Talamone

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Talamone
42°33.372'N, 011°08.303'E Chart icon.png
lat=42.5562 | lon=11.13838 | zoom=14 | y
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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.

Charts

British Admiralty
1999
Italian
913
122
5

Weather

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 (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)

Passages

See Mediterranean.

Islands

Communication

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

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

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 given a clearance of about half a mile on the approach. Once close in, along the 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 the edge of the shoal patch here is marked with a starboard buoy.

Berthing

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

None.

Anchorages

Talamone Bay

Talamone Bay/wiki/Talamone#Talamone_Bay
Anchorage icon Talamone Bay [[Talamone#Talamone Bay|Talamone Bay]] 42°33.520'N, 011°08.859'E
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.

Amenities

Facilities
Water Water on some of the pontoons
Electricity Electricity on some of the pontoons
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry ?
Garbage Bins near the harbour
Supplies
Fuel Fuel station on the quay (0830 - 1230 and 1500 - 1930)
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
Services
Repairs Mobile crane (24 T). Some basic repairs
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?

Provisioning

Provisions shops 500 metres from the harbour.

Eating out

Restaurants up in the town.

Transportation

  • 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.

Tourism

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

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

References & Publications

See Italy.

Comments

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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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