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Yacht Charter Italy

Enjoy warm Mediterranean weather between spring and fall, as you sail the coasts of Naples, Sicily and Sardinia when you yacht charter Italy. Tour of some of the world’s most famous locations, where you can sample amazing food and soak up the many cultural highlights.

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  • Excellent food & wine
  • Sardinia, Sicily & Naples
  • Stunningly scenic anchorages

Sailing vacation Italy

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There’s so much to see during your Italian yacht vacation that may want to consider sailing for more than one week. After all, you wouldn’t want to miss sights like the active volcanoes of Mount Etna and Stromboli in Sicily, or the breathtaking ruins and archaeological sites of Naples.  

A yacht charter in Italy is your chance to sail archipelagos with colorful waterfronts and explore stunning marine parks as you journey along one of Europe’s most impressive  coastlines, where tightly-packed buildings rise up from steep rock faces. You can even hop to Rome by train to wander the Vatican City and see the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Colosseum and Roman Forum.

Food lovers will not want to miss out on the culinary delights of Italy. Delight your taste buds with fresh mozzarella, delicious seafood and, of course, the most authentic of pizzas and pasta dishes. Sip fine wines, enjoy local liqueurs and a cooling Aperol spritz.

To sail Italy, you’ll need a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities, or you can hire a skipper. Read our guide to sailing qualifications for more information.

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Join the jet set at exclusive ports and spectacular beaches.


Visit legendary resorts from one of Europe’s most ancient cities.


Sail an incredible landscape, visiting active volcanoes and chic cities.

Top things to do in Italy

Bay of Naples

From our base in Pozzuoli, discover the wonders of Ponza and Zannone in the Pontine Islands, or head to the Phlegraean Islands of Ischia and Procida. Ashore, climb the famous Mount Vesuvius volcano or see the ruins created by its major eruption at Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Amalfi coast

From Pozzuoli in Naples, you can sail the Tyrrhenian Sea and the impressive Amalfi coast with its high cliffs and charming towns set into the rocks. During your sailing vacation in Italy, mix with the jet set at Capri, take in the sunsets at Sorrento and visit the colorful village that snakes up the hillside at Positano.

La Maddalena National Park and Marine Reserve

Start your charter from our base in Olbia in Sardinia and explore the islands of La Maddalena, including Caprera, Spargi, Santa Maria and Budelli. Alternatively, sail the Emerald Coast around Porto Cervo for some of Sardinia’s best beaches.

Sicily’s archipelagos

Our base at Portorosa is perfect to explore the coast of Trapani with its Egadi islands of Favignana, Marettimo and Levanzo. You can also head to the Aeolian Islands of Lipari, Salina, Vulcano and Stromboli with its active volcano and black sand beaches.

When is the best time to visit Italy?

Italy wine and grapes in port yachts moored

The best time to visit Italy is between May and October, with the hottest months in June, July and August. Temperatures can reach 90ºF with an average of 80ºF. 

The climate in Italy is Mediterranean with hot, dry summers on the west coast (Naples), Sardinia and Sicily. 

If you want to avoid the crowds, consider the shoulder seasons in spring and fall.

Sailing conditions for an Italy yacht charter

Sailing conditions in Italy differ depending on where you sail.

Wind systems in Italy

If you leave from Naples, you will find a SW or SE wind that gets stronger in the afternoon.

In Sardinia, there is a strong summer mistral wind from the north, while Sicily experiences dry NW winds.

What are the mooring fees in Italy?

The mooring fees in Italy vary depending on whether you are using marinas or town quays. In summer, it can get crowded and booking for berths in advance is important. 

There are many anchorages available to keep mooring costs low in Italy, but these are popular in peak season so arrive early.

On the Emerald Coast, Sardinian mooring costs vary and depend on the season and popularity of the marina.

What are the national park fees in Italy?

When you’re on a yacht charter in Italy, you will have to pay fees to enter marine parks. The money collected is used for environmental initiatives to help preserve special areas.

The fees for La Maddalena National Park off the coast of Sardinia can be found on the park’s website, together with the park regulations.

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Useful information for yacht charters in Italy

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What language is spoken in Italy?

The official language of Italy is Italian.

What is the currency in Italy?

The currency in Italy is the Euro.

How do I get to Italy?

You can get to Italy by flying to Naples-Capodichino International Airport (NAP), Sardinia’s Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB), Sicily’s Reggio Calabria Airport (REG) or Palermo Airport (PMO). From some US cities, you can fly direct to Rome with Norwegian Air.

What is the Wi-Fi like in Italy?

