The land’s natural beauties enchant every visitor. Therefore, it’s time to figure out the best sailing times in Italy. There are useful tips on how to plan a one-week route. Take our advice in order to gain a fantastic, memorable experience.
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Location of Italy
Italy is located in South-Europe. It incorporates the valley of the Po River, the Apennine Peninsula, the two big islands of the Mediterranean, Sicily and Sardinia; and numerous smaller islands.
History of Italy
Italy was populated in the first millennium B.C. Meanwhile, the northern part of the peninsula was conquered by the Etruscans; the southern part by Greek settlers. Throughout more than 3000 years there were many migration periods and invasions. Finally, Italy was unified in 1870. Beforehand it was divided by dukedoms, republics and the Pope’s state. Several conflicts had affected the state during the Italian Monarchy and world wars before today’s Italian Republic were proclaimed.
Weather in Italy
You can experience the real Mediterranean climate in the South. Summers are warm and dry, whereas winters are mild. There are irregular periods of precipitation, and snow rarely falls. The best sailing period is between March and November. In summer the temperature of the South-Italian waters can even reach 26 degrees. The water level is changeable due to the strength of the sirocco wind.
Main sights of Italy
Rome, Italy’s capital city, with its rich history and culture is a fairly attractive destination for tourists. Its most visited monument, the Colosseum, was erected in the Ancient Times. Some additional examples are Forum Romanum, Pantheon or Castel Sant’Angelo. Other sights, though, preserve the features of the Renaissance and Baroque eras such as Capitolium Square or Trevi Fountain.
As you may know, pasta is a typical dish in Italy By the way, pizza, the worldwide beloved dish, originates from Naples. Not to forget about their extra-strong espresso coffee and delicious cappuccino. Gelato, their world-famous ice cream, was first made by Italian confectioners.
Beaches in Italy
If you are looking for a memorable holiday experience, the Italian beaches will never disappoint you. They offer a wide range of choices from fine white sandy to small pebble-stoned shores.
Cala Goloritze beach
It is one of Italy’s most beautiful beaches, stretches along the northern east part of Sardinia. You step on small pebbles on its beach. If you are interested in active programmes, take part in mountain climbing or trekking tours.
Beach of Rimini
Rimini can be found in the south-eastern zone of Emilia Romagna. It is, actually, the most popular holiday resort on the Adriatic Riviera. It is also called ‘Europe’s Miami’. The 15 km long coastline is the favourite place for families with children thanks to its slowly-deepening water. You are rather keen on a tranquil holiday without crowds of people? Then, unfortunately, you need to choose another destination. The beaches here are crammed with thousands of bathers.
The beach of Pane e Pomodoro
Pane e Pomodoro in Bari is the second-largest and most important city in southern Italy after Naples. The full-service beach is quite variable offering sandy, pebble-stoned, or even grassy parts. Its gradually deepening water makes it also a great place for kids. The beach is accessible by train or in 30-40 minutes on foot across a promenade near the shore.
Beach of La Pelosa
La Pelosa beach is one of Sardinia’s most wonderful beaches. It can be found in Stintino city. Its water is really special, shallow and transparent. Moreover, you put your feet here into fine white sand. Thanks to its picturesque panorama it is regarded as an excellent destination. Here you can even see the islands of Piana and Asinara.
