One of the main attractions of Italy is undoubtedly the diversity of the sailing locations and it might also be worth considering the chartering of a yacht, especially in the peak months of July and August when the country is at its hottest.
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I hope that this list of sailing locations around the waters of Italy will have whetted your seafaring appetites and that you will enjoy many celebrated hours sailing around the spectacular waters of Italy. Let my recommendations begin!
The Gulf Of Naples
Firstly, you cannot opt for the beautiful islands that are within easy reach from the mainland around Naples, notably Capri, Ischia, and Procida. Capri, being the most well-known island of the three can become over-populated in the tourist season but out of season is a gem, with its calm waters and sea-grottoes an excellent spot to enjoy some wonderful sailing, as well as enjoying the typical architecture and cuisine of this Italian region. Ischia possesses thermal baths and mineral springs in abundance as well as being an extremely fertile region. Procida would be your choice if you were looking for unspoiled surroundings.
The Island of Elba
Secondly, the coastal line around Tuscany demands inclusion, if not for the sheer number of tiny little islands that will fascinate your curiosity. Obviously, the main island of Elba, with its historical link with Napoleon, continues to draw the bulk of tourists and its waters are safe and accommodating for the sailing enthusiast. It also has some excellent beaches.
The Amalfi Coastline
Thirdly, I would go for the Amalfi coastline, if only for the numerous marina facilities available. In Positano, no objection is made to boats being allowed to drop anchor for a sustained period, while other explorations might be made. The coastline is glorious of course, with fascinating towns overlooking the rocky landscape. Fishing also seems to be very popular in this area.
Sardinia would be high on many people’s lists, purely because of the favorable winds for sailing and for the many sheltered bays and coves which makes sailing such a pleasure in this region. Also, it is a welcome break from the town and city regions and has miles and miles of glorious, sandy beaches.
The Pontine Islands
Off Rome, the Pontine islands are rightly very popular. Ponza, the largest of the islands possess many natural swimming pools. Palmarola island is very welcoming to sailors, where it is possible to land and gain access to its nature reserves.
Other Honourable Mentions
Venice, with its wonderful historical connections and stunning architecture, should not be undervalued as a sailing base, located as it is on the Adriatic sea. The Aeolian Islands, located off Sicily, are volcanic and total 8 in all. You can relax here in the thermal waters and witness the steaming fumaroles. Then there are the Tremiti islands, off Puglia which lay claim to having the cleanest water in Italy and possess a host of sea caves. Genoa should also be included, especially as you can sail around the Cinque Terre, which stretches for nearly 5 miles along the seafront. And of course, Christopher Columbus was born there, a fine note to end on when considering such a topic as this.
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