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Ulysses Route | Olbia - Messina | Cabin charter sailing cruise | Stage 1-2

Sailing holiday in catamaran - Cabin charter - Italy, Cannigione - Yacht: Lagoon 440

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The first two stages of the "Along the Ulysses Route" cruise, from the Land of Laestrygonians (La Maddalena Archipelago) to Ventotene, Procida, Naples and its Gulf, Amalfi, Salerno, Palinuro, the Aeolian Islands, Milazzo and Messina. Four weeks of history, sea and culture.

"Along the Ulysses route" is the result of years of sailing along the Mediterranean routes. These routes touch many of the most beautiful destinations of the world. The cruise is a mix of vacation, culture, history, sea, sun and why not, also food and wine.

Enjoy the reading of the description of stages, resorts and sightseeings included in the "Along the Ulysses route" sailing cruise.

A unique sailing cruise, in order to taste all the flavor of the history and the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea.

Along the Ulysses route

We will travel for two months along the same route traveled by Ulysses for years. We will sail on board of a comfortable catamaran equipped with all comforts and a video-library related to all places that we will visit.

We will sail together for over 1200 miles, touching almost all the original landing of Ulysses. For geopolitical and marine weather reasons we chose to start from Sardinia. We will start from the Maddalena Archipelago (Land of Lestrygonians), that is made up of seven main islands: La Maddalena, Caprera, Santo Stefano, Spargi, Budelli and Santa Maria, all characterized by a natural landscape of great beauty and embellished by the rich colors of one of the most beautiful sea areas of the world.
From Maddalena we will set sail towards Ventotene, and leaving behind San Felice Circeo and the Cave of the sorceress Circe, we will cruise to the famous Mermaids Island, where as Homer tells in the Odyssey, Odysseus had to resist to the song of these mythological creatures.
We will continue to Amalfi (Land of Cyclops) the oldest Italian maritime republic and one of the most beautiful places in the world thanks to its clefts, wonderful beaches, beautiful caves and the scent of lemon and olive trees. Then, sailing till the Aeolian Archipelago (The palace of Aeolus) with its attendant Stromboli, an active volcano that has earned the nickname of "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean".
We will cross from Sicily to the mythical Ithaca in Greece. Ithaca is a popular island thanks to the legendary tales, told in the Odyssey, but it boasts an ancient history that can be lived through archaeological finds existing on the island.
Passing through the Corinth Canal and sailing counter of Ulysses, that passed from Cyclades to reach Alexandropoulis (Land of Cicones), we will arrive to Cyclades. Then, pushed by Meltemi we will lead to Bodrum in Turkey. This town is placed a few nautical miles far from Troy (departure city of Ulysses), currently defined Truva, the legendary city mentioned by Homer in his epic tales; built on 9 levels it is a witness of a long and ancient history.
On board you will be pampered by our hostess while the comfortable navigation of the catamaran will take you along the routes and stages of the cruise.
Areas boasting historical and archaeological sites will be destinations of shore excursions with professional guides, but it will not lack a visiting to places where we could know the local culture of the local people enjoying typical food products.


Cruises of the "Along the Ulysses route"

You can choose to travel the entire route of Ulysses and sail with us for 60 days, otherwise sailing:

for one of the stages of 30 days:

for one of the 4 stages of 15 days:

The crossing from Messina to Cephalonia is included in programs but is not mandatory. It is a real offshore sailing of more than 250 NM, we suggest this crossing only for those who really want to try the emotion of a day and night offshore sailing.

Visited places


  1. Visiting of Olbia and its Museum

    Visiting of Olbia and its Museum

    The arrival in Cannigione is expected no later than the evening. After the presentations and taking possession of your cabins on board, we could start our holiday in complete freedom.

    In the morning of the first day, we will wait for the transfer to Olbia to visit the city and the museum.
    Sardinia has a complex history, divided into several periods and characterized by original characters. The human presence is dating back to Paleolithic age and have run along all the later periods such as prehistoric and historic transforming the landscape of the island. The archaeology provides documentary evidences of the cultural emergencies of prenuragic to Byzantine age, while the architecture, art and literature accompany the historical path from Judicial to contemporary age.

    The Olbia's Museum tells the history of Olbia and Sardinia, the "happy" town of the Greeks, popular for its strategic port and the millennial cultural stratifications. It's the museum which exposes the greatest number of ancient ships in Italy and the only one in the world showing masts and rudders of the Roman period. This represents an unmissable stage for those who love the art of ancient navigation.

    In the afternoon we will board in order to set sail to the Archipelago of La Maddalena (10 nm), where we will anchor in the harbor for dinner and the night.

