Whether you have your own vessel or you are planning on chartering a yacht, Italy is a fantastic destination to choose if you dream of a sailing vacation. The beautiful seas and stunning coastline of Italy make it the ideal choice. One problem sailors face is the lack of harbors as many marinas are manmade. However, there are some amazing places for people to enjoy a sailing holiday and here are some of the best.
The Italian Riviera
Running along either side of the Port of Genoa and along the coast of Liguria, the Italian Riviera is one of the most amazing stretches of the Italian coastline. If you choose to moor up your boat there, you can spend a day taking in the sights of Genoa and visiting the local attractions.
This is one of the best areas for finding harbors and the options include Loana, San Remo, Savonna, and Imperia. This section of the coast is called the Riviera di Levante and includes the natural harbor of La Spezia. If you plan to come here, you need to make sure there is space or come out of season as the area is very popular with the rich and famous who moor large yachts.
Argentario and The Tuscan Islands
Each of these islands has something different to offer and they are all easily accessible to yachts. This ease of access and the beauty of the islands combine to make this one of the most popular spots for sailing in Italy. The larger of these islands are perfect for using as a base while you explore the sights.
The Bay of Naples
The outstanding views of the Bay of Naples are dominated by Mount Vesuvius. The islands of Procida and Ischia lie at the northern end of the bay while the island of Capri is at the southern end. Each of these islands is accommodating to yachtsmen. There are also several marinas around Naples.
The Pontine Islands
The main reason the Pontine Islands are a favorite amongst sailors is that they are located between Rome and Naples. This allows them to enjoy the beauty of the islands while also taking advantage of the urban buzz and the facilities available in the cities. The smaller islands are stunning natural areas to explore and have good anchorages. The larger islands, Ponza and Ventotene, have pretty towns to walk around with some interesting sights.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy, the Sorrento Peninsula is renowned for its beauty. Sorrento is a historic city that overlooks the Bay of Naples. The extraordinary scenery along this stretch of coastline comprises towns including Salerno, Positano, Amalfi, and
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