Marciana Marina

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Marciana Marina
42°48.4386′N, 10°12.0162′E Chart icon.png
Marciana Marina harbour

Marciana Marina is situated on the NW coast of Elba, some eight miles west of Portoferraio. It is a useful point at which to break a passage from Bastia in Corsica to Portoferraio. The harbour is protected by a long breakwater, along which there are yacht berths. The breakwater encloses a large T-pontoon with more berths. The town is a good base for exploring the mountainous interior of the island or for ascending on the cable car to Monte Capanne.


British Admiralty
1999 - Livorno to Civitavecchia


Shelter is good in the harbour in the prevailing winds. However, strong winds with anything east in them cause an unpleasant swell. The harbour would probably become untenable in very strong easterlies.

Sources for Weather forecasts:

  • 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 Roma, Cagliari (Sardinia) and Augusta (Sicily)


Popular passages/routes, timing, etc.




Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


No hazards in the approach. The breakwater can be difficult to see on the approach from west, but the prominent tower at its root is a good landmark. Depths in the harbour range from 2.0 - 8.0 metres; along the breakwater from 4.0 - 8.0 metres.


There is a pontoon at the extremity of the breakwater and another T-pontoon in the harbour. Both have laid moorings, which are administered by the Circulo della Vela Marciana Marina (call on VHF channel 09 or telephone +39 0565 99027 or e-mail: There are usually club staff in attendance to advise on mooring. Alternatively, anchor moor on the quay at the root of the breakwater, taking care to avoid the numerous mooring chains. The bottom is mud and mostly good holding.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs


Golfo di Procchi

Golfo di Procchi/wiki/Marciana_Marina#Golfo_di_Procchi
Anchorage icon Golfo di Procchi [[Marciana Marina#Golfo di Procchi|Golfo di Procchi]] 42°47.52′N, 10°14.82′E
Golfo di Procch is 2.5 miles SE of Marciana Marina. Tuck into the northern end of the bay, clear of the small craft moorings. Holding is good in 4.0 - 6.0 metres on sand.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

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


Mobile crane (50T). Some electrical and engine repairs.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel at the root of the small jetty NW of the T-pontoon (but very shallow water). Water and electricity are available at the club moorings.

Things to do Ashore


A trip inland to the picturesque mountain villages of Poggio and Marciana is worthwhile. The peak of Monte Capanne can be reached via a cable car system (the small cages used are not for those of a nervous disposition!).

Cable car up to Monte Capanne

Grocery & Supply Stores

Good shopping in the town.


Numerous restaurants and cafes along the harbour and inland.




Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal

Bins around the harbour.


Transportation (local and/or international)


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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