Places: 60 Max-loa:65m Phone:+39 0565 914000 Capitaneria, +39 0565 944024 Cosimo de Medici VHF channel:11 16 09
Portoferraio is well sheltered in most conditions. Strong southerly winds, however, send a chop into the harbour, but this is not dangerous.
Sources for Weather forecasts:
- There is a continuous (computerized voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 – first in Italian and then followed with an English translation
- The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16
- Navtex weather forecasts are broadcast from stations at Roma, Cagliari (Sardinia) and Augusta (Sicily)
Care is needed in the approach from the west to avoid the shoal of Capo Bianco extending nearly half a mile north from Punta Cap Bianco. The shoal is identified by a north cardinal marker. Entrance to the harbour is difficult in strong southerly winds. Night entry (after 2100) is discouraged. Depths in the harbour range from 2.5 to 6.5 metres.
The harbor is operated as a marina. Marina di Portoferraio Yacht berths are on the west side of the harbour, managed by Cosimo De Medici srl Soc. There are a total of 70 berths, of which seven are ostensibly reserved for yachts in transit. Laid moorings at all berths. Usually marina staff are on hand to help with mooring. All facilities, fuel, laundry, WiFi, car hire, taxis.
- email@example.com; Tel: +39 (0565) 944 024; Fax: +39 (0565) 914 121; VHF channel 09
- Address: Cosimo de medici s.r.l., Calata Mazzini 37, 57037 Portoferraio (LI), Italy.
- Local buses around the island
- Ferries to Piombino and Livorno on the mainland
- Airport at Marina di Campo with flights to Pisa, Florence and Rome plus a few other European destinations.
Portoferraio was originally founded by Cosimo I de Medici, Duke of Tuscany, in 1548, the peninsula was fortified over subsequent centuries and remained in the hands of the Tuscan Grand Duchy until the 18th century. Briefly occupied by the English at the outset of the 19th century, Portoferraio became the place of exile of the defeated Napoleon Bonaparte in May 1814 until his escape to the French mainland the following year. His residence, the Villa dei Mulini, is now a museum and visitors can browse in the great man’s library and terraced garden.
Places to Visit
The old town, enclosed by a mediaeval wall and topped by its 16th century Medici castle, is very atmospheric. The Villa dei Mulini, Napoleon’s former residence, can be visited here (closed Tuesdays). The same ticket entitles you to visit the other site associated with Napoleon, his summer residence at Villa Napoleonica di San Martino, situated in the village of San Martino 5 kilometres SW of the town. Originally quite modest, the latter was considerably altered by one Prince Demidoff (a 19th century fan and collector of Napoleonic memorabilia), who funded a pompous, neoclassical extension. If you hire transport, the flower-bedecked village of Marciana up in the hills to the west of Portoferraio is most attractive. You can take a cable car from there up to the top of Monte Capanne for wonderful views of the island. Another delightful hilltop village is Poggio, whose shady cafes make for a great lunch stop. Source: www.cruiserswiki.org