Rent a boat in Italy
There are plenty of well-equipped ports in Italy. Some include but are not limited to:
Capo d’Orlando Marina
The port total extension is about 183, 000 square metres including quays and indoor places. There are 553 berths for yachts with a length of 7, 50 – 40 meters. Moreover, this modern and multifunctional complex provides full service. After arrival, the purpose is to create a friendly atmosphere for the members of the crew by different services in the local Wi-Fi bar, restaurants or boutiques. Read about the charter in Capo d Orlando
Port of Marsala
Marsala is an Italian town located in the province of Trapani in the westernmost part of Sicily. It is a popular stopping-off point for yachts heading to Tunisia. The depth range of the port is 3-3, 5 meters. There is a water and electricity supply. The port is occasionally subject to the phenomenon of the marrobio. Basically, it is a tidal wave that can raise and lower the water level by as much as a metre in the space of 10-15 minutes. Read about yacht charter in Marsala
Marina di Cagliari
Marina di Cagliari is in the city’s inner dock, right in the historic city centre. It’s just a few minutes away from the train station and the international airport too. Marina di Cagliari is one of the largest and most equipped ports in Italy. Due to its geographical location, it is also a very important tourist and commercial centre. In total it can accommodate more than 5, 000 yachts, from which 18 can be up to 55 meters in length. The port provides comfortable accommodation for passengers, such as wi-fi, restaurants, and logistic assistance. Read about sailing in Cagliari, or yacht charter in Cagliari
Porto di Alghero
The harbour of Alghero is protected by old town walls and can accommodate 400 yachts. Guests can enjoy the following services during their stay. They will welcome visitors on arrival and help you navigate through the harbour by boat and docking as well. All-day surveillance is also provided thanks to security systems so you can safely discover the beauty of the island. Water, electricity and wi-fi are also available. They are equipped with showers and toilets, a post office, and technical assistance for their guests every day. Read about sailing in Alghero, or boat rental in Alghero
Marina di Olbia
The marina is in Olbia, and it is also called the tourist’s harbour. It is open all year long, it offers 270 seats for boats up to 80 meters in length. Also, the port is really close to the city of Olbia all services are available in minutes. Of course, there is also 24-hour security service, wi-fi, showers and toilets. Sailing on the emerald-coloured sea, between bays that are covered with snow-white sand. Take a dip in the sea, eat pizza, walk through narrow Italian streets – among other things, you can do these things in Sardinia. You will quickly find a place in your heart for this island, with its natural contrasts, this old tradition preserving region with its colours and lights. Read about Olbia sailing, or Olbia boat rental
There’re different opportunities to rent a boat in San Foca. The village’s marina has 150 berths. Drinking water, electricity, showers, and bathrooms are all accessible in the vicinity of the marina, and a Wi-Fi connection is also available for the comfort of sailors. boat rental in San Foca
Porto Turistico Marina di Leuca is a port where you can be sure that your boat is 100% safe, every day of the year. You can choose from hundreds of yachts and boats to rent in order to visit your preferred beaches. rent a boat in Leuca
There’re 300 berths in this marina. The bottom of it is sandy and owing to its location it’s a great shelter against the northerly and north-easterly winds. Porto Cesareo is one of South Italy’s popular ports, therefore boat rental opportunities are plenty to choose from. rent a boat in Porto Cesareo
Port of Salerno
Port of Salerno is one of the busiest ports of the Tyrrhenian Sea. It covers a shockingly huge area with a total territory of 1.7 million square metres. The entrance of the port is 280 m wide and the sea depth is 13 m. Read more about Salerno sailing, or boat hire in Salerno
The marina counts as one of the newest and most modern ports in Italy. Very well sheltered and equipped. The Marina has a 340, 000 square metres water basin with a water depth of 8 m. Marina d’Arechi is suitable to accommodate as many as 1, 000 boats and yachts. The length of the latter can be as long as 123 m.
Port of Agropoli
The Port of Agropoli is located in the vicinity of Naples and Salerno. It accommodates most private boats and yachts. The port is dotted with some fine bars and restaurants and great hotels. Near the port, there’s also a huge parking area. Read more about Agropoli sailing, or boat rental in Agropoli
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Portofino’s Marina is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful ports on the continent. It’s only 36 km from Genoa, thus it’s easy to access and it’s also ideal from sailors’ perspective. Although you have to expect fairly high prices, your trip will be enriched not only by new sailing but also cultural experiences. For instance, you can visit the Brown Castle, the Church of San Martino or the Church of San Giorgio. Read more about Portofino yacht charter
If you want to treat yourself to a bit of luxury, head to San Remo, which is often referred to as the ‘Town of Flowers’. Although San Remo’s port is fairly small, it’s nestled in dreamy surroundings. It’s especially popular amongst those, who’d like to let their hairs down and enjoy some buzzing nightlife. Read more about San Remo sailing or yacht charter in San Remo
Genoa is a nautical paradise, hosting the second-largest port of the Mediterranean Sea. Originally, it was only a smaller old port the city grew out of, so the new port was built, stretching for 22 km. Whilst in Genoa, make sure you also visit the Maritime Museum too.
