From the months of May to October, the summer is hot and dry with average temperatures around 25°C, making it the ideal timeframe to charter a luxury yacht in Tuscany. The mild winters can also be a lovely time for a charter, as the temperature is rarely lower than 10°C with few rainy days.Wind conditions are also critical for choosing when you would like to embark on your sailing holiday! Tuscany has a calm summer season for the most part, with gentle to moderate winds perfect for inexperienced sailors or those who would prefer a slower, more laid-back journey; however, prepare to use the motor a bit if you choose to rent a yacht during this period of mild winds. During the late summer, there are stronger winds, known as the Mistral—better for sailors with greater experience and ability to perform maneuvers, as there can be powerful gusts.Choosing a departure port may be difficult, as there are many to choose from. Some choices include Marina di Punta Ala, Marina San Vincenzo, or Marina Cala de Medici. These are all rather elegant and well-known ports, but of course, there is a big selection of lesser-known and more humble marinas as well to suit any type or destination of boat rental.Luckily, both Pisa and Florence are in the Tuscan region, and both have international airports! Perfect for international travelers, as it facilitates easy access to the coast and whichever port you choose to as your charter departure base. If you are travelling from within Europe or Italy, there are several smaller airports sprinkled throughout Tuscany also. From either of the major airports, check out the transportation options via bus, car, or train to the coast.
One thing you cannot miss if you are a food-lover is the simple, yet flavorful dishes typical to this region. Regardless of where you choose to charter a yacht on the Tuscan coast, you will find exquisite food with flavors of Italy and the Mediterranean, plus discover peasant cooking traditions with some of the most popular dishes!Try a classic appetizer like crostini toscani, a crusty slice of toasted bread with savory liver pâté, and then dig into a hearty bowl of ribollita, a stew made from white beans, vegetables, and leftover or stale bread. If you are searching for something richer, test out the coccoli fritti toscani, which are salty fried balls of dough, sometimes complete with cheese or meat inside! A hard sheep's milk cheese called Pecorino is another popular specialty to try while you are here. Finally, if you are a wine fanatic, don’t miss out on the delicious wines from Chianti.
Being the birthplace of the Renaissance has a lot of cultural weight, and Tuscany doesn’t fall short in this department. There is no doubt that yacht charters in Tuscany will provide an inside look at its culture if you choose to discover the coastal villages and monuments that shape its history. Check out the Uffizi Gallery, home to the world’s largest collection of Renaissance art, located in Florence, for a wide array of artwork from the Middle Ages to the Modern period. If art museums are not your cup of tea, stroll through sunken roads in southern Tuscany that link the tufa towns to create a network between the Etruscan necropolises.
Elba island is the largest of the eight islands that make up the Tuscan Archipelago. While it has stunning beaches and magnificently clear water, it is primarily known for being French emperor Napolean’s place of exile in 1814. This is the perfect island to rent a boat and go to if you are a fan of both history and nature! With a seabed rich in minerals, the natural flora and fauna is similar to that of the Caribbean, making this an excellent spot to snorkel, dive, or take part in other water activities during your sailing holiday in Tuscany. Additionally, Elba island is located just north of the famous Maremma Park, boasting magnificent sandy beaches with clear water.
Brimming with youthful energy and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy, northern Tuscany is home to Pisa, and of course, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Construction began on this incredible structure, which is the cathedral of Pisa’s freestanding bell tower, but during the construction period, the unstable foundation caused the tower to tip to one side. It still stands today and is a hot spot for tourists, but for good reason. Make sure to stop by during your luxury yacht charter to see this building angled nearly four degrees! Among the highlights of this city are the plentiful shops, promenades, and bars with an energetic atmosphere. Pisa is close to the coast, which makes it easy to venture to during your yacht charter if you are looking forward to wandering the picturesque streets or visiting some of the famous landmarks.
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