If you are a yachtsman you have to carefully choose where to moor your boat, so we decided to dedicate an article to the Italian best-equipped and exclusive marinas.
The pleasure-boat owners have a variety of demands regarding services available in the ports, but also the proximity to airports and other strategic venues, costs and tourist attractions in the surroundings of the dock.
Combine all this needs is possible, but is useful to have a map of the ports in Italy, to decide where to moor.
In the last years the availability of moorings has grown considerably, from 60.000 moorings in 2007 to 83.000 today; besides we have to add the moorings in existing ports so the total amount is 161.000.
Let’s find out where are the most popular marinas and those lesser known but well-equipped, so the yachtsmen won’t give up on quality.
Capri, the favorite harbour by VIPs
Capri is the most expensive Italian harbour, has only 10 seats reserved for mega yachts over 70 meters, and advanced reservation is required.
This harbour, destination chosen by the international jet set, is located on the northern side of the island, overlooking the Gulf of Naples and offers overall 300 moorings.
Because of the cost, here is not unusual to meet the emirs of Qatar, famous stylists such as Giorgio Armani and Dolce and Gabbana, tycoons like Abramovich and many Italian soccer players like Fabio Cannavaro.
Portofino, fashionable and stylish destination
The difference between a tourist harbour and a marina is the range of services available: the classic port is exclusively dedicated to mooring, while the marina is conceived as a point of convergence, because hosts shops, offices, houses for rent or for sale.
Although Marina di Portofino is a small port part, is included among Italy’s most prestigious harbours by virtue of its location (in the middle of a natural promontory formed from the inlet of the Bay) and its charm.
The moorings are only 16, nevertheless is a favorite destination by Italians and foreigners yachtsmen. Among the available facilities there are Wi-Fi area, video surveillance, power supply and grocery stores in the surrounding village.
The wide choice of restaurants and hotels in Portofino is a further reason for preferring this location, ideal for exploring Liguria by boat, especially in the summer.
Porto Cervo, a jewel of the Mediterranean
Sardinia is a must in a ranking of the kind, Porto Cervo Marina has 700 moorings and is without doubt one of the most expensive, but it should be considered a great choice if you decide to moor your boat in a Sardinian port for an entire year, this is cheaper than pay only for the summer months.
In fact, due to flights of low cost airlines, today it is easier to decide where to sail, depending on the distance of the airport from the harbour, a convenient way to optimize costs.
In Porto Cervo sailing lovers can request laundry service, food delivery on board, catering, food and beverage or going to the fine restaurants for gourmets close to the harbour.
Marina del Gargano, Apulia at your fingertips
Past time Southern Italy offers high-quality services to pleasure-boat owners, for example Marina del Gargano in Manfredonia, a favourable venue for those who want to explore Apulia, discover its beautiful beaches, or head to other routes such as Greece or Croatia, easily reached from this port.
Marina del Gargano is close to the historic centre of Manfredonia and includes a full range of harbour services: 700 moorings, mechanic’s shop, night surveillance, yacht club, green areas, and commercial activities such as bars, restaurants, jewellers and boutiques.
You can also rent a car or take a taxi to visit the most renowned Apulian destinations, furthermore the Gargano is one of the most characteristic areas of the region and has been included by New York Times among the most beautiful places in the world on the 29th position. It is a new trend for travel in Italy, a venue less celebrated yet able to surprise the most discerning traveller.
Are you ready to set sail on the seas of Belpaese, stopping at favorite harbours by celebrities?
Italy is a dreamy destination for those traveling by yacht.