Idyllic Sailing Holidays in Italy
Italy offers incredible sailing holidays for novices to professionals, with chic and glamorous destinations for everyone to enjoy. With a diverse landscape, sailing in Italy is popular along the coast but also inland on one of the many lakes. Thanks to the Mediterranean climate, sailing here is achievable whatever the time of year, though the popular season is between May and October. Perfect for novices to professionals, sailing holidays in Italy are an exciting and unforgettable way to explore the country.
The Italian Escape
A great place to start is the Tuscan Islands. Explore the islands by boat, leaving from the town of Follonica. The seven major islands are a popular tourist destination due to their proximity to major cities. Elba, the largest island of the group is famous for harbouring Napoleon during his exile and is an ideal location to spend the day sailing around. The island is surrounded by beautiful, clear water and is the perfect spot for outdoor activities. The rich abundance of marine life means the island is an ideal spot for snorkelling and diving. In addition, if you fancy exploring on land for a few hours, Elba is great for mountain biking and hiking.
The glamorous Amalfi Coast is a world-renowned and ever-popular tourist destination, as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The coastline is an ideal spot to enjoy your Italian sailing break. Rent a Salerno holiday home or apartment and use this as a base from which to explore the crystal blue water from. The rugged, stunning shoreline provides the perfect backdrop on which to spend your day relaxing on the water and enjoying the Mediterranean sun. Italy not only offers fantastic sailing opportunities and ideal weather, but plenty of culinary dishes to enjoy during your stay. Enjoy the fresh seafood, home made pizzas and plenty of coffee to prepare you for a day on the boat.
Spend your sailing holiday in Sardinia, one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The incredible clear blue water and the long stretches of golden sand beaches are tempting for just about everyone. A stunningly beautiful island, a Sardinia holiday rental is the ideal location to enjoy your sailing trip. With diving centres, water sports and plenty of history, Sardinia has something for every interest. The area, which is also a National Marine Park is ideal for a slightly more experienced crew as the islands can experience some strong winds.
If you are keen on a more adventurous trip, Sicily and the surrounding Aeolian Islands are a great spot to hire a boat or charter. Winds can often be strong around these islands, however on a clear day all three of Italy's active volcanoes can be seen along the coastline; Stromboli, Vesuvius and Etna. Stop off or stay a night in a Lipari holiday apartment and explore the largest Aeolian Island. Thanks to the active volcano, there are natural thermal springs and mud baths to enjoy on the island when the weather is a little cooler.
Don't just sail on the sea
There are however, plenty of inland areas in which to enjoy a sailing trip. Lake Como, one of the largest lakes in Italy is a picturesque spot to enjoy your Italian getaway. Lake Como is ideal for sailors of all levels, however is particularly great for novices due to the sailing schools and courses available. Boats from dinghies, motorboats and yachts can be found on Lake Como. For those wanting to get off the boat and into the water, the lake offers countless possibilites for water sports – from kayaking, kite-surfing and canyoning, the whole family is sure to be entertained. With so many possibilites, your only difficulty in finding your Italian sailing holiday accommodation is where to pick!