SCUBA DIVING ITALY
Italy is one of the most visited countries in the world, and for great reasons. With it’s huge number of UNESCO sites, its deep Roman Empire history and architecture, and the world famous art scenes, it is no wonder its a favorite. But did you know you can also get in some great dives?
Some of the attractions around Italy are among the most widely know site, such as the Roman Colosseum, the insane statues, monuments and fountains, the huge cathedrals such as in Milan, and of course Vatican City.
But for us avid scuba travelers, Italy is a little lesser known. Most divers, while in Europe probably head to nearby Malta, Greece, or maybe even Croatia, not knowing that Italy also has some awesome dive sites dotted around the country.
If you are thinking of heading to Italy to try out some of the various dive locations, this guide will help get you started. We know, as fellow dive travelers, that some countries just don’t have enough information online, making it hard to plan a stress free dive trip.
We are here to change that.
In this guide we will tell you the best places to dive around Italy, what you can expect to see in each place, how to get there, who to dive with and more.
Our goal is to bring you all of the information here, to make organizing your trip a breeze.
BEST DIVE SITES
Here is where you can dive the Baiae Archaeological Park, which is one place where divers can get a chance to see the ruins of submerged city of Baiae. There are lots of other dives as well as some great beaches along the coast.
Elba is an island as part of the Tuscan Archipelago, located about 12 miles from the coastal town of Piombino. It is the 3rd largest island in Italy, and is considered one of the best locations in the Mediterranean.
Here you can not only see big schools of amberjacks, eagle rays and many other fish, but you can also check out underwater artifacts and history. Don’t miss it.
The island of Sicily offers a few good dive sites, especially on the north end. The warm, turquois waters will temped you right in, and then you wont want to leave. Be sure to check out the Zingaro reserve between Trapani and Palermo.
Portofino, located in North West Italy, is the hub for any diving around the Linguria area, and here you can find some good dive sites, as well as the Christ of the abyss statue underwater. Portofino is considered the birth place for diving in Italy.
Sardnia is considered by some as the premier diving location in the Mediterranean, and there is a large dive community and plenty of dive shops on the island.
In our humble opinion, Sardinia also boasts possibly the best beaches in all of Europe, and thats saying a lot. Be sure not to miss Asinara Marine reserve, and the other great sites in the north.
6. Gulf of Nepals
In the Gulf of Nepals there is some great diving, and possibly the highlight would be diving into history around Pompeii, where you can dive with some cool statues and artifacts. There are also sites around Pozzuoli you should visit.
7. Near to Rome
If you want to create a fun road trip where you can see beautiful Rome one day, and do some diving the next, that would make an awesome trip. There is places like Costacuti Reef, Merro Sink Hole, and sites near Anzio. All fun to dive.
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BEST TIME TO DIVE
The best time to visit is from April to June and mid-September to October where temperatures are pleasant and not too much crowd. Now if you want to swim or dive, just remember that only in the south part of Italy is warm enough outside of May-September period, without a drysuit.
HIGHLIGHTS OF ITALY
There really is too much to list for Italy, as there are countless wonders in the country to see and visit and experience. Too many to list here.
From the picturesque Lake Como in the north, incredible canals of Venice to the East, Naples cuisine to the south and everything in between, you will never run out of amazing attractions.
Here are a few resources to get you started:
– Click to see 27 Awesome Things to do in Rome HERE.
– Click to see a fun 2 Day Venice Itinerary HERE.
WHERE TO STAY
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Italy is a boot-shaped country located in Southern Europe. It has a total area of 301,338 km2 (116,347 sq mi) and a population of 60,589,445.
With the beautiful coast, landscapes and mountain ranges, no wonder it is called the “Bel Paese” or the “Beautiful Country”. Italy is also known as the home for arts and architecture where you can see the works of Michelangelo and Botticelli.
Capital city of Italy: Rome
Visa requirements for Italy: No visa required for 90 days of travel for US citizens. However, if they plan to stay more than 90 days, one should obtain a visa at a regional Italian consulate office. A passport valid for 3 months is required.
Currency of Italy: Euro (€) (EUR) is the currency of Italy.
Official Language of Italy: Italian is the official language of Italy, Sardinian is also spoken in Sardinia.
UNESCO World Heritage sites in Italy:
There are 53 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy and 40 on their tentative list. You can check them all out HERE, with photos and descriptions for each.