Tuscany sailing holidays: an amazing experience
Tuscany yacht charter and sailing holidays is an amazing experience. Even if many people knows Tuscany only for its cities (Florence, Siena, Arezzo, Pisa, Viareggio) and less people know Tuscan as an amazing sailing holidays destination, we strongly recommend to visit Tuscany with a skippered (or bareboat) sailing charter. Seven amazing islands: Gorgona, Capraia, Elba, Pianosa, Montecristo, Giglio, Giannutri, all rich in history, culture and nature, all different one from each other. The best attraction for sailing holidays in Tuscany is definitely the untouched sea environment and the originality, diversity and variety of each one of these islands;
A landscape of rare beauty
The sea environment and the islands landscape is an attraction of a rare beauty. In the smallest islands the time seems to be blocked at the ancient times and you can breathe an old fashion atmosphere. During your Tuscany sailing holidays or Tuscany yacht charter, swordfish, tunafish, and dolphins often will accompany you in the cleanest of waters.
Also the whales visit the Archipelagos waters all year round, although it is easier to spot them during the low season ñ which is another good reason to visit the Tuscan Archipelago in spring and in autumn. The coves and secluded bays are really many and amazing and the bathing occasions are really great.
Not only a sailing vacation
On land on the island you will find great restaurants cooking for you the best dishes of Tuscan cuisine tradition and great restaurant of fish and meat. The islands are also good for walking in untouched nature and amazing (and easy) trekking excursions.
The scent of the pine resin, the light breeze coming form the sea, the total absence of pollution, (no air, light, or noise pollution) will give you a total feeling of relaxation and true peace. This is the ideal choice to recharge the batteries after a year of hard work…
The Marine Park
One of the best attraction of Tuscany sailing holidays is the Tuscan Archipelago Marine Park. In Italy, several large reserves have been established, but the Tuscan Archipelago Marine Park is the first great Marine Park. It is the most extensive protected area in all European waters and is part of the Cetaceans’ Sanctuary of the Mediterranean Sea.
Due to the park protected areas, not all the territory and the sea of the Tuscan Archipelago is open for excursions or sailing: for some areas you need a special permit which you must request before arriving, others areas are open in certain periods of the year, and finally some areas are completely closed to preserve the amazing environment, that unique in the Mediterranean Sea.
In the section ìTRIP NOTESî of each single island you will find more information about requesting permits and the best period for diving, sailing and excursions, marine protected areas with integral and partial reserves in Tuscan Archipelago. You will also find numbers to call to ask for information or book visit.
The Tuscan Archipelago National Park was created in order to protect the natural environment, which is both fragile and rich in cultural and scientific value. The geological history of the Tuscan Archipelago is ancient, and it has influenced the shape and landscape of each Island, enhancing them with rare lithological and mineralogical peculiarities.
Climatic and geological events have led to the existence of rare or endemic animal and plant species, which are present either only in the National Park, or in few other areas. The Park’s territory has provided important areas of refuge for both flora and fauna as well as forming a connection between the Sardinian-Corsican system and the Italian peninsula.
The Islands of the Tuscan Archipelago form one of the most important passages for fauna in the whole Mediterranean basin and a resting and nesting place for a great variety of birds migrating between continental Europe and Africa..
Some of the most important colonies of shearwaters and seagulls, amongst which is the extremely rare Corsican seagull, find one of the last remaining habitats for reproduction in the Park. The ancient presence of man and the progressive development of his activities have contributed to modify the appearance of the indigenous vegetation.
The Mediterranean scrub called ‘macchia’, which is now the typical vegetation of today’s Tuscan Archipelago, grows extensively where once vast holm-oak forests grew. The geographical isolation, the difficulties in connection between the Islands and the continent and the complex events linked to the historical settlements of the Tuscan Archipelago, have all favoured the preservation of landscape, ecosystems, and man’s cultural approach to the natural environment which elsewhere is no longer possible.
