Pristine waters, picturesque villages and Roman ruins – sailing the Mediterranean offers everything you can imagine and then some.

Cruising around the rugged Italian coastline, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve somehow stumbled onto the set of a Brigitte Bardot movie. One day you’re sailing past the pastel-coloured villages of the Amalfi Coast, the next rubbing shoulders with the locals and drinking martinis on the famous Isle of Capri, or hot-footing it to Pompeii to learn about its explosive past. While the cerulean waters and heavenly sunshine will tempt you to laze around on deck all day, with so much to see and do you won’t want to stay put!

Our sailing trips in Italy

7 Days From €1,420

Sail Italy’s Amalfi Coast, exploring the Bay of Naples, Capri, Amalfi and Procida...

4 Days From €730

Sail Italy’s Amalfi Coast from the colourful village of Procida, through ancient worlds...

4 Days From €730

Sail Italy’s Amalfi Coast, stopping in at the ancient isle of Capri, exploring...

Highlights of Italy sailing 

The Blue Grotto in Capri.

Capri's Blue Grotto

Perhaps the Isle of Capri’s most alluring attraction is the iridescent Blue Grotto (or ‘Grotta Azzurra’ to the locals). When sunlight passes through this natural underwater cavity, it creates a stunning blue reflection that illuminates the cavern. Only accessible when the tide is calm, it is an enigmatic and dazzling experience you won’t want to miss.

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Amalfi's charming port towns.

Amalfi

It’s easy to see why the entire Amalfi Coast was named after this gorgeous gem. Wandering through Amalfi’s clusters of pastel-washed dwellings set atop steep cliffs makes for a thoroughly enchanting afternoon. However, Amalfi offers more than just pretty sights. The historic centre of town, the Piazza del Duomo is a must-see, as are the various paper-mills showcasing the town’s industrious history.

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Taste authentic Limoncello in Sorrento.

Sorrento

It would be a colossal injustice to visit Sorrento and leave without sampling its world-famous Limoncello. Made from alcohol, sugar, water and lush lemon rinds – of a size only found only in Sorrento – this Italian digestivo is a tangy and refreshing experience in itself. Perhaps the best thing about this liquor is the colourful characters who have been making it for centuries (who are more than eager to share the tricks of their trade).

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The Aragonese Castle in Ischia.

Ischia

Sitting pretty in the Gulf of Naples, the island of Ischia is essential on any sailing adventure in Italy. It has a rich volcanic past – unsurprising given is sits in the shadow of the looming Mt Vesuvius – and visitors can unwind in the various ocean hot springs dotted around the island. Spiaggia dei Pescatori (or Fisherman’s Beach), with its picturesque views of the Aragonese Castle, is our pick for the best beach on offer.

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Our boats

The Bavaria 50

Bavaria 50

The Bavaria 50, despite its German name, will be your Italian home during your sailing adventure. It’s a classic monohull – meaning it has a single hull – but you’ll find there’s plenty of room to spread out. The decks are wide and open with easy access to the swim deck (trust us, this is where you’ll want to be spending all of your time). Below deck, the saloon has a large u-shape lounge which can easily seat 10 of your sailing mates. The galley is light and airy thanks to skylights and hatches.  There are four cabins, with a choice of double or twin bunk cabins and three bathrooms.

FAQs

Sailing in the Mediterranean is definitely a summer affair and you can find our Italy sailing adventures available from May through to September. July and August are the hottest, longest, and therefore busiest months, with temperatures regularly reaching in the low 30 Celsius (90 Fahrenheit). Water temperatures over this time are a pleasant 22 Celsius (71 Fahrenheit). The sun is also warm early and late in the season (May-June and September) and the crowds far less, making it an ideal time to set sail.

Sailing conditions on and around the Amalfi Coast are typically mild with frequent periods of calm. Expect no more than a light 8-12 knot (8-13 miles) per hour south easterly wind in the afternoons; perfect for the experienced and novice sailor alike. While we can’t guarantee pristine conditions, you are unlikely to encounter any rough, open seas with the tidal range a minute 30-60 centimeters (1-2 feet).

If you’re nervous about seasickness, you can also read our guide to beating seasickness here.

Italy adopted the Euro as its official currency in 1999 and is accepted everywhere.

Italian, of course. The local language is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world. No matter what you say in Italian, it rolls off the lounge like poetry!

Reviews

Amalfi Coast Sailing Adventure, August 2017

Valerie Little

Sail Italy - Amalfi to Procida, September 2017

Gavin Travers

Sail Italy - Amalfi to Procida, September 2017

Marie Connolly

Sail Italy - Procida to Amalfi, August 2017

Danielle Casey

Sail Italy - Amalfi to Procida, September 2017

Francis Piche

Sail Italy - Procida to Amalfi, September 2017

Judy Foster

Sail Italy - Procida to Amalfi, September 2017

George Morison

Sail Italy - Procida to Amalfi, August 2017

Bryley Jackson

Sail Italy - Procida to Amalfi, August 2017

Tara Atwood

Sail Italy - Procida to Amalfi, August 2017

Laura Jennings

Amalfi Coast Sailing Adventure, August 2017

Clare Collins

Amalfi Coast Sailing Adventure, June 2017

Sian Ashton

Sail Italy - Amalfi to Procida, August 2017

Lindsey Copland

Sail Italy - Procida to Amalfi, July 2017

Jani Leppanen

Amalfi Coast Sailing Adventure, July 2017

Russell Currie

Sail Italy - Amalfi to Procida, June 2017

Fnu Divya

Amalfi Coast Sailing Adventure, July 2017

Kerri Clifford

Amalfi Coast Sailing Adventure, July 2017

Viviana Milkovitsch

Amalfi Coast Sailing Adventure, July 2017

Sergei Shevchuk

Sail Italy - Procida to Amalfi, June 2017

Heather Warmus

Amalfi Coast Sailing Adventure, July 2017

Christine Berry

Amalfi Coast Sailing Adventure, July 2017

Nancy Young

Amalfi Coast Sailing Adventure, June 2017

Simon Radolnik

Sail Italy - Procida to Amalfi, July 2017

Sharyn Robinson

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