    Visited places

    Day 1
  2. Archipelago of La Maddalena

    Archipelago of La Maddalena

    After a short sailing, we will moor in one of the islands of the archipelago, where we will spend the night. The next day we could dive into the crystal clear waters of one of the most beautiful sea of the world.

    The Archipelago of La Maddalena is a marine park made up of over 60 islands and islets of granite and slate rocks. The archipelago's morphologies provides for creating one of the most beautiful landscape of the world.

    The many bays and coves placed on the islands of Spargi, Budelli, Razzoli, Spargiotto and Mortorio will be the places where we will anchor before leaving to cross the Tyrrhenian Sea to reach Ventotene.

    Visited places

    Day 2 - 4
  3. Crossing from La Maddalena to Ventotene

    Crossing from La Maddalena to Ventotene

    Captain route to 99 ° - 180 miles of sea on a route before the northwest wind.

    The life on board a catamaran during the offshore sailing is extremely comfortable and safe. Often we will be accompanied for many miles by flocks of dolphins playing on the waves of the yacht.

    The island of Ventotene offers many moorings in sheltered bays and two small harbors. Unfortunately, one of the harbors, built by Romans, is inaccessible for us, thanks to the yacht's size.

    Ventotene was also known at the Greeks and Romans age, who used to call it Pandataria or Pandateria (Παντατήρια in ancient greek). It became famous because it was the place where Augustus exiled his daughter Giulia (remains of Villa Giulia are located in Punta Eolo), then the emperor Tiberius exiled his niece Agrippina in 29 AD and later Emperor Nero exiled his wife Octavia, after her repudiation. He had just divorced from her because she couldn't has sons.

    The day after our arrival, you can't miss the excursion to the Roman ruins of Villa Giulia, to tanks, to the old fish farm.

    The departure to Procida will be at the dawn on June 8 (25 miles to the SE).

    Visited places

    Day 5 - 7
  4. Pontine Islands - Procida

    Pontine Islands - Procida

    Once arrived in Procida, enchanting island between Naples and Ischia, there are many possible moorings in bays, but a stop in the marina of Chiaiolella It will give you the feeling that here time has stopped many years ago.

    The island is linked by small buses and electrical means of transportation that barely pass in the narrow streets. In the harbor area, located in front of Pozzuoli there are many traditional restaurants and Neapolitans cafès. The inhabitants, solar and friendly, represent the most beautiful expression of Neapolitan culture.

    The origins of the name of the island have been lost between reality and legend. Among the most evocative hypothesis, one is that the Procida name comes from the greek "prochetai" that means "lying"; in fact, if you look closely at the morphology of the island, you can realize that it seems to lie down in the sea. Others think that the name comes from that of a nurse of Aeneas named Procida, that was buried here.

    The program plans to stop in Procida and Ischia, before leaving to Naples where we will have two days of shore excursions.

    The first day to visit the city and the second for the visiting of the archaeological ruins of Herculaneum, site of an extraordinary beauty.

    Visited places

    Day 8 - 11
  5. Naples and Hercolaneum

    Naples and Hercolaneum

    To see Naples would not be enough an whole life. Our very good travel guide and the transfert that will wait us at every stop, will allow us to visit the most attractive places of this controversial city.

    Not to miss: Spaccanapoli, the road that goes from the Spanish Quarter to the district of Forcella, cutting in a straight line the city of Naples. This area has ancient origins: it is one of the three decumanis (the closest to the sea) in which the Romans, based on the Greek construction, organized the city. Walking through Spaccanapoli it is like the time slowing down and speeding up together with your steps, taking you along the thousand-year history of the city.

    The next day we will visit the archaeological site of Herculaneum. Archaeological excavations have given back the remains of the ancient city of Herculaneum, buried under a blanket of ash, lava and mud together with Pompeii, Stabiae and Oplontis during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.

    In the afternoon we will leave Naples in order to anchor in the bay of Positano, where those who want will be able to spend a good part of the night in the many clubs or at the famous Music on the Rocks which since 1972 has been a meeting place for VIPS.

    Visited places

    Day 11 - 15
  6. Amalfi and "The Divine coastline"

    Amalfi and "The Divine coastline"

    We will reach Amalfi by sailing through Sorrento, Capri's sea stacks and the reserve of Iarento. The Amalfi Coast offers a scenery of uncomparable beauty, which is characterized by a succession of small towns, uncontaminated beaches, bays, caves, clefts and crystal clear blue sea. At the center of the coast leads from Punta Campanella to Salerno there is Amalfi, one of the four Maritime Republics (Venice, Amalfi, Pisa and Genoa). In addition, Amalfi is popular to being the birthplace of Flavio Gioia who invented the compass. Amalfi is still famous for the production of Amalfi's paper, still produced by hand.

