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Dream Holiday On A Sailboat With Captain Nicola

Bedrooms 3
Space 7 sq. ft.
Property type boat
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Sleeps 6. 3 Bedroom. 1 Bathroom.

Capri, Positano, Ischia, Procida, Sorrento, Amalfi, Naples, Li Galli are just some of the most beautiful places in the world that have fired the imagination and inspired poets, painters, musicians, writers and so on. The boat is parked in the port of Castellammare di Stabia, strategic and central location to visit by land also Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius. Well served by all means of transport: Bus and FS; The port is located in the city center all amenities are within walking distance. Nearby is the maritime station of the Metro del Mare from 10 July provides fast links to: Naples, Capri, Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Agropoli, Acciaroli, Palinuro, Marina di Camerota and others. If you hare homesick for the cool, no problem: about 500 m there is a cable car that, in a few minutes with a spectacular trip will take you on Mount Faito to 1000 meters above sea level where you will enjoy a breathtaking view. Transfer service (€ 15 each people) from Naples airport or train station (round trip30€ ). Minimum stay 2 days 2 pax.

Kitchen with oven, refrigerator, hot water, indoor and outdoor shower. TV with USB, stereo.

For an additional skipper fee you can exit at sea with Captain Nicola to visit any mentioned places

Attention!! beware of imitations

Some Reviews:

- My boyfriend Joe and I spent 5 days on the KalaNag and it was amazing! Captain Nicola is an amazing person. He's so fun, and was such a pleasure to be around from beginning to end. He always made sure we felt comfortable and safe. He is a very skilled captain and knows how to not only handle his boat, but direct his guests properly so that we felt in control as well. The boat was also kept very clean- we felt right at home. We sailed and stayed in Sorrento, Capri, Positano and Amalfi. It was great to be able to take the boat places and then go into shore by dingy whenever we wanted to explore. Sleeping under the stars on the water at night while staring at towns people only see through paintings is a once in a lifetime experience. We loved the feeling of being with a local, with insider knowledge of the areas and tips on places to go. We were able to avoid almost all the tourists and crowds and really experience Sorrento and Capri at our own pace. We are recommending this to anyone that wants an adventurous out of the box vacation. Saying 'we sailed the Amalfi Coast' has a pretty good ring to it when you get back home. We're going to be keeping in touch with Nicola, as well as rave about this trip forever

- !Wow! What a stay we had on the Kalanag with Nicola. We set sail as soon as we had stocked up (Nicola was kind enough to drive us to the supermarket) and spent the next 4 night 5 days meandering around one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. It was stunning, Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano and Capri, and Nicola stopped whenever we wanted so we could swim or visit these amazing places. If you decide to stay on the boat, you MUST do this - it is the only way to see this area! Do not just stay moored as it would be a real shame for you to miss this opportunity. The boat was immaculately kept. There were 4 of us and it was cosy but it was what we expected size wise and weel equipped with everything you need - we were lucky enough to have unseasonably good weather so spent the majority of our time on deck. I couldn't recommend Nicola and his boat highly enough and hope to go back again to stay on the Kalanag! We met a great person in Nicola and hope to remain friends and see him again soon! Ciao Capitano! :)

-We had a fabulous stay on Nicola's sailing boat. The boat was comfortable and very well maintained. We really loved having our breakfast on deck each morning watching life in the marina go by. We chose to stay in Castellammare because it is easy to reach Pompei and Ercolano and not as touristy as other towns in the area. Nicola is a great host and our day out on the boat around the coast was just superb with lunch at a beach restaurant. Highly recommend a stay there.Absolutely a fantastic and unforgettable vacation, the major highlight of my two week trip to Italy. Nicola is a great host: an intelligent and funny man who's also an excellent captain and skipper (I remember the great compliment he received from another skipper at the Amalfi port). He's a great companion but also gives privacy to the group. Upon our arrival he took us to a simple yet delicious trattoria in Castellamare di Stabia and made sure we are graffa from a very popular street vendor - graffa is a kind of deep fried donuts filled with your choice of Nutella or white chocolate - so delicious! You may not find Castellamare as stunning as the other towns on the Naples Bay, but it's authentic and charm is in the details. We spent 4 days and 4 nights inside the Kala Nag. It's a lovely sailboat with 3 cabins and very well kept. Captain Nicolas sleeps in one cabin, so the other cabins are reserved for guests. We were 3 guests (one couple and myself). It was comfortable enough for the 3 of us. Be aware that this is not a luxury boat. The cabins are small, but comfortable enough for 1-2 people each. There's one small bathroom. If you don't sleep on a port, the boat will move a little, so take some pills with you if you get sea sick. Our small group had to rely on those pills and they worked just fine. Cooking appliances and a fridge are available. Nicola brought us fresh fruit, wine and even freshly made pastries in our first morning. The deck is where all of the socializing happens. It was absolutely priceless to sleep under the stars in Capri, swim in front of ancient ruins in Amalfi, take a wonderful dive in the ocean in Positano and see the golden sunsets while listening to bossa nova and Italian jazz. We spent one evening in the port of Amalfi and enjoyed the friendliness of the staff there. Captain Nicolas made sure to select his favorite swimming spots and told us wonderful tales of historical and mythological facts associated with those islands and towns. If you pay enough attention you can even see Ulysses' mermaids :) At the end of our trip Nicola even drove us to the ruins of Pompei, just 5km away. If you have an adventurous spirit, enjoy stunning nature and history, this is the trip for you. I would definitely recommend Captain Nicolas and his lovely sailboat to anyone. I cannot wait to go back. Captain: thanks for making this trip so memorable. More than a great host, you became a friend. Grazie, cheers, salute!

More Details

Owner / Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Owner / Manager

My passion is the sea. Anyone who knows me considers me a nice person, reasonable, reliable, helpful and honest. I do not like to submit to injustice. I always try to leave a good memory of me, wherever I go back I am always welcomed. I do not like to involve myself in other people's affairs, I am not curious. I love sports, art, reading and music. I like to eat well and drink, little but good. I always try to explore topics that interest me. I love my children and my wife. My hospitality is discreet, I am always open to dialogue and to be in company but do not like being intrusive, I try to put at ease my guests, I do my best because their stay is a pleasant, relaxing and fun. My slogan: "The best captain afford the storm in the port tavern"


Castellammare di Stabia Boat Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • boat
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 7 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM / Check-out: 9:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • boating


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Best relaxing holiday, being rocked gently to sleep at night, taking in the stunning views each day.

  • 5 of 5

This was the best part of our entire 3 week trip. Loved every minute of it. Nicola was very accomodating and showed us around the town including where to eat out and get supplies, and how to get around. He gave us a tour of the boat and took us out sailing one day, and we swam off the back of the boat - amazing. Castellamare di Stabia is only a 20 min train ride to busy Sorrento, and the boat is walking distance to the train. The food at Castellamare di Stabia is terrific and the locals really helpful. The port is very safe, we never had any concerns. Nicola also provided transfer to and from Naples airport which was a big help. We thoroughly enjoyed our time and would highly recommend this to others. Nicola's boat is wonderful, it has everything you need, and is most comfortable. I especially love being rocked to sleep each night and drinking Prosecco off the back of the boat each evening watching the sun go down. Thank you for a wonderful time Nicola. Hope to see you again soon. xx

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful experience with Captain Nicola on his immaculately kept boat. A must do for every traveler

  • 5 of 5

The boat is moored in the quiet port of Castellammare di Stabia. Hardly any other tourists in this authentic Italian town. Captain Nicola was the ultimate host. His boat is imaccularely kept with everything and more you could need. Going out to sea with him was an experience to never forget. A wonderful man with a love for people, the area and the sea. My family and I can not wait to join him again, hopefully soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Three delightful nights on board the Kala Nag

  • 5 of 5

Our time on the Kala Nag, docked in the historic (non-touristic) port of Castellammare di Stabia, was a refreshing break from hotels and B&B's. Nicola greeted us at the train station, gave us a quick driving tour of places we would need to know to make our stay comfortable ( the best pizza we ate in 2 weeks!), and introduced us to our "quarters." Then, the boat was ours, and he only appeared as agreed to take us out on excursion. There is no crime in the town, and the dock employs a 24 hour watchman.

Living on a boat is tight quarters, but beyond that, it could not have been more comfortable. Everything from bedding to kitchen to bathroom, to spacious table area is in tip top shape and immaculately clean. The care that Nicola takes of his boat is to be admired, yet he was relaxed about us making ourselves at home, once we knew the "ground rules." Everything we needed, including the train station, was an easy walk from the boat. We traveled one day by train (20 minutes) to Pompei. Sorrento is also within short train ride.

One day, weather permitting, we scheduled a trip to the isle of Capri. Nicola is a skilled, experienced, knowledgeable captain and an interesting, caring, and fun person. His interest in our stories was genuine, and we thoroughly enjoyed hearing his. We learned much about the shoreline and its history.

We have only one regret, and even that was not the fault of Nicola. We were passionately looking forward to sailing, but the day we left harbor, the entire trip was motor. The wind was not strong enough to sail. Because we had failed to ask questions, we left thinking any minute the sails would go up. A huge let-down, but totally our fault. Nicola is trustworthy and honest...and his English is great. A simple conversation would have avoided the misunderstanding.

