Rondine II is a 60 Ft Private Classic Yacht with crew built in 1948 and restored in 2012. The yacht is moored in Le Grazie, Porto Venere a small fishing village in Cinque Terre area. (UNESCO World Heritage Site from 1997)
Sleeps: 4+2 guests
Crew: 2 (skipper and hostess)
Mooring: Le Grazie, Porto Venere
Internet: Wi-Fi (ADSL when moored, 3G when sailing)
Yacht features/services: English speaking crew, daily italian breakfast, stereo + iPod speakers, inflatable boat tender.
Richly instrumented to perform long voyages, Rondine II retains all the charm of the boats of the past.
"The Five Lands" is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
(please check the yacht plan in the photo gallery)
Rondine II is a yawl of 18 meters (60 feet) and can accommodate 4+2 guests plus 2 crew members.
GALLEY and SALOON:
worktop in granite and stainless steel sink
Refrigerator with freezer area.
3 burner stove and oven Gas (only the hostess can use it)
electric coffee maker
Plates, glasses and crockery for 8 people
Spaces for stowing groceries and water
Electric vacuum WC cleaner
n. 1 big hatch with blinds
Table for 6 people
Stereo with AUX connection for external I-POD
Heater (only in winter)
1 double bed and 1 single bed (the single bed can accommodate one guest or 2 big suitcases)
n. 10 drawers and n. 4 cabinets for your clothes
n. 1 big hatch with blinds that can be opened
220V socket, Heater (only in winter), hairdryer.
just near the entrance, has 1 double bed (small size) and 1 single bed (the single bed can accommodate one guest or 2 big suitcases)
n. 2 drawers and n. 4 cabinets for your clothes
n. 1 big hatch with blinds
220V socket, Heater
marble worktop and ceramic sink with hot / cold water.
Removable hot shower
Bilge pump automatic for shower water.
n.1 WC (electric)
N. 1 220V socket
N. 6 small drawers
Chart table with all the navigation tools
(radar, plotter, GPS, VHF, wind instruments, barograph, Autopilot, ...)
N. 1 outlet 220V
N. 1 lighter socket 12 V
Navigation charts and coast pilots
BOAT EXTERNAL AREA:
Teak and mahogany deck
N. 1 folding table for 4 people
N. 1 folding table for 8 people
N. 2 outdoor showers (hot and cold water)
N. 6 seats in the cockpit
N. 3 awnings
Inflatable tender for 8 people with 5 HP outboard motor (only the skipper can use it)
The boat has a generous sail area in relation to the very fine lines of the hull and a very small wetted surface.
The mast (23meters) allows a main sail of 60 square meters, the total surface of the sails (yankee, foresail mainsail, and mizzen) reaches 200 square meters.
The crew (skipper and hostess) will be already at the yacht on your check-in and will leave the yacht on your check-out, to ensure the privacy of our guests the crew has is own cabin with bath and a separate entrance from the front of the yacht, has you can see on the yacht plan in the photo gallery
The private yacht can be rented only with crew to one group of guests (family or friends) at a time, being the only residents, the quality and privacy of their stay is guaranteed.
The rates are variable and depending on the number of guests, season and length of stay (3 nights is the minimum rental).
# Included Services:
- Crew (skipper and hostess)
- Wi-Fi (ADSL when moored, 3G when sailing)
- Daily italian breakfast (cappuccino, brioche, fruit juice)
- Sheets, blankets and towels (weekly change)
- Inflatable boat tender with 5 HP outboard motor
- Electricity, Water
- Stereo with cd reader + speakers for iPod
- Mooring fee in Le Grazie harbour
# Extra Services (not included in the rental rate):
- Mooring fee in other harbours of the area
- Shuttle service from/to airport, train station or other location
- Car parking
- Dinner/lunch on board or in a traditional restaurant
- Please ask for other services
The Cinque Terre literally means "The five lands", and these five are the communities of Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore, and Vernazza along with their urban relative Monterosso.
The northernmost of these five is Monterosso and it is the tourist hub of the region, with traffic, crowds, and the only notable example of contemporary urban life here. The other four are inaccessible by road, and are pure rural villages in an agricultural belt lush with gardens and vineyards. All the five are situated among olive and chestnut groves on steep, rocky terrain overlooking the gulf of Genoa.
These five tiny seafront villages are not easily accessible by car but easy to get to by sea or train
This whole area is a gastronomist’s paradise. Its culinary delights are dishes based on the produce of from forest, field, and sea.
