The VIP suite in the bow, which features generous hull windows and those innovative scissor berths that have since been so widely copied, has not been changed in any fundamental way, and the full-beam master suite, with its huge offset berth, roomy shower and heads, and excellent breakfast dinette, was always a superb example of its type. The Italia’s interior decor has been slightly muted, although its stripey zebrano veneers, pale leathers, and stainless-steel trim still exude great confidence. Up in the saloon the versatile table—folding and electrically operated—can be made to fit the bill whether you’re sitting down to morning coffee or a three-course dinner.
The lower saloon is a tremendously versatile area, but above all it’s comfortable. You want to sit there. And it’s right at the center of things: A few steps from the helm, it is the interface between the 18.9m upper and lower decks. Just forward lies the en suite VIP cabin, with a clever pair of hinged V-berths that slide together and substantial side windows, which combine with the overhead hatch to flood the space with light.
The sporty feel of a driver’s boat is accentuated by the single helm seat, but there is also a twin alongside for a navigator or two. Just aft is a sizeable dinette with a large, adjustable table—this is the main dining area, after all—and with the glass doors slid open, the main saloon and cockpit more or less merge into one sociable entertaining area, with a sunbed right aft.
The whole main-deck layout works well. It’s close to the galley without having the galley take up valuable living space, and with the giant sunroof you can bring as much sky into the picture as you need. But the heart of this boat is below, in that anteroom between the outside the world and the cozy accommodations below decks. It’s what makes the difference between this sport yacht and all the others.
2 Guest Staterooms
2 Guest Heads
2010 Model Year
Length Overall: 18.9m
Beam: 16″ 4″