Viareggio is a coastal city in the Tuscany region in Italy. A little bit south from La Spezia and the region of Liguria, it is a great sailing destination where you can rent a boat. Whether you like to enjoy the sunshine on a relaxing afternoon or you want to take part in adrenaline pumping activities, Viareggio has everything you need. The city has very large beaches with famous seaside resorts like Forte dei Miami or Lido di Camaiore. Viareggio has a lot of sailing history and even has a specific maritime museum you can visit.
Even if some seasons come with milder temperatures, Viareggio has good weather all year round. The high season happens during the summer in the months of July and August, this is when the temperatures reach their peaks and so does the tourist population in the region.
We recommend visiting the town at other times, for instance, you could hire a boat in spring or fall. These seasons have good weather and the city experiences a lot less tourism. So if you prefer having more space for relaxation, this is the time to go.
If you still want to rent a boat in Italy during summer, we strongly suggest that you book your yacht charter well in advance as availability decreases with the higher demand.
The price of boat rentals really depend on the type and size of the vessel you wish to hire. You can rent a motorboat for a starting price of 50€ a day in Viareggio or a sailboat for around 200€ a day.
The prices increase a lot during the high season so we suggest you hire a boat in advance to get the best price.
Same as for the prices, licence requirements may vary depending on the type of boat that you want to rent. For most small sailboats, you don’t need a licence to operate if you don’t intend on sailing further than 6 miles off the shelter you departed from.
For motorboats you don’t need a certificate either if the engine doesn’t go above 40HP. Otherwise, authorities will require you to have a boating licence.
Anyways, you will need to have a nautical CV with you to show your previous experiences. You can also pass the ICC (International Competence Certificate) which is a boating certificate that allows you to hire a boat in most European Union countries.
There are plenty of things you can do in Viareggio. Rent a boat and sail to the Lugiran coast, visit Cinque Terre where you can explore the authentic villages by going from one of the five colourful towns to the other one. You may also want to bring a mask and snorkel to explore the diverse ocean floors and vibrant sealife present in the area.
You can also practice some adrenaline pumping activities, like jet skiing or being towed on a floating buoy behind a motorboat.