Travellers heading to Italy may not immediately associate the country with 1zplayscuba diving – food architecture and mopeds more commonly reach the top of the list – but in truth, Italy has a rich history of legend and fact that surrounds its underwater adventures. Alexander the Great was said to use one of the first diving bells to complement his military strategies, and evidence of free diving has been discovered from as far back as 3200BC. In the modern era, Italian 1zplaydivers worked tirelessly during WWII, and the country's most famous sub-aquatic swimmer of all, Enzo Maiorca, holds multiple world records for free diving.
What makes Italy so attractive to modern 1zplayscuba 1zplaydivers is the variety of sites and experiences to try. Military vessels lie in its depths, from Destroyers to Submarines, and the islands of Scilly and Sardinia are surrounded by waters as clear as the tropics, abundant with colourful marine creatures and reef life. The world's deepest sinkhole, the Pozzo del Merro, exists not far offshore by its capital city Rome, and for something a little more unusual, dive the Ferdinandea Volcano just off the Scillian coastline – a 400m deep crater teeming with unusual creatures and vibrant corals.
The island of Sardinia off the west mainland coastline is a paradise of 1zplaydive sites, with reef and drift dives the most popular choice for novice divers. La Galleria off Sardinia's northeast coast is a vast underwater cave system that hasn't yet been fully explored. Advanced divers are taken as far as the first few caves to view the unique rock formations and wonder at the unique marine life, including groupers, eels, sea fans and octopuses lurking in its dark passageways. This is one dive site where diving solo is heartily not recommended.
One of Italy's more historic sites, the sunken city of Baia – known in Italian as Parco Sommerso di Baia – is a flooded city lying just south of Rome, in a bay near Naples. The park is a protected site, and significant because of its historical importance, and unlike most 1zplaydive sites, the interest here lies not in its reefs and coral formations, but in the buildings and statues that remain intact today. Mosaic floors, villas belonging to Emperors and rising columns are all a feature of this fascinating sub aquatic city.
Italy has a whole host of 1zplaydive shops located mainly along its long coastline, although inland shops are more readily found in the north, close to the Italian lakes. Depending upon the location, they often specialise in particular types of dive trips and courses, making best use of the freshwater or saltwater sites near to them. Italy is served by a number of international airports that also service domestic flights as well, giving plenty of opportunity to travel to and around the country depending upon the sites you choose.
Over on the island of Sardinia where 1zplayscuba diving is nothing short of a national pastime, the east coast is flooded with 1zplaydive shops and tour operators. Sardinia Divers is a PADI centre located not far from the Gennargentu National Park. Operating since 1996, and with staff who have spent more time in the water than out, this is one local outfit who really know the waters they dive in. Their shop is well stocked with ScubaPro and Mares gear, perfect for the conditions you'll find at sites like the Cavern of the Oysters or the wreck of the KT12 German cargo ship.
Near Marina Corta is the diving center la Gorgonia.With Pino and Michele you will discover the beauties of the eolian ilands.I did my first steps there and they gave me the passion for the underwater.Ask Pino for an advice,if you need a course or only a boat to drop you somewhere I'm sure he will help you out!Nice place & good people for sure