We highly recommend a stay on the Kala Nag. The entire three days was a delight.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry I gave you a little disappointment, i love to satisfy all my guest request. Unfortunately i can't control wind and weather but If you would have told me that you preferred to use the sails I would have tried to settle, but certainly we would not be able to go to Capri. I prefer to point out for the benefit of future guests, on a sailboat, if you are not lucky enough to find the right wind (rare) must choose whether to sail or reach the goal with the required times. Next time you come we will sail without decide where to go or when to arrive and we will have a lot of fun
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Can I just stay on the boat forever?

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to do something special on this trip to Italy since we'd be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary while there. Well, we could not have found anything more perfect than the Kala Nag and our new friend, Captain Nicola.

I'm the daughter of a sea captain and grew up sailing, so I knew what to look for as we boarded. The boat is impeccable and well-maintained. The sleeping and living quarters are more than comfortable and the kitchen has everything you might need. If you just want somewhere to stay while you tour the area, this is a great choice.

BUT I HIGHLY recommend that you take the opportunity to sail with Captain Nicola! I can't say enough about what a great trip, and what a great time we had. Nicola is friendly, professional, skilled and knowledgeable about his part of the country, which he obviously loves. He took us to all the good swimming spots, pointed out sights of special interest, told me recipes, and took us to his favorite restaurant. (And he didn't laugh when my husband managed to fall overboard while swimming. I did though.)

And for two Canadians, who are accustomed to swimming in frigid lakes and rivers (a typical Canadian summer conversation is, "How's the water?" "It's okay, once you get in!") swimming in the Mediterranean was the dream of a lifetime.

We will definitely include a few days with Captain Nicola on our next trip to Italy!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Had a wonderful time!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful time with Captain Nicola. We arrived and were greeted by some guys at the dock who we later learned worked there and at first I was nervous because I didn't know them and they were offering to take my luggage but actually they were friends of Nicola and they lead us to his boat.

After a brief explanation of the systems on the boat we set sail for Capri and chatted with Nicola along the way about the sights and got to know him. He was a lovely host and he had many suggestions for us of places to go and see along the way. Our night in Capri was a little uncomfortable because the weather was SO HOT and there is not AC on the boat but the next morning we told Nicola about the heat and he got out a large fan for us which made the next few nights on the boat very comfortable.

This was an absolutely beautiful vacation and I can't express how grateful we were to Captain Nicola for setting us up with great places to eat and beautiful sights. (If you get the chance, GO TO CAPRI!)

My husband and I are already hoping to go back for another trip.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Really would have liked to sail on the sail boat

  • 1 of 5

When we arrived to our boat after being picked up at the Naples train station by some friends of Nicola, we were informed that the motor was broken. Nicola acted like this was no big deal and was no where to be found. We spoke to him by phone a few times. We were heartbroken and furious as we wanted to sail every day of our trip. Angelo, the driver of a boat on the same dock was nice enough to take us out on his boat twice and that was so wonderful. I am very disappointed that Nicola did not inform us before arrival that we would not be able to use the boat for it's intent - sailing. Arguing with him on the phone is not my idea of a great vacation and I hope he does not do this to anyone else. We were even emailing up until the day of arrival and he didn't say anything about the boat being in disrepair.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Unfortunately in life I will never stop learning, I did not believe it was possible to start to meet people so ugly and cunning, I should understand this when making the reservation you told me that you were in four and not two as you paid. Unfortunately I am not capable of such baseness and I can not imagine that others may be so. I believe in your innocence and I agreed that the other two guests would pay on arrival. It 's true, the engine of the boat was broken, I could navigate the same, but to ensure you maximum safety I avoided doing that and I rushed to get me immediately the spare part to repair the boat as soon as possible, preferring travel for 1,000 km rather than wait three days (for this reason we did not meet). I have made sure that you could sail the same for the same price with my friend Angelo and thankfully you can not deny that you sailed two days. You left my boat in unhygienic conditions (I would have been ashamed to do this) and you also deliberately made some damage. I expected you to have had the intelligence and good taste to avoid leaving reviews not allow me to answer you but since you did not, this is my answer. Obviously, all that I say I have proof and I will take the responsibility. I inform you that I will fire against your friend (in fact you've paid) to recover what is owed to me.
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
30 Metres
Castellammare di Stabia
Nearest Train
600 Metres
Castellammare di Stabia
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleanig fee $70
Tax Rate 15.0%

The extra fees can be payed at check out only in Cash

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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