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Sailing area: Tuscany - Elba

 

Tuscany



Tuscany is a region in the centre west of Italy. It is to the north of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Apennines and also includes the Tuscan archipelago. To the north-west lies Liguria, to the north Emilie Romagna, to the east the Marches and Umbria and to the south Latium.
 

Sailing in the Tuscan archipelago



From Portiglioni, you will head to the island of Elba to visit the Tuscan archipelago, comprising Capraia, Pianosa, Montecristo, Giglio, and Giannutri.
 

Places to visit



Before sailing to Elba, we suggest that you visit Follonica, a small town near Portglioni. It is a pretty town, with beautiful beaches and pine forests, which attracts many visitors. It is typically a town where you will be able to relax and enjoy some sport at the same time as you discover a different culture. Then, set your sights on the island of Elba.
Stop off in Elba, the largest island in the entire archipelago covering an area of 224 km². The island offers varied landscapes You will be able to admire charming fishing villages as well as hamlets built on the rocks, and castles in the middle of lush green valleys, or golf courses and beaches. You will also find magnificent coves that are completely deserted and accessible only by sea, as well as stunning fine sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, such as Biodola and Cavoli. Biodola beach has the same features as Cavoli beach. It is the perfect place for scuba diving and snorkelling. In addition to beautiful sandy beaches, there are also truly stunning gravel beaches. We recommend Padullela beach and Enfola beach, not to mention Fetovaie beach, one of the best known in Elba.
Then, set sail to discover Capraia, a small geological paradise, it is the sole volcanic island in the archipelago. The steep coastline that falls into the sea, the impressive rocks eroded by the wind and the sea offer an insight into the many eruptions over the years and the stratification of lava. The central area of Capraia is the most mountainous part of the island and is home to the highest peak. There is a lush vegetation of plants that are commonly found in the Mediterranean, such as arbutus, mastic and myrtle. There is also a small water collection basin in the area, the Stagnone. Diving and snorkelling enthusiasts will find rich areas of seagrass, common dentex, cod and bream, as well as many cetaceans.
Then, pay a visit to Pianosa island, a magnificent place with luxuriant vegetation comprising juniper and rosemary. The wildlife mainly comprises small mammals and birds, such as the red-legged partridge. The seabed offers many treasures and will delight divers. Other attractions can be seen in Pianosa, such as Forte Teglia and Palazzo della Specola, two fortified structures that protect the island's port.
Next, make your way to Montecristo island, one of the wildest and least accessible in the Tuscan Archipelago National Park. It is also a national nature reserve. This island is currently uninhabited; however, there is still an old abbey as well as San Mamiliano monastery, the remains of a monastic community. This island has a very specific flora and is home to migratory birds, including the Audouin's gull, the Manx shearwater, the kestrel and the royal eagle. The marine environment is also very rich with expanses of seagrass, sea anemones and coral. Next, make your way to Giglio.
Stop off at Giglio, an island that has survived several invasions, including by the Goths. The large majority of the island's architecture is medieval and the main attraction is a tower that dates from the 16th century. Another building not to miss is Giglio Castle. Giglio Campese is a magnificent site as much for swimming as for water sports. You will be able to enjoy water-skiing or wakeboarding and windsurfing in an absolutely stunning setting. Next, set your sights on the island of Giannutri.
Stop off at Giannutri, an island with a very rich marine plant and animal life, transparent waters and many wrecks that make the seabed unique. You will find two famous wrecks there, the Anna Bianca and the spectacular Relitto del Nassim.
Wait no more to rent your boat in Tuscany. We rent several ranges of boats, from catamarans to luxury yachts. You will be able to rent your boat with or without a skipper or set out on a cruise with a crew providing half-board or full-board. Please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to help you.


Worth knowing/Advice

Gulf of Baratti Discover Elba Island Touring Florence Be careful of the off-season Mistral wind Plan for short stopovers during the summer as winds are light.

The ports in this sailing area

Castiglioncello, Elba, Elbe, Follonica, Marina del fezzano, Marina di Scarlino, Nettuno, Portiglioni, porto lotti, Rome, Salivoli, San vincenzo, talamone ...


Formalities

To sail in Italy you will need: A sailing licence A sailing resume

When to travel?

A Mediterranean climate bathed in sun all the year round. Very hot and dry summers with temperatures regularly registering over 35°C. Spring is a great time to go (it is less hot and the vegetation is beautiful)

Winds

summer
10 knots
(average)
Winter
10 knots
(average)

Temperatures

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
10° 15° 19° 25° 29°
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
29° 29° 25° 21° 15° 10°