"The search produced some results and I found two companies that I am going to visit today. Punta Ala is a fancy and exclusive holidays destination, located in Maremma, Tuscany and it is a good departing spot to Elba, Corsica and the Monte Argentario. The Marina has nearly 900 berths and the Yacht Club Punta Ala was the one of italian America's Cup challenger Luna Rossa, just to give you an idea of the atmosphere.
There is not a historical village or site, but just resorts, a golf course, campings and villas in the hill surrounding the area and they are all immersed in a wood made of holm trees and oaks. It took me a while to find a spot amongst them to take some pictures of the Marina. Nonetheless, in the middle of November and despite the warm temperature, the place was nearly empty, the unmistakable signal that it works basically in spring and summer.
Unfortunately I didn't have much time for my visits because in the evening I had to catch an airplane to Sardinia, so I was just able to take pictures of the sailboats belonging to one company. The first one I meet is a medium size company and they have 8 sailboats all based in Punta Ala: Alessandro, the owner and the skipper, organizes cruises towards the Elba archipelago and the Isola del Giglio, Corsica (North Corsica or all around the island), North Sardinia (wisely not in August which is the peak season) and la Cote d'Azur. The fleet varies from a Sun Odyssey 36i to a Sun Odyssey 509, including a Salona 37 for the lovers of performances.
All sailboats could be rented bareboats or with a skipper, it's up to you and your experience! (I promise I will write a chapter of my logbook to the question "skipper: with or without you?").
Then I jumped from one dock to the other to meet Pasquale and to visit his company. Actually I was very lucky in meeting him here today, as he was setting up a sailboat just rented for the weekend to a customer from Firenze. Normally there is a person in charge of the sales in the company, but she never replied me… and Pasquale was a bit upset with that. Anyway… he showed me part of the fleet as some of the sailboats were hauled for winter maintenance, and I visited a Sun Odyssey 39 (the one Pasquale was setting up), a Hunter DS45 and the Aluyacht which is the flagship and it normally comes crewed.
They are used to customers from overseas and Pasquale was quite thankful with me as he told me Sailogy is the only one offering the service of direct visit and certification, both to them and customers… it seems like I am doing well guys…"