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Fiumara Grande, Italy

Fiumara Grande
41°44.4′N, 12°14.00′E Chart icon.png
Fiumara Grande from W

Fiumara Grande, which lies just under two miles SE of Fiumicino, is the mouth of the River Tiber, which flows through the Italian capital of Rome and enters the sea at the ancient port of Ostia. Along the river are docks and mooring jetties belonging to several yards and sailing clubs. Those of most interest to visiting yachts are the yards of Porto Romano and Darsena Netter on the N bank and Canados International on the S bank.


British Admiralty


Winds along the Tyrrhenian Coast of Italy are generally light in the summer months. The most notable feature is a SW seabreeze that kicks in late morning and blows at little more than Force 2 - 4 until the evening. Thundery conditions are not infrequent during early Spring and Autumn, and associated winds can sometimes reach gale force ands kick up a substantial sea. In winter, gales can blow from both NW and S and entry to and exit from many of the harbours along the coast can become hazardous.

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 are broadcast from stations at La Garde (Toulon), Roma and Cagliari (Sardinia)


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From N the tower of a disused lighthouse on a short spit 200 metres N of the river entrance is conspicuous. From S, a yacht passes the huge Porto Turistico di Roma at Ostia immediately before arriving at the entrance. The entrance silts constantly and the best channel is usually marked with port and starboard entrance pillar marks. Depths are usually 3.0 - 3.5 metres at the entrance. A strong current usually flows in the river, especially after heavy rains, and care is needed to maintain steerage way. Entry is inadvisable if there is any swell running, when Porto Turistico di Roma is a safer option


Porto Romano

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World icon.png Porto Romano [[Fiumara Grande#Porto Romano|Porto Romano]] 41°44.32′N, 12°14.1′E

Porto Romano (Telephone: +39 06 6502651, Fax: +39 06 6522724, Email, Website). Call on VHF channel 73 prior to entry.

Porto Romano is the first basin 600 metres upriver on the N bank. The ‘marina’ offers 200 berths for yachts up to 30 metres, including a transit quay for which can take yachts of up to 50 metres (depending on draught). Depths in the basin are 3.0 - 4.0 metres. The basin offers good security. Water and electricity at all berths. Toilets and showers. Clubhouse. Telephone and TV connections possible. Fuel quay (0830 - 1930). Travel left (70 T). Mobile crane (25 T). All mechanical, electrical and hull repairs. Hard standing and indoor storage. Internet. Typical price for 14 metre yacht (December 2010): Euros 76 - Euros 49 depending on season.

Darsena Netter

Darsena Netter/wiki/Fiumara_Grande#Darsena_Netter
World icon.png Darsena Netter [[Fiumara Grande#Darsena Netter|Darsena Netter]] 41°44.73′N, 12°15.44′E

Darsena Netter (Telephone: +39 06 6521966, Fax: +39 06 6581615, Email, Website). Call on VHF channel 16 prior to entry.

The basin of Darsena Netter is the second basin, 800 metres upriver on the N bank. The yard of Cantieri Netter here offers 70 berths for yachts up to 35 metres. Depths at the entrance are 4.0 metres and in the basin 2.6 - 3.0 metres. Yachts can also raft up to three deep on the pontoon in the river outside the entrance. Water and electricity at some berths in the basin. Toilets and showers. Fuel by tanker. Slipway (up to 120 T). Travel lift (30 T). All mechanical, electrical and hull repairs. Hard standing and indoor storage.

Canados International

Canados International/wiki/Fiumara_Grande#Canados_International
World icon.png Canados International [[Fiumara Grande#Canados International|Canados International]] 41°44.48′N, 12°14.55′E

Canados International (Telephone: +39 06 56339732, Fax: +39 06 56037581. Email, Website).

The small basin of Canados International is 700 metres upriver on the S bank. Smaller than the other two yards, it offers just 25 berths for yachts up to 36 metres. Telephone prior to attempting entry. Open Monday - Friday (0830 - 1700) only. Depths in the basin 3.9 metres. Fuel by tanker. Slipway. Travel lift (280 T). Mobile crane (20 T). All mechanical, electrical and hull repairs. Hard standing and indoor storage. No electricity and water from hose only.

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Several yards along the river. See individual entries above for details.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

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Things to do Ashore


Most visitors to Fiumare Grande, if not in need of major repairs, come here in order to visit the tourist attractions of Rome (for which even a stay of a month would be inadequate to do full justice). Depending on the time available, a ‘must see’ itinerary would have to take in the Vatican Museum (including the spectacular Sistine Chapel), St Peter’s Basilica, the Coliseum and the Forum Romanum, the last architectural vestiges of Rome’s imperial greatness. With more time, equally unmissable are the world-famous Musei Capitolini and Museo Nazionale Romano, the Castello St Angelo near the Vatican and the 2nd century AD Pantheon (which still boasts the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome as well as the tomb of Raphael). Those who are keen on beautiful churches should take in the Chiesa di Jesu, HQ church of the Jesuits, the wonderful Byzantine mosaics in the church of SS Cosma e Damiano, the sumptuous Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, 4th and 5th century respectively, and the small Basilica di San Pietro in Vinicoli (St Peter in Chains), which contains the chains believed to have confined St Peter as well as the unfinished tomb of Pope Julius II by Michelangelo. Further afield, the famous Catacombs, where generations of Christian martyrs were interred, the Villa d’Este and the Villa Adriana at Tivoli, built for the emperor Hadrian in 134 AD, are worth half a day each. Finally, an attraction closer to home is the remarkably well-preserved remains of Ostia, the ancient port of Rome, preserved until the early 20th century under several metres of silt following Tiber floods in antiquity.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Good provisions in the town of Fiumicino, but a long walk of two miles.



Only at Porto Romano.


Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal

Bins at the yards.


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


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References & Publications

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