The land here yields an incredible variety of mushrooms; and oregano, borage, rosemary, and sage grow in abundance. The pine nuts necessary to pesto are easily gathered from the forests, as are chestnuts for making flour and olives for the oil that is the foundation of all dishes. Garlic and leeks form the essence of sauced dishes, and beets turn up without warning in ravioli and other dishes. Fishing boats add their rich catches of anchovies, mussels, squid, octopus, and shellfish.
To wash it all down, vineyards produce wonderful Sciacchetra, a sweet wine, rarer than many other Italian varieties.
To be in Cinque Terre means to visit five villages suspended between sea and earth, clinging on to cliffs and surrounded by green hills; it means to know the history of whom, for centuries, has fought against difficult land but it also means to taste the results of this millenarian struggle and in particular wine and produce.
To visit these villages means to learn about the culture of the dry-stone walls and of the vineyard, of the fishermen and of their fishing nets, of the steep valleys and of their paths.
Who visits Cinque Terre can choose between a dive in the sea or a hike on the hills, between a walk in the narrow alleys called "carruggi" or a boat trip, a pilgrimage to a sanctuary or a seafood lunch.
It is a landscape unique in the world in which man and nature live together in harmony since the beginning of time.
A coast of many colours, evocative and unique. Villages overlooking the sea, green hills and crystal clear water. The Gulf of Poets invites you quietly and it is not surprising that it was loved by poets and writers like Shelley, Byron, Petrarch and Montale. To them this Gulf ows the name of Gulf of Poets, which from Lerici goes to Portovenere, embracing two promontories, beaches, rugged coast, blue sea, ancient villages and wilderness.
Tellaro, San Terenzo, Fezzano, Le Grazie, the island Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. Places enchanted and pleasing, formerly part of what was the historic Lunigiana, so different from the tuscan Lunigiana, but so united in customs, traditions and cuisine.
In the eastern most part of the Spezia Golf is the breathtaking town of Portovenere. The town takes its name from a temple erected in the roman times in honour of Venere Ericina, on the promontory where the church of San Pietro now stands.
Originally property of the lords of Vezzano, it was later bought by the Genevans in 1113, who then proceeded to build a castle over the existing fort.
They also erected protective walls around the colourfully painted ligurian houses.
Portovenere still boasts its main tower, situated to the left of the entrance into Via Capellini, the main road that is also know as “il Carugio.
The Piazza Spallanzani, which was originally the central point of the preroman Castrum Vetus, the church of San Pietro, on the far extreme of the promontory, and the church of San Lorenzo located high on the hillside, are all worth a visit. Facing Portovenere is the archipelago made up of the three isles of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, which form part of the Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere.
Tino preserves remains dating back to the 11th century, whilst Tinetto boasts remains dating back further still, to the 6th century. Tino is military territory, and is only accessible on the 13th of September, when it holds festivities in honour of San Venerio. The island of Palamaria, which is separated from Portovenere by a narrow stretch of sea called Le Bocche, attracts the largest number of tourists, thanks to its rich natural surroundings, which are a typical example of the Mediterranean landscape.
The surrounding area encompasses Le Grazie, a small fishing town where it is possible to visit the archaeological site of the Villa Romana del Varignano, and the late gothic sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
Not far from Le Grazie lies the town of Fezzano, a town composed of small houses crammed higgledy-piggledy along narrow streets and alleyways, and built up around the church of San Giovanni Battista, which has pride of place in the centre of the town and dates back to 1740.
Le Grazie is located not far from Spezia, in a little bay between Varignano and Pezzino. The oldest part of the town stretches from the area surrounding the 15th century church, dedicated to Nostra Signora delle Grazie, passing under the Ria Arch and ending up at the monument of the Fallen.
Of the ancient monastery, which was the former headquarters of the Olivetans and which has now been turned into residential flats, only the refectory remains, decorated with fantastic 13th century frescos painted by artist Nicolo Corso.
In the Varignano Vecchio quarter reside the remains of a roman villa from the 1st century AC. The remains are located at the bottom of a small valley, and form an archaeological site that is now open to the public.
The port of Le Grazie was formerly a naval base, and is responsible for many of the changes made to the layout of the town over the years.
The territory between Mesco Point and Cape Montenero is a very particular and fascinating landscape, both for its natural ambient, which has been maintained more or less intact in time, and for the deep-rooted historical and human values that have influenced and modelled it, making it a unique scene in the world.
From December 1999, the mounts overlooking the sea, the terraces made with the hard work of man, the coast, the sea and the deep seabed form the National Park of the Cinque Terre and the Protected Marine Area.
The foundation of the Protected Marine Area dates back to 1997 and includes the part of sea between Mesco Point and Cape Montenero.
