Northern Italy might not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of world class water sports destinations. Look at the atlas and it’s mostly a cluster of contour lines – after all, this is a region that’s home to some of Europe’s steepest slopes with two massive mountain ranges crossing its territory – the Alps in the west and the Dolomites further East.
But while they might be most famous as mountain destinations, the northern regions of Italy also have plenty to offer kitesurfers, windsurfers and lovers of all kinds of watersports. There’s even has a legit surf spot in the west – something that’s almost unheard of in the normally-flat Mediterranean.
We’ve teamed up with Green & Blue, a new initiative set up to promote the region as an adventure sports destination to give you a flavour of what’s on offer.
“There’s even has a legit surf spot in the west – something that’s almost unheard of in the normally-flat Mediterranean.”
1) Kitesurfing in Ravenna
With no fewer than eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, the historic town of Ravenna, on the Adriatic coast of the Emilia-Romagna region, is a magnet for history and architecture buffs. What’s perhaps less well-known is that it’s also an awesome place to go kitesurfing, with decent beaches for launching, consistent winds and water that’s warm for much of the year. The AWC Kite Center at Porto Corsini in Marina di Ravenna offers rentals, lessons and even instructor courses.