The local population of approximately one million people, makes Naples is a thriving city and the most important port in southern Italy. It’s a must-see destination either before or after a Bay of Naples yacht charter. The nearby archaeological site of Pompeii, the Roman city that was smothered in ash after the eruption of the volcano Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D., reveals what life was like in Italy nearly two thousand years ago.
Exploring the ruins and learning about the history of Rome is intriguing and educational and an added bonus to any charter holiday. The National Archaeological Museum of Naples has one of the world’s best displays of Greek and Roman art, jewelry, and artifacts from ordinary life, many excavated from Pompeii.
Take time to walk the narrow, winding streets of the Spaccanapoli district, with its shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants, and enjoy the atmosphere of local Italian life. (Ref: The Moorings. www.moorings.com)
The Bay of Naples, Procida - Italy
From the Isle of Capri, images are summonsed of the Mediterranean, historical stories of the Greeks and Romans, and the chic and sophisticated who holiday there. This island is one of the jewels in a chain of islands extending off the southwest coast of Italy with Naples lying just to the north. Considered part of the numerous Italian minor islands, the Phlegraean and Pontine groups include Procida, Ischia, Ventonene, Ponza, Palmarola and tiny Santo Stefano, among others.
Capri, southeast of Procida, is in a class of its own but all of these islands are within the fabled Tyrrhenian Sea, an arm of the Mediterranean 475 miles in length and 60 miles wide.
Corsica and Sardinia lie to the west, Elba Island lies to the north, and Sicily lies to the south to make up its borders.
A sailing vacation on The Bay of Naples typically centers on the Phlegraean and Pontine islands, and the Amalfi coast on the Sorrento Peninsula, although longer cruises can take sailors south to the wonderful Aeolian Islands. Regardless of the length of the cruise, a Bay of Naples yacht charter offers a magnificent sailing, upscale dining ashore should you wish to do this, boutique shopping unless you have a strong will and intriguing sightseeing in ancient Greece and Rome picturesque towns. (Ref: The Moorings – www.moorings.com)
Sailing In Procida
Taking a sailing vacation on Italy’s Tyrrhenian Sea in The Bay of Naples, is a cruise through a Mediterranean paradise. The passages between islands are mostly short, providing plenty of time to enjoy all the pleasures of sailing as well as for sojourns ashore to explore, sample the local cuisine, and to sit idly with a cocktail at a café to soak in the wonders of Italy’s southwestern coast.
Gentle and warm summer winds from the northwest average between 8 and 12 knots. Land and sea breezes develop daily. In late afternoon, for example, more southerly winds can be expected. Spring and fall sailing is also quite pleasant.
The tidal range is just one to two feet and therefore tidal currents are not a concern. Wind-driven currents, common in trade wind belts, are not an issue either.
A Bay of Naples yacht charter is well within the reach of sailors who have basic skills in coastal navigation.
The beauty and unique character of these waters lures less experienced and veteran sailors alike to return time after time for more adventures.
Summer ranges between 25°C and 32°C in temperature. (Ref: The Moorings. www.moorings.com)
Sailing in Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast
The dynamic cities of Naples and Salerno are also the starting ports for fantastic cruising of both mainland Italy and nearby islands. Sail either north to the Pontine Islands, or stay in the Bay of Naples and visit the Partenopean Islands.
Typically sailing around Naples, Procida and the Amalfi Coast involves shorter legs, and incorporates visits to beautiful beaches, views of rugged landscapes, and plenty of glamorous nightlife if you are looking for it.
Highlights include the archaeological site of Pompeii, the Blue Lagoon on Capri, the beautiful volcanic island of Ischia and the popular resorts of the Amalfi coastincluding Positano, Amalfi and Ravello and it is worth trying to see them all.
Ischia, Capri, Procida and Vivara are the Partenopean islands (name of the region) in the bay of Naples, looking toward the “Flegrea” coast, and south of the Gulf, opposite to the Sorrento peninsula, lays Capri. The Amalfi Coast is full of charm, with its mixture of history and nature and beauty.
But do bear in mind that costs around the Amalfi Coast are some of the most expensive in the Med! Capri for example will charge double price during the weekends. As you are aware of this, you can plan accordingly and we can help you do this.
Weather and Winds
Sailing during the summer months, the winds are usually light in the morning coming from the SW – SE direction, with the stronger winds blowing in the afternoon.
The sea and land breeze produce the most predictable wind, with the early morning wind averaging no more than a force 2 and in the afternoon it averages between a force 2 – 5, dying off again at sunset.
In the early morning and at night there may be a light E – NE which will rarely get above a force 2.
All very conducive to a floating home while on a charter holiday.
During May and October temperatures reach the early 20’s with July and August becoming the hottest months and with the over ten hours of daylight and on average the least rain throughout the year. Planning the right time of year to suite your requirements is easy.