Reggio di Calabria lies at the southern tip of the Italian peninsula on the eastern shore of the Strait of Messina.
This is a commercial harbour and busy with ferries to and from Sicily. Although this is the biggest port in this area, it is not the most attractive port. It suffered a severe earthquake in 1980.
Take note of the tides when planning to enter this harbour as the streams between Sicily and the mainland can be strong and can cause quite heavy seas. Another hazard to be aware of is the number of pots and fishing lines laid to the south of the harbour. This makes does not make a night approach advisable.
Position 38°07.8'N,15°38.92'E (harbour entrance)
The Port Police here will check papers.
Note that no anchoring is permitted in the Strait of Messina. If anchoring in case of emergency, be sure to report where you drop the hook to avoid large fines. Read the VTS Messina Strait User Manual for more information.
The Capitaneria at Reggio has enacted its own specific legislation in relation to anchoring off beaches in the area. The actual requirement is that yachts must anchor at least 150m offshore of beaches reserved for bathing between 0800 & 2000. Whilst this is not unreasonable, there is unfortunately no way of telling whether a beach has been reserved for bathing without going ashore and finding a notice (and they are not easy to find). There seems to be no register online.
The following documents are translations of the relevant orders published by the Reggio de Calabria Port Captain that cover this issue:
Order 29 - Provisions governing recreational sports activities and bathing.
Order 35, Article 2 - anchoring in bathing zones.
Many updated charts and pilot books have no mention of this legislation.
Last updated July 2013.
The original yacht harbour, in the northern corner of the harbour, is run by Lega Navale Italiana. Boats moor on the part of the quay marked "Yachts in Transit". Staff have no English but are helpful and friendly. It is very crowded with local boats.
A better option can be found at the new pontoons at the southern end of the harbour. The ferries create quite a wash and the swell can enter the harbour in winds from the north. Good fenders are advisable.
The port office is on the south side of the harbour.
Last updated January 2017.