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Italy has well over 5000 miles of coastline, surrounded by the Tyrrhenian, Adriatic, Ligurian, Ionian and Mediterranean Seas.

The west coast can be extremely crowded in the summer, especially in the north. July and August are the months to avoid, but in the spring and autumn the coasts are more peaceful and the weather can be very pleasant. During summer weekends, booking ahead for a berth is essential.

Once the undisputed domain of power boating, many Italians have now discovered the beauty of sailing and to cope with this insatiable demand many marinas have been built, particularly along the Italian Riviera. South of Rome sailing yachts are not so common.

The east coast of Italy has been less endowed by nature and is less popular for cruising, even the local sailors often preferring to cruise in neighbouring Croatia.

Italy's best cruising spots are spread around the rim of the Tyrrhenian Sea where groups of islands alternate with attractive harbours on the mainland. Some of the most picturesque anchorages are on Sardinia, while close to the Straits of Messina one can either anchor in the shadow of Stromboli or within sight of Mount Etna.

The proximity of ports or marinas to all tourist attractions makes it easy to visit the main points of interest without leaving the boat for more than a few hours.

With a large resident boating population and also a considerable boat-building industry of its own, yachting facilities in Italy are of a very high standard. Purpose-built marinas or docks for yachts are available almost everywhere and the only deterrent can be the high docking fees charged in some places, some of the highest being those at Porto Cervo in Sardinia.

The best repair facilities are in the north-west of the country where most marinas are concentrated. There are boatyards all around Italy's coasts and for any repair or haul-out one is never too far away from help. Marine supplies and spares, particularly more common makes of diesel engines or outboards, are widely available, although everything is found more easily in the north. Essential spares that are not available locally can be imported free of duty.

Fuel and water are available in most ports and LPG containers can also be filled in most places although an adaptor may be necessary. Provisioning is good everywhere and most towns have a fresh produce market with a wide selection of fruit and vegetables. Because of the mild winters in the south of the country, fresh produce is available all year round.

If cruising the waters bordered by southern Sicily, Malta, Tunisia and Libya, be aware that because of an influx of migrants attempting to leave from Northern Africa there is an increase in Navy patrols in this area and the danger of small unlit craft carrying passengers.

Some of the Italian archipelagos and small islands have turned into protected marine areas. However, there is a tendency to allow pleasure boaters to use the system of protected marine areas by installing buoys they can tie up to or by providing other services.

Still, there are numerous interesting places one can choose as his starting base to discover many natural resources of this country, splendid beaches, old towns along the coast, lavishly equipped marinas…

THE MOST INTERESTING SAILING AREAS IN ITALY

Sicily and Aeolian islands

Sicily is well known for its unique natural beauty, Etna’s volcano, its splendid coast, islands and islets. One can start his journey in Palermo in the north of the island, a city with numerous monuments and dense orchards. The city has preserved some of Arabic and Norman atmosphere. Another base to start your journey could be Marsala, an astonishing town founded by the Cartaginians. It’s a pleasant picturesque place, famous for its wine. Sant’Agata di Militello is located somewhere in between Palermo and Messina. It’s an ideal starting point for cruising the Aeolian islands.

Sardinia

The landscape of Sardinia offers a lifetime vacation of its rich environment. Portisco is located between Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo. The place is ideal for sailing tourism and it offers various services for tourists. Besides, it is only 10 minutes away from the airport. Carloforte is another starting base, as interesting as well. It is the only populated area on the island of San Pietro.

Tuscan islands

The west coast of Italy is well known for its splendid islands and bases which offer all the facilities to the visitors. Etrusca Marina in Scarlino is an excellent location in the south of Piombino. The island of Elba is another great location for your sailing vacation, offering numerous ports and anchorages. It is one of the most attractive and colorful islands in Italy with following starting bases: Portoferraio, Rio Marina and Marina Marciana.

Gulf of Naples

Naples is an astonishing city which offers numerous monuments and museums of historical interest. It is the great starting base to a journey towards the nearby islands. Agropoli is located between Capo Campanella (Sorrento) and Capo Palinuro. The ruins of its castle reminds us of its Byzantine origin, then some examples of the Greek architecture ( Porta Rosa ) etc. It is an ideal starting base towards the islands of the gulf ( Capri, Ischia and Procida ), along the coast of Cilento or even further to explore the Pontine islands. Vibo Valentia Marina, which is only a few km away from the airport, could be a great choice for those who would like to visit the islands of Lipari.

Monte Argentario

Among the most interesting spots in Tuscan Riviera with attractive tourist centers, beautiful nature and extraordinary sea depths for diving activities. There are three ports to start your journey from; Santo Stefano, Ercole and Marina di Cala Galera.

Castellamare di Stabia

Located between Naples and Sorrento. Besides being an excellent starting base towards the nearby islands ( Ischia, Procida and Capri ), there are 28 mineral springs, so one can enjoy in a mineral-water cure both in the Antique thermae and the new one as well.

Genoa

A city of contrasts, both in culture and architecture, a real modern metropolis. However, it is the only place with colorful and exotic atmosphere of the old port. From there, you can explore the coast towards the tourist center of Ventimiglia, or in another direction, towards Cinque Terre.

