I don't have nearly the experience that the previous comments but I can tell you that in Italy
people often come out and anchor
for the day and then leave the anchorage at night. We found that we had to have a short scope
in the day and then could let out the scope
at night. There were also a lot more anchorages
then the guide books
The first year in Italy
my ex wife and decided that the only mistake we could make was trying to go to far. over 10 weeks of sailing we hit a grand total of 90 miles. There were just so many interesting places to stop and explore.
Elba, Bonifacio, NE Sardinia (before the crowds), and SE Sardinia are all wonderful places.