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The Ultimate Guide to Kitesurfing in Italy

Why kiteboard in Italy?

 

Italy offers a diverse landscape and variety of kiteboarding conditions. You can kitesurf amid the Italian Alps or head south to Sicily and ride in Mediterranean paradise. Each kitesurf spot has a unique ambiance and it’s possible to kitesurf a large variety of places on a single trip. Many spots have consistent wind that are thermal based – rather than storm based and gusty like you often see in northern Europe.

 

Best of all, you can say “Buon Appetito!” in between kitesurf sessions as Italy is obviously the world’s capital of scrumptious wine and pasta-based dishes that vary from one region to the next.

 

Kitesurf camps tend to range from budget backpacker style to luxury retreats. There are plenty of places to take lessons or simply relax for a holiday of nonstop kiting among friends. If you just want to rent gear or brush up on a single lesson, there are plenty of opportunities to do that, too.

 

Best of all, after a long day out on the water, you’ll be able to refuel on delicious Italian fare available at many of the best kitesurfing destinations.

 

In this guide, we’ll cover the best regions to go kiteboarding in Italy and the essentials that you need to know.

 

The best time to kitesurf in Italy: March to October. June to August tend to be high season for tourism and might have to dodge swimmers.

 

Average water temperature: 13˚C – 24˚C.

 

Wetsuit recommendation: 3/2mm in winter, 2mm to swimsuit or boardshorts in summer.

 

Wind type: Typically thermal winds from spring and summer, storm winds in autumn and winter. Dependent on specific kitesurf spot.


What beginners need to know: Italy is a great kitesurfing destination for beginners. There are plenty of spots that are shallow, have flat water, and wide, sandy beaches ideal for launching and landing. Some spots to consider include La Stagnone, Porto Pino, and Porto Pollo.

 

 

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The best regions for kitesurfing in Italy

 

 

Sardinia

 

It’s hard to believe that so many stellar kitesurfing spots can exist on the coastline of such a small island. Sardinia is a top kiteboarding destination from beginners to advanced kitesurfers. Freestyle kitesurfers will love the flatwater spots of Porto Pino, Porto Pollo, and Badesi. Beginners have a vast choice of kitesurfing schools to choose from. There are also a few small wave spots for those with a surfboard in tow. Sardinia is also one of the only places where you can go on a kitesurfing cruise as some of the best kitesurfing spots are only accessible by boat.

 

Out of the water, you can trek through the rolling hills or sample local dishes at the many mom-and-pop restaurants throughout the island.

 

 

 

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Sicily

 

Sicily is a large island near the toe of Italy’s boot. Here, you’ll be able to access what’s arguably the best kiteboard spot in all of Italy – Lo Stagnone, a large flatwater lagoon. If you want to venture off the beaten path, make your way to the handful of alternative spots that surround Sicily. If going on a kitesurfing cruise is on your bucket list, you’ll be able to do that around Sicily as well. A yacht will take you around the Egadi Islands and can adapt to the wind direction for nonstop kiting.  No matter if you’re looking for a lively crowd and vibrant atmosphere or stretch of coastline all to yourself, you’ll be able to find it in Sicily.

 

 

 

Lake Garda and Como Lake (Lombardy Region)

 

When people think of kitesurfing in Italy, they typically imagine white sand beaches on the Mediterranean coast. However, Lake Garda and Como Lake set among the Italian Alps offer freshwater kiteboarding over flat water with consistent wind howling nearly every day. You can launch your kite from a boat right in the middle of the lake – an experience most of us rarely have.

 

 

 

Tuscany

 

Many travelers make their way to Tuscany because of its history. Tuscany is one of the only destinations in the world where you can kitesurf in front of ancient Roman ruins at one beach and check into a modern luxury resort at the next. Tuscany typically has consistent thermal winds and medium-sized beaches that border intriguing towns. It’s worthwhile spending time exploring Talamone, Vada, and Marina di Grosseto. Fiumara in particular is a popular spot every day that the seabreeze kicks in (like clockwork). If you want waves, opt for Calambrone.

 

 

 

Puglia

 

Puglia includes the heel of Italy’s boot, bordering the Adriatic Sea. Most of the beaches along this stretch of coastline are pristine and are lined with whitewashed architecture. Many of the spots are well-known among locals, but rarely visited by outsiders (though you will find a few kitesurf schools throughout). The most popular kiteboarding spots are Frassanito, Alimini, Spiaggia Lunga, Torre San Giovanni, and La Strea.

 

 

 

Veneto

 

If you’re on a short trip or if it’s your first time to Italy, you’ll probably spend some time in Venice. While Veneto isn’t a top kitesurfing region in itself, there are some worthwhile kitesurf spots that make a great day trip from Venice. Sottomarina to the south of Venice and Carole to the north both are decent beaches that will help you get your kitesurfing fix when the wind is up.

