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Italy

The variety of scenery, the fabulous climate, the beautifully clear water and Italian food and wine certainly will certainly make you wish travel to Italy. There are a number of yacht charter centers in the key sailing areas of Italy.

Italian waters are divided into several different areas: The Ligurian Sea, The North Tyrrhenian Sea, The Central Tyrrhenian Sea, The South Tyrrhenian Sea, The Sardinian Sea, The Strait of Sardinia, The Strait of Sicily, The North Ionian Sea, The South Ionian Sea, The North Adriatic Sea, The Central Adriatic Sea and The South Adriatic Sea
The Italian Riviera stretches along most of the coastline of Liguria, either side of the port of Genoa. From part that runs from Genoa to the border with France in the west is called the 'Riviera di Ponente.
The Tuscan Islands & Argentario- the Tuscan Islands are probably the most appealing and it is probably one of the most popular areas for yacht. The islands of Capraia, Elba, Giglio and Giannutri provide a number of attractive harbours and plenty of anchorages. On the mainland south of Livorno there are harbours of Cala di Medici, Punta Ala, and on the Argentario promontory: Porto Santo Stefano, Porto Ercole and Cala Galera.
The Pontine Islands- are a favorite destination for Italian sailors. It consists of 7 islands, two largest Islands: Ponza and Ventotene and the others smallest ones: Palmarola, Zannone, Gavi and Santo Stefano
The Bay of Naples- on the northern end there are the islands of Ischia and Procida with several well equipped marinas and a number of beautiful anchorages suitable in settled weather.
In the center, there are number of marinas lining the coastline around Naples. On the southern end there is Island of Capri that lies off the Sorrento peninsular. To the north of the bay, you can visit the beautiful Pontine Islands and to the south, the Amalfi coast beckons.
Sorrento Peninsular- Sorrento has marina facilities, as do Amalfi, Maiori and Salerno. Yachts can anchor off the seafront at Positano in settled weather
Sardinia - The east side is more protected, and offers some spectacular beaches. There are Harbours like Porto Cervo. The western side of Sardinia is more rugged and more open to the Mistral.
Further down the western side, there are some delightful sailing areas between the Island of San Pietro and Capo Teulada, the southernmost point of Sardinia.
The Aeolian Islands -Named after the God of Wind, Aeolus. They provide some of the most secure anchorages available in the Tyrrhenian. Visitors can anchor off the island of Stromboli, whose active volcano occasionally provides a spectacular lightshow. The islands of Lipari and Salina are larger and have attractive towns with well-established marinas.
Sicily- is an attractive cruising ground. . It has a number of well-established marinas. Some of the larger, yacht charter companies have bases here. There are anchorages at Cefalu and either side of Palermo. At the western end, San Vito lo Capo also has a comfortable marina and anchorage. Off the western end of Sicily lie the Egadi Islands with clear water and secure anchorages. The eastern side of Sicily has some beautiful cities and interesting destinations such as Siracusa, Catania and Taormina. There is also marina at Riposto close enough to enjoy firework shows that Mount Etna puts on.
The Ionian- There are few harbours for yachts but there are marinas at Crotone, Taranto and Gallipoli.
Adriatic- south Adriatic is probably the most interesting in the Italian Adriatic. There is only a day's sail to the island of Corfu and the fabulous sailing waters of Greece. In the Central Adriatic there are a few notable harbours such as: San Giorgio, San Benedetto del Tronto, Pescara and Ortona. There are many interesting places to visit in the North Adriatic such as: Venice, Trieste, Ravenna and Rimini. The proximity to the northern coastline and islands of Croatia make this area popular for cruising.
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