Amalfi Coast Aboard Ombre Blu3
Italy’s Amalfi Coast along the southern edge of the country is one of the most picturesque charter locales in the Mediterranean. Destinations such as Positano and Ravello are postcard- perfect stops with classic waterfront ports, dramatic cliffs and olive and lemon groves galore. For more than a decade, the crew now running the Sunreef 70 Ombre Blu³ (a 2010 build) have cruised these waters, working out charter itineraries that highlight the best food and wine the region has to offer. “You will taste the best of the local food and wine,” says Tanja Seubold, a charter broker with Ocean Independence. You can visit the local fruit and fish markets with the crew, tour a small, family run vineyard in Ischia and enjoy some of the best Michelin-starred restaurants in Italy.
“The advantage of doing this trip on this boat is that you will never end up in a tourist trap, dine in the wrong place or go ashore at the wrong time of day,” Seubold adds. “The crew, who have been showing guests this area for eleven years, know all the secrets.”
Some mouthwatering options include tasting what the crew says is Italy’s “oldest and finest” Prosecco. Or try the pasta alla
norma— a dish that Sicilians made famous, with tomatoes and eggplant—and involtini
di pesce spade, the local delicacy of stuffed swordfish rolls. And of course, it’s key to try the cannolo pastry (what we Americans think of as cannoli), made with fresh ricotta and topped with pistachios.
Working off the calories should come easy. Ombre Blu³ offers snorkeling, scuba diving as a PADI Dive Center, kayaking and paddleboarding. And one of the crew members is a trained massage therapist who offers massages on board. “There is not one secret beach or cove that they do not know,” Seubold says, “and they are more than happy to share their local knowledge and expertise with their guests.” oceanindependence.com
The boat’s crew spent a decade running a smaller charter yacht in Southern Italy, where they gained local knowledge, especially about regional food and wine.