Tuscany isn't just rolling patchwork fields, red wine and stunning Renaissance cities. Tuscany also has an archipelago of seven islands that are simply beautiful with golden sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and a character coastline with plenty of lovely anchorages. Don't worry, it still has plenty of amazing food and wine to sample too!
Tuscany at a Glance
A suite of island paradises, undiscovered by foreign tourists, they offer sandy beaches, character villages and emerald waters
With seven islands, several lovely mainland stops and the French island of Corsica to visit, there's plenty to do and see
Winds are from the west-north west and very rarely reach gale force, with Force 3-4 most likely. Weather is hot and dry with July/August in the 30s and May/Oct in the early to mid 20s
Tuscany Sailing Itinerary
The largest island in the Tuscan group is Elba, which is six miles from Piombino via ferry. It is the most popular island for tourists, though Italians form the overwhelming percentage of visitors. Elba is large enough to have its own economy and character, with lots of lovely villages, a long interesting coastline and plenty of golden beaches to raft off.
This seven day charter can be followed from Follonica or any base in Tuscany to explore these wonderful islands.
What the local legends say...
While Venus of the Tyrrhenian Sea was rising from the waters, she dropped seven pearls from the necklace adorning her neck. These pearls became the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago: Elba, Gorgona, Capraia, Giannutri, Giglio, Montecristo and Pianosa. Protected as the Tuscan Archipelago National Park (1986), the largest marine park in Europe, it is a lovely place to sail and discover a side to the country that many outside Italy don't even know exists.
Giglio, a paradise lying in front of the Argentario peninsula (which is also well worth a visit); Giannutri, with its coves and remains of old Roman villas; Capraia, a volcanic island which is the closest island to Corsica (which is also reachable, particularly on a two week holiday); Gorgona, a tiny isle which lies in the sea in front of Livorno; Pianosa, a small, flat island not far from the isle of Elba and the rocky and ragged isle of Montecristo which lies further south between Elba and the Argentario.
The last three islands have no access by the public as there are prisons on Gorgona and Pianosa and Montecristo is a natural reserve where landing is prohibited.
We have two bases that serve the Tuscan Islands of Italy - Puntone and Punta Ala.
Puntone is located just outside the town of Follonica, on the Tuscan coast. It is a small modern marina with lots of amenities and is easy to reach from either Pisa or Rome.
Punta Ala is located at the southern end of the gulf of Follonica and is also a small but modern marina with plenty of bars and restaurants located within the complex.
How to get here - Flights
The primary way to get to our bases in Tuscany is via Pisa Airport. You can also reach the Tuscan coast (particlarly Follonica) from Rome, though it does take a bit longer. For some reason, transfers are very expensive in Italy so we recommend taking the train to both our bases.
Puntone is reached by taking a direct train from Pisa Centrale to Follonica and then a short taxi ride to Puntone Marina (Marina di Scarlino). It should take an hour and a half or so.
The weather in the Tuscan Islands is typically Mediterranean, with hot and dry summers bringing temperatures in the early 30s throughout the peak season of July and August. During May and September expect temperatures in the mid 20s. During the summer months the prevailing wind is west – north westerly and it rarely reaches gale force. Around Capraia, Elba and down the mainland coast to Giannutri there will often be south east winds with frequent periods of calm. At night there is often a light west or south west breeze.