With over 7,600 kilometers of coastline, Italy is a destination that can easily seem like a kiteboarder’s dream. We’re obsessed with finding the best kitesurfing spots in Italy. In this guide, we’ll share the best kitesurf spots for every type of kiteboarder no matter if you’re just learning or are already an expert.
Lo Stagnone (Sicily)
If you’re wanting a kitesurfing spot that’s great all-around and offers consistent wind, Lo Stagnone makes a great choice. With over 300 days of wind per year, you’ll enjoy kitesurfing on this spacious, shallow, flatwater lagoon no matter what your ability level is. Lo Stagnone is also home to a vibrant kitesurfing community with a variety of kite schools and accommodation options.
Best wind: March to November
Gizzeria Lido (Calabria)
Gizzeria Lido is also affectionately called “Hang Loose Beach,” and you’ll understand why as soon as you step onto its coarse sand. Here, kiteboarders will enjoy a laid-back and fun atmosphere with conditions that are perfect for all kitesurfers – from beginner to advanced. There is plenty of room to launch and land, and you’ll be able to kiteboard on flat to choppy water. You can expect constant wind that typically ranges from 11 to 20 knots with very few gusts.
While the high summer season (June and July) tends to be quite crowded, you can almost always find some space to yourself during the shoulder seasons.
Best wind: April to September
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Lake Garda (Lombardy)
Do not underestimate the appeal of kiteboarding at Lake Garda. Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and is surrounded by the stunning Italian Alps. Thermal winds blow consistently across the flatwater lake, and the best kitesurfing spots are accessible by boat. Early risers will love the fact that there is consistent wind in the early morning. One of the local sayings is, “If you can see the sun, you can feel the wind.”
There are many kitesurfing schools and camps available to perfect your skills and befriend fellow kiteboarders. This spot is best for intermediate and advanced kitesurfers who are familiar with their equipment and can launch/land from a boat or very small beach. If you are a beginner, it’s best to go with a school who can offer more guidance.
Best wind: April to October
Porto Pollo (Sardinia)
Picture turquoise-clear waters, white sandy beaches, and a remoteness that makes you feel as though you’ve been stranded on a kitesurfer’s paradise. Porto Pollo is one of the top places to kiteboard in Italy not only because of its beauty but also because of its consistent wind. Porto Pollo is one of the windiest parts of the region, and there is an area reserved specifically for kitesurfers. Flatwater riders can kiteboard in the lagoon while those wanting waves can venture out into the sea. Port Pollo is likely one of the best spots to experience a true kitesurfing holiday in picture-perfect scenery.
Best wind: April to October
Marina de Grosseto (Tuscany)
Marina de Grosseto is a kitesurfing haven in the Mediterranean. The area is largely reserved for windsurfers and kitesurfers only. The kite schools and venues make an effort to build their structures using local, natural materials to create an atmosphere that feels more adventurous than your typical kitesurfing hub. There are large launching and landing zones perfect for beginners, consistent northwest wind, and shallow flatwater.
Best wind: March to October