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Moniga is one of the most modern and best-equipped ports at Lake Garda. It’s famous for its high level of service. It was built-in 2005, according to the highest architectural standards. There are 280 moorings here. The size of the boats can even reach 18 meters. The depth of water at the pier is 3.20 metres. They provide fresh water, electricity, Wi-Fi and TV. Read more about sailing in Moniga, or boat rental in Moniga
Port of Navene di Malcesine
The Navene di Malcesine has more than 200 moorings, for instance, for powerboats. The running water and the electricity are free to access. You can find showers in the clubhouse. The Marina Navene provides two cranes for dispatching and transporting the boats. There is also a restaurant, a bar, a small gym and a private beach in the area. Read more about sailing in Navene, or boat rental in Navene di Malcesine
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Weather in Italy
In Italy there are different types of climate: mild continental in the Po Valley, cold in the Alps, the Mediterranean on coasts and islands, and finally cool and windy in the Apennines. Because of the considerable length of the peninsula, there is a variation between the climate of the north, attached to the European continent, and that of the south, surrounded by the Mediterranean.
Sometimes cold air from northern Europe can spread south into Italy, bringing snow to most mountains, while the coasts are kept warm by the high sea temperatures. The climate for which Italy is famous, with a mild climate and plenty of sunshine tempered by breezes, is actually found only in coastal and plain areas of the center and south, as well as on the coast of Liguria in the north-west. As a rule, the Tyrrhenian coast is warmer and wetter than the Adriatic coast.
The Mediterranean climate in Italy has often local variations. Surrounded by warm seas and with mountains close by, the coast always has a breeze; mountain areas are usually cooler with clear sunny skies, but sometimes local showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon. The coast and valleys tend to have hotter summers than the hills or mountains although the coast benefits from breezes off the sea for cooler temperatures even in those warmer months.
July and August are the hottest and sunniest months, except in the Alpine region. The summer can be quite hot in Italy, mainly in the south of the peninsula, with high nocturnal temperatures of usually 28-33°C, but sometimes even 40°C. Autumn is often rainy, especially from late September or October onwards.
Sardinia is subject to Atlantic winds and Sicily to African winds. In spring and fall, the Sirocco, a warm wind from Africa, raises the temperature of the peninsula.
In the summer these Winds can bring very hot, unpleasant weather, sometimes even up to the northern districts of Italy. Occasional short cold spells in winter can bring about the north winds from central Europe.
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Amalfi Coast sailing itineraries
Day 1. Salerno – Cetara 5.12 km (3.18 mi), Day 2. Cetara – Agropoli 43.98 km (27.33 mi), Day 3. Agropoli – Acciaroli 28.46 km (17.69 mi), Day 4. Acciaroli – Marina di Casalvelino 8.77 km (5.45 mi), Day 5. Marina di Casalvelino – Palinuro 21.51 km (13.36 mi), Day 6. Palinuro – Marina di Camerota 12.13 km (7.54 mi), Day 7. Marina di Camerota – San Marco – Salerno 102.38 km (63.62 mi)
