The west coast of Italy. From Tuscany to Campania; experience the delight of gentle winds, busy fishing harbours, magnificent volcanoes and the rugged beauty of the Amalfi Coast. Charters are also available from Sardinia and Sicily, these locations have their own dedicated web pages.
All along the coastline you will find small working harbours, islands and great spots to anchor. Winds tend to be quite gentle, sailing distances can be as short or as long as you like with a little careful planning.
The sailing season is from April to October. Summer winds are mainly from the northwest , but along the mainland coast the land/sea breezes have a daily cycle. Winds are often light and variable, with some squally weather in spring and autumn.
There is little appriciable tide, just a diffrence of maybe a foot or so between high and low. Currents are generally weak but can be stronger between islands and around peninsulas.
Viareggio & Salivoli
These two lovely Tuscan towns are an ideal starting point for setting off to Elba and the neigbouring islands, as well as further afield to the eastern coast of Corsica.
Bustling, noisy, charming, and full of history. Italy at it's best! From the marina at Castellamare di Stabia, head out toward Procida, Capri and the Sorrento Peninsula.
This small island is located just off the coast from Naples and served by regular fast ferries from Naples city centre.
Sorrento enjoys a commanding location, perched on the cliffs above the Bay of Naples. With views across to Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento is a busy town with plenty to do; and of course - plenty of al fresco dining!
On the south eastern side of the Sorrento Peninsula you will find the busy port town of Salerno. From here it is just a 10 mile sail toward the beautiful town of Amalfi with its charming harbourside setting.
At the very tip of Italy's 'boot' Tropea is a charming cobbled town. From the marina head out toward the amazing Aeolian Islands and watch volcanoes erupt at night time, perhaps head to Sicily and experience the busy Straights of Messina under the watchful eye of Mount Etna.
All locations we feature are within easy reach of an airport. Transfers can be arranged. For Vaireggio and Salivoli the nearest airports are Pisa and Florence. For Naples, Procida, Sorrento and Salerno, Naples Capodichino Airport (NAP) is well served by carriers from all over Europe. Most travellers just require a full passport but do check with your local consulate for latest information.
Charters generally run Saturday to Saturday at all locations. One way sailing options are often available in the Bay of Naples.
As with all bareboat charters, prior experience of sailing a similar sized yacht is pre-requisite. Skipper will need a practical sailing qualifications such as RYA Day Skipper or and ICC, 1st Mate ideally needs the same but usually a copy of sailing experience will suffice. Copies of certificates will be asked for prior to your charter for us to obtain the correct yacht paperwork, without which you cannot sail!
Is the € EURO. In most towns ATM's are available. We suggest using credit/debit card where available and keeping some cash aside for the smaller establishments.
Your charter fee will include any applicable taxes to the yacht. Once out sailing, it is recommended that you call up the harbourmaster/marina if you wish to berth overnight. This is especially prudent in the buiser months of July and August when the whole of Italy seem to be on holiday! Expect to pay €50 - €100 per night in a marina. The vast majority of marinas are very well equipped and staff willing and helpful. If staying in harbour then do remember that most have ferries departing and arriving until late. Your usual alarm call will be at 05.30 with the chug chug of a fishing boat heading out for a days work.