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WorldMediterraneanItalyLigurian CoastSavona
44°18.930'N, 008°30.330'E Chart icon.png
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Savona Harbour

Savona is a major seaport and commercial centre on the coast of Liguria in Italy, some 23 miles WSW of Genoa. There are yacht berths in the outer harbour for members of the Italian Lega Navale, which may be used with permission if bert holders are away, but most yachts pass through to the Darsena Vecchia (Old Basin), where there are around 300 pontoon berths with laid moorings for yachts up to 16 metres. It is normally very busy in here, especially during holiday periods.


British Admiralty
1998 - Nice to Livorno, including Gulf of Genoa.


The prevailing winds along the western part of the Ligurian coast during the summer are a SW or SE sea breeze, which rarely gets up much above force 4-5. Along the eastern part of the coast, the winds tend to come more from W or NW and are again usually little more than moderate. While infrequent, gales are not unknown during the spring and early summer and are typically caused by depressions further west in the Golfe du Lion which bring strong N winds as they move further E. In winter, the tramontana, a strong N wind off the Alps, is more frequent, although the libecchio is a strong SW wind that can affect the whole of the Ligurian coast and blow for several days, causing heavy seas.

Sources for weather forecasts:

  • There is a continuous (computerized 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)


See Mediterranean.




Add here VHF channel for the coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


The city is conspicuous from some distance off, the cranes and gantries of the harbour being identifiable from 2-3 miles off. Approach to the harbour is best made from SE, especially in strong S winds, as there is an unpleasant back swell off the breakwater in these conditions. The yacht berths are in the inner part of the harbour, leaving the large silos to port. The berths of the Italian Lega Navale are on the Molo Miramare to starboard 600 metres from the harbour entrance; for the Darsena Vecchia, continue for a further 600 metres. The Darsena Vecchia is entered via a lifting pedestrian footbridge to port at the top end of the harbour.


Molo Miramare

Molo Miramare/wiki/Savona#Molo_Miramare
Harbour icon Molo Miramare [[Savona#Molo Miramare|Molo Miramare]] (Lega Navale) 44°18.810'N, 008°29.395'E

The surroundings here are industrial and subject to wash from passing vessels. The berths here are reserved for members of the Italian Lega Navale. However, spaces may be available here on occasion (it helps if you are a member of the Lega Navale). Approach and enquire if you see a vacant berth. Yachts berth on pontoons with laid moorings. The shelter is good but there is a continual wash from passing vessels. Depths from 5.0 - 6.0 metres. Water and electricity on the quays.

[email protected]; Tel: +39 (019) 85 541; Fax: +39 (019) 985 54399; VHF channel 09

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Darsena Vecchia in Savona

Darsena Vecchia

Darsena Vecchia/wiki/Savona#Darsena_Vecchia
Marina icon Darsena Vecchia [[Savona#Darsena Vecchia|Darsena Vecchia]] (Porto Di Savona) 44°18.495'N, 008°29.137'E

The bridge to the basin opens on request every half hour from 0800 to 2100. The basin has 300 berths on three pontoons and the surrounding quays for yachts up to 16 metres. Laid moorings at all berths. Depths in the basin range from 1.0 to 8.0 metres. Shelter is excellent. Water and electricity on the quays.

[email protected]; Tel: +39 (019) 85 541; Fax: +39 (019) 985 54399; VHF channel 09 (Contact Assonautica)


It is forbidden to anchor off in the vicinity of the harbour.


Water Water on the quays
Electricity Electricity on the quays}
Toilets In Darsena Vecchia
Showers In Darsena Vecchia
Laundry In Darsena Vecchia
Garbage Bins at Darsena Vecchia and Molo Miramare
Fuel Fuel station at SW corner of Darsena Vecchia (0800 - 1200 and 1400 - 1700)
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers Within walking distance from In Darsena Vecchia
Repairs Small hard standing at the yacht club (Lega Navale). Travel lift (200 T). Mobile crane (6 T). Engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Sail repairs. Wood, fiberglass and steel repairs. Divers.
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Several rental outlets in the town.


Excellent provisions shops in the town SW of the Darsena Vecchia.

Eating out

Numerous bars and restaurants in the town.


List transportation (local and/or international.)



The city was a free municipality until being over-run by the Genoese in 1528 and much of the city’s mediaeval heritage still survives, in spite of heavy damage from bombing during World War II. Formerly an important centre for ironworks and shipbuilding, today Savona is Italy’s fifth largest port and handles a significant portion of Italy’s exports to markets such as the UK and USA

Places to Visit

The mediaeval center of Savona is well worth exploring. The 16h century cathedral has some beautiful carved wooden choir stalls. Next door is the 15th century Capella Sistina, an ornate Rococo creation with a notable painted ceiling. The vast castle of Fortezza del Priamar, built in 1528 after the town was overrun by the Genoese, contains several museums inside its walls.

The Fortezza del Priamar, Savona
Baroque frontage of Savona cathedral


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)



See Italy.


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