This page provides useful pre-departure, travel and base information. From airport procedures to visa requirements, 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. You might also find our online cruising guide helpful in planning your vacation itinerary in more detail.

Sailing Requirements

Click here to review the sailing requirements for Italy while planning your sailing vacation.

Address & Map

Address

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) 333 603 9299 
We suggest you notify family and friends of how you may be reached in case they need to contact you.

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

The base is open from mid-March through mid-November.

 

Base Facilities 
Your comfort is assured by extensive facilities including restaurants cafes supermakets, shower and restroom.

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Arrival & Departure

 

Servicing Airlines 
Due to the number of flights we organize, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact your Vacation Planning Specialist before you book your flights.

Customs / Immigration Information - Disclaimer 
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.

Airports

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

Airport Transfers 
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 €200 
9-12 persons €270

Palermo Airport to the base: 
1-4 persons €120 
5-8 persons €200 
9-12 persons €240

Reggio Calabria Airport to the base:
1-4 persons €190 
5-8 persons €220 
9-12 persons €350

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.

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.  

Arrival / Departure Procedure 
Embarkation: 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. 
Disembarkation: 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. 

Late Arrival Procedure 
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.

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.

Taxes / Departure Tax 
There is no departure tax payable.

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

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

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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

Hotels 
Hotel La Vigna 
Hotel Tonnara 
Hotel La Casa sul Mare 
Hotel Savoia 
Hotel Crescenzo          

Restaurants 
Gorgonia 
La Conchiglia 
La Pergola 
Caracalè 
Pit Bull Steakhouse

 

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

Mobile Phones
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.

 

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Banks & Money Exchange

Banks 
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30 am-1:30 pm 
Saturdays: 8:30 am-1:00 pm (during the summer months only) 
Cash Machine operational 24 hours a day.

Currencies/ Money Exchange 
You can exchange currency and traveler's checks in Italy at most major banks, airports, large hotels, or at one of the many money exchange centers. Generally, banks will give you better rates so check around.

Always carry additional cash to cover both anticipated and unanticipated expenses.  The following are anticipated expenses to aid your advance planning.  A Vacation Planning Specialist can assist you in approximating costs:  

- Airport/Shuttle Transfers 
- Taxes & service charges 
- Customs & Duty fees 
- Refundable deposits 
- Additional beverages 
- Additional meals 
- Personal incidentals 
- Gratuities

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Activities & Sports

Snorkeling

The Moorings provides snorkeling equipment: flippers, mask and snorkel for your use. The equipment is stored in the office. Just ask the customer service representative for the sizes needed for you and your crew.  Children's sizes are limited, if you have your own we suggest you to bring them with you.

 

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Cruising Information

Marina Information 
Most stops in the area are moorings buoys/anchor as opposed to alongside quays.  Cost for buoys will cost approximately €50.00 per night. Marina charges start around €40.00 per night and can be as much as €1600.00, depending on season and size of boat.  All fees are paid locally at each anchorage.

Marina Prices: 
Your first and last night moorings are complimentary.  All other nights are at customer’s expense and subject to availability.  Payment details will be confirmed at the Base. 

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.

Electricity Information 
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!

Wi-Fi 
WiFi is available, cost is as follows:

  • €80 per week per boat (5GB) - 5 connections
  • €100 per week per boat - 10 connections

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.

Sailing Area Restrictions 
Information will be given at time of briefing.

Interesting Sites 
Please visit the Itinerary Page for more of the best places to visit on your trip.

Click here for a guide to sailing distances in Italy.

What to pack 
Our years of experience have taught us that extra time planning your wardrobe in advance guarantees a trouble-free vacation. Life aboard a sailing yacht requires some packing strategy.  We recommend the following guidelines to enhance your vacation: 
- Pack clothing that can be layered to be comfortable in the varied conditions you are likely to encounter. 
- Pack clothing that is multi-purpose and easily washed. Less luggage means less burden. 
- Soft duffel type luggage eases storage aboard both the yacht and the airplane. 
- Try not to have check-in baggage at the airport.  Should you need to pack check-in luggage, make sure it contains less essential items in case it is lost. 
- Use your Moorings luggage labels to assist in identification by The Moorings or airport personnel. 
- Non-skid rubber-soled shoes, sun screening products and insect repellent are a must for life aboard a sailing yacht. 
- Pack an adequate supply of all prescription medications with a doctor’s permit. The Moorings has a “zero tolerance” policy in regard to illegal drugs. 
Remember to take along your travel insurance policy (if applicable.)  In case of an emergency you will need to refer to the claim procedures specified in the policy.

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Provisioning (Food & Drink for your boat)

Moorings Provisioning
This destination offers the convenience of The Moorings Provisioning Service! Let The Moorings take all the hassle out of provisioning your yacht with the highest quality beverages, fresh foods, and non-food items. Order complete packages when booking online or over the phone. Or choose to order online from our  Online Provisioning Store  which also offers all packages and an extensive a la carte inventory. We’ll coordinate the details and guarantee that everything is aboard your yacht when you arrive. Visit our Provisioning Page to learn more.

Supermarkets 
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. 

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Health & Safety

Travel Insurance 
Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your complete peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, please make sure that it covers all of the destinations and activities of your Moorings vacation. Click for more details

Vaccination and Immunization Information - Disclaimer 
Italy is generally risk-free of contagious disease.

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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.

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