Before You Travel | How to Get There | Check In/Check Out | What's On Board | What to Bring | Health & Safety

This page provides useful planning, pre-departure and travel information. From servicing airports to base arrival procedures, it will tell you what to expect to make your vacation smooth and care free. 

We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you.

COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

We are happy to announce that our Sicily marina is scheduled to reopen October 1, 2020*.

While Italy reopened its borders for international travelers, certain Policies and Procedures  may still need to be followed when entering the country, before, and during your stay there. Please stay informed and follow all requirements:

  • Customers traveling from the US are subject to a 14-day self-quarantine.

*For customers traveling from the U.S. or other South or Central American countries, charters are scheduled to resume October 1, 2020. For customers traveling from Canada or Uruguay, our charters from Sicily already resumed June 3.

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Before You Travel

Sailitalia srl
Turistica “il gabbiano” – Villaggio Turistico Portorosa
Zona Laguna Azzurra
98054 Furnari (ME) – Italy

Tel: (+39)  0941 874291
Email: [email protected] 
After hours & Sunday: 
Tel: (+39) 3488102664 
We suggest you notify family and friends of how you may be reached in case they need to contact you.

Base Hours 
Monday to Thursday: 10am - 1pm and 3:30pm - 7pm
Friday to Saturday: 10am-7pm (or until last charter)
Sunday: in case of embarkment

Time Zone
UTC/GMT +1 hour.

General Information
Area: 187,244 sq. mi. 
Population: 58,126,212 
Capital city: Rome 
People: Italian (includes small clusters of German-, French-, and Slovene-Italians in the north and Albanian-Italians and Greek-Italians in the south) 
Language: Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region are predominantly German speaking), French (small French-speaking minority in Valle d'Aosta region), Slovene (Slovene-speaking minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area) 
Religion: Roman Catholic, other (includes mature Protestant and Jewish communities and a growing Muslim immigrant community) 
Government: Republic 
Major industries: tourism, machinery, iron and steel, chemicals, food processing, textiles, motor vehicles, clothing, footwear, ceramics 
Tipping:  This is a matter of personal discretion. Although bills normally include a service charge, it is customary to tip in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists.
Currency: Euro 
Electricity:  voltage 230V/50Hz (European or Italian plug) 
Time: UTC/GMT +1 hour.  Daylight saving time: +1 hour

Some Major Events 
* January - Fair of Sant'Orso in Aosta 
* February - Feast of the almond-blossom in Agrigento 
* February/March - Carnival in Venice, Viareggio and Ivrea 
* March/April - "Scoppio del carro" in Florence 
* May - Candle race in Gubbio; "Cavalcata sarda" in Sassari; "Maggio musicale" in Florence 
* May/June - "Festival of the Two Worlds" in Spoleto 
* June - Flower festival in Genzano 
* July - "Palio" horserace in Siena; "Festa del Redentore" in Venice; "Umbria Jazz" 
* August - Quintana tournament in Ascoli Piceno in Siena ana tournament in Arezzo 
* August/September - "Settimane musicali" in Stesa al & Opera seasons in Milan and Verona 
* September - Historical regatta in Venice Game in Marostica in Asti national Cinema Festival in Venice 
* October - Grape feast in Merano 
* November - Feast of the Madonna della Salute in Venice 
* December - Franciscan crib in Greccio

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How to Get There

Airport Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) 2 hour transfer to the base.


Due to the number of flights we organize, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact our inhouse flight specialist at 866.649.2003 before you book your flights.

Transfers are not included in your charter price, so you must arrange or pay for your own on arrival (see below) or, for your convenience, you can arrange return taxi transfers in advance. Please contact your Vacation Planning Specialist who will be happy to do this for you. While we will arrange these transfers, they must still be paid for locally in Euro.

