Adriatic Coast of Italy

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Adriatic Coast of Italy
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The Adriatic coast of Italy is less cruised than other parts of the country, few yachts tackling the 500 miles plus from Otranto round to Po Delta and then Venice to Trieste. Of those which do, many choose to cross the Adriatic from Bari or Trani to Croatia, thus missing out on an attractive cruising ground that has seen considerable yachting development in recent years.

Leaving Otranto at the ‘gateway’ to the Adriatic, a yacht cruising north passes the harbours of Brindisi, Mola di Bari, Bari, Trani, and Vieste, before arriving at the ‘spur’ of Italy. The coast from there northwards contains numerous small harbours, many of them canal ports, as well as the major harbours of Ancona and Ravenna. The coast continues along the Po Delta which is a mini cruising ground all of its own, with several shallow harbours and anchorages in its sea channels, and then finishes at the mouth of the river Adige.

The part of the coast from Vieste up to Venice has two main hazards for cruisers to contend with: firstly it is mostly shallow and many of the harbours have depths at the entrance of between 3.0 and 5.0 metres, which means they cannot be entered or exited in strong onshore winds; secondly, the Italian appetite for seafood means that large stretches of the coast are littered with lobster pots and mussel rafts. A night passage along this coast - especially under motor - would be courting disaster unless at least five miles offshore. At this distance, one then has the numerous oil and gas rigs to contend with, although at least these are lit.

Nevertheless, the coast here is well supplied with harbours and marinas, especially for yachts of moderate draft, and it is possible to day sail the entire coast without any passage longer than 40 miles.

Charts

See Italy.

Weather

See Italy.

Passages

List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.

Islands

Ports and Anchorages

Principal ports from south to north are:

Adriatic Coast Ports & Anchorages
Otranto Otranto /wiki/Otranto Harbour icon – harbour |
San Foca (Melendugno) San Foca (Melendugno) /wiki/San_Foca_(Melendugno) Harbour icon – harbour |
Brindisi Brindisi /wiki/Brindisi Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Villanova di Ostuni Villanova di Ostuni /wiki/Villanova_di_Ostuni Harbour icon – harbour |
Monopoli Monopoli /wiki/Monopoli Harbour icon – harbour |
Mola di Bari Mola di Bari /wiki/Mola_di_Bari Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Bari Bari /wiki/Bari Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Santo Spirito Santo Spirito /wiki/Santo_Spirito Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Molfetta Molfetta /wiki/Molfetta Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Bisceglie Bisceglie /wiki/Bisceglie Harbour icon – harbour |
Trani Trani /wiki/Trani Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Tremiti Islands Tremiti Islands /wiki/Tremiti_Islands Island icon – island |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Barletta Barletta /wiki/Barletta Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |
Manfredonia Manfredonia /wiki/Manfredonia Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Mattinata Mattinata /wiki/Mattinata Harbour icon – harbour |
Vieste Vieste /wiki/Vieste Harbour icon – harbour |
Rodi Garganico Rodi Garganico /wiki/Rodi_Garganico Marina icon – marina |
Termoli Termoli /wiki/Termoli Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Le Marinelle Le Marinelle /wiki/Le_Marinelle Marina icon – marina |
Porto di Vasto Porto di Vasto /wiki/Porto_di_Vasto Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Fossacesia Fossacesia /wiki/Fossacesia Marina icon – marina |
Ortona Ortona /wiki/Ortona Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Pescara Pescara /wiki/Pescara Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Giulianova Giulianova /wiki/Giulianova Harbour icon – harbour |
San Benedetto del Tronto San Benedetto del Tronto /wiki/San_Benedetto_del_Tronto Harbour icon – harbour |
Porto San Giorgio Porto San Giorgio /wiki/Porto_San_Giorgio Marina icon – marina |
Civitanova Marche Civitanova Marche /wiki/Civitanova_Marche Harbour icon – harbour |
Numana Numana /wiki/Numana Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Ancona Ancona /wiki/Ancona Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Senigallia Senigallia /wiki/Senigallia Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Fano Fano /wiki/Fano Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Pesaro Pesaro /wiki/Pesaro Harbour icon – harbour |
Marina di Baia Vallagola Marina di Baia Vallagola /wiki/Marina_di_Baia_Vallagola Marina icon – marina |
Cattolica Cattolica /wiki/Cattolica Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Portoverde Portoverde /wiki/Portoverde Harbour icon – harbour |
Riccione Riccione /wiki/Riccione Harbour icon – harbour |
Rimini Rimini /wiki/Rimini Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Cesenatico Cesenatico /wiki/Cesenatico Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Ravenna Ravenna /wiki/Ravenna Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Porto Garibaldi Porto Garibaldi /wiki/Porto_Garibaldi Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Po Delta Po Delta /wiki/Po_Delta Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Porto Fossone Porto Fossone /wiki/Porto_Fossone Harbour icon – harbour |
Key to symbols: |Island icon – island |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage ||

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Links

References & Publications

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