A Guide to Scuba Diving in Italy

Scuba Dive in Italy

Italy is the perfect snorkelling and scuba diving destination for both beginners and advanced level divers, there are lots of different dive sites with walls, caverns, wrecks from World War II, and also an abundance of marine life. On our directory you can find dive shops, read information about the best dive sites and also view reviews.

Italy is one of the easiest countries to get to due to its central Europe location, you could catch a bus, train and there are also airports located throughout the country connected to worldwide destinations. Italy has some of the best dive sites in the whole of the Mediterranean and there are also lots of activities to keep you busy in your spare time.

Italy is a very safe country to go diving too due to the mild water currents whilst visibility is usually very good. There are also so many different areas of the country you can base yourself from the mainland to the islands. So what are you waiting for, search dive centres on our website and arrange a course today.


Top Places to Go Scuba Diving in Italy

  • Calabria
  • Campania
  • Campione
  • Elba
  • Emilia-Romagna
  • Lazio
  • Liguria
  • Lombardy
  • Marche
  • Piemonte
  • Puglia
  • Sardinia
  • Sicily
  • Tuscany
  • Venice


Best Time to Go Diving in Italy

Italy Scuba Diving Packages

If you are wondering when the best time to go scuba diving in Italy is then the main season runs from April to October. Summer is usually the most popular time - June to August, this is when the weather is warmer but also dive sites can be more crowded. Water temperatures can vary depending on the season, in winter expect around 14-16 degrees and in summer around 26 degrees.


Top Rated Dive Sites in Italy

  • Ischia is a beautiful island in the Gulf of Naples surrounded by the Tyrrhenian Sea
  • Portofino Marine Park - A popular dive site with all levels of divers, there are wrecks, walls, caverns and lots of marinelife due to the area being a protected area
  • Sardinia – Possibly the most famous and best dive location in Italy, be sure to visit Secca del Papa and St. Elmo’s Rock
  • Secca Del Papa – A great place to see large groupers and a dive site with options for all levels and abilities 
  • Grotta Niedda – Advanced level divers flick to this area for the caves, tunnels and canyons
  • Around Sicily there are several incredible dive sites including Aci Trezza which has wrecks that date back to the Roman times
  • In Rome be sure to visit the Saint Lucia wreck which was sunk during World War II, there are lots of marine life perfect for pictures. The Costacuti Reef is another popular destination which has a huge encusted wall
  • Punta di Fetovaia in Elba is a great dive site for all levels of divers, here you can see colourful fish, gorgonians, lobsters, barracuda and grouper


Marine Life

There are diverse wildlife and corals you will get to see when scuba diving in Italy including hard and soft corals, groupers and barracuda. If you are lucky you might also get to see turtles, dolphins and sharks.



You will find Italian dive staff very friendly and welcoming, most have multilingual speaking staff so they will be able to speak English. You should buy comprehensive travel insurance just in case of any accidents. Most dive centres will require payment in Euros and in advance.


Italy Scuba Diving Reviews

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