You may think you know Italy, but a sailing holiday around Italy’s coast offers a whole new - and, we believe, more authentic - way of experiencing this fantastic and vibrant country. While travelling along the coast, you’ll see past the crowded tourist hot spots and begin to discover the real sights, sounds and tastes of Italy. Our Italy travel guide will bring you one step closer to your dream sailing holiday in Italy.
Imagine sailing through the rustic charm and regional beauty of Tuscany, to the allure and class of Sardinia and the Amalfi Coast, to the antiquity and diversity of Sicily. Then, combine this inimitable lifestyle with delicious classic food and wine on board your very own yacht, which creates endless possibilities and adds the relief of being able to get away from the hustle and bustle of many Italian attractions.
Sailing around the coast of Italy is generally split into four popular areas: the Tuscan Islands, Naples and the Amalfi Coast, Sicily (including the Aeolian Islands) and Sardinia. Each of these sailing areas have their own unique attractions and stunning coastlines. The two largest Italian islands of Sardinia and Sicily are, of course, major cruising grounds in their own right, with a decidedly distinct character of their own.
Most of Italy experiences hot, dry summers, with July being the hottest month of the year. With regular international flights to Pisa, Naples, Rome, Sicily and Sardinia, you’ll have no trouble getting to one of the country’s bustling capitals.
The natural scenery is stunning, the marinas are stylish and the Italian food and wine is (always) delicious. Italy’s sandy beaches and small villages draw tourists from all over the world, but chartering your own yacht gives you the chance to escape the crowds and relax in quiet anchorages and smaller authentic harbours.
The Italian coast, much like the French coast, attracts luxury yachting visitors from all over the world who all know that Italy’s dramatic and lively coastline is best seen from the sea. Not only is touring Italy from a private yacht the most convenient and comfortable way to see the country, but many of the most famous sights are within easy reach of the shore. Italy is home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and significant historical artwork and monuments are scattered all over the country.
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, and the most popular sailing area is the stretch of sea between the northern coast of Sicily, Calabria and the Aeolian Islands. Sicily has a mountainous landscape, and is the home of Mount Etna - the tallest, largest and most active volcano in Europe. The north and east coasts are made up of tall cliffs with many bays and sandy beaches. Sailing south, the land is flatter and the beaches stretch further.
Sardinia is a superb area to explore by boat, with miles of stunning white sandy beaches and spectacular scenery spread along the coastline. The north of this large island, namely Portisco, is the busiest area and has plenty of anchorage, while the south is an ideal starting point for exploring the rest of the Mediterranean.
The mountains and villages of the Amalfi Coast and many nearby islands are renowned for their picturesque charm, and there is no better vantage point than the deck of your sailing boat as you cruise along the coast, or anchor in a stunning cove as a delicious Italian dinner cooks in the galley down below.
With its dreamy landscape and rich and vibrant history, the sailing destinations in Italy are among the world’s most sought-after cruising destinations. There are spectacular views to be had from the deck of your private boat, and when sailing along Italy’s coast you’ve got an abundance of opportunities at your fingertips. Aside from the beautiful beaches, delicious gastronomy and historical treasures to be discovered, you’ll have the option to sail into hidden coves, secluded islands and traditional village harbours. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Exploring Italy by sea truly is an incredible experience. So, what are you waiting for? Get booking!