The beauty of Italy is legendary and one of the cities is more appealing than the others. The country has immensely rich culture and history, lavish cuisine and all known lifestyles and velvet. Yacht charterers offer huge and varied sailboats as well as beauties. Combined with all the impressive sights, the stunning nature and the Italian dolce vita make it perfect sailing.
Why is yacht chartering in Italy so popular?
Italy and its islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea are located in the very center of the Mediterranean. Renting a boat in Italy is a great opportunity to explore incredible Italian culture and a wealth of beautiful cities. With 51, there are more UNESCO World Heritage sites in Italy than in any other country in the world. And on top of that you can enjoy fantastic food and great shopping.
The coast, especially the Italian Riviera in the west, offers numerous beaches and coves perfectly adapted for anchoring. The Italian islands are mostly located off the west coast and all have their own individual character. The favorable climate and virtually no tide do not contribute to good sailing conditions and there are many interesting opportunities for different sailing itineraries. Italy has a great tradition of crafting and sailing, so sailors benefit from high-frequency harbors. Infrastructure in northern charter regions and in the south to Rome is very good.
The main airports are Venice, Genoa, Pisa, Rome, Naples, Olbia, Alghero, Cagliari, Reggio Calabria, Palermo, Trapani and Catania.
Here are some general information on renting a boat in Italy:
Location: Central Mediterranean Sea
Total length of coastline: 7.600 km
Main charter base: Genova, La Spezia , Piombino, Follonica, Castiglione della Pescaia, Salerno, Sorrento, Tropea and Reggio Calabria. Sardinia: Cagliari, Carloforte, Olbia, Alghero. Sicily: Trapani, Palermo, Portarosa.
Population: ca. 60,675,000
Climate: mild, Mediterranean
Country code: +39
Historic season: May to October
What are the best charter areas in Italy? concentrated on the western coast of the mainland, ie Liguria, Tuscany, Elba, Naples Bay, Capri, Sardinia and Sicily. The Adriatic coast on the east side is not very attractive for sailing. Possible charter bases are Polignano a Mare near Bari, the area around the Gargano National Park and the Venetian lagoons where you can circle right next to the world famous Old Town and its stunning buildings.
In the capital of Liguria, Genoa, you come across Porto Antico, which contains the largest aquarium in Europe and many other sights. From there there is only a few minutes walk to the Old Town. After about 14 NM you arrive in the stunning port city of Portofino in the protected bay. From here it is about 30 NM in La Spezia and along the way you will pass one of the most interesting tourist destinations in Italy, a cluster of five picturesque and colorful seaside towns located in the national park called Cinque Terre. La Spezia is part of the national park and the second largest city of Liguria. It is conveniently located in a deep bay surrounded by high hills.
A bit further south is the Tuscan archipelago that contains the islands of Gorgona, Capraia, Pianos, Montechristo, Giglio, Gianutri and the largest and most famous Elbino. In Tuscany there are very good charter bases to explore these islands, or perhaps even Corsica. They are Viareggio, Piombino, Follonica and Castiglione della Pescaia / Punta Ala. On Elbe is the capital and port of Portoferraio on the north coast, which is worth a visit. The island also offers beautiful big coves and large anchors. On the southern tip of Tuscany is Puerto San Stefano – a town on the sea on a peninsula with a yacht harbor and a massive fortress.
Sardinia offers an excellent blend of exclusive cargo cruises and harbors such as Costa Smeralda and Porto Cervo, as well as pristine sailing areas such as the famous Maddalena archipelago. There are very good ports such as Cagliari, Cannigione, La Maddalena, Olbia, Palau and Portisco. Enjoy the stunning and varied scenery like the pink beach of Spiaggia Rosa and the Cannigione flowering bay.
The Gulf of Naples and its islands, the Amalfi Coast and the Pontine Islands archipelago offer even more brilliant opportunities for itinerary vessels. Amalfi Coast is located between the charter base Sorrento and Salerno. It is about 50 km of coastline with very picturesque towns that sit on steep rocky cliffs. The cities of Amalfi and Positano are just two examples.
From the mainland you can head to the islands of Naples. Exclusive Capri is the place where an international jet set meets. The capital and port with its top boutiques and first-class restaurants is located on the north side. However, it is very busy and expensive. On the south side you will find a good anchorage in Marina Piccola. Capri has no sandy beaches, its shoreline is pretty rocky and picturesque. Water is deep, so there are not too many anchors.
