When it comes to boat hire holidays, Italy offers some spectacular waterways for exploring this fascinating, surprising country that you’re bound to fall in love with. There’s nothing cooler than cruising along, your hair flying in the wind, as if you’re in a film. It’s going to be La Dolce Vita afloat!


Explore Italy by sea: unforgettable!

Italy is a country of passions that leaves no one unmoved. It’s the place to take an iconic Vespa ride, listen to opera on a starry night, shop for high-end fashion and sip a caffè ristretto in the early hours of the morning as if you’re in a cult Cinecittà film.

You’ll love Italy’s delicious food and drink, its many-flavoured, multi-coloured pasta, the artistic treasures crowding its towns and museums and even the smallest villages. Push open the door of a church to find unique works of art. Drink in the views of vine-covered hills and slender cypresses. Enjoy the way of life here, the lilting accents and the endearing taste for exaggeration. When you take a boat hire holiday in Italy, you can cruise into the heart of the Po delta, navigating between salt-marshes, forests and clumps of pine trees, looking out for elegant migratory birds. Everything draws your eye here. And of course there’s the sea, its islands and ports, and the idea of casting off from the Grand Canal during the Venice carnival – a dream that’s more accessible than you thought! Setting off on a cruise at the helm of your self-drive boat is a dream that can come true. Andiamo!


The most beautiful lagoon contains the loveliest jewel.

Mysterious and secretive, the Venice Lagoon opens onto the Adriatic, mingling its waters and destiny with the sea. It’s an inspirational place to discover on a cruise.

Venice lagoon

This spectacular bay, subtly enclosed by the sea, has been listed alongside Venice as a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Calling all romantics: boating holidays in Italy are just for you!

Rent a boat in Italy to explore its most beautiful jewels from the open sea. Take the helm of a self-drive boat or relax on deck, while your crew cooks up a dish of pasta al dente. There’s so much to see – and you’re bound to want to see everything – so it’s just as well you can choose the length of your boat hire in Italy. You’ll want to give everything your full attention as you cruise along.

Even if it’s not the first time you’ve been here, this time is going to be special. Maybe the Riva motor boat you fancied wasn’t available this time, but that’s OK: your no-license canal boat from Locaboat was! On board, you could while away your time arguing the relative merits of Juventus and Inter. You could re-read Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice, or enjoy the lively sounds of the markets, and maybe do a spot fishing. And, of course, you can explore the City of the Doges as if you’re an expert. Make the journey that will turn everyone green with envy: a cruise on the Venice Lagoon.


Why choose Locaboat?

Locaboat Holidays has been the industry specialist for boating holidays and waterways cruises since 1977. Inventor of the Pénichette®, Locaboat is as famous for the friendliness and quality of its customer service as for the comfort and easy handling of its boats. When you rent a boat from Locaboat, you’ll benefit from the advice of local experts who are passionate about boating and will do their utmost to make sure you enjoy a wonderful holiday.

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