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    Sailing holidays in Tonnarella

    A Guide to setting sail in Tonnarella: Gateway to the Aeolian Islands

    Zizoo's Guide to Sailing in Tonnarella

    Located on the Tyrrhenian coast in the north of Sicily, Tonnarella is the perfect place to start a boat trip to the Aeolian Islands. Lovely beaches, romantic ruins and breathtaking volcanic landscapes are yours to discover when you charter a yacht in Tonnarella


    • The chic Portorosa Village harbour
    • Ancient ruins
    • The Aeolian islands
    • Best time to sail
    • Currency
    • Boat base locations
      Marina di Portorosa
    • Languages spoken
    • Closest airports
      Catania Fontanarossa (CTA), Palermo (PMO), Trapani (TPS)
    • Tips
      Parco dei Nebrodi national park, island hopping in the Aeolian islands, scuba diving around Lipari
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    Sailing in Tonnarella

    The best time to go on a sailing holiday in Tonnarella is between June and September. During these months, you’ll enjoy ideal sailing conditions, sunny weather and temperatures in the mid-to-high 20s. Catania Fontanarossa airport is a two-hour drive from Tonnarella, on the northeast coast. Renting a car is the easiest way to reach Tonnarella from the airport. You could also fly to Palermo or Trapani airports to reach the island. Alternatively, you can get a train from mainland Italy across the Strait of Messina, take the ferry or sail from Naples or Genoa.

    The Marina di Portorosa offers well-protected mooring space in Tonnarella, which is a convenient access point to the Aeolian Archipelago. A boat tour of the Aeolian Islands allows you to discover secluded beaches and the breathtaking beauty and power of Italy's volcanic islands.  

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    View of the volcano on Monte dei Porri in Italy
    Monte de Porri

    When you opt for a sailing holiday in Tonnarella, you'll be close to the Parco dei Nebrodi National Park where you can enjoy excellent mountain hiking trails around unspoilt lakes. Visit the towns of Falcone, Oliveri, and Marchesana along the coast and sample world-renowned Sicilian cuisine by the sea. In Tonnarella itself, savour the delicacies at Marina Grande, La Plaza or the Yacht Club.

    You can also sample excellent Sicilian wines, such as Frappato and Nero d’Avola. The lovely sandy beaches in Tonnarella stretch along either side of the harbour where you'll also find charming towns and chic resorts perfect for the seafaring crowd seeking relaxation.

    See the towering volcano on the island of Vulcano, the archaeological site at Cala Junco on Panarea, and the famous beaches on the island of Lipari. Snorkelling or diving are among the many excellent activities you can partake in when going on a sailing holiday in Tonnarella.

    La Gorgonia diving centre on Lipari offers organized tours where you can have an exclusive view of Sicily’s underwater life. In addition to taking in the gorgeous scenery both on your yacht and below the water, you can take to the skies with a helicopter tour of the archipelago.

    Snorkelling or diving are among the many excellent activities you can partake in when you charter a yacht in Tonnarella.

    Marine life in Sicily

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    volcano in the aeolian-islands
    Active volcano

    Set course for the Aeolian Islands form your sailing yacht in the Marina di Portorosa. Famed for their unspoilt and rugged landscapes, a tour of the Aeolian Islands will give you a chance to discover vineyards, lemon tree groves and wildflowers that grow around impressive rock formations. Start your sailing from Tonnarella to Vulcano. Climb to the top of the volcano and enjoy the island's natural springs and mud baths. You should also drop by Vulcano's famous Black Sand Beach.

    From Vulcano continue to Lipari, the largest of the island group. Lipari offers many sites and attractions including its historic castle-citadel located near the harbour and other traces of the island’s ancient past as well as several shops and restaurants. After spending a day or two in Lipari, venture further out to the islands of Filicudi, Panarea and Stromboli and make a stop in Salina before returning to Marina di Portorosa.

    islet in sicily
    Islet in Sicily

    When you go on a sailing holiday in Tonnarella, you’ll enjoy optimal sailing conditions. In summer, the region’s gentle breezes rarely exceed 12km/hr. Located in the centre of a low, sandy bay, Tonnarella's entrance water depths are 2.5 metres as you enter from the northeast. There are rarely any dramatic waves or tidal shifts and waves above half a metre are rare. The harbour is built to provide excellent protection from all sides upon entering, and water surface temperatures abov    se 25°C are common. Alongside the extensive leisure facilities at Marina di Portorosa, you can find yacht repair services and receive itinerary advice from the helpful staff.

    To be sure of securing moorings at the islands when sailing around Tonnarella, it’s a good idea to call the marinas and ports ahead of time during the summer season. You can also book a skipper when you rent a boat in Tonnarella with Zizoo. This allows you to sit back and take it all in as you cruise through this stunning region.

    Zizoo's Guide to 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 penninsula 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

    • Best time to sail
      May - September
    • Currency
    • Boat base locations
      Naples, Amalfi (Salerno), Reggio di Calabria, Sicily, Sardinia, Elba
    • Languages spoken
    • Closest airports
      Rome (FCO, CIA), Palermo Catania Fontanarossa (CTA), Palermo (PMO), Naples (NAP), Genova (GOA), Reggio Calabria (REG)
    • Tips
      Ruins of Pompeii, Amalfi Coast, La Maddalena Archipelago in Sardinia, volcanic Aeolian Islands, beaches of Calabria