Sailing the Western Italian Coast and Sicily, Part 2

Here we are, continuing our journey along the Italian coast! In this installment, we´re going to look at the north Tyrrhenian, Rome and the Pontine Islands.

The North Tyrrhenian

The Lazio region between Civitavecchia and the bay of Naples. This is what the area looks like:

Must-See Spots

Circeo and Gaeta.

Mount Circeo from the beach

Marinas and Anchorages

Circeo´s marina is very crowded during high season and it´s pretty expensive. You can anchor outside in settled conditions, but this area is subject to swell at times.

Gaeta has good yacht services and you can winter at Base Nautica Flavio Gioia.

The Pontine Islands

The Pontine Islands are an archipelago of beautiful little islands 20-30 nm south of Circeo and Gaeta, and make for the perfect place to relax once you´ve taken in all the sites and bustle of Rome.

Must-See Spots

Anzio, Ponza, Ventotene.

Ponza Island is very attractive, and just out of reach of your regular tourist. It´s famous for its natural swimming pools created by wind and sea erosion. Try the passegiata in the town, or head to Frontone Village, a beach bar only accessible by boat.

Ventotene Island is 25 nm off the coast of Gaeta. The remains of an ancient volcano can be found on the island.

Casting off from Ventotene Island

Marinas and Anchorages

Anchoring outside Anzio is possible during northerlies and settled conditions, but it can be subject to swell. There´s a restricted zone to the south that is policed by guard boats, so watch out for that.

There are good and sheltered anchorages in Ponza.

Ventotene provides several berthing opportunities, including Cala Rossano, which is a free communal alongside and outer concrete wall. Watch out for the moorers (ormeggiatore), who charge for their service and are pretty aggressive business people!

A little further along the coast is Porto Vecchio, a little harbor built by the Romans. A few yachts can berth there. You attach your lines to rock-carved bollards that are two thousand years old.


Rome has a heady mix of haunting sites, awe-inspiring artwork and a really vibrant street life. It´s one of the world´s most beautiful and inspiring capitals. It´s a busy place!

Here is a video on a couple´s journey in Venice and Rome:

Rome’s Tevere River

Must-See Spots

Civitavecchio, Fuime Tevere e Porto Turistico di Roma

Marinas and Anchorages

Civitavecchio is not an attractive port, but its Porto Turistico Riva di Trajano is a convenient marina base for visiting Rome.

Fiume Tevere, 2 nm south of the Fiumicino canal, has lots of alongside and yard facilities, including the up-market Porto Romano (with yacht club), and Tecnomar, on the north bank.

Porto Turistico di Roma, just south of the Tevere entrance, is also safe and convenient for trips into Rome.   while you’re traveling through the Mediterranean, Googles Earth Globe will help guide you, check out this new technology………ocean-conditions/

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