The best dive sites in Italy are in its western and southern regions, as well as around its many islands, of which
the best known are: Sicily,
Elba. It is worth noting that
there are also many lakes in mainland Italy which attract scuba and freediving enthusiasts. These lakes include
Lake Garda and
The inland lakes tend to have cold waters, however. It is best to dive them in dry coveralls.
One of the most highly recommended areas for diving in Italy is Sicily. This island is dotted with diving centers
and great places for practicing the underwater sport. With just a little bit of luck, you can encounter dolphins,
barracudas, shoals, and colorful nudibranchs.
Another highly recommended location is Sardinia, where, apart from its recreational diving sites, there are
numerous underwater caves for more advanced divers.
The smaller islands of Italy are also interesting, and there is no shortage of them. One of these that is
particularly interesting is Ustica, located 70 km from Palermo. There you will find a gorgeous
nature reserve where fishing is rationed. Limited fishing means a booming fishlife, which furthermore translates
to great opportunities for meeting interesting underwater specimens. We especially recommend night diving here.
A bay that deserves attention is the Bay of Naples. Not far from Vesuvius is the once-famous
city of Baja. A large part of this city sank centuries ago — today, its majority is underwater. The city is
still studied by underwater archeologists, but despite its archeological site status, you can still dive there
commercially and admire the well-preserved marble floors, statues and roads it has to offer — all built in years
Italy definitely makes it to our personal list of Europe's top countries for diving. Besides its awesome
diving sites and centers, it is a country rich in culinary treats, sightseeing destinations, and warm, sunny,
breezy beaches. What more could you possibly desire?