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Scuba Diving in Italy

Water temperature:

14°C early in the year (57°F) to 24°C (75°F) in July and August


5mm suit in the summer months, a drysuit between October and May


10 - 30 metres (30 - 100 feet)

Type of diving:

Rocky reefs with caverns and overhangs, wrecks in some locations

Marine life:

Octopus, groupers, bream, barracuda, tuna, sponges, coral

When to go:

April to October are the best months for diving and some dive Centers are only open for these months. In July and August air temperatures can become very hot

How to get there:

From the UK - There are flights from all major UK airports to many cities in Italy

Italy is a very popular tourist destination that is not so well known for diving, aside from around the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. Perhaps the diving is overshadowed by the onshore history and culture on offer, but whatever the reasons the clear, warm Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas that see only mild currents make ideal places for some relaxed, holiday diving.

One dive site we feature on dive site directory is at Anzio, in the province of Lazio which is just south of Rome. Anzio, along with Cassino further inland, is famous for its fierce battles in World War II and consequently is stooped with military history. You cannot help but notice the cemeteries on land that are full to the brim with war graves. For divers the heritage left behind from this history is the number of wrecks - casualties of the war such as the HMS Janus, a destroyer that sank in 1944. As well as the diving, one of the benefits of a holiday at Anzio is its proximity to Rome, Italy's capital which is a vibrant city full of art and culture - a must see for those who have never visited before. There are also beaches in the region, some wonderful food on offer and some beautiful scenery.

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