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.
The main points are the following:
- Weather: Best time for sailing
- Ports and islands in Italy: Ports at breath-taking places
- Sailing in Italy: a one-week sailing itinerary
Weather: Best time for sailing
The best sailing period is between March and November. In summer the temperature of the South-Italian waters can even reach 26 degrees. Moreover, the open stretch of water is quite extended towards Sardinia and Sicily. This means that there are significant water moves even at gentle winds. The actual tidal range can be maximum half meter everywhere, although winds and their strength can have a huge effect on water level. For instance, sirocco can even push Adriatic waters towards the Venetian Gulf.
Ports and islands in Italy: Ports at breath-taking places
As a matter of fact, Italy is one of the most popular sailing destinations. Therefore, embarking in Sicily or Sardinia could be an unforgettable experience.
Did you know that it is the biggest island in the Mediterranean? Yes; and you are planning an active holiday here? Then come in May, June, September or October. The temperature at this time reaches 24-26 degrees in the daytime. As a longer relaxing beach time is concerned, July and August are the perfect months. The daytime temperature is about 30 whereas the sea temperature can go up to 26 degrees. Want to avoid the very hot season? Sicily is still waiting for you from May to October. Of course, the sea temperature is still pleasant at this time. The cooler period is between October and April; the winter is short and mild.
Capo d’Orlando Marina
Its 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.
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 are water and electricity supply. The harbour 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. The phenomenon is most frequently experienced in the winter months during strong westerly winds.
As the Mediterranean’s second largest island it awaits tourists with countless attractions. It has a real Mediterranean climate; long hot summer and cool, rainy winter. The highest level of precipitation is in November and December, though the most pleasant seasons are summer and autumn. This excellent climate makes it an ideal place for travelling or hiking. When it comes to swimming, choose a week between the end of May and the end of September. In July, for example, the average temperature is 24 degrees, and the temperature of the sea reaches 25 degrees.
Port of Cagliari
Cagliari is not just the capital city of Sardinia, but one of the most impressive ports towns of the Mediterranean. It is easily accessible from its international airport. Due to its geographical location, it has become one of the largest and most well-equipped Italian ports. For luxurious yachts, it is an idyllic port, indeed. Numerous services are at your disposals such as water supply, electricity, deck cleaning, food supply or medical assistance. Regular ferries leave towards Civitavecchia, Palermo and Naples.
Port of Carloforte
Carloforte is Sardinia’s most beautiful town that enchants tourists at any time of the year. The marina of Marine Sifredi has 250 berths for sailing ships and boats up to the length of 60 meters.
Italy’s largest lake is located between the Alps and the Po Valley, at the border of 3 provinces, Trentino-Alto Adige, Lombardy and Veneto. It has a length of 55 km and width of 18 km. The Mediterranean climate attracts both passive and active tourists, especially in summer. By the way, the average temperature is about 25 degrees. As far as water sports are concerned, you can choose from sailing, surfing, hiking, trekking or mountain climbing.
Marina of Moniga Porto
Moniga Porto is one of the most modern and well-equipped marinas of Lake Garda. It was built in 2005 according to the highest architectural standards and by using environment-friendly methods. The depth of the quay is 3,20 meter. There are 280 berths at your disposal for even longer yachts up to 18 meters. Freshwater supply, electricity, Wi-Fi and TV are provided. Not to mention the open and covered parking areas.
Marina di Navene
Over 200 berths await motorboats at Marina di Navene. Two cranes are responsible for launching and hauling out and rigging boats. Regarding free time activities, there are restaurants, bars, a small exercise room and a private beach in the neighbourhood.
Sailing in Italy: a one-week sailing itinerary
A circle tour departing from Naples
Day 1: Naples
After Rome and Milano Naples, the birthplace of pizza is the third largest city of Italy. You really must try the original pizza here, believe me. The most delicious one is served at the popular L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele. What about a fine dessert afterwards? Yum… Try Baba, a small yeast cake saturated in syrup made with hard liquor. Thereafter take a relaxing swim on one of its two sandy beaches by Via Posilippo. And do not miss to check once the buzzing nightlife at the city’s port.
Day 2: Sorrento
Leaving Naples to steer your yacht towards Sorrento’s famous cosy beaches. Its black sandy, pebble-stoned and rocky beaches really arrest your attention. During your stay do not forget about gastronomy. There are numerous mouth-watering specialities like pizza, pastiera cake, or limoncello, an Italian lemon liqueur. Regarding nightlife, the port offers tremendous facilities.
Day 3-4: Amalfi Coast
The next destination after Sorrento is the Amalfi Coast. Are you a nature lover? Complete its best hiking called Path of the Gods. On the top, you can enjoy an impressive view of the coastline or even in nice weather the island of Capri. As architecture is concerned, walk along its promenade, the Corso Repubblica Marinara. Beaches can be found not just in the city, but around it too. The most popular one is Spiaggia Fornillo. Looking for a famous hotel with a long history? Choose Hotel Cappuccini.
Day 5: Salerno
Actually, it has one of Italy’s most wonderful promenades with a length of 5 miles and palm trees on both sides. Furthermore, one of Italy’s largest parks is here, the Mercatello Park, on the eastern part of the city. It was inaugurated in 1998; its total size is 10 hectares. Finally, Hortus Sanitatis, one of Europe’s first botanical garden should be mentioned by the fringes of the castle hill.
Day 6: Capri
The last destination is Capri awaiting us with pebble-stoned beach and crystal-clear water. Its main attraction is Grotta Azzurra, the Blue Grotto cave. Sunlight, passing through an underwater cavity, creates a blue reflection that illuminates the cavern. The cave is relatively small, 60 m high, 25 m wide; therefore, just small boats can enter it. Capri provides expensive accommodation; so for cheaper ones book a room in Anacapri on the South.
Day 7: Naples
Again you have come back to Naples. Still, some adventures to do here like visiting awe-inspiring castles by the shore, booking convenient accommodation among villas and yacht marinas. And when you are full of pizza, try others like the Naples fried pasta, fried rice or different filled pasta.
In sum, Italy is an excellent destination for sailing. Wherever you drop your anchor, unforgettable adventures are waiting for you.