 

 

 

Calabria

 

Calabria encompasses the toe of Italy’s fine boot and borders the island of Sicily. Since the tip of this region is so narrow, you can easily cross from one side to the other in search of better kitesurfing conditions. Calabria is home to some of the most lively kitesurf areas like Hang Loose Beach (officially called Gizzeria), Pellaro, and Steccato. It’s the best region to kiteboard if you love the typical resort lifestyle, thriving nightlife, and beautiful beaches.

 

 

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The 5 Best Kitesurfing Spots in Italy

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

 

 

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Incredible kitesurfing conditions in Sardinia

 

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

 

 

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Kitesurfing in Talamone

Talamone, Italy Kitesurfing Guide

Talamone, Italy is a small town in Tuscany that’s rarely visited by the typical tourist. It was built over 2,000 years ago and is charming with its town of red-clay roofs, medieval fortress walls, and small, winding streets. It sits on the edge of a cape, overlooking a small lagoon ideal for kitesurfing.

 

 

Why go kitesurfing in Talamone, Italy?

 

Talamone, Italy is one of the most popular kitesurfing spots in the Tuscany and its easy to understand why. The wind blows consistently and there’s ample room to launch and land along its sandy beaches. You can kiteboard over clear, flatwater just in front of the quirky town of Talamone itself and we recommend exploring there before and after your session.

This area makes for a great home base to explore the other spots of Tuscany and is an overall great spot for perfecting your skills without worrying about strong currents, large waves, or other major hazards.  There are some rocks to look out for and the launch and landing area is quite narrow.

 

Best time to go kiteboarding in Talamone, Italy: April to October. June to August is most crowded.

 

Average water temperature: 10˚C – 24˚C

 

Wind type: S, W, and SW cross-sideshore thermal wind over flatwater. Usually 15+ knots.

 

Best for: Beginner to advanced kiters

 

 

 

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How to get to Talamone, Italy

 

You can drive from Pisa International Airport (PSA) or Florence Airport (FLR). From Pisa, Talamone is about a two-hour drive. From Florence, it is about a two to three-hour drive. Rome is at least three hours away by train and by car, depending on traffic. There is parking directly at Talamone – though you’ll need to arrive early to reserve a space.

 

 

The best kite schools and rental shops in Talamone, Italy

 

Talamone Windsurfing Kite Centre: A school and rental shops that offers rental equipment and courses for kitesurfers and windsurfers. If you’ve wanted to learn hydrofoil, now is your chance! Lessons are taught through a transceiver. There are also stand up paddleboards, peddle boats, and canoes available.

 

Maselli Kite School: This school offers lessons every day from June to the end of September.

 

Hibiscus: Hibiscus School offers windsurfing and kitesurfing rental gear and lessons.

 

 

Things to do in Talamone when the wind is down

 

Explore Talamone’s ancient ruins: You can step back in time and walk among Roman ruins and a Etruscan temple expertly made of stone that was likely built around 400 BC to honor the Etruscan god, Tinia. Afterward, trace the town of Talamone by walking along its fortress walls.

 

Learn about the local environment at the Museum of the Lagoon: Ever wonder about the environment you kiteboard in? At the Museum of the Lagoon, you can discover interesting facts about the marine life that exists under the sea. It has exhibits on the traditional fishing tactics and history of the town, local artwork, pictures taken throughout the decades, and more.

 

Eat and drink in town: What’s something that Tuscany is famous for? Wine, of course. The local village of Talamone might not look like much from a distance, but in nearly every restaurant you’ll find delicious food sourced from the nearby area. Order any seafood or polenta based meal and it’s sure to be paired with a glass of regional wine – the ultimate reward for a long day of kiting!

 

Venture to Maremma Natural Park: Those who visit Talamone often come here to explore the Regional Park of Maremma, a haven for nature lovers. The park leads along rocky beaches, Tuscan woods, and offers prime views of the sea.

 

 

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The Best Places to Take Kitesurfing Lessons in Italy

If you want to take a kitesurfing lesson in Italy to learn how to kiteboard or if you simply want to advance your skills, you’ll want a school with these three features.

 

Wide, sandy beaches with few obstacles: When you’re learning, you don’t want to have to dodge swimmers, rocks, buildings, or trees when you launch and land. You’ll feel more comfortable and confident practicing at a spot that has plenty of room for you and your kite.

 

Flatwater: Learning how to go upwind or turn can be difficult if you have to contend with waves or chop. Flatwater is best for beginners because it gives you a chance to figure out how to control your kite and your board before you venture out to other conditions.

 

Semi-shallow water: One of the most challenging kiteboarding skills that beginners need to learn is body dragging – where you tack back and forth to get your kiteboard back after a fall. Shallow water is ideal because you can stand and rest if you get tired, walk to your board, and you’ll be more comfortable knowing that you can stand at any time during your lessons. Of course, it cannot be too shallow or you risk hitting the bottom. Waist deep and deeper is ideal.

