Yacht Charter Italy – The Center of the Mediterranean
Italy regularly ranks among the top 10 destinations
that people from around the world wish to travel to. Regions like Liguria, Sardinia
, Tuscany or Sicily
are known throughout the world for their beauty but it’s a little known fact that the best way to admire them is from aboard a yacht traveling along the coast.
Located on the boat-shaped peninsula in the middle of the Mediterranean
basin, yacht charter Italy
has a lot of coastline and while you’re in the country, you’re never really too far away from it. This means it’s a sailor’s paradise, with a varied coastline that ranges from rocky, jagged cliffs to soft, sandy beaches.
The Italian coast offers a feast for all your senses starting with the Ligurian coast in the north, continuing to Tuscany, close to the Sicilian island shores or further out at sea, the Sardinian ones. Inland, sailors can enjoy the crystal blue waters of the Lago di Garda glacial lake high up in the Alps while on the eastern coast there is a labyrinth of coves and inlets in the Veneto state where one can visit famous port towns such as Venice or Trieste.
It also helps that the locals have a long sailing history
which affords them a great infrastructure, since the famous Roman Empire was built on commerce and trading with remote locations. There are literally thousands of small harbors and villages along the coasts where you can moor overnight, so it’s safe to say that the best way to enjoy yacht charters in Italy is to sail every day and harboring in a different port every night.
Yacht charter Italy - Rules for sailing
When it comes to rules, the Italian have a pretty clear idea of what you can and can’t do on the water. All skippers must be over 18 years old, have a sailing permit which should be carried at all times when sailing and which is issued to anyone who wants to sail a vessel further away from the coast than 6 nautical miles, for motor boats, or for sailing yachts with a motor that has an output over 40hp.
Local permits aren’t issued that easily, but fortunately for tourists, they also accept the International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (also known as ICC) which is the most common form of sailing competence recognition in a number of countries.
Another thing Italians are adamant about is the protection of some marine areas
. There are a total of 18 in the country with environmental interest and they all have one rule: any yacht charter boat is prohibited from sailing near the coast (the agreed distance is between 1 and 2km) but also from fishing, picking shells, sea plants and sea food, sail in a motor boat, drop anchor or practice any type of watersport. In short, any sort of human activity which could interfere with the natural habitat is forbidden.
These areas are spread in places as Cinque Terre, Arcipelago Toscano, Isole Tremiti, Miramare, Arcipelago di La Maddalena, Isole Egardi, Isole di ustice, Proto Cesareo and the Ventatene e Santo Stefano.
However, don’t go thinking that yacht charter in Italy
is one of those strict activities. On the contrary, since Italy is part of the EU, you’ll find entry in the country quite simple and straightforward, with a welcoming people. You can enter the country with just a valid passport and remain for a period of up to 3 months.