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Liguria sailing itineraries
Day 1. La Spezia – Portovenere 7, 16 km (4, 45 mi), Day 2. Portovenere – Palmaria 1, 00 km (3, 28 mi), Day 3. Palmaria – Tino and Tinetto 4, 32 km (2, 68 mi), Day 4. Tino and Tinetto – Riomaggiore 12, 57 km (7, 81 mi), Day 5. Riomaggiore – Monterosso 8, 46 km (5, 26 mi), Day 6. Monterosso – Levanto 7, 31 km (4, 54 mi), Day 7. Levanto – La Grazie – La Spezia 32, 14 km (19, 97 mi)
Italian Riviera sailing itineraries
Day 1. Genova – Arenzano 21.39 km (13.29 mi), Day 2. Arenzano – Varazze 11.54 km (7.17 mi), Day 3. Varazze – Savona 9.61 km (5.97 mi), Day 4. Savona – Albenga 34.69 km (21.55 mi), Day 5. Albenga – Imperia 25.67 km (15.95 mi), Day 6. Imperia – Vado Ligure 60.45 km (37.56 mi), Day 7. Vado Ligure – Cogoleto – Genoa 46.87 km (29.12 mi)
Sardinia sailing itineraries
Day 1. Santa Teresa Gallura – Bonifacio 16, 45 km (10, 22 mi), Day 2. Bonifacio – Porto Vecchio 46, 5 km (28, 92 mi), Day 3. Porto Vecchio – Cala Santa Maria 43, 6 km (27, 09 mi), Day 4. Cala Santa Maria – Tavolara island57, 36 km (35, 64 mi), Day 5. Tavolara – Porto Cervo 33, 98 km (21, 12 mi), Day 6. Porto Cervo – Porto Pollo 24, 91 km (15, 48 mi), Day 7. Porto Pollo – Porto Pozzo – Santa Teresa Gallura 23, 37 km (14, 52 mi)
Costa Smeralda sailing itineraries
Day 1. Cannigione – Porto Massimo (La Maddalena) 21, 27 km (13, 21 mi) Day 2. Porto Massimo (La Maddalena) – Cala Santa Maria 7, 15 km (4, 44 mile), Day 3. Cala Santa Maria – Porto Vecchio 43, 6 km (27, 09 mile), Day 4. Porto Vecchio – Bonifacio 46, 5 km (28, 92 mile) , Day 5. Bonifacio – Santa Teresa Gallura 16, 45 km (10, 22 mile) , Day 6. Santa Teresa Gallura – Porto Pozzo 15, 83 km (9, 83 mile), Day 7. Porto Pozzo – Palau – Cannigione 34, 95 km
Sicilian sailing itineraries
Day 1. Milazzo – Vulcano Porto 35, 21 km (21, 88 mi), Day 2. Vulcano Porto – Filicudi Porto 39, 19 km (24, 35 mi), Day 3. Filicudi Porto – Santa Marina Sailina 28, 71 km (17, 84 mi), Day 4. Santa Marina Sailina – Stromboli 41, 63 km (25, 87 mi), Day 5. Stromboli – Panarea 22, 72 km (14, 12 mi), Day 6. Panarea – Lipari 21, 85 km (13, 58 mi), Day 7. Lipari – Tono – Milazzo 40, 64 km (25, 25 mi)
Puglia sailing itineraries
Day 1. Gallipoli – Santa Maria al Bagno 9, 53 km (5, 92 mi), Day 2. Santa Maria al Bagno – Sant’Isidoro 13, 17 km (8, 18 mi) Day 3. Sant’Isidoro – Porto Cesareo 5, 71 km (3, 55 mi) Day 4. Porto Cesareo – Torre Colimena 13, 34 km (8, 29 mi), Day 5. Torre Colimena – Lido di Silvana 34, 15 km (21, 22 mi), Day 6. Lido di Silvana – Lido Bruno 15, 29 km (9, 50 mi), Day 7. Lido Bruno – Parco naturale regionale Porto Selvaggio e Palude del Capitano – Gallipoli 83, 77 km (52, 05 mi)
Lake Garda sailing itineraries
Day 1. Moniga del Garda – Maderno 14.48 km (9.00 mi), Day 2. Maderno – Limone Sul Garda 25.85 km (16.06 mi), Day 3. Limone Sul Garda – Riva del Garda 9.32 km (5.79 mi), Day 4. Riva del Garda – Val di Sogno 17.68 km (10.98 mi), Day 5. Val di Sogno – Torri del Benaco 18.67 km (11.60 mi), Day 6. Torri del Benaco – Sirmione 14.07 km (8.75 mi), Day 7. Sirmione – Desenzano del Garda – Moniga del Garda 13.17 km (8.18 mi)