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42°33.34′N, 11°08.2′E Chart icon.png
Talamone harbour from the W

The harbour of Talamone lies in a protected natural bay eight miles N of the rocky promontory of Monte Argentario on the Tuscan coast of Italy. The area’s natural features made it an important city as long ago as the Etruscan period (700BC - 200BC). The impressive castle that broods over the entrance to the bay and the protecting walls were constructed by the Siennese during their occupation of the town in the 15th century. Even the English Admiral Horatio Nelson appreciated the natural shelter offered by the bay of Talamone, stopping here on his way to defeating the naval forces of Napoleon at the Battle of the Nile in 1798. Yachts passing this way today berth at one of the six privately operated pontoons just N of the walled town or on the transit quay as directed.


British Admiralty


The prevailing winds along the Tuscan coast are from NW or W and are mostly moderate, rarely rising above force 5. Close inshore, a yacht will often encounter SE or even S winds, especially around the offshore islands, or long periods of calm. A depression passing to the N along the line of the Alps will sometimes cause a libeccio, a strong SW wind that occasionally reaches gale force and causes a heavy swell. In winter, the tramontana is a very strong N or NE wind that blows down off the Alps and can affect most of the NW coast of Italy.

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)


Popular passages/routes, timing, etc.



Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


From S the fortress and walled town are visible from some way off. In the approach from N the town will not be seen until a yacht is almost abeam. The headland of Capo D’Uomo should be give a clearance of about half a mile on the approach. Once close in, a long breakwater is conspicuous running ENE from the town. Behind the breakwater are a series of pontoons where yachts berth stern or bows-to and some quays for alongside berthing. The depths shoal to the E of the more northerly pontoons, and edge of the shoal patch here is marked with a starboard buoy.


Depths at the pontoons range from 3.5 metres at the pontoons adjacent to the mole to 2.0 metres or less at the more northerly pontoons. The pontoons are privately run and, in the absence of an available berth here, there is a designated transit quay where visiting yachts of up to 12 metres may berth for up to three days (as long as the space is not in use by commercial vessels). Bigger yachts of up to 24 metres may berth on the quay in front of the Baia di Talamone hotel (again, for up to three days and as long as the space is not in use by commercial vessels).

Marinas & Yacht Clubs


In settled weather or moderate winds from NW round to E, it is possible to anchor off in the bay of Talamone. Holding is good in mud.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

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


Mobile crane (24 T). Some basic repairs.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel station on the quay (0830 - 1230 and 1500 - 1930). Water and electricity on some of the pontoons.

Things to do Ashore


Talamone is a pretty and historic village. The surviving 15th walls are worth exploring and the walk up to the castle is rewarded with superb views down over the bay. The town is on the southern fringes of the Maremma Natural Park, rich in wildlife and historic buildings.

Talamone town
Talamone town walls
Talamone castle

Grocery & Supply Stores

Provisions shops 500 metres from the harbour.


Restaurants up in the town.




Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal

Bins near the harbour.


  • The Via Aurelia (E80) passes just E of the town of Talamone.
  • The train station of Talamone is two kilometers from the harbour. Regular trains to Rome and Pisa.
  • Pisa and Rome airports are 1.5 - 2 hours away by car.


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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  • Data compiled from web research (please update if possible)--Athene of Lymington 17:38, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

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