Civitanova Marche

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Civitanova Marche
43°18.75′N, 13°43.98′E Chart icon.png
Civitanova Marche harbour from NW

Civitanova Marche is a large fishing and leisure boat harbour and tourist resort situated on the Adriatic coast of Italy around nine miles NNW of the port of Porto San Giorgio and 15 miles SSE of the harbour of Numana. Four miles inland lies the fortified hilltop town of Civitanova Marche Alta, originally a Roman foundation subsequently fortified in the Middle Ages. The harbour provides around 500 berths on pontoons run by the local yacht club and a variety of concessionaires for vessels of up to 18 metres. Vessels over this size are prohibited from entering. Most of the harbour is relatively shallow and berthing here will not suit deep draft yachts.


British Admiralty


During the summer months the prevailing winds in the Adriatic are light to moderate coastal seabreezes. In spring and autumn, northerly winds are more frequent and can quickly rise to near gale force, especially in the northern Adriatic, where the much-feared “bora” is caused by high pressure over the mountains to the NE coupled with low pressure over southern Italy. Fortunately, the fiercest “bora” is normally to be expected in the winter months. Thunderstorms are occasionally experienced in spring and especially autumn and can be accompanied by violent winds of gale force and above. Luckily they are rarely long-lasting. In the southern Adriatic, the “scirocco”, a S/SE wind blowing up from North Africa which can last for several days, is more common. Unlike the “bora”, which can arrive without warning, a “scirocco” tends to build in strength over 24-48 hours, sometimes reaching gale force (especially in winter).

Sources for weather information:

  • There is a continuous (computerised voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 - first in Italian and then followed with an English translation
  • The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16
  • Navtex weather forecasts covering the Adriatic are broadcast from stations at Roma, Trieste, Kerkyra (Greece) and Split (Croatia)


See Adriatic.




Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


The most distinctive feature on the approach is the prominent spire of a church due W of the harbour. Closer in, the S-shaped outer breakwater is clearly visible. The harbour is entered from NNE, keeping to the centre of the channel to avoid underwater ballasting. Depths in the entrance are 4.0 - 4.5 metres. Entry is difficult in strong onshore winds. On the E side of the harbour a steel cable is laid between the end of the short pier and the SE leg of the mole to assist with mooring fishing vessels and this area should be avoided by visiting yachts.


The yacht club moorings in Civitanova

There are yacht berths on nine pontoons extending from the quays on the W and N sides of the harbour. Depths at the pontoons range from 2.0 – 3.5 metres. Visiting yachts are most likely to find a berth on the pontoons in the NW corner of the harbour, which are managed by the local sailing club, Club Vela Porto Civitanova (telephone: +39 0733 813687); Email; Website. The best depths on the pontoons are at the outer end, where there are 2.5 - 3.5 metres. Water and electricity on the pontoons. Shelter on the pontoons is good, although strong N/NE winds send in an unpleasant swell. The club has a clubhouse with all the usual facilities. Visitors are provided with a key card for exit from and entry to the yacht club compound.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

  • Club Vela Porto Civitanova


No anchoring is permitted in the harbour.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

Submit addresses and contact details of marine related businesses that are of interest to cruisers.


Slipway. Mobile crane (200 T). Hard standing. Engine, electrical and electronic repairs. All types of hull repairs. Sail repairs. Divers.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel station on the quay. Water and electricity on the Club Vela pontoons.

Things to do Ashore

Hilltop town of Civitanova Marche Alta
Town gate of Civitanova Marche Alta


The old town town of Civitanova Marche Alta 5km uphill from the port is a delight to explore, with much of its 14th century walls and several defensive towers still intact. Unlike Ascoli Piceno, which was constructed in travertine, Civitanova Marche Alta was built of brick and some of the buildings look surprisingly modern. The town contains several palazzos and 14th and 15th century churches that are worth a visit.

Grocery & Supply Stores

  • Small supermarket opposite railway station (left on main road 100 metres N of yacht club, then right at Via Duca degli Abruzzi - first road after conspicuous church tower).
  • Larger supermarket at top of Via Luna Rossi (right on main road 100 metres N of yacht club then first left. At top of road, go through underpass; large s/s sculpture with Loriblu on it is a good landmark).


  • Bar and restaurant at the Club Vela.
  • Numerous other restaurants in the town.


At yacht club.



Motorbike & Car Rentals

Rental outlets in the town.

Garbage Disposal

Bins near the pontoons.


  • Buses to most local destinations from the town.
  • Railway station with connections to most destinations.
  • Airport at Falconara (Ancona) 45 kms away.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)


References & Publications

  • A tourist guide to Civitanova Marche can be downloaded from the website above.

See also Italy.


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