The Wi-Fi in Italy is good and you should be able to find free connections in restaurants and bars.

Sailing around Italy with Dream Yacht Charter

Yacht rental Italy

Explore further with a yacht rental in Italy and take a look at our Italy bareboat charter fleet.

Sailing in Italy

If you aren’t a sailor, hire a skipper to sail Italy. Just relax while your skipper sails the boat for you.

Cabin cruises in Italy

Leave the planning, sailing and cooking to us. Reserve your own private cabin and bathroom on our by the cabin charters while we show you the best of Italy.

Crewed charters in Italy

Personalize your Italy sailing vacation and hire your own private luxury yacht. Let our captain and hostess look after you and your guests while you choose the itinerary and menu for an ultimate all-inclusive experience.

Italy sailing itinerary

If you are sailing in Italy, our teams have itinerary suggestions for you in Sicily, Sardinia, Naples.

Our itineraries are put together by destination experts to give you an insider guide and maximize your time while on an Italy yacht charter.

Why should I book with Dream Yacht?

Dream Yacht Worldwide is now the world’s leading yacht charter company and offers you:

  • A diverse fleet of yachts with a wide variety of models and manufacturers to suit every type of sailor.
  • We have 40+ exciting destinations and we’re a pioneer in finding new sailing grounds.
  • You can be assured of our commitment to customer service excellence.
  • You’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome from our base teams who will share regional tips, recommendations and advice.
  • We’re also a trusted seller of new and used boats and an innovator in charter management options – sailing is our business.

What licenses do I need to hire a yacht and sail myself?

The skipper of a yacht has primary responsibility for the safety of the crew and yacht at all times. Many destinations require just relevant experience demonstrated by a sailing resume.

To charter in the Mediterranean, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities for bareboat charters in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and Turkey. Other destinations that require a license include Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, Brazil and Sweden. For Belize, the port authority will issue a certificate of competency and an application is made on arrival.

You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and destination requirements before booking.

By accepting the yacht contract you are confirming that you and/or members of your crew are capable and competent to sail the yacht in the conditions and cruising area of the charter. We reserve the right not to hand over the yacht if, after inspection, it is the opinion that the charterer is not, or may not be competent to be in charge of the vessel.

What is a skippered yacht charter?

A skippered yacht charter is when you rent one of our boats for you and your guests and a professional skipper sails it for you. No sailing experience is needed.

You will need to choose a yacht with a cabin for your skipper to sleep in as they are responsible for your yacht for the duration of your charter. We will find the skipper for you once you have found your perfect destination and yacht.

You will need to pay for your skipper’s food. You can invite the skipper to dine with you on board or out at a local restaurant.

What is the difference between crewed and by the cabin charters?

Our by the cabin charter charters offer exciting destination tours on a set itinerary crafted by our destination experts. You can book a double cabin and private bathroom and will share the boat with other guests who have booked the other available cabins. You will be looked after by a professional skipper and hostess with itineraries ranging from three to 11 nights. There is a set menu and included meals and drinks vary depending on location.

Can you tell me about your yachts?

Our super premier yachts are less than 12 months old from their first charter date, while premier yachts are less than three years old from their first charter date. Our yachts are well maintained and undergo regular, scheduled technical inspection.

In case of emergency, you can rely on our hotline, at any time, seven days a week. If you experience a technical failure affecting major and important parts of the yacht, we will repair the failure within four hours of receiving your call during working hours (8am to 5pm). If you lose more than four hours (during working hours), we will compensate you for one full day. If the repair takes more than one day, we will provide you with a similar boat or compensate you on a pro-rata basis. If restrictions to this guarantee apply in specific areas, this will be detailed during the charter check-in at the base.

Do I need insurance for my bareboat charter?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance that covers sailing.

We will insure the vessel throughout the charter with first-class insurers against all risks, to provide permission to charter as under contract terms and to cover third-party liability.

The following options are available in limited locations:

  • Security Deposit: This varies on the size of the boat and when the boat is returned without damage it is refunded.
  • Damage Waiver: The charterer agrees to pay a non-refundable damage waiver at the time of booking, as well as a reduced damage deposit on embarkation that is refundable upon completion of the charter should no damage occur.

Ever considered a Cabin Cruise?

As pioneers in the industry, Dream Yacht was one of the first to develop the Cabin Cruise concept. It’s an ideal choice for solo or couples travelers seeking relaxed adventure, exotic destinations, and unique local cultures in an intimate, social setting – in comfort at sea.

