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Maritime Services

Italy has a total of almost 8,490 Km./ 5,275 miles of coastline, including the peninsula itself and all the numerous islands in the seas around the country.
There are many services linking the islands by sea to the mainland: the main links are by car ferries and hydro-foils. In addition, ships from all the countries around the Mediterranean are moored in the well-equipped Italian ports. The main Italian ports of embarkation for the large islands of Sicily and Sardinia are: Genoa, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Fiumicino, Naples and Villa San Giovanni.

The primary companies operating on these routes are: Ferrovie dello Stato, Tirrenia Navigazioni, Grandi Traghetti, Trans Tirreno Express, Moby Lines, and Sardinia Ferries. Bookings can be made and tickets purchased at authorised travel agencies. Connections are more frequent during the summer and on holidays.

www.traghetti.com
Routes and timetables of ferries in Italy

Ferry Companies on the Web

(for Tirrenia, Toremar, Caremar, Adriatica, Siremar and Saremar)

www.tirrenia.it

Adriatic Coast

www.tirrenia.it

Lazio / Campania

www.alilauro.it

Campania

www.caremar.it

Campania / Sicily / Aeolian Islands

www.snav.it

Elba / Giglio / Capraia

www.toremar.it

Ponza, Island of Ventotene, Ischia, Procida

www.vetor.it

Sardinia / Sicily

www.gnv.it

Sardinia / Elba

www.mobylines.it

Sardinia

www.saremar.it

Sardinia

www.corsicaferries.com

Sicily

www.siremar.it

Sicily and Minor Islands

www.usticalines.it

Liguria / Cinque Terre

www.navigazionegolfodeipoeti.it

Navigation of the Lakes

The public boat services of the Gestione Navigazione Laghi Maggiore Garda Como, concern all the principal lakes and give a wonderful opportunity for appreciating the beauties of the various towns which face onto the lakes. The boats, varying from "ancient" steamboats to fast modern hydrofoils, are equipped with every comfort to make the trip more pleasant, such as bars, restaurants, telephones and solariums. It is also possible to take animals onto the boats. All the main lake-side localities are connected by a network of ferries and cruise boats which make it possible to avoid the lakeside traffic and to spend hours in complete relaxation.

Lake Maggiore

There are summer cruises on Lake Maggiore from March to September leaving from Arona. The cruise on the steamboat 'Piemonte" is particularly attractive. All the motorships have an on-board restaurant service. Hydrofoils connect Arona and Locarno in under two hours, with stops at the most interesting places on the way. Intra and Laveno are linked by motor-ferries which can carry vehicles, (cars and camper vans). In Italy and in Switzerland there are special season tickets which permit an unlimited number of journeys.

Lake Como

Lake Como has a fleet of 26 motorships which link up the main tourist areas. Ferries for transporting motor-vehicles travel between Cadenabbia, Bellagio, Menaggio and Varenna. They can carry over twenty vehicles and there is a discount on the ticket price for extra journeys. The fast hydrofoils are equally cheap and they connect Como and Lecco with many stops in between. The summer cruise trips leave every day of the week from Colico. Departures are from around 9.30 am to 6.30 pm. In summer a pleasant alternative is offered by the night-time cruises with on-board dancing, leaving from Como, and from Colico, Domaso, Menaggio, Bellagio, Varenna, Lecco.

Lake Garda

The fleet of Lake Garda consists of 20 boats with bars, restaurants and sun decks. The ferry service consists of two motorships, which can transport up to 35 motor vehicles and 300 passengers, traveling from Maderno to Torre del Benaco and vice-versa. Between Desenzano and Peschiera there are swift catamarans which link up these two towns and many places in between. Afternoon and night-time summer cruises leave every day of the week on the following routes: Peschiera-Garda, Salò-Gargnano, Riva-Malcesine, Desenzano-Manerba. There are bars, restaurants and orchestras on board.

For information:  
Gestione Navigazione Laghi Maggiore Garda Como
Via Ludovico Ariosto, 21 20145 MILANO

www.navigazionelaghi.it
   
Lake Iseo

On Lake Iseo there is a fleet of 7 motorships which connect almost all the lake-side towns. Some of them have bar and restaurant services and in the summertime there are evening cruises with dinners served. The ferry service connects Pisogne and Sarnico. Various tours, with an on-board bar and lunch service, leave from Sarnico (stopping at Iseo, Lovere and Monte Isola), from Sulzano (stopping at Lovere e Sarnico) and from Sale Marasino (with stops at Lovere, Sarnico and Monte Isola).

For information:  
Navigazione Lago d'Iseo
Via Nazionale 16 - 24062 Costa Volpino (BG)
www.navigazionelagoiseo.it
 
Disabled Travelers

Ferries & Cruises
Tirrenia's ferries have 1 or 2 accessible cabins on their scheduled daily lines to Sardinia. Grandi Navi Veloci has 2 ferries with 2 special accessible cabins each. The new Costa Line ships as Costa Classica and Costa Romantica have special accessible cabins, 6 on each ship.

 
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