About Venice and Friuli

Surrender to the pleasures of the Venetian Lagoon

Our cruising ground in Italy is like two different sisters. A boating holiday in Venice bustles with glitz and the action doesn’t stop. But there’s a quieter sister waiting to welcome you on river cruises in Italy, and she’s just as beautiful. Laid-back isles and seaside canals provide a tranquil setting for some quiet times. Rivers thread inland to intriguing cities and towns, following ancient routes once frequented by Casanova and Lord Byron, for you to explore at your own pace. A Venice river cruise or a break in Friuli is effortlessly romantic and a delight to discover. 

 

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Venice and Friuli Region map

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History & Heritage

Carnival Masks Venice

Venice is a treasure trove of history and heritage. Include time for it in your history holidays, and then cruise to Murano for its glassware, Burano for its lace and beautifully colourful houses, and Jesolo for its Villa Saccagnana. Tour Villa Pisani on the lovely Brenta Riviera.

Golf

Golf Balls spilling from bag

There are first-rate golf clubs abound in Veneto to inspire golf weekends on your canal boat cruises in Venice. Tee off at the Golf Club Villa Condulmer near Casale. It’s a super 18-hole course set on a palatial estate. The course at Grado is one of Italy’s best.

Swimming

Lignano Beach Italy

Relax in the warm sunshine on the golden beaches of Adriatic resorts. Take a dip in the sea to cool off or enjoy a refreshing swim in a pool. The waters of the Friuli region are particularly inviting for lagoon swimming. Grado should top your list.

Gastronomy

Tomato and Mushroom Bruschetta

Italy is known worldwide for its fantastic cuisine! In addition to pizza, pasta and gelato, sample delicious antipasti creations, amazing bruschetta and fresh fish and seafood. Combine with fine Italian wines for a dining heaven. Alternatively, stroll the colourful markets and buy local produce for a delicious meal on board.

 

Please note that the Venice and Friuli cruising season lasts from 1st April - 31st October 2020, and then from 1st April - 29th October 2021.

Useful information

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A bit of background

A boating holiday in Venice opens you up to more than 120 islands, ensconced within the beautiful Venetian Lagoon. Sand bars and barrier beaches protect the shallow waters from the open Adriatic, creating the largest wetlands in the entire Mediterranean and one of Europe’s richest habitats for birds and other marine life. Venice is more than just a premiere city; it is a much larger area collectively designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. As you head north east from Venice on your canal boat, you enter the Friuli region of Northeast Italy. On the way, you pass the Sile, Piave, Livenza and Stella rivers. Each is distinct in character, playing host to wetlands, woodlands and sandy beaches. The little cousins of the Venetian Lagoon create an idyllic setting, one that makes you want to linger and enjoy!

In around 400 A.D. barbarians from Northern Europe swept into Italy, raiding and pillaging as they came. Some inhabitants fled to the islands off the mainland of present-day Venice. The open water afforded some protection. The settlement thrived on fishing and trading, and by the mid-1400s it was at the height of its power. It was known as the Queen of the Adriatic. The array of 150 canals and 400 bridges in the city make it one of the most unusual places in the world.

When cruising in the Venetian Lagoon near Venice, traffic can be quite heavy. Thus, some previous boating experience is recommended. The waters of the Friuli region are much less crowded and better suited for beginners.

Take a look at our waterway and lock closures page to find out if there are any scheduled cruising restrictions that will affect your holiday plans.

All the lift bridges and locks on the Venetian Lagoon and the surrounding waterways are automatic. You will find wooden posts (briccole) marking the channels for cruising.

Opening hours: Automatic opening on demand,

Public holidays: Locks are open all the time (inc. Bank Holidays).

Brenta river locks closed on Mondays.

When you’re near Venice, you can only moor in designated public mooring places. Space is quite limited, especially in the busy summer season. Take a water taxi (vaporetto) to your tourist destination in the Venetian Lagoon instead of hassling over a place to park the boat. When travelling from Casale, exclusive private moorings are available for Le Boat customers at 80 euros per week or 50 euros for a short-break supplement. In the Friuli region from our base in Precenicco, you’ll find a wider selection of moorings.

To find out how to get to each of our bases in this boating region, as well as what facilities and amenities are available at each base or nearby, click on the relevant base below:

  • Hire of the boat and its onboard equipment
  • A fully equipped kitchen
  • Towels and linen for all passengers
  • A boat handling demonstration prior to departure
  • Technical support
  • On-board maps and visitor information
  • Passage through locks
  • A compulsory moorings fee has been included in the price quoted. See compulsory costs for more details
  • Optional holiday extras
  • Boat damage waiver
  • Running costs (diesel, gas, engine wear and tear) - charged by the engine hour.
  • Travel to and from the base(s)
  • Waterside services if you use them (i.e. moorings where a charge is applicable, pump-out if needed, water, etc)
  • Cancellation plan & any travel/personal insurance
  • Food and drink

Interactive map of Venice and Friuli

Le Boat base  = Le Boat base  Point of interest = Point of interest

Great to see...

Discover Treviso, an old medieval town for a well deserved break. Stop here to discover the numerous winding streets, before slipping into a good restaurant and tasting the local specialities like radicchio, the red salad.

Please Note: Treviso is not accessible by boat but can easily be reached by bike or taxi from Casier.

