Charter a yacht in Italy and enjoy everything the country has to offer: art, culture, history, fabulous food, and wine in spectacular settings from the comfort and convenience of your private boat.
For sailors and non-sailors alike: Italy is best approached from the sea
Cruises and yacht charters are more convenient and comfortable options than traditional onshore tours
The charter industry is actually small in comparison to onshore tourism
Yacht charters in Italy are very appreciated by Europeans and non-Europeans alike
Nautical license requirements vary by region
Each region offers distinct experiences: Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Sardinia, and Sicily are all unique
A yacht charter to Italy is the most fulfilling way to experience this magnificent country.
The yacht charter industry is smaller than one would expect for this incredibly popular tourist destination: a good excuse to choose a yacht rather than a more conventional onshore approach.
The Italian coast, like the French coast, attracts luxury yacht charters of the highest standards. Touring Italy abroad on a private yacht is very comfortable and convenient. Enjoy the charming scenery, rich history, and the unrivaled Italian lifestyle just like local Italians do when they are on their vacations. Italy's dramatic coastline is best appreciated by the sea and the Italians know it! In between visiting the numerous cultural destinations for which Italy is renowned, there is always time to take a refreshing swim.
From the comfort of your private yacht, you have a certain relief from the crowds and traffic that are traditionally unavoidable in Italy's most popular destinations on land.
There are several distinct nautical regions in Italy. Each has its own flavor and focus. Be sure to plan your itinerary carefully as each region is rewarding in its own particular way.
Tuscany offers superb cruising among beautiful unspoiled islands in addition to its extraordinary coastal cultural destinations. All aspects of Tuscany can be experienced from a yacht charter including restaurants, art, history, and gorgeous landscapes.
The Tuscan archipelago is comprised of seven idyllic islands. Elba is a popular destination for many tourists. But it is Montecristo, which allows only a maximum of 100 people on the island per day that is truly a privilege for the yacht charterer, who at the very least can cruise by this secluded and magnificent protected island. At the same time, be sure not to miss the coastal cliff-side towns of the spectacular Cinque Terre. There is no better way to arrive and explore the five lively and historic towns than by yacht.
Car access is extremely limited and, speaking from experience, can be absolutely disastrous due to traffic, parking, and carsickness from the inevitable twists and turns of impossible roads. Trust us, chartering a boat is a much better option!
It is pretty much next to impossible to charter catamarans in Tuscany as monohulls are the predominant option. The prevailing summer wind is from the West to the Northwest. Southeasterly winds are common around Elba and the mainland coast, combined with frequent periods of calm. Often there is a light West or southwesterly wind at night, making for pleasant anchoring conditions.
Sicily is the ideal destination from which to embark on a yacht charter filled with history and natural beauty with its imposing coastline and Etna's towering volcanic peak.
Located approximately 35 miles from the coast are the Aeolian Islands, which are protected by UNESCO, each island is, in fact, the peak of a volcano. Two of the islands are still active. The most demanding sailor will not be disappointed by the astonishing natural beauty of the Aeolian Islands. The islands have harbors and anchorages protected from the prevailing northwesterly winds. Occasionally gusty days are blowing over 25 knots. Sicily is home to an abundance of citrus fruits like the famous blood oranges. It also produces olive oil and good-quality wine. Exotic plants and luxuriant gardens abound in the semi-tropical landscape of lemon groves and pine forests. Highlights of a yacht charter in Sicily will include impressive monuments of the past set against spectacular natural backgrounds. The cuisine of Sicily also reflects its rich past of invasions and occupations and is just delicious as it makes the most of its fresh local products.
A must seen destination for your yacht charters holidays in Italy.
Sardinia is a place truly to itself. With its very special striking landscapes, history, food, and culture, Sardinia is not your typical Italian boat rental destination.
Its climate is even particular and not quite as hot as the rest of the Mediterranean. Sea breezes average 10 - 15 knots from the northwest, providing some great sailing. Be aware that in spring and autumn there are frequent local squalls.
Recently Sardinia has become quite the hot spot with many mega yachts competing for the limited number of berths in Porto Cervo. Although the most popular ports are packed in the summer, Sardinia also offers less glamorous but still stunning ports and bays. The "Emerald Coast" which is located in the North is widely popular for its radiant blue water, breathtaking beaches, and rugged cliffs and is a perfect destination for yacht charters. This is also an excellent base from which to explore the very famous Maddalena islands on the way up to the French island of Corsica. This spectacular cruising area combines the flavors of Italy and France. In fact, we often advise sailors planning trips to Corsica to start in Sardinia to take advantage of this very special itinerary. Everyone who had incorporated Sardinia and Corsica in the sailing itinerary found the experience deeply rewarding.
If you are looking for a yacht charter in between France and Italy, Sardinia is the Italian destination for you.
The Naples region is often a starting point for attractive cruising both on the mainland and to nearby islands. As opposed to Tuscany, the classic itineraries are comprised of shorter more relaxed sails and highlight beaches, glamorous cities, and nightlife.
One can sail very quickly from the endearing chaos of Naples to the Isle of Capri or the spectacular Amalfi Coast. Normal summer winds are from the Northwest occasionally going around to the West or Northeast. This region is best known for the Blue Lagoon on Capri, the famous archaeological site of Pompeii, the volcanic island of Ischia, and the amazing resorts of the Amalfi coast.
However, be prepared for serious crowds in this region. Capri with all its glamour, in particular, is packed in the summer with hundreds of yachts, each one bigger than the next. Don't count on having a berth, as they are almost all reserved well ahead of time by the mega yachts. Nonetheless, time after time, we hear that the only way to truly appreciate the stunning beauty of the Amalfi is by an approach from the sea, so if you don't mind being surrounded by other private yachts, you will appreciate chartering a yacht in Capri.
General Tips on Sailing Italy
The yacht charter season generally runs from April to the end of October. The summer season in July and August is the hottest and tends to have lighter winds.
As Italy can be extremely crowded at the height of the summer season, hiring a skipper may be useful even for the seasoned sailor. Having a local skipper on board will also ensure that your charter experience will be more carefree. A local skipper will know how to negotiate the often overcrowded, small, and tricky harbors. He will also know the best beaches and the best restaurants and markets. At the same time, a hostess/chef may or may not be necessary. If you are planning on docking in a port and exploring fabulous trattorias and restaurants, a hostess/cook may just be useful for serving drinks and making beds.
For the non-sailor who may still be daydreaming about a farmhouse in Chianti or a villa on the Amalfi coast, having been there and done that, we remind you that a villa or farmhouse can be very isolated and down along an unpaved driveway. These picturesque dwellings don't come equipped with air conditioning but do come with scorpions, snakes, and wild boars roaming outside (venturing in on occasion). A private yacht on the water will be cooler and will certainly make the most of your time by providing you access to different destinations without the daily chore of packing.
Italy is definitely best discovered by the sea!
Capital : Rome Spoken language : Italian Currency : Euros (€)
When to go : Italy enjoys a Mediterranean and Alpine climate to the north. The summer is dry and hot and the winter is cold and wet. March and April are often rainy. Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Italy, with more affordable prices, away from the crowds of tourists.
Our favorites : The villages of the Cinque Terre, gondola rides in Venice, hiking in the Dolomites, the panorama from the volcano of Stromboli...
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