We’re offering you boat hire in Venice – yes, Venice! – for an irresistible cruise you’ll never forget.
Boating holidays on the Venice Lagoon, where dreams become reality.
Venice sums up everything about the Italian passion for life. This iconic city is the backdrop to a unique cruise. Your journey starts from our base, a pretty harbour called Chioggia on a small island in the Venice Lagoon. Take a look at the colourful fish auction here, then set off on your no-license boat, cappuccino in hand, for a canal boat holiday in this city that opens onto the Adriatic Sea. Explore the Lagoon, its traditional, little-known fishing villages, its long beaches, and the lovely town of Treviso, encircled by its walls – a cultural must-see. Also visit Pellestrina and its picturesque ochre-coloured houses and the Lido, as seen in the film Death in Venice. The archipelago has many well-preserved historic sites and a host of small islands with beautiful names. From the deck of your self-drive boat you can look out at the Venice Lagoon stretching in front of you and follow the little-used channels, until you come to the mouth of the harbour at Malamoco. There, La Serenissima herself is visible from the sea, with the famous campanile of St Mark’s Square. The dream is complete: you are gliding into Venice from the sea.
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
Chioggia, your starting-point for an Italian-style cruise
This little fishing village in the south of the Lagoon, known for its fish market, basks in the glow of nearby Venice and is the departure point for your boat hire holiday.
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Cruising through the Venice Lagoon – a magical experience
Listed as a UNESCO Word Heritage site, Venice is a place of inspiration. It’s full of treasures and sources of pleasure, including our top five attractions, which you definitely shouldn’t miss during your holiday
Venetian gastronomy, standing out from the crowd
Italian food pleases the most demanding of gourmets, but Venice stands out from the crowd with its own specialities, such as risotto, polenta or fegato alla veneziana (calves’ liver), which you can discover during your cruise.
Burano and its colourful houses, the island of a thousand hues
Burano is a traditional little fishing village, one of the most beautiful in the Lagoon, nestling between two canals. Although well known for its lace production, it also has a magical beauty due to the rainbow-hued façades of its houses. Definitely post it on Instagram!
The Trepponti bridges, the pride of Comacchio
When it was built in 1634, this was the place where five canals met on the Po delta. Today, three of them are still in use beneath the arcades of this imposing construction. From here, you can see the fish market, housed in a historic building and still functioning.
Arriving by boat at St Mark’s Square, a symbolic moment
When you spot the campanile of St Mark’s in the distance, you know you’re about to make an exciting and unforgettable landing from the sea. The Columns of Saint Mark and Saint Theodore beside the Grand Canal guide you towards the square’s most interesting historic monuments.
A cruise to Venice on the Lagoon: the true meaning of la dolce vita
Boat hire in Venice offers an amazing voyage. You’ll cruise between little islands in the Lagoon, then pass through unspoilt natural surroundings – keeping an eye out for the wildlife – to reach towns famous for their art and history. You need no license to cruise on your self-drive boat – these are ‘no stress’ holidays. Your cruise in the safe waters of the Lagoon, within reach of the sea, will be a unique and comfortable journey that’s accessible to everyone.
And of course, when you rent a boat with Locaboat, our staff at the base will give you plenty of advice before you take the helm. For example, you’ll need to know that the depth of water in the Lagoon varies from low water to high water, so when you moor your boat you should leave more slack than usual on the mooring rope. Once you know the basics, you can relax and enjoy your cruise, visiting some outstanding sites, from St Mark’s Square to traditional fishing villages where the reflections of ochre and yellow houses sparkle on the water. Then back on board, following the posts that mark out the channels, you continue slowly on your way. You could cruise from 143 km to 378 km on this magical round trip.
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The charms of ‘La Serenissima’ hardly need repeating . . . Choosing this cruise is about so much more than just boating holidays.
You’ve chosen Italy for your boating holiday in a Pénichette®
It’s just like back in 1994, when Lilicub sang about travelling in Italy (in French)! We’re off on a trip, just the two of us, cruising along on our barge, strolling along the paths.