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Getting There By Sea

Italy - Getting There By Sea

With more than 4,650 miles of coastline, Italy can be described as a sea-lover’s paradise. This is probably why many water-buffs choose to travel to Italy by sea, instead of flying or driving down. Numerous ferry operators and cruise lines have regular boats scheduled to this peninsula from different parts of Europe. It is also possible to enter Italy by sea from other continents, be it on a cruise ship or a chartered yacht.

There are several ports located along the coast of Italy, right from Venice all the way to Sicily making it easy for travelers to get to Italy by sea. Some of the major seaports in Italy are Port Genoa, Naples Port, Port of Savona, Portnet Italia, Port of Salerno (Porta di Salerno), Sapir Ravenna and Venice Port Authority.

Regular ferry services have been scheduled to Italy from most neighboring countries, which include Spain, France (South of France), Greece, Albania, Montenegro and Croatia to Venice, Naples, Genoa, Ancona, Bari, Brindisi, Trieste, Livorno and Sicily. Most ferry services also have facilities for transporting pets and vehicles at an extra cost.

Traveling from Spain to different ports in Italy could take anywhere between 15 and 20 hours. Ferry services from France to Italy are comparatively limited in number and usually take about 10 hours or so, depending upon starting and ending points. Ferries from Greece (Igoumenista & Patras) get passengers to Italy (Venice & Trieste) in 26 to 32 hours. Travelers from Durres, Albania can get to Brindisi in 7 hours, Bari in 9 hours and Ancona in 20 hours by sea. A ferry ride from Bar (Montenegro) to Bari takes 9 hours. There are ample options for getting from Croatia (Dubrovnik, Mali Losinj, Polec, Pula, Split, Rovinj, Stari Grad, Umag and Zadar) to Italy (Venice, Ancona, Bari, and Pescara). The duration from Croatia to Italy could take anywhere between 2 and 5 hours, depending upon the starting and ending points. Log on to http://www.directferries.co.uk/italy.htm for more information or to book tickets online.

Alternately, travelers can take a Mediterranean cruise ship to Italy. There are many different liners to choose from, the most common ones being Norwegian Cruise Lines, Silver-sea, Costa Cruises, Carnival Cruises, MSC Italian and Emerald Princess. These liners operate from certain departure ports, mainly Santos (Brazil), Piraeus (Greece), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Barcelona (Spain) and Fort Lauderdale (Florida, US). Cruises can also be booked from London to Rome.

The bigger vessels generally dock at the major ports along the Mediterranean, like Rome, Genoa, Naples and Venice. Smaller vessels can visit the more intimate ports like Sardinia, Capri and Portofina. A cruise can last for different durations and its price usually varies accordingly.

Some travelers choose to charter a yacht, so that they can travel to Italy privately. The companies specializing in yacht charters around the Mediterranean region are Charter World, Windward Islands and Luxury Yacht Vacations. Most of these rented yachts come with their own sailing crew, unless you wish to man the vessel on your own. The amount of time taken to get from one port to the other depends on factors like traveling speed and climatic conditions. The cost of chartering the vessel would vary according to the duration of rental and the port of origination. A chartered boat from a European country generally costs between €20,000 and €30,000 per week.

When getting to Italy by sea, it is important to have all documentation in place, as the paperwork will be checked by port authorities at the departure point, before the vessel can be boarded. The standard immigration and customs checks will also be carried out in Italy, at the port of arrival. EU citizens need to have a valid passport or national ID to enter the country. Non-EU citizens need to present a valid Visa in order to enter Italy. Passengers taking a vehicle into Italy by ferry will need to show its registration and insurance papers to the authorities.

Given below are the contact details for the most prominent Ferry operators in Europe -

Navigazione Libera Del Golfo
Contact Center: +39 081 552 0763
Sales: +39 081 420 2790
Customer Service: +39 081 420 3538
Website: http://www.navlib.it

Minoan Lines
Port Office: +39 040 989 4556
Fax: +39 040 989 1235
Website: http://www.minoantrieste.it/English.htm

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