Civitanova Marche

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Civitanova Marche
43°18.813'N, 013°43.999'E Chart icon.png
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Civitanova Marche harbour from NW

Civitanova Marche is a large fishing and leisure boat harbour and tourist resort situated on the Adriatic coast of Italy around nine miles NNW of the port of Porto San Giorgio and 15 miles SSE of the harbour of Numana. Four miles inland lies the fortified hilltop town of Civitanova Marche Alta, originally a Roman foundation subsequently fortified in the Middle Ages. The harbour provides around 500 berths on pontoons run by the local yacht club and a variety of concessionaires for vessels of up to 18 metres. Vessels over this size are prohibited from entering. Most of the harbour is relatively shallow and berthing here will not suit deep draft yachts.


British Admiralty


During the summer months, the prevailing winds in the Adriatic are light to moderate coastal sea breezes. In spring and autumn, northerly winds are more frequent and can quickly rise to near gale force, especially in the northern Adriatic, where the much-feared “bora” is caused by high pressure over the mountains to the NE coupled with low pressure over southern Italy. Fortunately, the fiercest “bora” is normally to be expected in the winter months. Thunderstorms are occasionally experienced in spring and especially autumn and can be accompanied by violent winds of gale force and above. Luckily they are rarely long-lasting. In the southern Adriatic, the “Scirocco”, a S/SE wind blowing up from North Africa which can last for several days, is more common. Unlike the “bora”, which can arrive without warning, a “scirocco” tends to build in strength over 24-48 hours, sometimes reaching gale force (especially in winter).

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 covering the Adriatic are broadcast from stations at Roma, Trieste, Kerkyra (Greece) and Split (Croatia)


See Adriatic.


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

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


The most distinctive feature of the approach is the prominent spire of a church due W of the harbour. Closer in, the S-shaped outer breakwater is clearly visible. The harbour is entered from NNE, keeping to the centre of the channel to avoid underwater ballasting. Depths in the entrance are 4.0 - 4.5 metres. Entry is difficult in strong onshore winds. On the E side of the harbour a steel cable is laid between the end of the short pier and the SE leg of the mole to assist with mooring fishing vessels and this area should be avoided by visiting yachts.


The yacht club moorings in Civitanova

Harbour of Civitanova Marche

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Harbour icon Harbour of Civitanova Marche [[Civitanova Marche#Harbour of Civitanova Marche|Harbour of Civitanova Marche]] 43°18.755'N, 013°43.955'E

There are yacht berths on nine pontoons extending from the quays on the W and N sides of the harbour. Depths at the pontoons range from 2.0 – 3.5 metres. Visiting yachts are most likely to find a berth on the pontoons in the NW corner of the harbour, which are managed by the local sailing club, Club Vela Porto Civitanova. The best depths on the pontoons are at the outer end, where there are 2.5 - 3.5 metres. Water and electricity on the pontoons. Shelter on the pontoons is good, although strong N/NE winds send in an unpleasant swell. The club has a clubhouse with all the usual facilities. Visitors are provided with a key card for exit from and entry to the yacht club compound.

[email protected]; Tel: +39 (0733) 813 687; Fax: +39 (0733) 171 4881; Mobile: +39 (393) 602 2681; VHF channel XX
Address: Via Molo Nord 51, 62012 Civitanova Marche (MC), Italy

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

  • Club Vela Porto Civitanova - See above


No anchoring is permitted in the harbour.


Water On the Club Vela pontoons
Electricity On the Club Vela pontoons
Toilets In the Club Vela
Showers In the Club Vela
Laundry N/A (Not Available)
Garbage Bins near the pontoons
Fuel Fuel station on the quay
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Repairs Slipway. Mobile crane (200 T). Hard standing. Engine, electrical and electronic repairs. All types of hull repairs. Sail repairs. Divers
Internet WiFi at the Club Vela
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Rental outlets in the town



  • Small supermarket opposite railway station (left on main road 100 metres N of yacht club, then right at Via Duca degli Abruzzi - first road after conspicuous church tower).
  • Larger supermarket at top of Via Luna Rossi (right on main road 100 metres N of yacht club then first left. At top of road, go through underpass; large s/s sculpture with Loriblu on it is a good landmark).

Eating out

  • Bar and restaurant at the Club Vela
  • Numerous other restaurants in the town


  • Buses to most local destinations from the town
  • Railway station with connections to most destinations
  • Airport at Falconara (Ancona) 45 kms away


Places to Visit

Hilltop town of Civitanova Marche Alta
Town gate of Civitanova Marche Alta

The old town town of Civitanova Marche Alta 5km uphill from the port is a delight to explore, with much of its 14th century walls and several defensive towers still intact. Unlike Ascoli Piceno, which was constructed in travertine, Civitanova Marche Alta was built of brick and some of the buildings look surprisingly modern. The town contains several palazzos and 14th and 15th century churches that are worth a visit.


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)



  • A tourist guide to Civitanova Marche can be downloaded from the website above.
  • Also see Italy

See also Italy.


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