible abandoned panopticon prison dating from the late 18th century.

Day 6

Sant' Angelo to Marina Grande, Capri

The day's sailing

3 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

A short cruise southeast from Ischia takes you to the glamorous island of Capri. Make for Marina Grande on the island’s north coast, where you’ll find a bustling marina filled with superyachts, pleasure boats and other playthings of the rich and famous. Capri is an island of spectacular scenery, with high cliffs, hidden grottos and unusual rock formations making the island ideal for hikers and explorers. If you’d like a quieter place to overnight, then Marina Piccola on the southern side of the island offers more secluded anchorage.

Discover Marina Grande

The Blue Grotto

Head to the northwest of Capri for the famous Blue Grotto, where the strong Mediterranean sun bounces off the cavern floor to create ethereal turquoise illuminations.

Suggested lunch spots

Anchor beneath the impressive cliffs of Cala del Lupinaro on the west coast of Capri for a peaceful and secluded lunch away from the hustle and bustle.

Day 7

Marina Grande to Procida

The day's sailing

5 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Cruise back across the Gulf of Naples towards our base on Procida. The final day of your Italian bareboat charter holiday sees you sail the true-blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea one last time before returning home. Make the most of your last day in the Phlegraean Islands to explore glamorous Capri or scenic Procida, stopping off at quiet bays and beaches for a swim or settling down in sleepy restaurants for one last taste of delicious Italian cuisine.

Discover Procida

Suggested lunch spots

Sail east to the town of Nerano on the Sorrentine Peninsula. With the Amalfi Coast so close to Capri it would be a shame not to explore the region while you’re here.