Amalfi Coast Aboard Om­bre Blu3

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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.” oceanin­de­pen­

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.

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