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Old 27-12-2020, 18:27   #1
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Cruised in Italy? This thread's for you

Greetings, cruisers!

So, I have an unusual opportunity.

The possibility to own a place in Sicily not far from a port with a marina has presented itself. But I'm curious. What is it like to have a home port in Italy?

Those of you with cruising experience in Italy...what are some of the unexpected pitfalls that you can recount?


[ABOUT ME: I have lived in Italy, and, in particular, in Sicily; I speak Italian, and I'm familiar with the bureaucracy.

I've cruised in France and Turkey (as well as California, Florida, and the Northeast of the U.S.), but never in Italy.]

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Old 28-12-2020, 00:43   #2
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Marina di Ragusa is great, has restaurants, fuel, even trendy clothing shops. Its a cool place. Marinas in Catania not so much. Marzamemi is a cool little family run place and there is a local yacht club. Restaurants near the marina are good and the walk into town is fantastic.

I nearly bought a boat in Italy but ended up buying in Malta. While looking at boats in Italy I learned that multiple brokers will represent the same boat. This led in one case to a bidding war that I simply walked away from. The regional boat registration in Italy seemed a little cumbersome. This may have just been a result of being a foreigner.

So why am i replying to your posting. Just that nothing in Sicily seemed to be problematic with regards to cruising. Syracuse harbor is great and even the tax guys came out to meet me. And I did hear of problems with dingy theft there but never experienced it.

I think that you are going to have a bunch of fun. and Malta is an easy day sail away.
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Re: Cruised in Italy? This thread's for you

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Those of you with cruising experience in Italy...what are some of the unexpected pitfalls that you can recount?
Pitfalls? Paste di mandorla, decks regularly covered in ash from Etna and the Cosa Nostra.

After 15 months in Sicily we became very familiar with all three .
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Nice destination! I would like to visit it again
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