Who else wants to go Kitesurfing in Tuscany?
There is so much to do in Tuscany it can be hard sometimes to make an itinerary. If you are planning your holiday in Tuscany this summer around your love of water sports, please do beware that most in-land lakes in Tuscany belong to protected national parks. As a result, most water-sports are banned from these areas.
For more advice, intermixed with some useful leads on where to go, read on below:
Charter a YachtYou can find sail-boats in the south of Tuscany, positioned idyllically on the beaches, waiting to be chartered. The coastline off Tuscany is famous the world over for its crystal clear Mediterranean waters and its stunning sea-food. You can see some of the most beautiful islands in Europe, including Elba and the Ponza islands within a few hours of leaving the mainland.
Please do note that certain areas of this coastline are protected by law and all fishing is illegal. Please check local maps and with the local authorities if you are looking to go fishing on your boat.
Windsurfing and KitesurfingAlmost all of the Etruscan coast could be considered a water-sporting dream. Head to the beautiful white-sand beach at Rosignano for some excellent kite-surfing, before taking the train down to Follonica beach for much of the same. Talamone beach is particularly famous for its strong thermal winds, making for excellent kite-surfing conditions. To check up on the latest conditions, please see Kitesurf Tuscany’s Facebook page.
Canoeing and KayakingThere can be no finer way to see some of Italy’s stunning maritime areas than in a canoe. Paddling gently up stream or along a coastline, you can be assured of a better view by staying closer to the water-level. With the right water-proofing, it can be one of the best ways to take a stunning photo.
One of the best locations to go kayaking is at Lake Roffio, near Pisa. There is a rowing club, which also holds rowing regattas every year. You can hire two-man canoes and take them out for day-trips.
Scuba DivingIf you like to view fish and other sea-dwelling creatures close-up in their natural habitat, you must go scuba diving. The Etruscan coast has many diving centres which can take you out on excursions and also hire equipment. For a full list of scuba centres in Tuscany, please follow this link.