Porto Mirabello nestles in the Gulf of Poets, Liguria between San Remo and Viareggio and is the perfect location for private and charter yachts up to 130 metres in the Mediterranean who wish to experience the magic of Italy.
This area of outstanding natural beauty is named the Gulf of Poets because of the host of famous poets who have been inspired by the scenery including Mary Shelly and Byron. Just minutes away from Tuscany, its world famous landscapes, history and influence on high culture, Porto Mirabello is the ideal new destination for yacht owners and guests. Centre for high-fashion Forte Dei Marmi (often called the St Tropez of Italy) is also just a 45 minute drive away.
Linked by a foot bridge to La Spezia, Porto Mirabello is surrounded by forests, streams, hills and valleys, and close to plenty of charming medieval villages to explore including iconic Porto Venere which is just two nautical miles away.
Porto Venere comprises of three villages, Fezzano, Le Grazie and Porto Venere, and three islands, Palmeria, Tino and Tinetto. Along with Cinque Terre, UNESCO declared the area a world heritage site in 1997. Porto Venere is a typical Ligurian village clinging to the coast. A place to get lost in, while appreciating the beautiful architecture of Doria Castle. Located on a rocky outcrop, the fortress was built in the 14th century and played an important role in the history of the Republic of Genoa. From the castle you can enjoy incredible views of the sea and the ancient church of San Pietro.
You will enter the historical centre of Porto Venere through the Borgo Gate that was built in 1113, while the nearby tower was built in 1161. Walking through the streets of the city centre it often feels as if you had travelled back in time. Like all Cinque Terre, the area should not only be admired but also tasted! The food is simple yet rich in flavour, as are the wines. A favourite local wine Sciacchetra has a golden yellow colour with amber hues, and is made from grapes left to dry in the September sun.
Cinque Terre is made up of five charming villages – Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Each village is made up of beautifully coloured, hillside buildings hugging the coast and there are mountain and coastal trails to trek to visit each fishing village.
Each village has a personality of it’s own and is famed for a particular local product from lemons and honey, to exquisite extra virgin olive oil and anchovies! There are 120km of trails through Cinque Terre, so make sure you allow enough time to explore!
Also close by is the village of Tellaro, an ancient fishing village that can be reached by descending the sea paths along the natural terraces. Tellaro was recently declared the most charming village in Italy.
If you are looking to head out of Porto Mirabello for the day, visit the marina’s Concierge who will make all of the arrangements for a variety of experiences in and around La Spezia. Water based activities include kayaking, rafting, canoeing stream jumping, canyoning and river trekking. There is also plenty of mountain biking, tennis, paintballing and orienteering to do on land. The Concierge promise to make sure no crew or guest has a chance of being bored in this unique part of Italy.
Take an exhilarating spin around the Maranello track in a supercar of your choice or go horse riding surrounded by exquisite views. There is also a superb golf course nearby for those who are looking to have a more leisurely experience. www.portomirabello.it/en/concierge/sports/
The Apuan Alps in Tuscany are close by and definitely worth a trip. You will find white marble caves in the mountains and can take a jeep tour to learn more about the famous Carrara marble, which was used to create Michelangelo’s David and the Pantheon in Rome. Visit the Apuan Alps Park and explore the Antro del Corchia Cave in the ‘Empty Mountain’, one of Europe’s biggest cave systems, with nearly 2km of walkways and bridges inside the mountain.
Don’t miss the chance to discover nearby Pietrasanta, often called ‘Little Athens’ with its cosy historical city centre, full of art galleries and an open air museum. Botero, Mitoraj, Folon, Moore, Nall and many other artists from all over the world choose Pietrasanta as a place to create their masterpieces. Relaxing in the main ‘piazzetta’ is a must.
Staying on the coast, you’ll find the beach area of Lido di Camaiore with sandy beaches, great shops and a relaxed atmosphere. A short drive from the beach and you will reach the historical city centre of Camaiore, with this beautiful Abbey and fantastic restaurants in the neighbourhood.
There is a bounty of sights to see, along with a plethora of cultural and sporting activities to do whilst you are moored in Porto Mirabello. Milan is just a 45 minutes helicopter ride away and the marina is perfectly placed as a home port in the Mediterranean for those who also wish to enjoy Monte Carlo, Corsica, Elba Island, Capri, the Amalfi coast, or wonderful Porto Cervo in Sardinia.
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You can also find out what our friends over at Charter World have to say about beautiful Porto Mirabello here.