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Riposto, Sicily, Italy

37°43.94′N, 15°12.61′E Chart icon.png
The marina of Porto Etna, Riposto

The harbour of Riposto on the E coast of Sicily lies 32 miles south of Messina and 16 miles north of Catania. A new marina, Porto dell’Etna, provides 370 berths for vessels up to 40 metres. Riposto is situated virtually in the shadow of Mount Etna and the marina provides a welcome addition to the ports of refuge along the east coast.


1941 - Capo Passero to Capo Colonne
1018 - Approach to Stretto Messina


Prevailing winds in the Straits during the summer are from N or NW. Southerly winds are more common in the spring and winter. In unsettled weather the Straits can be subject to very strong gusts off the land which, combined with the strong currents, can make passage dangerous for smaller yachts. Currents at Riposto are weaker than in the Straits, although gusts will still be experienced off the high land in NW winds.

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.


Riposto lies due east of Mount Etna, which provides an unmissable landmark when cruising along the east coast of Sicily. The harbour breakwaters will be seen from several miles off. Entrance to the harbour is from due north. The marina currently occupies the inner basin, although plans are under way to expand into the outer basin as well. Depths in the entrance are 14.0 -16.0 metres.


Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Porto dell’Etna

The marina of Porto dell’Etna currently provides 366 berths in depths of 5.0 - 13.0 metres. Berths are on floating pontoons or the quays. The marina is planned to expand. The outer wall and the breakwater were extended in 2009. New pontoons have yet to be laid however (2013). There is water and electricity on the pontoons. Toilets and showers. Fuel station on the quay. Wifi. Contact Porto dell'Etna on VHF channel 74 or telephone: +39 095 779 5755 or email. Website.


Taormina, seven miles to the north, provides several suitable anchorages in settled weather.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

There is a chandlery on the front near the supermarket.


An associated yard (Cantiere Navale, telephone: +39 095 932089; fax: +39 095 7781112; e-mail: has a travel lift (160T) and crane (45T). Indoor and outdoor storage. Engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Wood, GRP and steel hull repairs. Sail repairs. Chandlery.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel station on central jetty.

Water and electricity on the pontoons and quays.

Things to do Ashore


The town of Riposto has several interesting churches, but the principal attraction is the looming bulk of Mount Etna 18 kilometres to the west.

Grocery & Supply Stores

As you come out the marina turn right. There is a good deli called Gelati on the corner. Further down the road is Pam supermarket. Up the road that has Gelati on the corner and the fish market on the other corner, is a bakery.



Yes (in marina).


There is a laundry. The marina office has the details

Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal



Transportation (local and/or international)


  • George, who runs the mooring field off Taormina, Yacht Hotel, is helpful for all things. Off season, he lives on his boat in Marina D'Etna


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 Riposto and this page's details validated:

  • Information based on internet research (please update if you visit) --Athene of Lymington 19:12, 16 August 2010 (UTC)
  • Visited by Zebahdy of London April 2013

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