Italy

Italy

Sailing holidays

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Wine, dine, indulge your senses

The azure waters and glittering, glamorous port towns of Italy’s west coast have long been a mecca for sailors. The picturesque seaside towns, sleepy islands and clean, quiet beaches of this sprawling coastline provide tempting anchorages for sailors to explore. Meanwhile, the calm, diverse waters of the Mediterranean are perfect for snorkelling and produce the delicious seafood dishes for which the region is rightly known.

Italy has much to offer both experienced sailors and comparative novices, with countless leisure activities to enjoy back on land. With four distinct bases to sail from and hundreds of miles of coastline to explore, Italy will keep you coming back time and again. 

Our bases in Italy

Sardinia, Italy

  • Excellent food and wine
  • Glamorous resorts and quiet anchorages
  • Dynamic sailing off famous Costa Smerelda
Experience level 2 ICC RYA
Explore Sardinia, Italy
Palermo, Italy

Palermo, Italy

  • Sicilian food and culture
  • Ideal for experienced sailors
  • Coastal cruising and open water sailing
Experience level 2 ICC RYA
Explore Palermo, Italy
Procida, Italy

Procida, Italy

  • Perfect for experienced sailors
  • Gateway to the famous Amalfi Coast
  • Luxurious resorts, bustling towns, quiet villages
Flotillas Experience level 2 ICC RYA
Explore Procida, Italy
Tropea, Italy

Tropea, Italy

  • Easy line-of-sight sailing
  • Explore the volcanic Aeolian Islands
  • Amazing food and scenery in Calabria and Sicily
Experience level 2 ICC RYA
Explore Tropea, Italy

Our charter types

Bareboat charter holidays in Italy

Visit your favourite anchorages and discover exciting new destinations as you explore Italy’s magnificent coastline on a bareboat charter holiday. You’ll have the freedom to choose where you stop and for how long, how fast and far you sail and what activities you take in along the way. A bareboat charter holiday is the most liberating way to sail the Mediterranean and discover Italy’s sumptuous west coast.

Italian skippered charter holidays

Charter a skippered yacht from one of our bases in Palermo, Tropea, Procida and Sardinia to embark on an Italian adventure in the company of an expert skipper. Improve your sailing skills and gain confidence on the water as you island-hop your way along the Sardinian coast or through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Aeonian Islands.

Italian food and wine flotilla holidays

Join a flotilla of fellow Mediterranean explorers and experience Italy in the company of new friends on an Italian foodie flotilla holiday. Stop off at some of Italy’s finest restaurants, dine al fresco with your flotilla companions and enjoy the best leisure activities the nation has to offer. An Italian food and wine flotilla is the most sociable way to discover the Mediterranean’s finest cuisine. 

Explore Italy

World beating culture

There are a number of things that the Italians seem to do better than almost anyone else, with the nation’s approach to food, wine, fashion, sport and design as fine as anywhere else on Earth. These delights and more are yours to discover on an Italian sailing holiday from one of our bases in Palermo, Tropea, Procida and Sardinia. 

Italy’s popularity has never faded, and today the country attracts those with a taste for fine wine, fine food and fine living. Italian cuisine extends far beyond the pasta and pizza beloved by millions. Excellent seafood is enjoyed in coastal towns, villages and cities across Italy, with vongola (clams), gamberoni (prawns), calamari (squid) and a variety of fish dishes featuring prominently in local specialties.

Italian highlights

Once the heart of one of the world’s greatest civilisations, Italy’s coastline is dotted with spectacular ruins and arresting ancient sites spanning thousands of years. Explore the incredible cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, famously buried by a volcanic eruption in 79AD and today among the highlights of any visit to western Italy. 

Climb the formidable slopes of Mount Etna and sample world-beating Sicilian cuisine, call in at the glamorous port towns of the gorgeous Amalfi Coast and visit spectacular ancient ruins harking back to the Holy Roman Empire. Snorkel in the sparkling seas surrounding the Aeolian Islands and try local seafood delicacies as you sail in peace and tranquillity through the calm, clear waters of the Mediterranean. 

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Types of yachts
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