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Lignano, Italy

45°41.5′N, 13°10.0′E Chart icon.png
The Lignano peninsula from the NE

The settlement of Lignano (or to give it its full name, Lignano Sabbiadoro) lies at the end of a peninsula on the Adriatic coast of Italy, five miles NE of the river marinas of Lignano Riviera and at the western entrance to the Laguna di Marano. Until the early 20th century, Lignano was an isolated fishing community with few links to the mainland. Since the advent of tourism in the early 1900s, the Lignano peninsula has become one of the most thriving tourist destinations in the northern Adriatic. While its beaches are thronged with sunworshippers during the summer, there are still quiet spots to be found in the lagoon and the area retains much of its former richness in flora and fauna. Yachts visiting Lignano have a choice of the huge 1200 berth Marina Punta Faro or the smaller municipal basin of Darsena Porto Vecchio with 400 berths.


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. Fog is a further hazard often encountered in the lagoon of Venice, especially in the early and late season.

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)


  • Isola de Martignano
  • Isola di Sant’Andrea


Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


The entrance to Lignano, which is also the main, westernmost entrance to the Laguna di Marano, is at World icon.png 45°41.5′N, 13°10.0′E. Dangerous sandbanks extend offshore for over a mile on either side of the entrance and the safe water between the banks (which shift constantly) is marked by a red and white fairway buoy situated about 1.5 miles SSE of the channel. Yachts entering should pass within 50 metres of the buoy, which is moved to reflect the shifts, before turning on a course of c. 355 degrees to cross the bar and pick up the channel, which is marked with wooden posts (white to starboard and red to port). Depths in the channel are around 6.0 metres, but can be as little as 2.5 metres over the bar. Entry should therefore only be attempted close to high water and on a rising tide and never in strong onshore winds. Once in the channel, proceed for about a mile and the entrance to Marina Punta Faro will be visible to port. For the entrance to the basin of Darsena Porto Vecchio, continue W up the channel that passes the entrance to Marina Punta Faro and along the curved breakwater until the basin opens up to port after 600 metres.


Marinas & Yacht Clubs

There are two berthing options in the river:

Click on the appropriate link for details.


Yachts can anchor with care anywhere in the lagoon providing they do not obstruct the channels. Fore and aft anchors are necessary to avoid swinging into the channel with the tides.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

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


See marina entries for details.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

See marina entries for details.

Things to do Ashore


Typical Marano lagoon landscape

The town of Lignano Sabbiadoro has few historic attractions, but most visitors come here for the beaches, which are superb, or (occasionally) for the beautiful landscape and abundant wildlife of the Marano lagoon inland from the town.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Good provisions shops in Lignano Sabbiadoro.


Numerous bars and restaurants in Lignin Sabbiadoro.


In Marina Punta Faro.


In Marina Punta Faro.

Motorbike & Car Rentals

Rental outlets in Lignano Sabbiadoro.

Garbage Disposal

Bins at the marinas.


List transportation (local and/or international.)

Routes/Passages To/From

List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.


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

See Italy.


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Date of member's last visit to Lignano and this page's details validated:

  • Data compiled from web research (please update if possible)--Athene of Lymington 15:53, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

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