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Cruise and explore the romance of Venice

Discover Venice, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, from your very own boat as you can cruise the Venice lagoon in the sunshine of Italy.

Venice and its lagoonVisit unforgettable St Mark’s Square and its famous basilica, the Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Take a gondola through Venice on the Grand Canal and glide under the Rialto Bridge.

Then stroll through the maze of narrow streets and discover vibrant markets, ornate palaces, serene churches and exclusive boutiques.

ChioggiaOur barge base at Chioggia is at the southern gateway to the lagoon. Known for its amazing fishmarket, it is linked by bridges to the mainland. From here follow the buoyed channels to Venice.

Separated from the sea by a narrow sandy coastal strip, the Venice lagoon contains untouched landscapes and picturesque villages on your route from Chioggia.

Crossing the Venice lagoonArriving in Venice moor at one of the public berths or a private marina on the nearby islands and take a water taxi to the heart of Venice. You can then explore the delights of this unique city.

You continue north in the lagoon to romantic islands - Murano with its glass workshops, Burano with its lacemakers and quaint leaning tower, and Torcello with its imposing cathedral.

MuranoOur cruiser boat base at Casier, about 4 hours from Venice, is close to these islands, on the River Sile towards the charming city of Treviso, full of art, museums and restaurants.

Leaving the Venice lagoon you can extend your cruise up the canalised River Brenta to the historic city of Padua. Enjoy delightful countryside cruising past impressive summer villas of Venetian nobility.

Lido de JesoloOn the Adriatic sea side of the Venice lagoon are famous resorts such as Jesolo, with its 11km of fine beaches. A perfect place to relax in the sunshine.

South of the Venice lagoon is our cruiser base at Porto Levante. Offering one-way trips to Casier, it is close to the Po Delta nature reserve. This vast National Park offers beautiful scenery and birdlife at the entrance to the Po River.

Venice by cruiser boatThe Venice region offers a wealth of waterways with many itinerary choices. Around each corner, beneath each bridge, is a different landscape.

The Venice lagoon is busy with boats, water buses and ships of all sizes. We therefore recommend cruising in this area for those with some boating experience.

The Venice Lagoon with Chioggia base at left