Due to the Marine protected areas Tuscan Archipelago sailing excursions can be limited: for some areas you need a special permit which you must request before arriving, others areas are open in certain periods of the year, and finally some areas are completely closed to preserve the amazing environment, that unique in the Mediterranean sea. In the TRIP NOTES you will find more information about requesting permits and the best period for diving, sailing and excursions, marine protected areas with integral and partial reserves in Tuscan Archipelago. You will also find numbers to call to ask for information or book visitsÖ
The climate of the Tuscan Archipelago is typically Mediterranean where the sea creates a strong moderating effect, especially in the smaller islands. Even if humidity is evident, the summers are warm and mainly dry and breezy. The winters are rather mild. Rains are common in the middle seasons and during the winter whereas there are often droughts in summer.
The winds have a typically coastal character, although they become quite varied on the high seas. In summer, the winds tend to come from the west, north-west, and north; while in winter there are also strong winds from the south-west, north-east, south, east, and south-east. Snows are rare even if the peak of Mt. Capanne is blanketed each year by light snowfall.
Tuscany is a safe region of Italy however travelers should still take sensible precautions to avoid petty-theft.
Tuscany has two international airports, the Galileo Galilei International Airport in Pisa and Amerigo Vespucci Airport, also known as Peretola, in Florence. Located only 80 km apart, the Pisa airport is the larger of the two airports…. Both airports handle flights to major European cities. Pisa handles the bulk of European scheduled flights so it might be easier to find flights into Pisa.
Direct flights from North America are generally more expensive than stopover routes somewhere else in Europe. More affordable fares can be had if one flies non-stop to a major European city such as London or Paris and then takes a Ryan Air (low-fare European airline) flight direct to Pisa. You’ll have to change airports in London and Paris, though, as Ryan Air generally uses secondary airports.
The official currency is Euro. Larger establishments accept major credit cards and travelers cheques. Use of credit cards is widespread, with Euro card/MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club the most common. Foreign currency and travelers cheques can be exchanged at banks and major post offices, as well as many hotels and travel agents, although for poorer rates. ATMs are available in all villages, towns and cities.
The international access code for italy is +39. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0039 for Italy). Two companies providing GSM 900 mobile phone networks cover most of the country. Internet cafes are widely available.
Itinerary 1 sailing holidays and yacht charters in Tuscany
Castiglioncello Capraia 33 Nautical Miles
Capraia Marciana 22 Nautical Miles
Marciana Marina Marina di Campo 4 Nautical Miles
Marina di Campo Porto Azzurro 7 Nautical Miles
Porto Azzurro Portoferraio 4 Nautical Miles
Portoferraio San Vincenzo 17 Nautical Miles
San Vincenzo Castiglioncello 17 Nautical Miles
Itinerario 2 vacanze in barca vela Toscana Le Isole
Capraia Marina di Campo
Marina di Campo Isola del Giglio
Isola del Giglio Isola di Giannutri
Isola di Giannutri Porto Azzurro
Porto Azzurro Castiglioncello
Itinerary 2 sailing holidays and yacht charters in Tuscany
Capraia St. Florent
St. Florent Calvi
Calvi Ile Rousse
Ile Rousse Macinaggio
Distances in nautical miles from Salivoli:
Golfo di Baratti, 3 Nautical Miles
Elba–Cavo, 5 Nautical Miles
Elba–Portoferraio, 10 Nautical Miles
Elba–Porto Azzurro, 13 Nautical Miles
Elba-‐Marciana Marina, 15 Nautical Miles
Argentario, 39 Nautical Miles
Capraia, 29 Nautical Miles
Giglio, 36 Nautical Miles
Giannutri, 54 Nautical Miles
Corsica–Macinaggio, 46 Nautical Miles
Corsica–Bastia, 48 Nautical Miles
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The balance should be sent one month before the embarcation.
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