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WorldMediterraneanAdriatic SeaItalyAdriatic Coast of ItalyRimini
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Harbour of Rimini from SW

Rimini, situated on the Adriatic coast of Italy 30 miles SSE of Ravenna and 60 miles NW of Ancona, is one of the most famous resorts along this coast, its 15 km long beach and hundreds of smart hotels attracting hordes of tourists from all over Europe during July and August. Visiting yachts can usually find a berth either along the canalized river mouth or in the large 600-berth Marina di Rimini.


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 entrance to the river is marked by a long breakwater extending NNE over 300 metres from the E side of the river and the E/W oriented breakwater of the marina basin some 250 metres inshore. Depths in the entrance are 6.0 metres at the outer end of the breakwater, shoaling to 4.0 metres at the marina entrance and 3.0 - 3.5 metres in the canal basin beyond. If intending to berth in the marina, turn to starboard 150 metres beyond the entrance to the channel. If planning to berth on the quayside in the canal, continue past the marina entrance, where there are around 100 berths managed by the local yacht clubs.

Note: Along this stretch of the Adriatic coast tidal ranges can exceed 1.0 metre at springs, so judging the tides right can make a significant difference to safe access in most of the shallower harbours.

Entrance to Rimini harbour from S
Rimini Porto Canale from N


Moorings in the porto canale

The main marina basin, the Marina di Rimini, has 622 berths for yachts up to 35 metres (see Marina di Rimini for details). In the canal basin the berths are managed by the local Club Nautico, the Circolo Velico and the Italian Lega Navale, although there is reportedly a length of quay reserved for yachts in transit in front of the Consorzio Linea Azzurra building. In reality, there is usually very little space available in the canal unless advance arrangements have been made. Maximum length in the marina is 18 metres. Depths at the quays range from 3.0 - 3.5 metres. There are a few water and electricity points on the quays, primarily at the club berths. Shelter is good, but very strong N winds send in an uncomfortable swell, which even penetrates the marina at high water. Also, tidal range can be a metre or more, which should be borne in mind when berthing.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Marina di Rimini from E


No anchoring is permitted in the harbour but a yacht can anchor off E of the harbour.


Water On the quays and marina pontoons
Electricity On the quays and marina pontoons
Toilets In the marina
Showers In the marina
  • In the marina
  • Several in the town
Garbage Bins around the canal basin and in the marina
Fuel Fuel station on the E side of the channel just inside the marina entrance (0800 - 2000)
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Repairs Large shipyard next to marina. Slipway. Hard standing. Travel lift (100 T). Fixed and mobile cranes. Engine, electrical and electronic repairs. All hull repairs. Sail repairs. Rigging. Joinery. Upholstery. Painting and osmosis treatment.
Internet WiFi In the marina and from free local services
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Numerous rental outlets in the town


  • Numerous provisions shops in the town
  • Discount supermarket just outside marina gates

Eating out

  • Numerous bars and restaurants in the town and along the beach
  • Three bars/restaurants outside marina gates
  • Upmarket restaurant in the marina
  • Pizzzeria Oro Rosso just outside the marina gates is good value


  • Buses to most local destinations
  • Three railway station with connections to most destinations
  • Rimini airport (5 km) has international and local flights



Founded by the Romans in 268 BC, Rimini’s strategic position at the junction of the Via Flaminia and Via Aemilia, together with its useful harbour at the mouth of the Marecchia river, caused it to expand rapidly. Its importance during the Imperial era is reflected by the numerous monuments and civic works with which it was endowed by emperors such as Augustus, Hadrian and Tiberius. Other rulers who have left their traces on the city are the Byzantines, the 13th to 16th century Malatesta dynasty, the Papal States and even the occupying Napoleonic troops in the late 18th century. The city was badly damaged in both the Great War and World War II, but has risen from the rubble to claim its present position as one of Italy’s busiest tourist resorts.

Places to Visit

Enough of the city has survived the depredations of two world wars to make an exploration of the old town a worthwhile experience. The Piazza Cavour at the SE end of the canal has some of Rimini’s finest surviving palazzos, including the 16th century Palazzo del Municipio and 14th century Palazzo del Podesta. At the SE end of Corso Augusto, which runs through the square, is the Arco di Augusto, built in 27 BC on the instructions of the Roman emperor Augustus. At its other, NW end the road crosses the river over the 1st century AD Roman Ponte di Tiberio (bridge of Tiberius). At the eastern end of the old town lies the remains of a 2nd century AD Roman amphitheatre. The 15th century cathedral, better known as the Tempio Malatestiano, although incomplete, is an impressive piece of Renaissance architecture and contains the tombs of several members of the Malatesta clan as well as paintings by Giotto and Piero della Francesca. Rimini is also a useful base for a visit to one of Italy’s more unusual quirks of history, the tiny 60 square kilometer independent mountaintop republic of San Marino (only the Vatican and Monaco are smaller).

Piazza Cavour
Roman Ponte di Tiberio
Arco di Augusto
Tempio Malatestiano


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)



See Italy.


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