It is then a marvelous, colorful Procida with many beautiful bays and beaches and the natural reserve of the island of Vivara, which is connected to Procida.
You can circulate in the popular, busy Ischia, which is the largest island in the Naples bay. It is a vanished volcano with rich landscapes, hot thermal springs, large bays and lonely beaches. The three major ports are the ports of Ischia, Casamicciola and Forio. The south side of the island is greener and wild with a beautiful shoreline, and the north is more populated. Finally, let's get to the point islands. From Ischia to uninhabited and intact Santo Stefano is about 22 NM. There you can just anchor there in the north of the island. Visit the neighboring Ventotene Island and then cross the next 22 NM to the north-west Pontine Island, Gavi, Palmarola, Zannone and the charming Ponza with its numerous caves and caves. There you will find beautifully protected anchors and an interesting, rugged coastline.
Extremely popular for Charter Charter is Sicily, outside the course. Choose from the main charter bases such as Marsala or Portoroz in the north, from where you can explore the Aeolian Islands of Lipari, Stromboli, Vulcano, Alicudi, Filicudi, Panarea and Salina. Other possible ports for your Italian bareboat charter are Messina, Taormina, Catania and Syracuse on the east coast. Reggio Calabria on the mainland is also a very good starting point for charter sailing boats in Sicily.
What time systems are important for your charter in Italy?
There are no significant tides in the Italian waters. The winds in the summer are northwest. The afternoon breeze generally reduces the heat. Long, dry and hot summer makes perfect sailing time.
Months with highest average temperature: July / August, 25 °
Months with Lowest Average Temperature: January / February, 9 °
] Overcast Wind Speed: 3 – 5 Bft.
Months with highest average rainfall: November, 140 mm
Months with the lowest average precipitation: June / July / August, 30 mm each
Months with the highest average sun: July / August, 10 hours a day [19659004Specificsunrise:December3adadaily
Months with the highest average sea temperature: July / August, 26 °
Months with lowest average sea temperature: February / March, 14 °
How much yachts cost in Italy and which charter types?
The average price for yacht charter in Italy is around 3,100 € per week, but you can rent a 10m yacht, for example from around 1,600 €. The price depends on the size, model and equipment of the boat. In Italy it is very common to rent a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) for a trip to the water. For weekly or longer sailing you can choose to bareboat or charter with a skipper and choose a sailing or motor boat rental or catamaran rental. Then there is a luxury yacht charter, usually with a full crew that takes care of your individual needs. Flotilla holidays are a popular way to sail Italian waters. And a day charter may be the only way to try out if you enjoy life on board.
Which other prominent events exist in Italy except charter sailing?
Do not miss visiting Rome and its incredible antique sites such as the Forum, the Colosseum and the Pantheon. Other incredible impressive tourist destinations in the Eternal City are the Vatican and St. Petra. Sit on the Spanish Steps, admire the Trevi Fountains and sip in the garden and the buzz around the beautiful Piazza Navona and the pedestrian zone with endless shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. This city offers so much that you will simply have to go back over and over again.
Tuscany is just an ideal place for sightseeing. Florence is second in the world when it comes to Renaissance art and architecture. There is the statue of David, the great Uffizi museum, the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo and many more. Pisa and leasing tower are still a fantastic attraction. Equally beautiful and worthwhile visits are Siena, San Gimignano and Lucca.
If you have a day before or after a charter boat, go a little further to the hospital with a beautiful old town that is beautifully seen from the top of the church tower. It has the oldest academic institution in the period since 1088.
Explore Cinque Terre, five stunning villas set on steep hillsides by the sea surrounded by beautiful nature. For example, Manarola is a very beautiful, vivid city.
Between charter trips, check out Pompey near Naples. Vesuvius will destroy it in 79, And now it represents "a city frozen in time".
Visit the city of Amalfi and its cathedral, old dunyards and paper mill, among others.
Drop the anchor in Capri and visit the Blue Cave – a large cove filled with spectacular blue light from below.
Go to Castello d 'Ischia, Aragonese castle built in 1438 and originally dating from 475 BC.
While riding a cruise ship around the Aeolian Islands or Eastern Sicily, admire the active volcanoes of Stromboli and Mount Etna.
Finally, sail on sailing to enjoy the beautiful landscape in one of the Sardinian natural parks such as the Parco Nazionale del Golfo di Orosei and the Gennargento.