The boat was commissioned in 1947 by Comm Pratolongo Mario, a true sportsman of the sea, and launched in July 1948 with the name of Fiammetta II. So it was called the daughter of the owner.
That year the journal "Sail and Power" wrote: - … was born an "Ocean Racer" classy ...
For fifteen years the boat stayed in Sicily but in 1965 came back to the Sailing Club "Italy" in Naples and in 1968 in Rome. Around 1971 it was bought by an executive of Banco di Napoli and returned to the capital of Campania to be sold again in 1975 to George Peruffo.
Then it was transferred to the next owner with an unusual way: the exchange with a light aircraft.
Rondine II was re-checked and rearranged in the yard of Santa Margherita di Caorle.
Finally in 1983, the boat meet the actual owner and found the friendly waters of the Ligurian coast.
Today Rondine II is mooring in Le Grazie; a fishing village very popular in Classic Yachts Regatta.
What a wonderful experience. Absolutely beautiful sailboat his historical significance and a beautiful unique setting. Skipper and hostess were lovely and accommodating. It literally could not have been, except I get a little sea sick!
My family and I stayed on the Rondine II in June, 2014, and we have nothing but nice things to say about our trip. La Grazie, the town in which the boat is moored, is a charming little town, a bit off the beaten path, but worth exploring. Francesco was a very attentive host, and Piero and his mate (the skippers) were great company. The Rondine II is a beautiful old sail boat, rich in history and character.
Seeing Cinque Terra from the yacht was an unforgettable way of experiencing this unique coastline. The Rondine II has all of the comforts that we needed and the skipper and his mate were wonderful company. I cannot recommend this highly enough for anyone wanting to experience the sailing lifestyle.
We had the most fantastic time on this Yacht! It was beautiful and romantic. We loved where it was based ( La Grazie) a little off the beaten track away from the tourists in a quaint little town. But will good access to Cinqiue Terre by train or boat. It was perfect for us . Clean, tidy and comfy. Piero the skipper took such good care of us and Francesco was incredibly helpful. It felt a little like we had family taking care of us.
We will certainly be coming back and recommending this to our friends! I would recommend this to anyone thinking of visiting Italy and meeting some lovely people along the way. Definitely the highlight of our European trip!
What a wonderful experience. Beautiful location in a lovely friendly village.if anyone has any fears about a boat I can guarantee that it coped well with four women showers and all. the biggest plus to the whole experience was Piero and Rafaella. We all fell a little bit in love!! Nothing was too much trouble. The whole experience was magical,
An amazing experience with a wonderful group of friendly, honest, sophisticated and worldly people. Francesco and Pierot are a team of friends, sea lovers with a nice classic vessel that is clean, functional and in a very premier location. The sailing experience starts at Le Grazie where the boat is moored. It is the largest boat on the pier and when not is use is used for the local school for educational purposes! We started in Venice, drove to Florence, then arrived in Le Grazie. A classic tiny fishing village that is quiet and serene. Then we sailed to Portovenere which in my mind is as beautiful as the Cinqueterre, if not more and then we sailed the Cinqueterre. If you can't afford it, get 2 couples and visit the area by boat! My wife and I had a once in a lifetime weekend on this boat. Another couple rented the boat with us and we experienced Italy with locals. Try to go during the annual Santa Maria festival where your boat is moored in the middle of an annual festival complete with a little market and a village party with assorted music and dancing including classical music and older couples dancing to some amazing old italian music! This is the only time this village comes alive. So we spent one night moored in Le Grazie, had a superb dinner at a local haunt, super cheap and nice with great local wine. Next day was sailing the Cinqueterre and mooring in Portovenere which has a beautiful church, a classic fort, some breathtaking views and a cute village shrouded in history and beauty. Eat at the Osteria Baracco, a little mom 'n pop Osteria with great food. Did not meet Francesco in person but interacted with him, talked to him while sailing and he has a villa in Tuscany we will rent next time we visit. Great people. great country. Great experience. We embarked the sea on a gorgeous sunny day so the wind was not ideal and we couldn't sail optimally but we did open one sail for a good part of the trip. Check the weather if you're a hardcore sailor. This was our first time in the region and I believe you can do it by foot but who wants to be sandwiched and sweaty on those trails when you can get to the same places, swimming in a classic boat, surrounded by crystal clear waters and million dollar views every second and every direction. I wish Francesco and Pierot a successful venture in this very classic boat and recommend this experience to anyone considering visiting this paradise on earth. Pierot, thank you for your hospitality, walking me to the parking lot and for sharing some treasured moments together. All the best! Until we meet again. Italy, we love you!
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