 

 

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Thankfully, there are many kitesurf spots in Italy that meet this criteria. Here are our top picks on where to take lessons in Italy.

 

 

Lo Stagnone

 

Lo Stagnone is one of the best all-around kitesurfing spots in Italy that welcomes all types of kiters – especially beginners. It ticks all the boxes of having a handful of kitesurfing schools to choose from, wide and sandy beaches to easily launch and land your kite, flatwater, and is shallow in virtually all areas of the lagoon. The warm water during summer is also a bonus as you’ll likely be spending a lot of time in it rather than on top of it at first.  Lo Stagnone is also known for its kitesurfing, so you’ll be able to befriend fellow kiters easily.

 

 

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Sky view of Lo Stagnone

 

 

Porto Pino

 

One of the best ways to learn how to kiteboard in Italy is by attending a beginner kitesurfing camp. This fully immersive experience will have you spending all day everyday on the water – accelerating your skills in just a few days.

Porto Pino in Sardinia offers a variety of kitesurf camps and accommodation options targeted towards kitesurfers. It has white sand, clear water, and calm conditions. After a day on the water, you can explore the nearby countryside, dine at a local restaurant, or venture to a cultural activity in town.

 

 

Porto Pollo

 

Another kitesurfing safehaven in Sardinia, Porto Pollo is a wonderful destination for beginner kiters because of its 7 kilometers of wide, sandy beaches spread across two bays. The wind is consistent, the water is flat, and the depth just right. You’ll find advanced riders enjoying one side of the beach while beginners can tune their skills on the other. There are a handful of kiteboarding schools in Porto Pollo, and there are many types of kitesurf camps ranging from budget to luxury to relax at after your lesson ends.

 

 

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Kitesurfing in Sicily, Italy

Sicily is a world of its own when it comes to kiteboarding. With a warm, Mediterranean climate and clear, warm water, it’s a mecca for those wanting the full Italian experience while riding in a variety of conditions. Sicily has a variety of spots for all types of riders – no matter if you’re into foiling, small wave riding, or riding a twin tip.

If you’re looking to kitesurf in Sicily, you won’t be disappointed. These are the top spots you must visit.

 

 

Lo Stagnone

 

Lo Stagnone is a one of Europre’s largest flatwater lagoon with enough room for kiteboarders of all abilities. The water is flat, shallow all throughout the lagoon, and thermal winds blow consistently from March to October. Lo Stagnone is one of the best destinations to learn thanks to the active kitesurf community, warm weather, and variety of kitesurfing schools to choose from. With 300 windy days per year, there’s not much more you could ask for from a flatwater kite spot.

 

 

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Butter flat sessions in Lo Stagnone

 

 

Puzziteddu (Campobello di Mazara)

 

For centuries, Puzziteddu has been a village that was only known to and inhabited by fishermen. It was only in the past few decades that kitesurfers ventured to this unknown spot in search of prime kitesurfing terrain. This spot is for intermediate kitesurfers only, thanks to two- to three-meter waves and rocky coastline (though there is a school for gung-ho beginners). This is also a popular spot among windsurfers.

 

 

Mondello

 

Mondello is often what people imagine when they hear of kitesurfing in the Mediterranean. Its white sand beaches and shallow, flat or choppy water make for prime kiteboarding no matter what your ability is. Mondello set on the city of Palermo, one of the cultural and gastronomical hubs of Sicily that will no doubt be on your itinerary, aside from kiteboarding. As a tip, avoid Mondello during July and August if you want to avoid dodging swimmers and tourists covering the beach.

 

 

Pozzalo and Santa Maria del Focallo

 

This area of Sicily is riddled with kitesurf schools and rental shops thanks to its wide beach that spans over 5 kilometers long. While you might find crowds at the other kitesurfing spots in Sicily, Italy, you’ll likely have a large stretch of Pozzalo or Santa Maria del Focallo all to yourself.

 

 

 

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Butera

 

Panama Beach in Butera is home to an IKO registered kite school and once hosted a kitesurfing festival. The sandy wide beaches offer plenty of space to launch and land while you kite over flat to choppy water. The water can be completely flat or as big as two meters, depending on the conditions. You can expect consistent wind that blows from 15 to 25 knots with occasional gusts.

 

 

Tremestieri (Messina)

 

Another wonderful all-around kitesurfing spot in Sicily, Tremestieri is much less popular than its neighboring spots. However, if you want a spot with consistent wind that’s close to the city of Messina, you’re best option for kiteboarding is making the short journey to Tremestieri. Expect a small pebble beach, consistent thermal winds that can blow from morning until night, and a handful of freestyle kiters as company on any given day.

 

 

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