Sailing boat with kids and red sail near the coast of Monte Argentario

Italy's schools close for three months every summer. A fact that drives the country's parents crazy. I'm lucky enough to be able to send my two rascals off to their relatives in Switzerland for all of July. But that still leaves me with eight hot weeks in the company of an 8- and a 10-year-old who spend their days arguing with each other. 

As every Italian mother knows, the easiest way to lift the family spirit is to spend as much time as possible at the sea. And the Argentario Sailing School has the perfect address for a new summer activity, once the youngsters are beyond the age of prolonged sand castle building. 

Children sailing during the summer courses of the Argentario Yacht club

The weekly sailing courses take place from June to the beginning of September. Children need to be able to swim and can participate from the age of six. The course takes place from Monday to Saturday with morning groups for smaller kids and first timers and afternoon groups for the more experienced between the young sailors. 

Kids learning to sail near porto Santo Stefano


Sailing courses all through summer. Weekly prices for half day lessons from Monday to Saturday: 195 €. 
For detailed information on the children's sailing weeks or private lessons contact Marco Ferranti from the Argentario Sailing Club: +39 345 5201605 -

Porto Santo Stefano's yacht club also organizes an array of activities for adults and expert sailors. One of the most well known is the Argentario Sailing Week in June, which brings classic and vintage yachts from all over the world to the Mediterranean. If you don't own a sailing boat to participate in the regatta, visit Porto Santo Stefano during the weekend to admire the stylish vessels mooring in the harbor and along the Tuscan town's spectacular shore. 

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