Marsala

An excellent position which makes it an ideal starting base towards the Egadi islands (Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo).

Punta Ala

Once a name of a rocky promontory, is now a synonym of a tourist center and luxury residence with a vivacious tourist port from where you can start your journey towards nearby islands.

Salerno

An antique town sloping down from the hill towards the sea. It’s an excellent choice for those who would like to stay around the Gulf of Naples or even for those who would like to set towards the Aeolian islands.

San Remo

An important tourist center. The first hotel in this town was called London, due to wealthy British tourists who were attracted by its mild climate and its romantic landscape. It was the beginning of its great development, construction of hotels, villas, parks and gardens. The city was transformed to the most important flower market in Italy.

Syracuse

Once the most powerful city of Sicily. Today, it offers splendid landscape, crystal sea and Mediterranean vegetation. An excellent starting base indeed.

WEATHER

The climate varies from north to south and between the islands. The north can have cold winters, while the south can be extremely hot in summer. Generally the coastal areas have a Mediterranean climate. The summers are hot and dry along the coast. The prevailing winds of summer are NW, although in many areas there is a daily pattern combining land and sea breezes.

It is worth noting that there has been a trend, in recent years, for the Ligurian Sea (north of the island of Corsica) to experience severe storms in late autumn. In common with other areas of the Mediterranean, damaging seas can build up very quickly (in as little as two hours!) when there are winds over force 7.

There are continuous (computerised voice) forcasts on VHF channel 68. These are first given in Italian, followed by an English transaltion. The forcast covers the next 12 hours wind direction and strength and also the sea state.

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Sun Odyssey 449 PRESTIGE
Sun Odyssey 449 PRESTIGE

Agropoli

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Bavaria Cruiser 56 Dignity
Bavaria Cruiser 56 Dignity

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Oceanis 48 Orchidea
Oceanis 48 Orchidea

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Bavaria Cruiser 51 Mediterranea

Alghero

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Bavaria Cruiser 51 Pota Pota

Cagliari

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Bavaria Cruiser 46 Vittoria
Bavaria Cruiser 46 Vittoria

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Bavaria Cruiser 46 Elisa

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Dufour 520 GL Cala di Volpe
Dufour 520 GL Cala di Volpe

Marina Portisco

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4.200,00 3.570,00
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Bavaria Cruiser 51 Liscia Ruja
Bavaria Cruiser 51 Liscia Ruja

Marina Portisco

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Bavaria Cruiser 51 Cala Zafferano
Bavaria Cruiser 51 Cala Zafferano

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Dufour 512 GL Kal'e Moru
Dufour 512 GL Kal'e Moru

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Bavaria Cruiser 51 Mari Pintau
Bavaria Cruiser 51 Mari Pintau

Marina Portisco

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Lagoon 42 Magan
Lagoon 42 Magan

Marsala

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Lagoon 42 Claudia
Lagoon 42 Claudia

Portorosa

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Lipari 41 Baina d'Aesta
Lipari 41 Baina d'Aesta

Salerno

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Lagoon 380 Rosalba
Lagoon 380 Rosalba

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Lagoon 400 S2 Laura
Lagoon 400 S2 Laura

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Lagoon 400 S2 Ninfea
Lagoon 400 S2 Ninfea

Salerno

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Lagoon 42 NN
Lagoon 42 NN

Salerno

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Lagoon 400 S2 Adorable

Portorosa

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Bali 4.0 Electra

Salerno

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Lagoon 400 ECONOMY

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Reasons to visit


Rome

Walk through the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, where Romulus, Julius Caesar and Nero once ruled… There is no other city like Rome. History, architecture, museums, great food, shopping, historical monuments, and great gelato .

Vatican

Whether you are a faithful of the Catholic Church or not, it doesn’t matter. You, simply, should not miss Vatican City, the smallest state in the world.

Venice

Extremely colorful, full of life, amazing museums, great food, amazing shopping – one of the most fun places you’ll ever visit. But hurry, it’s slowly disappearing into the Adriatic .

Florence

Birthplace of the Renaissance, full of wonderful art, architecture, and the finest museums in the world – Uffizi and the Galleria dell’ Accademia. Florence is one of the most stunning cities in the world.

Sicily

A world of its own. A melting pot of cultures. Mount Etna dominates the landscape and makes for an great day trip from either Taormina or Catania.

Cuisine

Italians know how to cook up some of the best meals in the world, using only natural ingredients, for vegetarians and meat lovers alike.

Need to know


Push - Pull

You push to enter a place, and pull to get out. Exactly the opposite as in America.

Credit Cards

You can’t pay anything costing less than 10 Euros with a credit card, and even then you’re going to be frowned upon. Always bring cash!

Banks

Banks are only open in the morning and for one hour in the afternoon. You better do your banking in the morning.

Electricity

220V, 50hZ, european, you may need a plug-adapter.

Sizes

Sizes in Italy are unlike enywhere else, basically always smaller. So, make sure you really try before you buy .

Tipping

Not necessary in Italy, but you can leave 10%, no one will complain either.

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