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Bonifacio to Rome, Italy: 9 Days

Day 1: Bonifacio

Your yacht will cruise along Bonifacio's immense white walls and incredible cliffs. Visit the harbor with its seafood restaurants, citadel and old town where you can wander amongst ramshackle medieval houses and boutiques selling handicrafts, jewelry and other goodies. A trip to the citadel would not be complete without seeing the eerie maritime cemetery-perched at the very edge of the town overlooking the sea as the silence is a stark contrast to the bustling atmosphere of the rest of the citadel. For beach lovers, there are many fine sandy beaches in the area, and the windsurfing at Santa Manza is reputed to be the best on the island.

Day 2: Cala Luna Caves

Visit the famous caves, then travel overnight to Ponza/Palmarola.

Day 3: Ponza or Palmarola

On Ponza, you can snorkel Pilate's Grottoes, a series of cave pools that were carved by hand. La Punta di Capo Bianco is a cluster of volcanic stone towers with knobby peaks chiseled from the volcanic mountainside by sea, air and wind. In Chiaia di Luna, the dark turquoise bay laps at a long crescent of golden sand and fine pebbles, immediately behind which is the beach's most impressive and distinctive feature, a 500m-long (1,640-ft.) and 100m-tall (328-ft.) wall of luminescent tufa(a variety of limestone).

Palmarola, Ponza's closest inhabited neighbor in the Pontine Archipelago, lies a 25 minute boat trip from Chiaia di Luna. The sparsely populated island has the area's most bizarre and beautiful geological formation, La Cattedrale, gray volcanic rock whose stone ridges leap upward from the water like the vertical ribs of a Gothic cathedral. There is only one sand beach in Palmarola, with a couple of seaside cafes.

Day 4: Naples

Take a tour of Herculaneum. Herculaneum (in modern Italian Ercolano), was an ancient Roman town in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. It is most famous for having been lost, along with Pompeii, in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, which buried everything in superheated pyroclastic material. It also became famous as the source of the first Roman skeletal and physical remains available for study since the Romans almost universally cremated their dead. Since the discovery of bones in 1981, some 300 skeletons have been found, most along the sea shore-the town itself having been effectively evacuated. Herculaneum was a smaller town with a wealthier population than Pompeii at the time of the eruption. Then cruise one hour to Sorrento for cliff jumping in the afternoon.

Day 5: Pompeii

Following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii lay buried and forgotten for hundreds of years. The town is high on the list of Wonders of the World and excavations that began in the 18th century are still being carried out today. See baths, forums and villas built by prosperous Romans in the year 80 BC. Marvel at the beautifully preserved frescoes which adorned the walls and floors of the villas. Even if your interests do not lie in the history, this is an archaeological site which cannot fail to impress you.

Day 6: Positano

Hugging a semi vertical rock formation, Positano is the quintessence of picturesque. Its unique mix of seascapes, colors, art and cultural life has fascinated many famous artists, from Picasso and Klee to Toscanini, Bernstein and Steinbeck. The Ancient Romans built a number of sumptuous villas on the coast of Positano, the ruins of which can be seen in the vicinity of the Church dell'Assunta. The majolica-tiled dome of the church can be seen from every corner of the town. A Byzantine inspired icon of a black Madonna, dating back to the 18th century, is conserved inside the church.

Day 7: Capri

Italy's most famous island, Capri, is a dramatic rugged mountain soaring out of the sea at the tip of the Sorrento peninsula. A haunt for eccentric characters since antiquity (Roman emperor Tiberius had his villa of pleasures, the Villa Jovis, here), Capri has been a favorite retreat of artists, movie stars and other VIPs in modern times. The island is indeed spectacular, with postcard-worthy soaring cliffs, surrounded by a deep blue sea.

Sweet, long summer nights are lively in Capri. The island of VIPs will not let you down, so prepare yourself for a trendy scene, with beautiful people dressing up and convening at the famous Piazzetta at nightfall.Visit the famous Blue Grotto, a beautiful cave at the water's edge with a tiny opening to the sea that opens and closes with the tide, used as a bath since the Roman times. You'll be amazed at the turquoise hues glimmering in the water and against the rocks.

Day 8: Procida

The charming island of Procida lies like an undiscovered garden next to its vibrant sister islands Ischia and Capri. Flourishing gardens and fragrant lemon and orange groves bewitch visitors with their lush beauty. Procida is the smallest and oldest island in the Bay of Naples and is, like Ischia, of volcanic origin.

Arriving at the harbor Marina Grande you'll have a wonderful view of fishermen's houses in pastel colors, being reflected by the deep blue water. From here you can walk or take a three wheeled micro taxi up the steep road to the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church. Here you can enjoy the view on the picturesque fishing port Corricella. 

Along the southwest coast of Procida lie beautiful beaches, the yacht harbor Chiaiolella and the small island Vivarat, connected with Procida by a walk bridge. Since 1974, it has been a nature reserve, accommodating rare birds and plants. Procida has been spared from mass tourism, which can't be ascribed to the former jail, towering above the island.

Day 9: Rome

Top Sights in Rome:

  •  The Vatican
  •  Trastevere
  •  Palatine Hill
  •  San Lorenzo & Il Pigneto
  •  Appian Way
  •  Roman Panoramas
  •  Capitolene Museums at Piazzo Del Campidoglio
  •  Museo e Galleria Borghese
  •  Galleria Doria Pamphilj