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.What’s on this page
Sailing vacation Italy
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.
Yacht Charter Italy
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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.
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.
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?
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.
Useful information for yacht charters in Italy
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 chef 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.
FAQSee all our FAQs
What is the cancellation policy for Sail Share?
We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits.
Our Sail Share cabin cancellation fees are:
- More than 90 days before original embarkation date: 25% of the charter fee
- 89 – 60 days before original embarkation date: 50% of the charter fee
- 59 – 30 days before original embarkation date: 75% of the charter fee
- Fewer than 29 days before original embarkation date: 100% of the charter fee
How flexible is the itinerary for a Sail Share charter?
Our yacht itineraries are designed by our destination experts and are set to showcase the best of the destination’s highlights. They are set and not flexible, even if you book all the cabins.
What happens if the weather changes while sailing on a Sail Share charter?
The skipper may decide to change the itinerary if there is bad weather.
Can I choose which cabin I want when I book a Sail Share?
Choose a double cabin with shared bath, or private bath for an additional fee.
Are there child or age restrictions for Sail Share?
Minimum Age: 16 years old
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