Italy

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Italy, commanding a long Mediterranean coastline, has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance treasures such as Michelangelo?s David" and its leather and paper artisans; Venice




"Italy (Italian: Italia [iˈtaːlja] (listen)), officially the Italian Republic or Republic of Italy (Italian: Repubblica Italiana [reˈpubblika itaˈljaːna]), is a country consisting of a peninsula delimited by the Alps and several islands surrounding it, whose territory largely coincides with the homonymous geographical region. Italy is located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, in Southern Europe; it is also considered part of Western Europe. A unitary parliamentary republic with Rome as its capital and largest city, the country covers a total area of 301,230 km2 (116,310 sq mi) and shares land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, as well as the enclaved microstates of Vatican City and San Marino. Italy has a territorial exclave in Switzerland, Campione. With over 60 million inhabitants, Italy is the third-most populous member state of the European Union.

Due to its central geographic location in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, Italy has historically been home to myriad peoples and cultures. In addition to the various ancient peoples dispersed throughout what is now modern-day Italy, the most predominant being the Indo-European Italic peoples who gave the peninsula its name, beginning from the classical era, Phoenicians and Carthaginians founded colonies mostly in insular Italy, Greeks established settlements in the so-called Magna Graecia of Southern Italy, while Etruscans and Celts inhabited central and northern Italy respectively. An Italic tribe known as the Latins formed the Roman Kingdom in the 8th century BC, which eventually became a republic with a government of the Senate and the People. The Roman Republic initially conquered and assimilated its neighbours on the Italian peninsula, eventually expanding and conquering parts of Europe, North Africa and Asia. By the first century BC, the Roman Empire emerged as the dominant power in the Mediterranean Basin and became a leading cultural, political and religious centre, inaugurating the Pax Romana, a period of more than 200 years during which Italy's law, technology, economy, art, and literature developed.During the Early Middle Ages, Italy endured the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the Barbarian Invasions, but by the 11th century numerous rival city-states and maritime republics, mainly in the northern and central regions of Italy, became prosperous through trade, commerce, and banking, laying the groundwork for modern capitalism. These mostly independent statelets served as Europe's main trading hubs with Asia and the Near East, often enjoying a greater degree of democracy than the larger feudal monarchies that were consolidating throughout Europe; however, part of central Italy was under the control of the theocratic Papal States, while Southern Italy remained largely feudal until the 19th century, partially as a result of a succession of Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Angevin, Aragonese, and other foreign conquests of the region. The Renaissance began in Italy and spread to the rest of Europe, bringing a renewed interest in humanism, science, exploration, and art. Italian culture flourished, producing famous scholars, artists, and polymaths. During the Middle Ages, Italian explorers discovered new routes to the Far East and the New World, helping to usher in the European Age of Discovery. Nevertheless, Italy's commercial and political power significantly waned with the opening of trade routes that bypassed the Mediterranean. Centuries of foreign conquest and meddling, and the rivalry and infighting between the Italian city-states, such as the Italian Wars of the 15th and 16th centuries, left Italy politically fragmented, and it was further conquered and divided among multiple foreign European powers over the centuries.

By the mid-19th century, rising Italian nationalism and calls for independence from foreign control led to a period of revolutionary political upheaval. After centuries of foreign domination and political division, Italy was almost entirely unified in 1861 following a war of independence, establishing the Kingdom of Italy. From the late 19th century to the early 20th century, Italy rapidly industrialised, mainly in the north, and acquired a colonial empire, while the south remained largely impoverished and excluded from industrialisation, fuelling a large and influential diaspora. Despite being one of the victorious allied powers in World War I, Italy entered a period of economic crisis and social turmoil, leading to the rise of the Italian fascist dictatorship in 1922. The participation of Fascist Italy in World War II on the Axis side and against the Allies ended in military defeat, economic destruction, and the occupation of Italy by Nazi Germany and the collaborationist Italian Social Republic. Following the rise of the Italian Resistance and the subsequent Italian Civil War and liberation of Italy, the country abolished its monarchy, established a democratic Republic, enjoyed a prolonged economic boom, and became a highly developed country.

