Which Italian Coast To Choose For Your Personal Dolce Vita?

Posted by on July 1, 2021

If you’re looking for picturesque villages, beautiful coastlines and limitless historical intrigue for your next luxury yacht charter, Italy might just be your dream destination. The west coast is packed full of must-visit treasures and is popular with tourists the world over, while the less-known east or Adriatic coast has retained an off-the-beaten-track feel, being a favourite of the Italian locals.

East or west, which coast is right for you?

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Depending on what you want out of your next charter cruise to Italy, here’s which coast to head for.

The best beaches

East Coast:  Lignano Sabbiadoro, or golden sand, is a popular seaside resort east of Venice, while the coastal resort of Rimini is known for its sandy beaches and bustling nightlife.

West Coast: Northern Sardinia has some of the loveliest islets, with glorious white sandy beaches and spectacular emerald waters.

Our pick: West Coast

The most tranquil settings

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East Coast: Explore the fishing villages of Monafalcone and picturesque Grado, and the nearby lagoons of Grado and Marano, dotted with small islands full of beautiful birds.

West Coast: The island archipelago of the Toscano National Park, which includes Elba, is full of rugged shorelines peppered with small beaches, and ideal for escaping the crowds.

Our pick: East Coast

The loveliest towns and villages

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East Coast:  Picturesque Cesenatico, between Ravenna and Rimini, has a canal leading right through its historic city centre. In Puglia, Bari is teeming with culture and fascinating architecture, while sophisticated Trani is known as ‘the Pearl of Puglia’ and much admired for its dramatic seafront cathedral.

West Coast: Liguria’s fabled Cinque Terre villages are a delight to visit, while the exquisite  Amalfi Coast is arguably one of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of coastline.  Its most famous towns are Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, which boast old world charm, dramatic settings and a high degree of sophistication.

Our pick: West Coast

The best shopping

East Coast: In Bari, the Via Sparano is teeming with designer shops to satisfy all tastes.

West Coast: Charter hotspot Portofino has a wealth of luxury shopping in its narrow streets.

Our pick: East Coast

The most fascinating heritage

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East Coast: Nowhere can beat Venice, which is divided by canals, connected by bridges and crammed with Venetian Gothic architecture, making it both romantic and photogenic.  Further south, Ravenna is an elegant cultural paradise, boasting a dazzling display of well-preserved mosaics.

West Coast:  Sicily’s Taormina is home to the remains of a Greek-Roman theatre and a fascinating historical centre, while Palermo is one of Italy’s most beautiful cities, combining Arabic-influenced architecture with Byzantine mosaics.

Our pick: East Coast

The best diving

East Coast: The Conero Peninsula near Ancona offers great reef and wreck diving, including the wreck of a cargo vessel which sank in 1962 near the Two Sisters rock pinnacles.

West Coast: Portofino, considered the birthplace of Italian scuba diving, is home to the famous site of the Abyss of Christ, some 16 metres deep.  Sardinia has a strong diving community, while Sicily boasts shipwrecks from the Roman Empire to the two World Wars.

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Our pick: West Coast

Whether choosing your Italian yacht rental on the Mediterranean or Adriatic coast, Italy never fails to charm and delight. For the best beaches, towns and diving, head West, while for tranquillity, shopping and heritage, the East Coast awaits. Get ready to explore your own personal paradise.

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