It is fair to say that when heading off on luxury yacht charter in the Mediterranean, many visitors opt for turning starboard along the French Riviera missing out on the Italian coastline altogether.
Yet those who do venture in the other direction, choosing to experience a yacht charter in Italy over the more conventional French counterpart, are always blown away by what they discover in this beautiful part of the world.
The French Riviera and the Italian Amalfi Coast rank as two of the most stunning superyacht destinations in the world, but despite being neighbours there are a number of subtle differences between the two.
At AquaCruise, one of Europe’s leading yacht rental experts, we offer bespoke yacht charters in both directions and have noted below four differences which might help those unable to choose between the two decide on their favourite.
1.THINGS TO DO: If you are a fan of art, the French Rivera has the highest density of museums of this type in the world, with famous painters from Matisse to Renoir having settled in the region. The Amalfi Coast offers more energetic pastimes such as discovering schools of fish whilst snorkelling, or waterskiing in calm waters off Ischia.
2. The LANDSCAPE on the Amalfi Coast is on the whole less developed than the countryside on the Cote d’Azur. Take Stromboli for example, where there is an active volcano which still erupts today. Here, and in other places such as Amalfi itself, you will find entire villages clinging to the dramatically rugged coastline lapped by an azure blue sea. Over on the French Riviera, the coastline is spectacular, but much more built up with world renowned destinations such as St Tropez, Antibes and Cannes.
3. EVENTS: As one of the world’s busiest coastlines, there is plenty to do and numerous events to attend in the French Riviera, including the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix. The Amalfi Coast tends to have a lower key nightlife, although we are sure that places such as Capri would dispute this and it does remain one of the places to be seen during the Mediterranean summer season.
4. FOOD: Italy is famous for its excellent homemade cuisine, with Naples staking its claim as the home of pizza, whereas food in the South of France can tend to be more sophisticated. This is of course a very broad statement, with holidaymakers to both destinations now being able to find whatever they fancy, but it is clear that with over 3,500 restaurants to choose from, the stretch of coastline between St Tropez and the Italian border offers some of the most exclusive dining opportunities in the world.