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The 15 Largest Ports in Italy



Italy, as a peninsula, is surrounded by the sea, hence, many cities were born and developed along the coasts. Some of these cities have a port of strategic importance not only for commercial exchanges but also for tourists’ travels, both, from a national and international point of view.

Ever wondered which ports are the largest, the most important in terms of tourists and commerce?

Scroll down as here, we show you the 15 largest ports in Italy!

NOTE: The following rankings are based on the latest official document published by Assoporti (Association of Italian Ports), relating to the year 2019 and updated on 2/04/2020.

The Largest and Most Important Commercial Ports


The commercial ports we classified based on the count of the flow of goods passing through the port in question, expressed in thousands of tons per year.

Here is the complete ranking of the top 15 ports by the flow of goods passing:

  1. Trieste: 61,997,445
  2. Genoa: 52,759,195
  3. Livorno: 36,715,346
  4. Cagliari-Sarroch: 34,701,792
  5. Gioia Tauro: 29,122,760
  6. Ravenna: 26,256,248
  7. Venice: 24,917,830
  8. Messina-Milazzo: 24,295,221
  9. Augusta: 21,422,613
  10. Naples: 18,550,424
  11. Taranto: 18,125,171
  12. La Spezia: 15,881,905
  13. Savona-Vado: 14,392,738
  14. Salerno: 14,326,847
  15. Civitavecchia: 9,571,791

The Largest and Most Important Tourist Ports


To classify the size and importance of Italian marinas, the tourists who pass through that port per year are counted. The count also includes passengers on local traffic, connecting with the Italian islands and with localities in the same region.

Here is the complete ranking of the top 15 ports for annual passenger transit :

  1. Messina-Milazzo: 12.487.727
  2. Naples: 8.207.768
  3. Civitavecchia: 4,456,604
  4. Livorno: 3,566,271
  5. Genoa: 3,518,091
  6. Piombino: 3,199,694
  7. Olbia: 3.121.294
  8. Portoferraio-Rio Marina-Cavo: 3.020.683
  9. Palermo: 1.954.601
  10. Venice: 1,814,485
  11. Bari: 1.871.774
  12. Savona-Vado: 1.029.170
  13. Ancona-Falconara: 1.189.441
  14. Porto Torres: 1.116.242
  15. Salerno: 962.286