    Above Amalfi there is Ravello. In May 1880, Wagner came to Ravello and the discovering of the magic garden of Klingsor of Villa Rufolo inspired his setting for the Parsifal. Ravello is also a witness of the love between Greta Garbo and Leopold Stokowski who in Ravello they lived their love story.

    The places worth a visit are a lots: Nerano, Praiano, Atrani, Maioi, Cetara, Vietri, each with its characteristic, each with its historical, cultural but also wine and food attractive.

    In the morning we sail from Positano and after a few miles we will anchor in the bay of Amalfi, where we will disembark to the guided tour of the mills, the museum and the Cathedral. Our shuttle will then lead us to Ravello for a drink at Belmond Hotel Caruso and a visiting to the gardens of Villa Rufolo. This hotel has been obtained from a 11th century palace and it boasts breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast.

    The coastline offers many beautiful restaurants. It will be difficult not to give in to them.

    Visited places

    Day 15 - 20
  7. Salerno and Paestum

    Salerno and Paestum

    Once arrived in Salerno we will anchor at the new Marina of Arechi. Our shuttle will take us to the archaeological site of Paestum, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988 and bounded by well preserved walls and towers. Professional guides will accompany us to visit the temples and the rich museum containing mainly ancient Greek and Lucan manufactured objects, that have been found in different cemeteries of the surrounding areas. The highlight of the museum consists in the paintings found in the Tomb of the diver, the only remaining example of Greek painting belonging to Magna Graecia. This magnificent painting shows a man during a dive. The metaphor is obvious, the man stands for the man in the act of leaving the safety of the ground world to jump into the unknown world of the afterlife.

    But it does not end here, Paestum is at the center of the Plain of Sele, the home of the buffalo milk mozzarella, a traditional fresh and tasty cheese awarded by the DOP brand. During our return to Salerno we will visit a famous cheese factory to taste the popular buffalo milk mozzarella.

    The coming back to the marina is planned on the last hours of the afternoon. For those who want, the dinner can be served in Salerno, where our shuttle will take us for a tour of the city.

    Visited places

    Day 20 - 21
  8. Salerno - Infreschi's Bay

    Salerno - Infreschi's Bay

    Starting from Salerno in South direction, the shallows of Punta Licosa mark the beginning of the Cilento. At 25 NM from Punta Licosa we will meet Palinuro, that the Greeks nicknamed Palinouros, the headland "where the wind turns."

    The bay of the "good sleep" will be the place where we will cast anchor in order to spend the night. The following day a little further south of Marina di Camerota, we will stop in the Infreschi's Bay named by the Environmental League as one of the most beautiful of Italy. In the middle of the bay is located a cave where there is an underwater source of fresh water. Immersing himself in the cave you can drink fresh water.

    In the late afternoon we will start from the Bay towards the northest of the Aeolian Islands: Stromboli, set at 90 nautical miles, where we hope to arrive at the morning of the next day.

    Visited places

    Day 21 - 23
  9. Cilento - Aeolian Islands

    Cilento - Aeolian Islands

    At less than 90 miles away to the South we will meet Strombolicchio, a rock boasting a lighthouse on the top. It is the northest point of the Aeolian Archipelago.

    On the island there are only two inhabitated settlements called Stromboli and Ginostra, but they are not connected by land and therefore they are accessible only by sea. The west side sailing, depending on the volcan activity, can offer a night view of the volcanic material

    After the night crossing we will arrive in Stromboli in the morning. For those coming to Stromboli the tradition expect a stop at the Meeting Ingrid to have a slush, a sweet, a pistachio ice cream or just enjoying the breathtaking view.

    The bottom of the sea of dark lava, might suggest you that it is not the ideal place for a swim, but the water of Stromboli, besides being warm, it's crystal clear.

    In the afternoon we will set sail to reach Panarea which is placed 12 NM far to the south. We will spend the night close to Cala Junco (FAI - Italian Environment Fund).

    Visited places

    Day 23 - 24
  10. Stromboli - Lipari

    Stromboli - Lipari

    In the morning, after a swim in the crystal clear waters of Cala Junco, we'll set sail to Lipari.

