That the pandemic has accentuated the Italians’ desire to set off (and re-embark) for more and more new, longer and more diverse vacations, including by boat and sea, is now a given. Indeed, the 2022 figures speak of 79 percent of compatriots having taken at least one vacation (of any kind…) with the travel sector up 9 percent over 2019, a pre covid year that had been a record period in turn for travel and tourism. An eagerness to set out (and set sail) that has not been lacking and is not lacking in the nautical sector either, which last year, for example, also broke all records in terms of charter boat rentals along the Peninsula. Another habit, however, has become even more stratified among historical sailing and sea enthusiasts as much as new cohorts of “newbies” who have discovered the great freedom and sense of immersion in nature that boating gives. That’s why, more and more Italians are also deciding to use the boat as a second home, mooring it in a safe marina throughout the year i so that it is, in the summer and beyond, always available to set sail on vacations and weekends to discover the most beautiful bays and places in Italy, each time different. This is the well-established trend for a large proportion of boat owners who own a boat of 10 meters and up, while the ranks of boat owners who, especially for vacations, used to reason according to the old “I keep my boat close to where I live” formula has definitely shrunk. Today, however, the tendency of Italian boat owners is to go and choose the marina in which they can keep the boat, precisely because of the strategic location that marina has, with the intention of living the boat all year round, just like a real vacation home but with which to go and visit the bays and coasts located near the port whenever possible. Perfect, but where do I keep the boat after choosing the region to explore by sea but also on land? Will I find a place? Where?
The best marinas where to leave your boat in Italy
From Liguria to Friuli Venezia-Giulia, via the islands. Here are which marinas are perfect as a base and a stopover to enjoy stress-free dream boating vacations. You will find them all on display, with their description and full details (berths, depth, contacts, location) within the
Ports section of our Boat Show
It is the port at the center of Tuscany and the Tuscan Archipelago, a location for many destinations and a sort of transit buoy for those cruising between the north and south of the Mediterranean as well as between Liguria and the magnificent Tuscan islands themselves.
The ideal place for one’s sailing vacation. By integrating the seaward structures with the breakwaters, a series of floating modules to protect the harbor from winds from the northeast, the harbor has become 100 percent safe and secure in all sea and wind conditions.
Nestled between St. Andrew’s Island and Forte a Mare Castle, landmarks of the city, the Marina di Brindisi shines in terms of location and cutting-edge services offered. And easily accessible from both the train station and the airport, the gateway to Salento.
Mooring at Esaom Marina allows you to always be in the ideal condition to enjoy your vacation to the fullest: the proximity of countless sheltered anchorages, consisting of spectacular bays with the crystal clear water that the Island offers, are only a few miles away, so you are spoiled for choice.
Mooring between history and nature. This is the excitement offered by Marina di Sant’Elmo, an ideal base for discovering the natural beauty of the Coral Riviera. It is a dockyard with “5-star” services, in a high-end tourist-port complex, with an efficient and courteous professional staff, always ready to meet guests’ needs.
Marina di Scarlino is a prestigious marina resort on the Tuscan coast: the facility caters to the entire sailing community, national and international, and to all those who love boats and the sea. It is the perfect place for those seeking a relaxing destination that can provide facilities and services for professional events of all kinds.
The privileged location in relation to cities in northern Italy and Central Europe is among the strengths of Marina di Varazze: open all year round, it is a landmark for those who want to spend their free time in an elegant and pleasant environment, served by stores and restaurants, just a stone’s throw from the town of Varazze.
Established in late 2012, Marinedi Group is now the leading marina network in the Mediterranean, with 6,000 berths in 15 operating ports. Managing ports for nautical tourism directly, or in partnership with local and private entities, Marinedi expands services and potential of already active port facilities and develops projects for the creation of new ones.
It is a safe and fully equipped berth, staffed to satisfy shipowners who recognize the quality of services: not just moorings, but a shipyard with skilled workers for the needs of every boat, from hauling to carpentry, painting, and refitting vintage boats.
Shipyard & Marina Sant’Andrea is the convenient North Adriatic port located in the Marano Lagoon, between the seaside resorts of Grado and Lignano Sabbiadoro. Built in a prime location, easily accessible from the sea by being located on a navigable channel with a 7-meter depth and not far from the Trieste-Venice highway and Trieste airport, it covers an area of 200,000 square meters and is ISO 14001 certified.
The Venezia Certosa Marina is equipped for the mooring of vessels, boats or pleasure craft up to 70 meters in length and 8 meters in draft. The moorings, set up on floating docks, are naturally redoxed by prevailing winds and tidal phenomena.