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Ferries to Italy

Found at the base of southern Europe in the Mediterranean, Italy is composed of the main island along with the islands of Sicily and Sardinia - as well as numerous other smaller island groups.

There are several things to do in Italy aside from visit its numerous museums and Roman ruins; Italy is famous for its fashion capital Milan, its canals in Venice, its vineyards, and the dramatic ruins of Pompeii.

Restaurants, shopping centres, cafes, bars and nightclubs are all commonplace throughout the country, giving the visitor a wide variety of choices.

It’s not just the culture and sightseeing opportunities that attract the tourists to Italy though. A Mediterranean climate, thousands of kilometres of coastline and sandy beaches attract sun seekers from all around.

Italy is perfectly situated for arrival by ferry with frequent and cost effective services on offer.

Whether you are travelling to the mainland or looking for onward travel to any of the famous islands such as Sardinia, Sicily, Elba, Ischia or Capri as well as some of the less well known destinations of the Aegadian, Pontine or Aeolian Islands you are sure to find a crossing to suit your plans.

Ferries sail to Italy from virtually all surrounding countries with connections offered from Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece in the Adriatic and Ionian Sea while from the other side of the country you can travel from Spain, Tunisia, Malta and Morocco.

The major ports to the north east and east side of the country include Venice, Ancona, Bari and Brindisi. The shorter crossings along the Istrian coast tend to use small passenger only vessels whereas on the longer trips, for example from Greece or Albania, you’ll tend to find that the ferries are larger and with more amenities which results in a more enjoyable on-board experience.

On the other side of the country you’ll find ports running from Genoa and Savona in the north, along the coast down to Livorno, Civitavecchia (Rome), Napoli and Salerno. International services depart from Barcelona, Tangier Med and Tunis. The crossings are generally pretty long in terms of time at sea, but are very popular and run regularly. Due to their popularity of these crossings, you’ll generally find more than one company to choose from.

If you’re looking to travel on to an Italian island then again you certainly won’t be short of choice with numerous ferry companies, routes and departure times on offer. The main ports on the Western coast of Italy take you to all of the key destinations. Generally you’ll find that the port geographically closest to the island you’re heading to is going to be the main port of departure, the exceptions being the larger islands of Sardinia and Sicily which are reachable from all of the major ports along the west coast of Italy.

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Italy reviews

  • "TRIP FROM NAPLES TO SORRENTO!"

    Trip was very good and on time,would use again!

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  • "Easy access to the Amalfi coast"

    I booked tickets for ferries to get from Naples to Positano (changing ferry at Sorrento). I was a little apprehensive after reading bad reviews but had already purchased tickets The tickets were easy to book online. My friend and I had a good experience using this company - the staff were friendly and helpful. We were not aware we had to pay for baggage once we boarded but it was €2 per bag - we didn’t have to pay on the last leg of the trip, we kept our bags with us. I managed to use my email confirmation/tickets to board all but one ferry, where we were told to go to the desk and ask them to print the tickets - they pushed us to the front of the queue. One ferry was delayed by 15 minutes but the ferry times are far apart enough that we still had about 45 mins before boarding our next one. It can be a little confusing knowing which pier to go to - we were told pier 5 but it was actually pier 7. I think things change at the last minute, so I would recommend double checking and keeping your eyes open. All in all, a good and easy experience

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  • "Travel in comfort"

    Brilliant experience, so quiet and comfortable I have would highly recommend this mode of travel.

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  • "Sorrento Ferry "

    The ferry was great. The only problem is that the organisation at the terminal is poor. There is a big departure board showing each departure gate etc, but it never worked, so travellers were left to guess, with no information, and we nearly missed our pre-booked crossing

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