Taxi transfers can be arranged from the following airports to the base: 

Catania Airport to the base: 
1-4 persons €175 
5-8 persons €215
9-12 persons €280

Palermo Airport to the base: 
1-4 persons €230
5-8 persons €270
9-12 persons €325

Reggio Calabria Airport to the base:
1-4 persons €190 
5-8 persons €220 
9-12 persons €390

Public transport

From Catania airport By bus from the airport to Messina railway station, and then by train to Barcellona-Castroreale. Finally, by taxi to Portorosa which costs around €40 

From Reggio Calabria airport buses are timed to coincide with national flights for transfers from Reggio Calabria airport to Messina railway station. From Messina to Portorosa you can catch a train to Barcellona-Castroreale. Finally, by taxi to Portorosa.

From Palermo airport by taxi, metro, or bus from the airport to Palermo railway station, and then by train to Barcellona-Castroreale. Finally, by taxi to Portorosa. 

By shuttle (seasonal service)
There is also a shuttle service here in Portorosa, the bus will take you directly from Portorosa to Catania Airport (or from Catania Airport to Portorosa). Ticket price is euro 30/person. There are 3 buses a day (it will take about 2 hours and 30 minutes).

Transfers are not included in holiday packages. We ask that you send your travel arrangements to us prior to departure so we can assist with transfer details where required. Guests should bring a copy of the charter contract invoice.

Car Rental 
The following car rental companies are available from the airport: Avis, Eurocar, Hertz and Maggiore.

Parking can be booked directly at the base. There is a charge of €35 per week for all sized vehicles.

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Check In/Check Out

Pre-charter briefing 
- All head charterers are required to attend a pre-charter briefing and yacht orientation prior to the charter start.   
- You will be advised of navigation and customs procedures between the various islands, points of interest, proper yacht and equipment operation, and emergency information.  Please hold all questions of this nature until that time. 
- Specific yacht operation and navigation questions will be addressed during this briefing. 
- A yacht operations manual will be aboard the yacht for your use.

Check In Procedures
Charter Start Time: Charters start at 3:00 pm. 
Briefing Times: Chart briefings are scheduled between 1 pm and 3 pm local time depending on arrival followed by the boat briefing.   
All skippers must attend the briefing and everything you need to know will be covered from customs regulations, use of the radio, making dinner reservations, how to get help etc. please save all questions of this nature until then. The Moorings operations manual will be on board your yacht for your use throughout your charter. 

All skippers must attend a Chart Briefing which covers all you need to know about the cruising area, use of the VHF radio, how to call for assistance, and more. A Boat Briefing will also be provided onboard your yacht.

Late Arrivals 
If arriving after hours, a message will be left on the front door indicating the location of your boat. The Chart Briefing and Boat Briefing will be held the following morning prior to departure.

The Base personnel wait for you until 9:00 pm. After 9:00 pm, you will find an information sign at our reception office with a message for you indicating your yacht's name and berth. Your boat will be open and indicated by a sign with your name. The boat's equipment will be ready for the night. The Base personnel will be available the next day from 9:00 am.

Check Out Procedures
Charter End Time: All charterers must return to base by 5:00 pm the night before disembarkation for debriefing and checks. Disembarkation is at 9:00 am the following morning. 

A debriefing and final walkthrough will be done upon return so please allow enough time to complete this before the charter end time.

Returning paperwork 
In order to provide you with the flawless charter you expect from The Moorings, we require that specific information be provided in a timely manner.  

  • Please return all items, such as the guest list, provisioning selections, transfer form and resumes to us at least 30 days prior to your charter start.  
  • Any information provided or changed within 90 days of your charter start date, which The Moorings considers crucial to the planning process, is subject to an additional fee.  

Security Excess If you haven't purchased Yacht Damage Waiver, a security deposit (amount as per your invoice) is payable at the base by traveler's checks, Visa or Master Card, and is refundable at the end of the charter subject to there being no loss or damage. The liability includes loss or theft of the dinghy and/or outboard.

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What's on Board

Moorings Care packages are included on every yacht. These packages contain some of the basics to get you started for your vacation. 

For all other provisioning needs there are several supermarkets located near the base, which are open Monday through Saturday from 8:30am - 1:00 pm and 5:30pm - 8:30pm. During the summer months, supermarkets are open on Sunday mornings. 

