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WorldMediterraneanItalyLigurian CoastVarazze
44°21.15′N, 08°34.12′E Chart icon.png
Varazze Marina during construction

Varazze is a small resort town on the Ligurian coast of Italy around five miles NE of Savona and 12 miles SW of Genoa. The town is popular with Italian tourists and the population of 14,00 swells to several times that during the holiday months of July and August. For yachtsmen, the town’s main attraction is its sheltered 700-berth marina, Varazze Marina, which provides a useful alternative to the busy harbours of Savona or Genoa a few miles along the coast.


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 seabreeze, 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 (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.


See Varazze Marina.


See Varazze Marina.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs


It is possible to anchor in the bay just E of the harbour, clear of the small craft moorings. Depths here are 4.0 - 5.0 metres and the holding is good in sand. The bay here is well sheltered from all directions except S and E.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

In Varazze Marina.


In Varazze Marina.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

In Varazze Marina.

Things to do Ashore


Although there are some pretty 15th and 16th century churches and remnant of the town’s mediaeval walls, the main attraction of Varazze is its beach and beachfront promenade. The Passeggiata Europa (Europa Walk) is a walking trail along the route of the former Genoa-Ventimiglia railway, connecting Varazze to the neighbouring town of Cogoleto. The path transits a rocky landscape thick with Aleppo pines and passes a series of small coves rich with birdlife.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Excellent provisions shops in the town E of the marina.


Numerous bars and restaurants in the town.





Motorbike & Car Rentals

Several rental outlets in the town.

Garbage Disposal

Bins in the marina.


Transportation (local and/or international)


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 16:07, 24 November 2010 (UTC)

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