Italy - General Info
Summer time: UTC +2 from the last weekend in March to the last weekend in October.
Voltage: 230 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
Bock Camping gaz and Italgaz are widely available in marinas, chandleries or in towns/cities.
When fuel or a fuel berth is listed, then that is normally for diesel. For Gasoline (petrol) is often necessary to jerry can it from the nearest fuel station in the town.
'All facilities' in a marina description indicates that water, electricity, toilets and, usually showers, are available. If they are not, then what is available is listed separately.
Many businesses and services are closed for a 2 hour or more lunch break. It can vary between 12:00 and 15:00.
Many services, especially cafes and restaurants, close outside of the holiday season.
If planning visiting one of the smaller or remote marinas or harbours outside of the season, it it advisable to contact them in advance. otherwise you may not find any staff available.
Most credit cards are widely accepted.
International dialing code for Italy is +39.
A prepaid Italy SIM card and international cell phone for the best coverage and most affordable cell phone calling. ALL incoming calls, on your world cell phone regardless of their origin, are always absolutely FREE! . Your Italy cell phone service is entirely prepaid and there is no need for a deposit, credit-check or contract.
Many marinas and some harbours have WiFi. It is not always free.
Tickets on public transport must be endorsed in a ticket machine before you start a journey. Officials patrol public transport and will issue an on the spot fine of Euros 100 to 500 (reduced to Euros 50 if paid immediately) if you don’t hold an endorsed ticket.
Only use officially licensed taxis. These will have a taxi sign on the roof. Make sure the meter in the taxi has been reset before you set off.
June Superyacht Regatta
Porto Cervo, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (http://www.yccs.it/en/), hosts a Superyacht Regatta every June.
Carabinieri (national gendarmerie of Italy) - Tel: 112
Police, ambulance, fire - Tel: 113
Medical emergencies - Tel: 118
Coastguard - Tel: 1530 - http://www.guardiacostiera.gov.it/
IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club
Italian Waters Pilot 2015
By Rod and Lucinda Heikell (Fully revised 9th Edition 2015)
A comprehensive yachtsmans guide to the west and south coast of Italy including the islands of Sardinia, Sicily & Malta.
Mediterranean Almanac 2015/16
By Rod and Lucinda Heikell (9th Edition)
Publisher: Imray (2015)
ISBN - 9781846235993
This new ninth edition contains numerous revisions throughout, but in particular the text, plans and photographs have been completely overhauled. There are a large number of new and amended plans and Rod Heikell has taken a lot of care to research the details of marine developments. Where it has been available information is given on proposed changes and extensions to yacht harbours. Marine reserves are now an important feature of the coasts and off-lying islands, particularly in Sardinia and Sicily, and this edition provides updated details of the latest regulations.
Corsica and North Sardinia
Including La Maddalena Archipelago
By RCCPF / John Marchment
Publisher: Imray (3rd edition 2013)
The RCC's guide to the beautiful cruising coasts of Corsica, the Bouches de Bonifacio and Sardinia's island-studded north coast has been thoroughly updated and revised by John Marchment during 2013. Full details are given of new marine reserves and their associated regulations.
By Trevor and Dinah Thompson
Publisher: Imray (7th edition 2016)
Adriatic Pilot is the standard guide to Croatia and the neighbouring countries of Slovenia, Montenegro and Albania which is now celebrating 25 years of publication. It also provides coverage of the eastern coast of Italy and is the only guide to the Venice Lagoon and harbours adjacent to Istria. At present, this is the only book that covers the entire Adriatic region in a single volume.
(Il Portolano dei Mari d'Italia) in Italian.
This is updated annually and gives excellent listings of facilities and services at various ports. www.pagineazzurre.com
Italy Tourist Board
February 2017: All Italian ports updated.
May 2016: Chandleries added.
January 2016: Formalities, security, transport, links checked/updated.
April 2015: Publications reviewed/revised
October 2014: Clearance, Customs and Immigration checked/updated.
June 2013: All formalities checked.
Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
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