Yesterday we arrived in Riva di Traiano, a large marina complex a couple of miles south of Civitavecchia, the port for Rome. We have decided to leave the boat here for July and August as they offered us a reasonable deal for the two months. Prices everywhere in Italy really take a hike over this period so we were very pleased to make it here on 1 July! We had a good but long trip from Punta Ala, clocking up 69 miles over 12 and a half hours. The sky was blue and the sea was good, just a bit of a swell built up at the end. Unfortunately we had to motor most of the way as the wind was on the nose, but we motorsailed quite a lot to keep up the speed and at least the wind wasn’t too strong. We managed to sail properly for the last three hours, once we had changed course around Monte Argentario (see main pic). This is a large peninsula that used to be an island but is now joined to the mainland by a sand spit. We passed a couple more of the Tuscan islands – Giglio and Giannutri – and could see Montecristo in the distance. In fact the visibility was so good that we could see Corsica as well. We are glad now that we made the effort to do it in one day as it is rather windy again today.
We have really come full circle as we arrived in Civitavecchia on 17 May to catch the night ferry to Arbatax. We have covered more than 500 miles on this trip and it has mostly been fantastic. Today we are cleaning up and we have managed to get a flight from Rome to Bristol tomorrow afternoon!