Italy is a beautiful southern European city whose cities have been attracting millions of tourists for decades. It is a country with incredible history, culture, architecture and countryside, which has for years been one of the most visited and most wanted destinations. Italy to the east spreads to the Adriatic Sea, and to the south to the Ionian and Mediterranean, to which it exits to the west, which is why it is one of the most wanted cruise destinations. Numerous islands surround this country and hide the wonderful places that can best be experienced during the cruise.
Some of the most beautiful islands are found in Italy. They are separated from the main land, but still belong to Italy, the islands of Elba, Sardinia, Sicily and many smaller ones. Capri, Lampedusa, Caprera, Lipari And the famous Montecristo are just a small part of what Italy has to offer.
Italy can boast an unbelievably large number of different sights. From the historical monuments and squares that are in almost every place to the beautiful landscapes, the beach and the mountains. One of the main icons of Italy is certainly the eternal city of Rome, which witnesses the history of this beautiful country with the Pantheon, the Colosseum, and the Vatican. The Leaning Tower in Pisa has been fascinating tourists for over 150 years and today it is the same excitement as in the past. Lake Como is one of the most beautiful and most exclusive lakes in Europe that complements beautiful mountains in the surrounding area. Pompeii, although many years ago covered with ashes, every year due to tourists gets back to life and shows the lifestyle of Pompey as it was 2,000 thousand years ago. Milan, one of the centers of Italian fashion, can boast of Milan Cathedral, the most famous opera house in the world of La Scala, Sforza Castle and many others.
Considering that it is surrounded by the Adriatic, Ionian and Mediterranean Sea, Italy also adorns the incredible beaches that exist in all the regions of the country. Plaza Santa Marinella near Rome, Anzio Beach, Sperlonga Beach, Cefalù Beach are just some of the many that you can visit in Italy.
Sicily, thanks to its position, is meeting with three seas because of which it must definitely be found at the top of your cruise destination list. This largest Italian island is surrounded by many smaller islands, which in combination with an excellent climate represent the right destination for cruising.
Sardinia, together with its surrounding islands, climates, turquoise sea and nature, is a great destination for cruising. Coves, caves, beautiful beaches and many hidden gems of Sardinia can be discovered during the cruise in these parts.
Naples is a very attractive and interesting place with its Partenopean and Pontine Island is the perfect destination for cruise through this part of Italy.
The Tuscan archipelago is the pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea adorned by the lovely islands on the outskirts of Elba. Crystal clear water and Mediterranean vegetation make cruising this area absolutely magical.
Venice is a unique city and port that is famous for having channels instead of the streets. It is located in the north of Italy on the Adriatic Sea and cruising only this city is a unique and unforgettable experience.
The yacht charter season in Italy starts from May through the beginning of October.
The high season runs from the first week of August till the third week of August where the temperature is around 25°C.
The amount of wind varies greatly depending on the location and time of year. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily tend to enjoy more wind than the Bay of Naples and the Riviera but, in general, there is a lot less during the summer months than other times of the year. In the meantime, the variety of scenery, the fabulous climate, the beautifully clear water and Italian food and wine certainly go some way to make up for the lack of wind!
The warmest months are July and August, with average temperatures of 25°C/77°F and day temperatures often well over 30°C/90°F
It is always a smart idea to avoid peak seasons, both in terms of charter cost but also to avoid crowed beaches, marinas and restaurants. The following graphs depict the demand* for yacht holiday in respect with average precipitation and average temperature.
To avoid peak seasons while still having comfort weather conditions, start your trip from second half of June until first half of July or the second half of August until first week of September.
Depending on which destination you wish to go, you can use one of the international Airport available in Italy.
For Sicily,There are four main airports in Sicily. Palermo and Catania are served by flag-carrier and low-cost airlines, while Trapani and Comiso specialise in low-cost European flights. To get to the West part of Sicily & the Egadi Islands is best to land to Palermo or Trapani airport, and start your trip either from Palermo, Trapani or Marsala. To get to the Aoelian Islands, is best to land to Catania airport and start your trip from Portorosa, Milazzo, Capo d' Orlando, Palermo, or you can take the ferry from Milazzo, Messina or Palermo to reach directly to Lipari island and start your trip from there. To get to Catania Coast, is best to land to Catania or Comiso airport, and start your trip from either Catania or Syracuse marinas.
For Sardinia, To Explore Maddalena Archipelago, you can fly to Olbia airport and start your trip from one of the neighbour marinas such as Olbia, Porto Rotondo, Portisco or Cannigione. Alternetively you can fly to Ajaccio Airport in Corsica and start your trip from either Propriano or Bonifacio in Corsica and pass to Sardinia coast. Alternatively you can fly to Alghero airport and start your trip from Alghero marina and head north east of the island. For the Southern part of the island, you can fly to Cagliari and start your trip from Cagliari marina.
For Naples Bay & Partenopean Islands or the Pontine Islands, you can fly to Naples' international ariport, and start your trip from one of the neighbour marinas such as Naples, Castellamare di Stabia, Pozzuoli or Salerno marinas. Or take the ferry and start your trip either from Procida or Ischia island. Some travellers deside to fly to Rome and spend a couple of days there before starting their boat trip from Naples that is also a good idea. The easiest way to go from Rome to Naples is by train and the trip last from 1 hour and 15 minutes to 3 hours depending on the train you take.
For Tuscan Archipelago, you can take your boat from one of the neighbour marinas such as either Marina di Scarlino in Puntone, Cecina or Castiglioncello, or get the ferry from Piombino to get yo Elbe and start your trip from there. To reach Tuscany you can fly directly to either Galileo Galilei International Airport in Pisa or Amerigo Vespucci Airport, also known as Peretola, in Florence. Located only 80 km apart. Alternatively to get a more reasonably priced flights you can fly to the largest international airports in Milan or Rome. From there it is easy to take the train to get to Tuscany.
For Venice, you can fly either to Marco Polo Airport of Venice that is one of the largest and busiest airports in north Italy or the Treviso Airport located deeper inland than Marco Polo that is serviced by low-cost airline companies. then youn can get to one of the neighbour marinas such as the marinas of Chioggia, Venice or Caorle. Alternatively if you are coming from Central Europe you can easily reach Venice by train.
Italy is an EU country, and hence EU citizens require no visa to enter the country, while non EU citizens have to check before travel.
The official currency is Euro.