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, 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.
Beach of Cala Goloritze
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 of 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 of South-Italy after Naples. The full-service beach is a 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
Unforgettable sailing experience is all you desire, then head to Sicily. It is an extraordinary island even among other Italian ones with all its fabulous sights. Are you a Sea lover? Rent a boat right at this wonderful place.
The total extension of the Capo d’Orlando Marina is about 183,000 square metres. It involves all quays and indoor places. There are 553 berths for yachts with a length of 7,50 – 40 meters in this impressive marina. The 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 yacht club, restaurant or boutiques.
Actually, the nice climate and clear waters are Sardinia’s primary attractions. In addition, there are cosy beaches and many sights like in Sicily. If you are heading to the other large island in Italy, you are going to gain an unforgettable sailing experience as well. However, there are several marinas in South-Sardinia; there are only a few on the East and South.
Cagliari is not just the capital city of Sardinia, but one of the most impressive ports of the Mediterranean. It is easily accessible from its international airport. On the one hand, its size is enormous due to its geographical location. On the other hand, it provides a full service. For luxurious yachts, it is an idyllic port. Find sailing routes in Italy or choose another yacht charter in the Mediterranean
Weather in Italy
In Italy there are different types of climate: mild continental in the Po Valley, cold in the Alps, the Mediterranean in 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, bring 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 in 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.
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.
If you want more accurate/detailed information about the weather and wind conditions, select a region from the yacht charter in Italy destinations tab. Please search for the desired holiday destination within the region and you can find the weather tab under the city tab.
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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)
Read more about Amalfi Coast sailing, or choose Amalfi Coast sailing routes
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)