    The town of Lipari consists in a quiet town, dominated by a medieval castle with an ancient Benedictine cloister. The castle hosts the famous Archaeological Museum, which exhibits the evidences discovered in the islands and in Milazzo's area. Of relevant interest there is also the geological and volcanology material. The entrance to the Castle from Mazzini's square is very nice and boasts the church of St. Anthony and the former Franciscan monastery, now bacame the Town Hall. On the highest point of the castle stands the Cathedral dedicated to St Bartholomew and dating back to the thirteenth century. It has been rebuilt in the following centuries and today is characterized by a Baroque façade. The center is easily reachable walking from our Marina. Our guide will accompany us during the visiting to the museum and to visit the city.

    The Aeolian night is inviting, therefore who wants can taste the typical Aeolian cuisine that offers a great variety of dishes and recipes that embody the ancient history and traditions of this beautiful archipelago and its lovable people. The uniqueness of each recipe is the result of a wonderful mix of history, customs, traditions and cultures that have led to the creation of the current typical local cuisine.

    We will set sail the morning of the following day and we will stop for a swim at the Pumice quarries in Canneto, the Papesca, Porticello and Acquacalda. Depending on the weather and sea conditions, we will reach Salina, a wild island where you can visit Pollara, the beautiful beach that was the set of the film called "The Mailman" of Massimo Troisi.

    Visited places

    Day 24 - 27
  11. Lipari - Messina passing through Milazzo

    Lipari - Messina passing through Milazzo

    The waters of Milazzo have been home to an important battle, which took place during the First Punic War between the Carthaginians and Romans. The First Punic War, took place between 264 and 241 BC and it was the first of three major wars fought between these two powers of the ancient world. These wars took place because of the control of Sicily and the supremacy in the Mediterranean. The stop in Milazzo is set due to the travel times of the Strait of Messina and the need to navigate during the day, not only for the beauty of the area but also to the difficulty of navigation in these waters characterized by a very strong current that alternately in and out every 6 hours.

    The difficulty in navigation in this Strait originated many mythological tales:

    "Scylla and Charybdis were two sea monsters who lived in the Strait of Messina. The legend told that Scylla was a beautiful nymph, daughter of Forco and Crataide. She spent her days in the sea, playing with other nymphs and she refused all suitors. When the sea god Glaucus fell in love with her, he went to the sorceress Circe to ask for a love potion, but Circe fell in love with him. Rejected by Glauco, she transformed the rival Scilla into a monster with twelve feet and six heads, in whose mouths appeared three rows of teeth. According to some, she had around the abdomen heads of dogs barking and growling ferociously. Scilla was immortal and the only way to defend against her was to invoke the help of her mother, the sea nymph called Crataide. The monster hid in a cave of the Strait of Messina, on the opposite side of Charybdis, and when the sailors where close to her, she devoured them with her mouth. She was finally turned into a rock, and in this form was found by Aeneas during his passage through the strait.

    Charybdis is a mythical vortex of the northern part of the Strait of Messina. Described as a monster son of Poseidon and Gea, he sucked the sea water and spat it three times a day with such violence to wreck the passing ships. Odysseus, having to pass between the two monsters, preferred to pass close to Scilla because Charybdis would definitely brought the destruction of the ships. Later, after his men had been killed by Zeus for having captured the weapons of Helios, the ship of Odysseus was drawn into the whirlpool of Charybdis, and the hero survived only because he succeeded to grab to a fig tree coming out from the water. When the ship reappeared, Odysseus gripped to a resurfaced tree, and saved his life "

    At dawn we will set sail from Milazzo to arrive in the early afternoon in Messina, after about 30 NM.

    Visited places

    Day 28
  12. Messina


    The city of Messina is a strategic point for excursions to both the city and the beautiful and famous Taormina.

    Our guide and the shuttle will wait for us for the excursion to Taormina which is about 50 km far from Messina. The most important and best preserved ancient monument of Taormina is the theater.

    It was built in a wonderful panoramic view point, from which you can admire Etna and the Ionian Sea. Up a few stairs is engraved the name of Philistis, the wife of Hiero II, the tyrant of Syracuse, who probably in the third century BC built the theater of Taormina. The building was rebuilt in Roman times, and more specifically in the second century AD.

    Cathedral Square was the preferred place by famous men who once visited Taormina such as Oscar Wilde, Guy de Maupassant, Alexander Dumas j., Richard Wagner and Johannes Brahms.
    In the square, in addition to the cathedral, also faces the Town Hall. At the center of the square there is a magnificent fountain, attributed to one of the last students of the Florentine Montorsoli.

    Castelmola is a small village located above Taormina. We suggest you to make a stop at the Turrisi cafè which represents one of the places of worship of Sicily, an unmissable place where you can taste the typical mediterranean flavors including the almond wine.

    Visited places

    Day 29 - 30