Italy world leader in luxury yachting. Growth outpacing GDP in Altagamma-Deloitte study

The study on the economic and employment impact of the Italian nautical industry, highlights the sector’s global leadership in some segments, such as superyachts, and its growth exceeding Italy’s GDP, with a 6 percent increase in the two-year period 2021-2022.

Giovanna Vitelli, vice president of Altagamma and president of Azimut-Benetti, pointed out that Italy is a world leader in the construction of superyachts, but only 6 percent of them fly the Italian flag. This limits the positive economic impact on the area, suggesting the need to make the Italian flag more attractive and improve nautical and tourism infrastructure.

Recreational boating in Italy has a total economic impact of about 27.7 billion euros and employs 157 thousand people, with an economic multiplier effect of almost 2.7 times and employment of 6 times. The study distinguishes between upstream and downstream impacts of the supply chain, with a significant influence on nautical tourism, especially during the summer season thanks to the Italian coasts. The total economic impact of the fleet is 16.3 billion euros, a third of which comes from tourism spending.

Only 30 percent of berths in Italy are adequately equipped for yachts and superyachts. More yachts registered in Italy, with Italian crew, could generate a significant annual contribution to the economy and employment. The development of port facilities is therefore essential to fully exploit the growth potential of the nautical sector.


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A city accessible to large urban areas

The city of Grosseto lies on the Rome-Livorno road axis and is connected to the large urban areas of Siena and Florence via the E78.


With regard to the Rome-Livorno axis (the so-called Tirrenica), the Italian government has announced that in 2025 work will begin on upgrading and securing one of the territory’s main road axes, with plans to upgrade, among other things, the Grosseto south-San Pietro in Palazzi section and the central section from Ansedonia to Grosseto.


As for the Siena-Grosseto link, work is under way to upgrade the E78 to four lanes .

The work specifically concerns a section of about 11.8 kilometers and affects the municipalities of Sovicille, Murlo and Monticiano.


The work, for a total investment of 195 million euros, consists of upgrading the SS223 “di Paganico” to four lanes by building a new carriageway alongside the existing one.


Grosseto also has a civil airport (Grosseto Airport-Seam Spa), which currently serves private flights, with a very strong charter traffic of about 1,500 charter flights a year for business and tourist visits.



Aeroporto Leonardo da Vinci di Roma Fiumicino a 170 Km


Aeroporto Galileo Galilei di Pisa a 155 Km


Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci di Firenze a 155 Km



Porto di Civitavecchia a 109 Km
(per Corsica, Sardegna, Sicilia, e Isola di Capraia)


Porto di Piombino a 73 Km
(per Isola d’Elba, Isola di Pianosa, Sardegna, e Corsica)



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1 ora e 30 minuti



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