Italy has an advanced economy. The country is the ninth-largest by nominal GDP (third in the European Union), the eighth-largest by national wealth and the third-largest by central bank gold reserve. It ranks highly in life expectancy, quality of life, healthcare, and education. The country is a great power and it has a significant role in regional and global economic, military, cultural, and diplomatic affairs. Italy is a founding and leading member of the European Union and a member of numerous international institutions, including the United Nations, NATO, the OECD, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the World Trade Organization, the Group of Seven, the G20, the Union for the Mediterranean, the Latin Union, the Council of Europe, Uniting for Consensus, the Schengen Area, and many more. The source of many inventions and discoveries, the country has long been a global centre of art, music, literature, philosophy, science and technology, and fashion, and has greatly influenced and contributed to diverse fields including cinema, cuisine, sports, jurisprudence, banking, and business. As a reflection of its cultural wealth, Italy has the world's largest number of World Heritage Sites (58), and is the fifth-most visited country." Wikipedia






Latest Reviews

Stromboli
4.4

A spectacular active volcano spewing steam and rocks on one side, with a small town built on a unique lava rock coastline. Lots of golf carts and mopeds buzzing around but no cars. Sat on anchor at night and watched the eruptions.

Ponza Island
4.6

Beautiful white cliff coastline with a busy little bay full of anchored yachts in turquoise waters served by an ice cream boat.

La Maddalena
3.4

Had an awful experience. While heading to Corsica the chop got too much and so we turned back and took shelter in Magdelena. The slim lines in the harbour were all pulled taught and we caught one in the prop while manoeuvring up to the pontoon. The cross wind didn’t help. Not a single person on the pontoon to help and a following wet and dark night didn’t boost moral any. Will revisit one day but not a great first impression.

Cagliari
4.3

Cycled round to the shallow lagoon to see the pink flamingos stomping and flying around but only stayed In the marina one night before setting north on the high seas again.

Naples / Napoli
4.7

We moored up at the marina in the evening and spent the next day exploring the city including a tour of Herculaneum.

Portoferraio
4.9

We moored up in the busy capital for a few days and hired a car to explore the southern region and stopped at Villa San Martino and Porto Azzuro.

Alghero
4.9

We explored the medieval city fondly known as 'Barceloneta' and then went to the Nuraghe Palmavera tower which had a dome shaped ceiling that dates back to 1100 years BC. A very interesting and pretty region of Italy.

Palermo
3.6

We moored up to find the marina full of plastic bottles and later explored the city including the catacombs. We enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

Porticello
4.4

We took a taxi from Palemero to this great little town and loved exploring it.





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Top Marinas, Harbours and Anchorages

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River Temo Bosa Harbour
1 . River Temo Bosa Harbour
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Trieste San Giusto Marina
2 . Trieste San Giusto Marina
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Alghero Harbour
3 . Alghero Harbour
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Porto Franco Harbour
4 . Porto Franco Harbour
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Commercial fishing harbour.

Fertilia Harbour
5 . Fertilia Harbour
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Muggia Harbour
6 . Muggia Harbour
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Porto Conte Harbour
7 . Porto Conte Harbour
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Porto san Rocco Marina
8 . Porto san Rocco Marina
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San Vito lo Capo Harbour
9 . San Vito lo Capo Harbour
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Castellammare del Golfo Harbour
10 . Castellammare del Golfo Harbour
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Balestrate Harbour
11 . Balestrate Harbour
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Terrasini Harbour
12 . Terrasini Harbour
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Cinsi Harbour
13 . Cinsi Harbour
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Isola delle Femmine Harbour
14 . Isola delle Femmine Harbour
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Sferra Cavallo Harbour
15 . Sferra Cavallo Harbour
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Mondello Harbour
16 . Mondello Harbour
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Fossa del Gallo Harbour
17 . Fossa del Gallo Harbour
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Addaura Harbour
18 . Addaura Harbour
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Arenella Harbour
19 . Arenella Harbour
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Villa Igiea Marina
20 . Villa Igiea Marina
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Palermo Harbour
21 . Palermo Harbour
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Cala Santa Maria Harbour
22 . Cala Santa Maria Harbour
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Porticello Harbour
23 . Porticello Harbour
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San Nicolo L'Arena Harbour
24 . San Nicolo L'Arena Harbour
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Termini Imerese Harbour
25 . Termini Imerese Harbour
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Cefalu Harbour
26 . Cefalu Harbour
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Sant Agata di Militello Harbour
27 . Sant Agata di Militello Harbour
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Capo D'Orlando Harbour
28 . Capo D'Orlando Harbour
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Ventimiligia Marina
29 . Ventimiligia Marina
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Porto Rosa Marina
30 . Porto Rosa Marina
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Top Towns

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Portoferraio
1 . Portoferraio
(Elba Island )
3.7

Portoferraio is a busy capital on the northern coast of Elba Island and known for Napeoleon's exile. The city is built around the inner bank of a wide bay and hosts a harbour and quayside to the no...

Alghero
2 . Alghero
(Sardinia Island )
3.7

A stunning large town on the north-western coast of Sardinia with a backdrop of rolling hills. Home to a large marina that leads south to the old town and north to a popular white sandy beach and c...

