Mezzi della Guardia Costiera

The Italian Coast Guard is a Body of the Italian Navy whose tasks and functions are connected mainly to the civil use of the sea. For the major part of the functions connected to commercial and pleasure navigation, it is governed by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. The Coast Guard though operates for other ministries as well, such as the Marine Environment branch of the Ministry for the Environment and Territorial Protection (Ministero dell'Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare), the Maritime fishing branch of the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (Ministero delle Politiche Agricole, Alimentari e Forestali), the Employment Agency for Seafarers of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (Ministero del Lavoro e delle Politiche Sociali). The Coast Guard emplyes around 11,000 men and women officers, non-commissioned and ranks.

The Italian Coast Guard’s wide range of activities can count on 300 stations, ships and aircraft. It is carried out throughout 155,000 sq km of Italian waters and 350,000 sq km of controlled waters.

The Coast Guard’s main tasks include:

Safety at Sea

Search and Rescue


Fishing Activities Control

Administrative Activities

Marine Police

Maritime Traffick Monitoring


Coast Guard website