by Benetti Yachts, Stefano Righini and Francois Zuretti

Romanza” expresses her Owner’s love for panoramas. Here, the etymology of the word (from the Greek “pan” and “oramà”, meaning “all that is visible”) takes on a particular significance. Her layout has the master suite surrounded by a 180° circular window positioned forward of the main deck; while the upper deck salon, located astern, is also enclosed by folding concertina windows. The result is a design that allows those on board to savour and enjoy the surrounding landscape, even in bad weather and when socialising or relaxing.
Benetti Yachts boasts lengthy experience in luxury vessels and is a noted brand on the Italian shipbuilding scene. It was set up in 1873 and acquired by Azimut Yachts owner Paolo Viteli in the early 1980s.
It gained leading status in the luxury segment from 1985, and has built more than 3 and a half kilometres of vessels in terms of linear metres. Its turnover in the nautical year 2006/2007 was 275 million euros. The vast experience and size of this yard have allowed it to build up its enormous know-how regarding customising boats, thus making it extremely competitive at international level.
Our wish is to point out the remarkable features and discover the reasons that
led the Owner, his staff, and the experts at Benetti to create such original and innovative solutions.
Our description will be rounded off by the photos and by readers’ own research.
“Romanza” was launched in 2006 for an American Owner. She owes her name to the famous aria sung by Andrea Bocelli, a favourite of the Owner’s. The story goes that just after the launch and in preparation for the ocean crossing, the owner saw Bocelli walking along the jetty and invited him on board. The ensuing encounter is one of the Owner’s dearest memories associated with the launch of this vessel.

Upper deck
This yacht has so many interesting features that it is hard to know where to begin. Let’s start, though, with a 6-place gunsafe with ammunition storage; a security measure, it is positioned in a strategic, easy-to-access spot. Indeed, while the boat is based on the French Riviera, she often sails in notoriously unsafe seas, albeit ones that offer stunning panoramas. In line with the harmony of forms and sailing itineraries, the Owner wanted surroundings that were warm, sophisticated and with strong links to the seafaring tradition. Classic-style furnishings were thus chosen, with rounded furniture in solid wood, rich with inlays and natural designs. A dark cherry wood with a high-gloss finish was chosen, along with Madrona burl, both from Central America.
Black or brown wengé has been used for the flooring, depending on the area. The marquetry on the bar furniture and panelling is by the architect Zuretti, who took care of the interior design.
The floors have a design of interlocking squares and double, overlapping vanishing lines. This touch of geometric rigour makes for a satisfying counterbalance to the soft contours of the furniture, and creates a light, modern play of reflections.
To make the atmosphere even more sophisticated, the Owner asked that some of the side tables and parts of the flooring in the hallways be made from Portoro marble. This marble is renowned for its deep black colour with golden yellow veins that vary according to the depth at which it is quarried.
The marble is quarried to the west of La Spezia, and is so rare that the Italian state has put an annual quota on it. The dining area on the upper deck is one of the central points of life on board, hence the designer decided to combine the panoramic views provided by the height (at around 6 metres above sea level) and the large glass doors, with the practicality of various different social situations, as well as making it autonomous as far as weather conditions are concerned.
Hence, it can be adapted to at least four different options: when the circular French windows are closed, the area accommodating the 10-seater table (with seat backs in snakeskin, at the Owner’s request), forms an air-conditioned room separated from the living room and from the outside. When the windows are opened partially astern, by moving an automatic double door, a continuum is created with the external lounge area and the deck.
When the dining room doors are opened forward, the space becomes one with the bar and game area. When all the doors are opened, with leaves that fold back to disappear completely, a vast open space is created, from the stern to amidships; this space comprises the chaises longues deck, the dining area, the bar, the conversation area, and the games and coffee area.
The captain’s comfort must always be taken into account, all the more so on a vessel of this size. Displaying great respect for the individual and his safety, an ample, rationally-designed space has been set aside for the captain’s accommodation.
The cabin is immediately adjacent to the bridge and the communication instrumentation. It has a queen size bed big enough for two, a separate bathroom, a reading table and is fitted with the main alarms.
In order to comply with safety measures and provide a safety route from stern to bow, a semi-circular corridor surrounds the glass doors on the bridge, and links up with the staircase that leads up from the main deck. In the middle of this corridor a gate provides access to a gangway for crew only.
It allows them to access the triangle at the bow that houses the rigging for the anchors and the kedging.
These gangways contribute to the look of the forward part of the upper deck; by creating an inverted Y, they lighten up an area that would otherwise be very linear and slightly monotonous. [...]

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