Berthing in Italy

In Italy, there are thousands of missing berths and the main reason is because the regions and local government don’t coordinate  and the bureaucratic and political parties are too slow to take decisions to approve Marina projects.

What could the solution be?
120,000 moorings located in 25 new Marinas close to commercial centres.

How many berths are there in total in Italy? 
In Italy there are many yachts of different sizes but the main problem is where they can be moored because the berths are few, especially if we compare them to other European countries.     The summer will start the ”battle to catch a berth”. During the last Genova International Boat Show, UCINA, the Italian marine industry association, revealed that there are less than 130,000 berths in Italy, located in 105 Marinas, while there are 400,000 yachts registered in Italy.

Only 1% of the total berths are able to moor boats over 24 meters 11% of the total berths are available for yachts from 12 to 18 meters.

Italy has 7,300 km of coast and there is only one Marina every 73.1 km. This compares to every 7.2km in France, 24.9km in England and the average of the other European countries is  just 6.5 km. In the United States, there is a marina every 1.7 kilometers.

On the Liguria coast, the number of berths available is almost 20% of the total number of moorings in Italy and today, they are able to moor another 500 yachts from 10 meters up to 90 meters in the new Marina Genoa Aeroporto, opened in August 2007 and the only Marina in Italy to be able to moor yachts up to 130 meters.

Marina Genova Aeroporto, in competition with the traditional Marinas of the French Riviera (always full and commanding sky high prices), has the great advantage of being just 5 minutes by car from the airport. Genova International Airport has direct flights from London, Paris, Zurich, Munich and most Italian Airports.  

The “White Glove services" have attracted the attention of many yachts from 40 to 80 meters. The presence of the Club house with the SPA wellness centre and a small hotel with 14 suites facing the sea are the principal features of the Marina that is well integrated with the city of Genoa.

In the next few months,  a purpose built  Sports Club with swimming pool, 2 tennis courts and first class restaurant will open. This is unique to Marina Genova Aeroporto.

Genoa is just 20nm from Portofino, 75 from Monaco, 90 from Corsica, 115 from the Island of Elba and only 200 from Porto Cervo in Sardinia.  A perfect place for easy access to the magnificent Italian and French Rivieras.

Another service that only Marina Genova Aeroporto provides is the elegant HOSPITALITY DESK; furnished by Armani, offering personalised and punctual service to yacht owners, guests and crew. They are able to satisfy many different requirements: organising catering or parties onboard, travel reservations, hotel or restaurant bookings, theatre tickets, car/limousine rental, fresh flower arrangements, ice cold champagne and much more!

In the marina, there is the largest fuelling station in the Mediterranean located with a 140m quay where duty free and aviation fuel are available.

Over 70% of the berths were sold within the first 18 months. The owners are truly international from every part of the world including Russia, Australia and the USA.

The berths are sold with an unheard of 43 years lease and this is another very advantageous aspect compared to  other Marinas on the French Riviera where the longest lease is 19 years and the average lease is just 12 years.

Marina Genova Aeroporto is not only an excellent place as a “Home Port” but also the capital appreciation on the moorings will be significant.  It is hard to imagine what the prices will be in ten years time when Genova has the benefit of a 35 year lease still remaining and most of the other marinas on the French Riviera have only 3 or 6 years left.   Marina Genoa Aeroporto is a 5 Star Marina!

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