Boating Holidays from Blue Water Holidays

Italy Boating Holidays

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.

Visit 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.

Our penichette 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.

Arriving 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.

Cruise and explore the romance of Venice

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.

Our cruiser boat base at Casale, about 4 hours from Venice, is on the River Sile towards the charming city of Treviso, full of art, museums and restaurants. Our other cruiser base at Precenicco is close to the Adriatic coast north of Venice and its beaches. It is a two-week one-way trip between Casale and Precenicco

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.

On 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.

The 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. For less experienced boaters are Flotilla holidays in Venice, accompanied by a Host who will oversee boats in the flotilla group and organise the trip. Operates on selected dates - please contact us for details.

Area Highlights

Highlights of Italy

  • Venice, its lagoon and the islands of Burano, Murno and Torcello
  • One-way trips between our bases
  • St Mark's Square and St Mark's Cathedral
  • River Sile from Casale base
  • River Brenta to Padua via Venetian gentry summer house
  • Adriatic beach resorts - Jesolo, Grado, Carole, Bibione
A cruiser boat on the lagoon of Venice

Useful Information:

  • All the locks and lifting bridges on the Venetian Lagoon and surrounding rivers/canals are automatic. The navigable channel is marked by wooden posts
  • You can only moor in designated areas. Moor in public mooring places and take a Vaporetto (water bus) to popular tourist destinations in the Lagoon. Exclusive private moorings are available with a compulsory supplement of £70/80 euro for one-week out and back cruises from Casale. Public moorings and marinas are more widely available in the northern Lagoon
  • The Venetian Lagoon can be busy with boats, water taxis and cruise ships, so some previous boating experience would be advisable

Customer Reviews

The boat was stunningly clean and the staff were very helpful. We really enjoyed the trip and the Locaboat base locations where we could stay for free were perfect, that was a real bonus. We had a wonderful time. We never felt we were out of touch with information about our booking, queries were always answered efficiently. JU - Chiggia - Chioggia
We thought this was a wonderful way to see the Venice Lagoon, and would have no hesitation recommending you to others. We may do a boat trip next year or year after in the South of France. DM - Chioggia - Chioggia
Fantastic holiday, great to have the moorings available at various stages of our route - couldn't have been better. We were a party of 10 and would love to do it again as a group or as individual families.
MK – Casale Sul Sile and back in Italy
We stayed at Casier for the first night, then Mazzorba, next to Burano, stopped at St Erasmo for groceries, very good place to stock up on water as well. Then we stayed at Vignole for the night, found it a bit hard to find the base, but finally did. 2 nights at Chioggia, would definitely recommend that as a stop for anyone boating the Venice Islands. We were going to stay at Malamocco for a night, but got ripped off in a Trattoria, so decided to move on to St Erasmo, very friendly people and helpful. Last night at Porto Casale sul Sile before sailing back to the base. Wonderful holiday, extremely well organised especially by your group, not one hitch. Will do it again and recommend you to our friends. With thanks.
WH – Casale and back in Italy
I will certainly look to you again for cruiser hire. Thank you for a most enjoyable holiday.
TW - Casier to Porto Levante in Italy

Suggested Cruises from our bases in Italy near Venice

Italy Boating Map

One way cruises are available between bases of the same colour.

Please note that hours suggested above are approximate, and very dependent on which of the many possible routes are chosen. Because of the open nature of the Venice lagoon and the number of boats and ships using it we recommend these cruises to people with some boating experience.

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