Explore the best of sailing in Italy
Cruising the enchanting waters of the Mediterranean and Adriatic on a chartered yacht in Italy is an experience like no other. Exquisite cuisine, stunning coastal landscapes, beautiful beaches, and a wealth of cultural and natural wonders- it’s hard not to fall in love with the “Bel Paese”. The calm waters surrounding the peninsula and excellent wind conditions around the islands also make Italy an ideal destination for both experienced and novice sailors.
- Diverse coastlines and islands
- World-famous museums, artworks and historic sites
- Stunning secluded, rugged and long sandy beaches
Rome (FCO, CIA), Palermo Catania Fontanarossa (CTA), Palermo (PMO), Naples (NAP), Genova (GOA), Reggio Calabria (REG)
Boat base locations
Naples, Amalfi (Salerno), Reggio di Calabria, Sicily, Sardinia, Elba
Ruins of Pompeii, Amalfi Coast, La Maddalena Archipelago in Sardinia, volcanic Aeolian Islands, beaches of Calabria
Best time to sail
May – September
Explore cities in Italy
Things to do and see when sailing in Italy
Highlights of a sailing holiday in Italy include Venice, once a key maritime centre in Europe. This dreamlike city of palaces, gondolas and blown glass is best approached from your own vessel. Tour the magnificent sites in St. Mark’s Square before wandering off in the small streets and across small bridges as you discover the beauty of one of the world’s most beloved cities.
- Start your sailing holiday in the Gulf of Naples and tour the famous Amalfi Coast by boat, the best way to discover the World Heritage designated coastline.
- Distinguished by its towering cliffs, colourful towns and lemon tree groves, the Amalfi Coast will capture you with its charm and allure.
- Visit the perfectly preserved ancient Roman city of Pompeii, wander through the coastal towns.
- Try a glass of limoncello at the end of your meal in a traditional trattoria.
- Tour vineyards and enjoy the land’s gastronomic delights while on a sailing holiday in Italy.
- Go for a hike up to a volcano in the Aeolian Islands, snorkel through the crystal clear waters of Sardina’s archipelago or catch a glimpse of Italy’s underwater life in Calabria.
Boats in Italy
Italy’s diverse coastline means you will have plenty of options for sailing. If you opt for sailing around the Amalfi Coast, you’ll find ideal sailing conditions with light winds in the morning. Around Sicily and the Aeolian Islands, you’ll find pleasant winds and sea breezes throughout the summer, while sudden gusts are not unheard of in the spring and early summer. Experienced sailors will enjoy cruising around the stunning island of Sardinia in late spring and summer when the winds are less strong.
- The sea is warm from June to September, with the air temperature consistently in the twenties, if not above.
- The peak holiday time in Italy is in August.
- The beaches are full of locals and holiday goers especially during Italy’s holiday, Ferragosto, on the 15 August.
Suggested sailing routes in Italy
Make a trip to the famous island of Capri. Home to the Blue Grotto, a natural wonder where you can dive and swim when the tide is low, Capri is a legendary destination, beloved by artists, celebrities and local Italians alike. It has been the setting and a source of inspiration for many artistic works, including a piece by Debussy and novels by Graham Greene and Somerset Maugham.
- You can rent a boat in Reggio di Calabria. A great starting point to reach Sicily, the area surrounding Reggio di Calabria is an amazing area for sailing. Sail along the calm sea to visit enchanting coves and long stretches of sandy beaches along the rugged coastline. Not to miss is the beautiful beach of Tropea and the sea caves of Dino Island.
Sail around Sardinia
- Explore Sardinia’s exquisite coastline
- Stop to enjoy authentic cuisine with locals in hidden beachside hamlets.
- From Portisco sail north to La Maddalena Archipelago, which provides excellent cruising grounds, gorgeous beaches and wild landscapes. Y
- You may also want to check out the chic Porto Cervo along the Costa Smeralda or the historic capital of Cagliari in the south.
- In the evening, gaze at the stars, unimpeded by the glare and bustle of the city as you settle in for the night on your own private yacht.
Italy’s diverse regions and geographic characteristics provide a little something for everyone. Fantastic beaches, architectural and artistic wonders, glamorous nightlife and breathtaking landscapes along the coast and countryside are just a few things to take in consideration when planning an itinerary for your next sailing holiday in Italy.