Arrive this afternoon and embark your luxurious small ship, Le Ponant. Overnight at port.
On the edge of Catania, Taormina (Italy) stands out against the slopes of Mount Tauro in the heart of a picturesque and charming location. The town’s alleyways and gardens tumble down the mountain to the Ionian Sea. Its ancient Greek theatre is the second largest in Sicily, after the theatre at Syracuse, and offers a magnificent panorama with the majestic Mount Etna, its lava flows still smoking, in the background.
Dominated by a fortified citadel, Lipari, the capital of the volcanic Aeolian Islands, is known for its many natural and architectural delights, including remarkable points of view, picturesque quarries of pumice stone and its “castello”, built on the site of the ancient Greek acropolis. Not far from here, you will be able to discover the magnificent sight of the Stromboli volcano. A plume of smoke rises from its sombre beauty and lava regularly erupts from the crater of this still-active volcano.
The favourite seaside destination of the Roman Emperors who lavished it with palaces, Capri has always won the hearts of the greats of this world, who come here to experience the beauty of a mountain that surges directly from the sea, combined with the gentle lifestyle of a mild, Mediterranean climate. Indented with azure marine caves, its narrow streets dotted with wisteria, the island attracted romantic aesthetes before becoming the glamorous playground of the gilded youth. Above Capri, the picturesque Anacapri is the gateway to the Villa San Michele and its museum, surrounded by a majestic panorama.
Ponza, the biggest islands of Pontines, shelters beautiful bays among which the most important, Cala di Ponza and Cala dell' Inferno. The seabed of Ponza, strewed with shipwrecks from various ages, is known from submarine sports amateurs and explorers.
The island of Elba is at the heart of the Tuscan Archipelago and presents a finely chiselled profile sheltering many unspoiled coves. roman churches, Medicean fortresses and memories of Napoleon blend into the picture postcard that is Portoferraio (Italy). It is one of the oldest towns on the island, the Ligurians, Etruscans and Greeks having shaped its history before it became a Roman colony. Here you can follow in the footsteps of Napoleon as you wind your way through the pastel-coloured houses protected by the two Medicean forts.
Built on a rocky peninsula of the very beautiful "Gulf of the Poets ", Portovenere raises its colored houses around its small picturesque harbors. Its alleys lead to a fortress which offers a magnificent panorama. Registered on the World heritage by the UNESCO, Portovenere, Genoese heiress of the XIIth century, has preserved a very unique charm. It is from Portovenere that you will go off to explore of the magnificent National park of Five Earth.
Disembark this morning for your continued journey home.