Passengers who take the ferry to Italy are about to arrive in the 5th most visited country in the world known for its culture, history and charming coastline!
Italy is a country where tourism is a significant pillar in its economy. With over 45 million tourists visiting the country on a yearly base, it is ranked as one of the most visited tourist destinations worldwide. Its rich culture, long and alluring history, stunning art and fashion but also its delicious cuisine are some of the main reasons it holds a high place in traveler traffic. It is also known that Italy is the first in terms of hosting the most World Heritage Sites (55) than any other country. Moreover, this is not the end since in summer, the number of tourists increases dramatically due to the fact that Italy has a beautiful coastline with splendid beaches and graphical towns.
We all have heard about Julius Caesar the famous military leader, the explorers Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus, Galileo the great physicist, mathematician and astronomist, the artist Michelangelo, the famous painter Leonardo da Vinci, producers and singers Antonio Vivaldi and Luciano Pavarotti; all the referred personalities and many more were born Italians.
Going to Italy’s mainland, it is hard to tell where to start from since there are plenty of cities and villages that have to be discovered, providing interesting and beautiful landmarks, sceneries and vivid lifestyle. Venice, Milan, Genoa, Florence, Rome, Bologna, Naples, Palermo, Positano, Amalfi, including their surrounding territories, are only a few of the must-visit cities of the country.
Last but not least, we must not forget that the Italian Islands are some of the prettiest and most picturesque islands in the world. To start with the biggest, take the ferry to Sardinia and Sicily which definitely worth the visit and will fascinate you with their long coasts and sandy beaches. In summer, the Aeolian, Pelagie, Aegadian and Tuscan Archipelago Islands tend to reach their full capacities for the reason that people from all around the world spend their vacation there.
It would be wise to book your ferry tickets to anywhere in Italy in advance due to the fact that they run out fast as summer period reaches, especially the ferries from Croatia and Greece to Italy.
How to get to Italy by ferry
Italy's position makes it a perfect touristic hub every year by millions of passengers. On its western part but also on its southern, there are numerous islands, from little to huge, that are bustling every summer. The two biggest, Sicily and Sardinia, are also the most famous both for their coasts and landmarks. Following, the Aegadian, Aeolian, Pontine, Pelagian, Tremiti and Tuscan Archipelago island groups are quite popular and their main economic industry is tourism. Italy's coast is easily approached with ferries from Greece, Croatia, France, Spain, Albania, Morocco and Tunis.
Ferry from Greece to Italy
It is achievable to travel with ferry from Greece to Italy by starting from the Greek mainland ports of Patras, Igoumenitsa but also from the port of Corfu. Journey durations differ according to the number of stops on the way. All ferries towards Italy start from Patras and make stopovers always to Igoumenitsa and sometimes to Corfu, depending on seasonality.
Please, note that for the particular crossings, conventional ferries operate for the reason that the voyages are long and time consuming so the best way to enjoy them and feel comfortable, is by booking a bed cabin or by using the camping on board option if it is available.
Ferry from France to Italy
Every year, there are thousands of passengers who are traveling with a ferry from France to Italy in order to admire the beauty and culture of the Italian mainland but also its surrounding islands. From the ports of the French Riviera, there are many sailings to Italy's west coast and also to Sardinia.
Corsica to Italy
Corsica is the largest island under the acquisition of France and a very well known destination worldwide. Corsica is located on the west side of the Italian coast, opposing the port of Piombino on the north and the port of Civitavecchia on the south. Corsica to Sardinia ferries are very frequent, mostly in summer months, with both conventional and high speeds operating. The most common routes from Italy to Corsica are:
Spain to Italy Ferry
Spain's east coast is facing Sardinia and Corsica. More specifically, the colossal port of Barcelona is a favorite starting point for voyages to Sardinia and to the Italian mainland. Ferry connections are well developed and are taking place all year long while in high season, they get denser. The main crossings between Spain and Italy are:
Ferry Albania to Italy
The Albanian Riviera is sharing the Adriatic Sea with Italy's southeastern coast. Ferry routes towards Italy are frequent and are operating throughout the whole year. Only big car passenger ferries operate due to the fact that the journeys are relatively long. The specific ferry connections between these two countries are: