Brief Italy Boat Rental Guide
Italy is one of the richest European and Mediterranean countries in architecture, art and cuisine. That is why it is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Europe. Its coast and beach options are endless, since it is formed by a peninsula and two major islands: Sardinia and Sicily. Boat rentals in Italy are a good option to know this country from the sea and discover its culture and natural beauty.
What to do in Italy?
Italy is well-known for its history and culture. Visiting cities, monuments and museums is definitely a wonderful option if you spend a few days in this country. Great artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo have left treasures across the country, and the Roman Empire also left temples, amphitheaters and other buildings that are worth visiting. The modern and cosmopolitan cities like Milan also offer a wealth of entertainment.
But Italy is also a Mediterranean country devoted to the sea. Many of their main tourist destinations are on the coast or close to it, like Venice, Rome or Naples. There are coasts famous for their activity and beauty, as the Italian Riviera or Liguria, and two large islands, Sardinia and Sicily, with a lot to discover. And the Italian beaches are also plenty and diverse, and they ensure a dream vacation if you have chosen boat rentals in Italy.
This country is surrounded by five main seas: the Mediterranean, the Adriatic, the Tyrrhenian, the Ligurian and Ionian Sea. The landscapes are very varied, between north and south, between the interior and the coast, and also between the different coasts and islands that are part of Italy. Boat rentals in Italy, in any of its seas, let you enjoy a relaxing vacation sailing its coasts and beaches. Here we list some of the best beaches in the diverse seas, so you can enjoy whatever sea is your choice.
- Cala Golortizè
Cala Goloritzè is on the island of Sardinia, and it is one of the hundreds of wonderful beaches on the island. Sardinia is known among sailors for the Costa Smeralda, but a little more south, Goloritzè has nothing to envy the northern area. Set between cliffs and vegetation, the access by land is very complicated. So boat rentals in Sardinia are the best alternative to know this quiet cove of clear waters with the blue-green tone characteristic of the island.
Mezzavalle beach is near Ancona, by the Adriatic Sea. It is a long, thin strip of white sand under a high cliff. But one of the wonders of Mezzavalle is that with boat rentals in Italy you can access all the beaches there surrounding Mount Conero, as Due Sorelle (Two Sisters), Sassi Neri (Black Stones) or San Michele.
Cefalu is located north of Sicily, and its beach is unique. It is impressive for the environment, since the sand and swimming area are surrounded by typical fishermen houses. And also it is special the picture of the promontory that guards the coast and can be seen from kilometers away.
- Monterosso al Mare
Monterosso al Mare is one of the beaches of Cinque Terre, one of the most picturesque regions of Italy. Washed by the Ligurian Sea, the Cinque Terre (Five Lands) are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The beach of Monterosso al Mare is quite extensive and is usually very busy, so if you are looking for quiet you can always reach one of the quiet spots between the cliffs with your rental boat.
What to eat in Italy?
The Italian cuisine is known around the world, and pizza, pasta and risotto are highlighted in its international fame. Italian gastronomy is based on the Mediterranean diet and therefore is healthy, colorful and full of flavor. Thanks to its good climate in Italy grow many fruits and vegetables that are used in the kitchen. Meat and fish are also essential products, the latter one especially in the islands and coastal areas.
The varieties of pizza in Italy are endless, but the most typical are usually the simplest, as the Neapolitan marinara one, with tomato, garlic and oregano or the Margherita, only with tomato and mozzarella. The pastas are also very diverse, both in their shape and in their sauce. The best is to make some research and learn which is the most typical at the place you visit.
As for desserts, tiramisu and panna cotta are well-known and highly recommended. Also, if you visit Italy and especially in summer, it is a must to try the Italian ice cream or gelato, the best in the world.
Weather and Navigation in Italy
- Boating season
As it usually happens in the Mediterranean, the best time to sail in Italy is between May and October because the temperatures are higher, the rainfall are less and the wind blows with less intensity. However boat rentals in Italy are available all year round and the climate of the whole year is right for a comfortable and pleasant navigation, and to enjoy the sea. During the last weeks of July and the whole August, the Italian coast uses to be more crowded, so if you look for peace and quiet, it is best to avoid this time of the year.
The temperature in Italy varies significantly between north and south and on the coast compared to inland. On the Ligurian coast, the summer average temperatures are above 20 degrees Celsius. South of the peninsula the average winter values are around 10 degrees and in summer around 25. On their hand, the Mediterranean and Adriatic coasts in the central and southern areas have relatively similar climate. In Sardinia the temperatures are nice and warm all year round.
Rainfall in the north and center of the country are more frequent than in the south, even in summer. In Sardinia it hardly ever rains during the summer months, as it is common in the typical Mediterranean climate.
- Sea temperature
The sea temperature in Italy also varies by region; it is colder in the north than in the south. North water is colder all year round than in the south. The temperature of the sea in the Mediterranean coast is slightly lower than in the Adriatic, where in summer it usually raises above 25 degrees. In Sardinia the sea temperature reaches 25 degrees Celsius on average in summer.
In the northern part of the Adriatic, the Bora wind blowing from the north is the most dangerous wind; it is more common in winter and it can reach very strong gusts that hinder navigation. Southerly winds are moderate and bring warm air in spring and autumn, but if they blow in summer the temperature can increase considerably.
How to get in Italy
- By Plane
Italy has several international airports, both in the mainland and larger islands. Those who see more passenger traffic each year are the capital one, Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino (FCO), the Milan-Malpensa (MXP) and Milan-Linate (LIN) ones, Bergamo (BGY) and Venice Marco Polo (VCE). Coastal or island ones are also frequented, as the one of Catania-Fontanarossa (CTA) in Sicily, Naples (NAP), Palermo Falcone-Borsellino (PMO), Bari (BRI) and Caglari Elmas (CAG) in Sardinia.
Alitalia is the national airline of Italy and it is part of the SkyTeam global alliance. It has direct flights from Italy to most countries of central and southern Europe. It also connects with the United States and Canada, several Latin American countries and some in the North and Central Africa and in West Asia.
- By Boat
Reach Italy by boat, whether traveling to the mainland and the islands, is a good choice if you depart from another Mediterranean country. You can reach Italy by sea from Barcelona, France, Malta, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia. There are also sea routes from Morocco, Tunisia and Israel.
- By Train
You can get in Italy by train from several European cities such as Barcelona (Spain), Munich (Germany), and various cities in France, Austria and Switzerland.
- By road
There are bus lines connecting Italy most European countries, including Slovenia, Croatia, Sweden and Germany. Italy can also be reached by private vehicle, by the European highways or E-routes passing through Italy. Among them, the E45 between Finland and Sicily, the E55 between Sweden and Greece or the E80 between Portugal and Iran.