Mobile phones 
Check with your service provider for information about cell coverage in this region. Companies in Italy will rent you a GSM mobile phone all set to make and receive calls. You can usually arrange such rentals at your hotel, or on the Internet before you arrive in Italy.

While most of our newer boats have Bluetooth capability, we cannot guarantee all boats are outfitted with this equipment. For your convenience, we highly recommend you bring an AUX cord so you can listen to music from your mobile devices.

Electricity in Italy is 220 volts, 50 cycle's alternating current (AC). For comparison, in the United States it is 110 volts, 60 cycle AC current. Regardless of voltage, if your appliance has flat prongs, you will need a plug adapter: Italian sockets are designed to accept round prongs. Do get one before your leave!

WiFi is available, cost is as follows:

  • €100 per week 5GB - 5 connections (€50 deposit for modem)

WiFi is not included in your charter price. Please contact your Vacation Planning Specialist who can add this service to your contract.WiFi must be paid for locally in Euro upon arrival.

Most hotels offer wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) in at least on public space, such as the lobby or lounge.

For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here for Bareboat Charters or here for Crewed Charters.

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What to Bring

Customs & Immigration
Entry, exit, and visa requirements depend on the locations you are departing from and traveling to. You are responsible for having the correct documents so make sure to check with the consulate of the countries you plan to visit before you travel.

A valid passport (for each passenger) and crew list is compulsory for clearance. Expiration date must be no earlier than 6 months after your planned return. A customs declaration form must be completed at the port of entry. Visit travel.state.gov for the latest information.

Cruising Licenses
 A formal license is required to sail in Italy.  Click here to review the sailing requirements.

Luggage & Packing List
Soft-sided luggage or duffel bags are best, as luggage storage space on your yacht may be limited. We have no facilities for holding luggage at the base. Pack lightly and review our suggested packing list for required and necessary items to bring.

  • Pack essential prescription medicine and change of clothing in a carry-on bag*
  • Passport and other travel documentation
  • Tickets and paper confirmations for pre-planned activities
  • Light-colored, light-weight clothing
  • Formal wear for upscale dining establishments
  • Swimwear and cover up
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Athletic shoes and hiking boots
  • Travel-sized toiletries and hygiene products
  • Insect repellent and OTC pain relievers/ointments
  • AUX cable for playing music through your device

  • 12V DC to 110V AC power inverter (for boats without generators**)

  • 12V to USB power adapter for charging mobile devices

*We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

**All boats include a 12V DC outlet (a "car" outlet). Boats with generators have 110V outlets in the Caribbean and 220V in the Mediterranean and Exotic locations.

The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit  https://uavcoach.com/drone-laws-in-italy/

Taxes & Fees
You might incur some costs while on charter such as mooring and docking fees or cruising taxes. We highly recommend bringing enough of the local currency to cover these costs as they are not always payable by USD, debit, and/or credit cards. Please see our Base Notes for additional information.

Security Deposit
A security deposit must be paid at the base by Visa or Master Card and is refundable at the end of your charter subject to there being no loss or damage. To significantly decrease your security deposit, purchase our Yacht Damage Waiver insurance ahead of time.

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Health & Safety

Vaccination and Immunization Information
This destination is generally risk-free of contagious disease. Visit cdc.gov for the latest information.

Travel Advice  
Your health and safety are important to us. For advice on how to stay safe while on charter, please review our Travel Advice InformationCurrent travel and safety information can be obtained by visiting travel.state.gov

Swim Safe
For your safety and for environmental reasons, the feeding of fish is not recommended and may be prohibited in some destinations.

Travel Insurance
The Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, verify that it covers the destinations and activities of your Moorings vacation.

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*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunization requirements can and do change. The Moorings is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination's authority website to receive the latest updates.
**Our bases in Italy are partner locations of The Moorings operated by Sailitalia. Gift certificates or charter credit certificates cannot be redeemed in these locations. For further information, please contact a Vacation Planner.

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