Ventotene

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Ventotene
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The old Roman harbour of Ventotene

The island of Ventotene, one of the so-called Pontine Islands, lies off the west coast of Italy about 21 miles SE of Ponza and 18 miles west of Ischia. The remains of an extinct volcano, the island was known as Pandateria during the Roman era and was a popular spot for the Roman emperors to exile (and, frequently, murder) errant female members of their extended families. The Romans carved a harbour, now known as the Porto Vecchio, out of the volcanic tufa. The harbour is supplemented today by a new harbour just north, known as Porto Nuovo or Cala Rossano. The old harbour is shallow but you can enter with a draught up to about 2 meters and length up to 12 meters, watching at the entrance for a rock. Inside you have to go to the pier with the bow. You can find water and electricity. A pontoon has been installed in the new harbour with space for around 20 yachts on laid moorings. The Isola di Ventotene Yacht Club (IVYC) has about 50 places between the old and new harbours. Prices are around 10 € per meter (8/2012).

Charts

British Admiralty
1911 - I. del Giglio to I. d’Ischia
Italian
914

Weather

Prevailing winds are from W or NW, in which conditions shelter is reasonably good in both of the island’s harbours. However, strong northerly winds cause a surge in the new harbour which could be dangerous if near gale force. In spite of its east-facing entrance, the old harbour is also dangerous in very strong conditions.

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 Roma, Cagliari (Sardinia) and Augusta (Sicily)

Passages

Popular passages/routes, timing, etc.

Islands

  • Santo Stefano (one mile due east) is a former prison island. There are no suitable anchorages.

Communication

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

Both harbours lie at the NE end of the island. There are no dangers in the approaches. However, there are shallow rocks in the entrance to the old harbour which reduce the depth in places to only 1.6 metres. With local knowledge, vessels of up to 1.8 metres can enter.

Berthing

Harbourmaster in old harbour. No customs on the island.

Ports

Porto Nuovo

Porto Nuovo is the larger of Ventotene’s two harbours and lies just north of the old Roman harbour of Porto Vecchio, protected by a long breakwater. The entrance is oriented NNW. Depths at the entrance are 8.0 - 10.0 metres and inside the harbour range from 2.0 to 5.0 metres at the quay. Maximum length 40 metres. Yachts either moor bow or stern-to the eastern quay (clear of the ferry berth) or, if there is space, on the new pontoon on the west side, where there is room for around 20 yachts on laid moorings. Water and electricity on the quay and the pontoon.

Porto Vecchio

Porto Vecchio is the old Roman rock-cut harbour. The entrance is oriented east and is very narrow (only 30 metres wide) and shallow (1.6 metres) and bordered by rocky ledges to either side. It is only suitable for smaller yachts up to 12 metres. Inside the harbour, depths range from 2.0 to 3.0 metres. However, both the east and west quays have underwater rocks reducing depths at the quays in places to only 0.5 metres. Yachts moor bows-to to the quays wherever there is space. Water and electricity points on the quays. Free berths alongside the breakwater inside the entrance as no power or water or fire services available. The old Italian guy may ask for a beer to help you dock. Lazy lines not maintained.

The pontoon in the new harbour

Anchorages

In settled weather, it is possible to anchor in the bay to the south of the Port Vecchio. Depths are 8.0 - 12.0 metres. Hoding is reasonable in sand and rock.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

None.

Yacht Services and Repairs

Very limited.

Marine Stores

None.

Yacht Services/Repairs/Yards

Very limited. There is a slipway and mobile crane in the new harbour.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel on the quay in the new harbour. Water and electricity points in both harbours. Water is delivered by ship, so is scarce in the summer months.

Things to do Ashore

Tourism

The old Roman harbour is an impressive piece of ancient engineering and is well worth a visit (assuming you don’t take your life in your hands by berthing there). The village is also quite picturesque, with pastel-coloured fishermen’s houses, seemingly built into the solid rock, climbing up from the port. There are also remains of Roman villas and aqueducts dotted around the island.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Reasonable provisions in the village.

Eateries

Restaurants and pizzerias in the village.

Internet/WiFi

None.

Laundry

None.

Motorbike & Car Rentals

None.

Garbage Disposal

Bins at both harbours.

Transportation

Ferry and hydrofoil services to Anzio and Formia. Ferries to Ischia (summer only).

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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