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Terracina, Italy

41°16.93′N, 13°15.68′E Chart icon.png

The small and shallow harbour of Terracina lies just under 10 miles SE of Capo Circeo on the Tyrrhenian coast of Italy. Formerly an ancient Roman harbour, the entrance is subject to silting and depths in the channel vary between 3.0 and 4.0 metres. The harbour is only suitable for smaller yachts of up to 14 metres and with relatively shallow draught. The entrance is dangerous with strong onshore winds.


British Admiralty


Winds along the Tyrrhenian Coast of Italy are generally light in the summer months. The most notable feature is a SW seabreeze that kicks in late morning and blows at little more than Force 2 - 4 until the evening. Thundery conditions are not infrequent during early Spring and Autumn, and associated winds can sometimes reach gale force and kick up a substantial sea. In winter, gales can blow from both NW and S and entry to and exit from many of the harbours along the coast can become hazardous.

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)


List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.



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The towering bluff of Monte Sant’ Angelo N of the harbour is conspicuous from distance. Closer in, the arches of a ruined Roman temple to Jupiter on the bluff and the long outer breakwater and the houses of the village are clearly visible. The harbour is entered from N, close to the end of the shorter, northern breakwater, in order to avoid the shallow sandbank that builds up inside the long outer breakwater. Usually the channel has depths of 3.0 - 4.0 metres only, so entrance should never be attempted with any swell running.


The small basin to N just inside the entrance is shallow (under 2.0 metres) and usually filled with local boats. A visiting yacht is best to seek an alongside berth in the canal leading into the outer harbour, where depths are usually around 3.0 metres.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



In settled weather only, a yacht may anchor off the beach to the N of the harbour in 4.0 - 5.0 metres. The anchorage is uncomfortable with any swell running.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

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


Slipway. Fixed crane (20 T). Limited engine, electrical and electronic repairs.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel station on the quay (0800 - 1230 and 1500 - 1900). A few water points along the quay.

Things to do Ashore


The town of Terracina has a long history dating back at least to the Roman era. Several of the Roman emperors had villas here and the harbour was further expanded during the reign of the emperor Trajan. The town’s main piazza was the former forum of the Roman town and much of the original Roman travertine paving still survives. The main highway through the town, the SS7, follows the line of the Via Appia, the route of which was cut through solid rock at the base of the promontory during Trajan’s time. The Roman marks indicating the depth of the cut are still visible today. The town’s fine 11th century Cathedral of SS. Pietro e Cesareo is built on the site of a former Roman temple, traces of which are visible inside. The walk up to the top of Monte Sant’ Angelo follows the ancient route of the Via Appia and is flanked by tombs. The summit is crowned with the remains of a Temple to Jupiter and has superb views over the Pontine Marshes and the coast.

Cathedral of Terracina
Roman remains, Terracina

Grocery & Supply Stores

Provisions shops in the village, 10 minutes walk away.


Numerous restaurants and pizzerias in the town.




Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal

Bins close to the harbour.


  • Occasional buses to Rome


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 13:58, 10 December 2010 (UTC)

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