Venice cruise, the lagoon with a canal boat

The Venetian Lagoon and your first sight of Piazza San Marco are unforgettable moments of your boating holidays. There are many different river cruises in Europe, but the beauty and uniqueness of Venice make this the most breathtaking experience of all. Renting one of our self drive boats will enable you to visit islands that are off the beaten track and to land on deserted jetties, choosing an itinerary simply unknown to other tourists.

As you head south, Chioggia, a magnificent small town linked to the mainland by bridges, with an amazing fish market, is the first entrance into the lagoon from the open sea.

Following the canals aboard your Pénichette® will bring you to the traditional fishing villages of Pellestrina, with their ochre and yellow houses. Passing through the Malamocco inlet, you will arrive in Venice. Little by little, the bell tower in Piazza San Marco rises on the horizon.

From our departure base of Chioggia, you can rent Penichettes® and Europas. We’ve partnered with Rendezvous Fantasia to offer their excellent NCF boats in Venice


Venice Lagoon Start base: CHIOGGIA

Canal cruise in Venice, Italy

Laguna Veneta, Brenta, Po, Sile, Piave, Laguna Marano

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Things to see in Venetian Lagoon

  • The Trepponti bridge from your boat

    The bridge Trepponti Camacchio in Italy During a cruise on the Po Delta, you enter the city of Comacchio with the sumptuous Trepponti bridge built in 1634. Whereas 5 waterways used to flow underneath the arcades, nowadays only 3 keep flowing, however, it is still very impressive. Before to leave the place, don't forget to have a quick look on the very old fisher house close by the bridge.

  • Our partner in Italy

    Locaboat self-drive hire-boats moored in Italy"Rendez-Vous Fantasia" is a small, dynamic company which has been hiring out its own boats since 1986, and which knows all there is to know about the Venice Lagoon and surrounding areas. Since 2004, Rendez-Vous Fantasia also operates a fleet of Pénichettes®; they look forward to welcoming you and to ensuring that your cruise through the Venice Lagoon is an unforgettable experience.

  • In the Po delta

    Cruise the Po delta, ItalyClassified a National Park, the south side of the Po delta is a world of its own, and can be seen properly only by boat. Nature lovers will enjoy the peaceful navigation as it is a bird sanctuary.
    During your cruise in Venice, you will go to Cornacchio, a small charming town set between canals before arriving in Ferrara.

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  • Closer to nature

    Locaboat self-drive hire-boat cruise in the Italian nature reserveIn the Lagoon of Marano you will find the Valle Canal Novo nature reserve.

    Its untouched wetlands ecosystem is unique in Europe for the varying degrees of salinity which apply in different parts of the Venice lagoon.

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