We ended up getting the name of simmo and silent bay through a series of reccomendatuons after weeding through the other insanely overpriced options in the greater portofino area. We wanted a semi-private day sail that would allow us to explore parts of coastal Italy that we would otherwise never have seen. It was am easy 35 min drive from our hotel
In portofino to sestri livante where we parked for the day. One word of caution I would give is to diligently read the parking signs as some are 30 min max . Once we arrived, Simmo was extremely nice and personable and made us feel very comfortable. It was clear that he knew how to handle his boat and his English was very good as well which was helpful as our Italian is sub-par at best. We elected the day-sail which was about 8 hours. We sailed along the coast and stopped in several coves along the way to swim and he also prepared us lunch of local favorite cuisine as well as refreshments. I would highly reccomend silent bay charters if you are looking for am intimate day exploring the coastline and swimming in the Mediterranean. If your are looking for large, overpriced yahts to charter - simmo is not your guy but there is plenty of those guys around. A true diamond in the rough!
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