Our promise

Private accommodations

Comfortable and private standard double cabins with ensuite bathroom

Curated itineraries

Experience world-class destinations, local culture and excursions with our expertly curated itineraries


An affordable and intimate experience without the need to book an entire yacht or provide sailing qualifications

Vetted crew

Enjoy our professional crew with a strong local knowledge and friendly service

Full board meals

Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine prepared and served daily

Choose your mood

Relax on deck socializing with fellow travelers, kayak or snorkel from your yacht, or enjoy exploring ashore

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Simply wonderful! Fred + Isabelle were so accommodating and did so much for us. Isabelle’s food was incredible. Thank you so much!


Exumas Cabin

Great class. Very professional and great service!


Antigua Bareboat

Just what we needed to get out of a year of lockdown, see new places and connect with nature. Highly recommended for your next sailing adventure!


St. Martin Bareboat

Excellent cruise and wonderful stay on board. Skipper attentive, very pleasant and very professional.


Guadeloupe Skippered

I have just returned from another fantastic week of sailing at your base in Pula and would like to thank everyone involved for making this possible at such short notice and without any problems.


Guadeloupe Bareboat

The marina itself is a perfect base with super facilities! The Lagoon 42 was in good condition and the skipper was fantastic and knew the area very well.


Croatia Skippered

What an EXCELLENT experience. We just returned from a week long charter with skipper from Corfu, sailing around the beautiful islands of the Ionian Sea. Paxos, Antipaxos and the old town of Corfu were beautiful and the secluded bays we got to visit thanks to our local skipper Nicholas were simply stunning. Fly and Flops was yesterday – we will only charter with Dream Yacht for the foreseeable future.


Greece Skippered

Our group of 10 had a WONDERFUL time in French Polynesia from May 21-28, 2022! The food was fantastic: captain and cook, husband and wife: Henry and Mehee (sp) were amazing and the whole experience on board was a dream! We can’t wait to book another trip through Dream Yacht


Tahiti Crewed Premium

Dream Yacht provided a great sailing experience for my extended family on 2 monohulls from Scrub Island. The boats were in very good condition and perfectly prepared, the staff friendly and helpful. I had worked for a number of charter companies over the years but Dream Yacht is one of the


British Virgin Islands Bareboat

The new boat was in perfect condition and best condition for exploring bays and islands. I could never have imagined that this could be so much fun and enjoyable and we are already looking forward to the next upcoming trip in the Ionian


Scandinavia Bareboat

Baja is now my favorite place. There was something for everyone: sailing under northerly winds with mostly calm evenings, snorkeling, fishing, secluded sandy beaches, pelican feedings, being greeted by barking sea lions, and exploring the geology of Ispiritu Santo Island. Dream Yacht Base La Paz provided competent professional support with a well-equipped and maintained boat. We were wonderfully cooked by an on-board chef arranged with Dream Yacht, which meant more free time for all of us. An unforgettable vacation and adventure connected with nature.


Mexico Crewed Premium

All the staff were fantastic and made our trip a memorable one. Incredibly friendly and welcoming, the food was fantastic. The service throughout the trip was always top notch!


Thailand Cabin

Absolutely recommendable. Perfect service. Will charter again and recommend Dream Yacht Charter anytime.


Turkey Bareboat

I just returned from 3 weeks of fantastic sailing with my family on one of your catamarans in Sardinia. My thanks to our skipper Simone and Daniela, our cook.


Sardinia Skippered

For a first cruise as a skipper, the Mediterranean is perfect. The service of Dream Yacht is too!


France Bareboat

We had an incredible trip and got engaged on our very first night of sailing! We will surely come back one day. We were beginners, we were guided very well and that gave us a lot of confidence.


Australia Bareboat

The experience on board far exceeded our expectations. Isabelle provided exceptional three course meals. Her creativity and delicious meals were incredible. Thomas was an excellent skipper, he “felt” our needs. Thanks guys!” Spira, bareboat with crew in New Caledonia.


New Caledonia Crewed Premium

Once again a fantastic sail with a great crew. Thanks again to a great captain and cook. Was totally fantastic.


Seychelles Cabin

A very excellent sailing vacation – especially the crew was fantastic. I would sail with Dream Yacht again and highly recommend them.


Guadeloupe Bareboat

I loved the vacation and am not sure this trip can ever be topped. Everything about it was incredible. The captain and crew were great, helpful, friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. We loved it.


Greece Crewed Premium

We just returned from one of your Lagoon 52F’s last week in St. Thomas! We had the trip of a lifetime sailing around St. Thomas and St. John!


US Virgin Islands Bareboat

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