Naples / Napoli
3 . Naples / Napoli
3.6

Naples is a large city to the west of Mount Vesuvius on the west coast of Italy. It is home to a large harbour and port for day trips to nearby islands and towns.

Sorrento
4 . Sorrento
3.5

Sorrento is a large north facing coastal town built along the cliff edges of the peninsula overlooking Mount Vesuvius.

Stromboli
5 . Stromboli
(Isola Stromboli )
3.5

A small popular town on the eastern tip of Stromboli island.

Cagliari
6 . Cagliari
(Sardinia Island )
3.4

The capital historic city of Sardinia on the southern coast of the island in a large south-eastern facing bay with lagoons to the east and west. The city is home to a commercial port and ferry term...

Porticello
7 . Porticello
(Sicily Island )
3.4

A eastern facing town on the northern coast of Sicily near inland Bagheria and Palmero.

Palermo
8 . Palermo
(Sicily Island )
3.0

An historic and popular capital city of Sicily on the north-western coast of the island. Set on flat land surrounded by towering mountains it is a stunning sight. Home to a large commercial port wi...

La Maddalena
9 . La Maddalena
(Sardinia Island )
3.0

A small town south of Cagliari on the southern coast of Sardinia.

Grado
10 . Grado
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A popular northern Italian town on the Western side of the Marano lagoon and home to two large marinas as well as a canal leading to an inner harbour and a further canal around a large inner island.

Marina di Carrara
11 . Marina di Carrara
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The coastal town is an extension of the main Carrara further into the hills which is set in a large area of scarred hillside due to the marble mining. The marina is largely commercial to support th...

Panzano
12 . Panzano
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A signifiant industrial town and port in the north of Italy.

Viareggio
13 . Viareggio
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A large town in the north-west of Italy along a long sandy beach and home to a small commercial port and shipbuilding activities. Inside the port is the entrance to the Burlamacca canal which runs ...

Trieste
14 . Trieste
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The most western and northern city in Italy and north of Croatia. Home to a large commercial port with a marina close to the old town.

Pisa
15 . Pisa
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The city of Pisa in north-west Italy is found up the river Arno which is inaccessible to yachts due to several low road bridges. There is however a marina at the mouth of the river which is also ho...

Muggia
16 . Muggia
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A pretty hillside coastal town on the far north-east of Italy close to the Slovian border. Home to a busy small marina extending an old port. Too the east of the town there is a large concrete hard...

Livorno
17 . Livorno
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A popular city on the north-western coast of Italy and a stopping point for cruise liners wanting to visit the local fort and nearby Pisa. The port has a large commercial area particularly for petr...

San Rocco
18 . San Rocco
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A small green village on the extreme north-east of Italy close to Slovenia with a large marina.

Rosignano Solvay
19 . Rosignano Solvay
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A town on the north-western coast of Italy with a spectacular white beach albeit reported to be polluted with toxic chemicals and as such best to be avoided.

Cecina
20 . Cecina
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A small inland town along the river Cecina with coastal extension home to a small harbour and marina. The popular promenade offers bars and hotels and is a short distance from the nature reserve wh...

San Vincenzo
21 . San Vincenzo
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A small town on the north-western coast of Italy level with the top of Corsica. The sandy coastline is home to a marina and many restaurants and separated from the rest of the town by the railway t...

Piombino
22 . Piombino
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A predominately industrial port town on the western coast of Italy with some more attractive historic roots on the western side of the town close to Salivoli. The port is home to a ferry terminal t...

Follonica
23 . Follonica
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A popular town on the western coast of Italy with a long sandy beach attracting many local visitors. A busy marina is found a few kilometres south of the town at the entrance to the Allacciante canal.

Castiglione della Pescaia
24 . Castiglione della Pescaia
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A small popular historic town on the sandy western coast of Italy at the mouth of the river Bruna overlooking the small island of Giglio.

Fonteblanda
25 . Fonteblanda
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A small village on the western coast of Italy with a long sandy beach.

Talamone
26 . Talamone
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A pretty walled village on the rocky western coast of Italy on a small peninsula.

Porto Santo Stefano
27 . Porto Santo Stefano
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A colourful hillside town on the northern coast of the green Mount Argentario peninsula with a spectacular coastline and a quayside lined with restaurants. Home to a harbour with a ferry to Giglio.

Ustica
28 . Ustica
(Isola di Ustica )
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A small town on the eastern tip of Ustica island.

Porto Ercole
29 . Porto Ercole
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A small town built in two natural bays around Fort Filippo. Each bay is home to a marina behind breakwalls and attractive quaysides with numerous restaurants and bars.

Tarquinia
30 . Tarquinia
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A village on the western sandy coast of Italy.

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