Casier is a traditional town with a lovely historic church and pedestrian square. Across from the public docks is the Burci Cemetery which hosts traditional Venetian wooden cargo boats, abandoned here 50 years ago. They are easily visible thanks to a network of wooden footbridges.

Casale-Sul-Sile is a beautiful town aside Treviso that you may access by bicycle or car. Visit here the great natural park of Sile River and its marvelous landscapes ; a perfect mix between silence and beauty.

Torcello is a welcoming island that used to be very important and populated in the past. Now, it is a peaceful island with beautiful monument to visit, such as the great basilica Santa Maria Assunta. Come here to find beauty and quietness.

Mazzorbo is linked to Burano by an old, wooden footbridge. It’s best known for Venissa, the ancient estate encircled by medieval walls which has been restored by the Bisol family, a family of winemakers. Renowned for making the best Prosecco in Italy, they have now introduced a vineyard to Mazzorbo.

Colourful houses of Burano

In Burano, discover the multi-coloured houses made in an artistic mosaic style. You will also enjoy the visit of the laces museum and manufactures . Don't forget to taste the Buraneo biscuit, irresistible typical sweet of the island made with butter.

San Erasmo is a peaceful and shining island, perfect for cycling. Along your ride, discover the Torre Massimiliana, an old stronghold built by Napoleon to defend the lagoon. Rest here along the unique beach of the lagoon, which is marvelous. A part of Venice's wine is made here. Why not taste it?

Murano glass

Murano is a wonderful city to visit. Come and appreciate the charming basilica Santi Maria e Donato, built in the seventh century. Stay a little to discover the particular local and coloured architecture. You should stay here tonight : the canal banks are just marvelous during the night.

Must see
Venetian Lion on St. Mark's Basilica

Venice is a jewel of history and architecture. Come in and discover one of the most beautiful places in the world, famous for its festivals and sailing along the numerous canals. Have a walk downtown and discover the numerous gorgeous monuments. You will need your camera.

Chioggia is a small island also called "Small Venice" beacause of its similarities. Discover this picturesque town and its all pedestrian town centre, where you will find numerous good restaurants with local specialities based on fresh fish.

Renowned for its shoe production, Louis Vuitton’s manufacturing plant is based in the town, and also displays contemporary pieces from the Louis Vuitton art collection in its gallery. 

Come to Dolo and discover its marvellous historical centre with restored watermills, where small shops are selling food specialities. Have a walk along the pedestrian area, where there are many restaurants. You will also see old venitian villas that you may visit.

Have a walk in the beautiful Stra, especially along the canal where you will see beautiful venitian villas. The city is known for its villa Pisani "La Nazionale", which is a national monument. 168 rooms are fully painted by venetian famous artists, immersed into a big garden with monumental stables and a natural maze and a vaste pool; originally built in 1721 by the Venetian Doge Alvise Pisani. In in the past, Napoleon lived here.

Visit Padova, a shining and verdant city, and discover San Antonio Cathedral, built in the 13th century in honour of the presence of Saint Antony. Have a walk across the "Prato della Valle", a magnificent pedestrian round square close to an open air museum with all ancient sculpture adorning the water canals of the square.

Jesolo is one of the Italy's few unpretentious tourist resorts, humming with shops selling buckets and spades, neon arcades and crazy golf courses. The long beach is a firecracker of fun with events, games, sports, colours and lights and the prominade is a paradise for shopping fans, with small artisan workshops and large boutiques on what is allegedly Europe's longest pedestrianised shopping area.

Travel to Caorle and chill out in its beautiful all pedestrian town center and its numerous brightly coloured houses and good restaurants. You will have here the great chance to walk along the lagoon and admire the wonderful landscapes.

Concordia Sagittaria is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to a feast of roman treasures and artifact – not least the amazing mosaic uncovered and on display near the center of town. Concordia makes for a pleasant and worthwhile detour with a lovely collection of good restaurants in the pedestrian area close to the moorings.

3 km from Concordia Sagittaria, and reachable by bike, Portogruaro is a charming town, with a big pedestrian area full of shops, bars and restaurants. You'll also enjoy the watermills, which have been fully restored and are in working order, and traditional Venetian bars. And for those interested in the local history, don't miss the fascinating roman archeological museum.

Bibione is a large seaside resort, and also a welcoming and nice medieval town to walk in. In front of the mooring, you will find restaurants and bars. A good occasion to have a relaxing walk along the shore.

Famous as one of the best summer destinations in Italy for fun and entertainment, Lignano is packed with good facilities and amusements. Enjoy a day on the beach or take a walk along the river Tagliamento, with its crystal light blue water and pristine white sand which is carried by the river from the Carnia Alps.

Precenicco is a nice a welcoming town. Come in and discover its medieval town center, with its numerous restaurants and bars.

Marano Lagunare is a typical fisherman old town with a nice a restored millenary tower leading the skyline. You will find a nice fish market downtown. Discover here the particular "Isola delle Conchiglie", a small island characterised by swampy vegetation and with a fish restaurant. This place is famous for the large presence of nice shells to catch!

Aquileia is a city full of archeological areas. Moor here to have a walk among the numerous ancient ruins and discover its history and its great roman past.

Grado is joined to the mainland by a narrow strip of land, and has a graceful Venetian style historic town centre. Here, you will have the chance to wander through the alleyways and squares flanked by picturesquely cluttered fishermen's houses...

Itinerary suggestions

To help you get an idea of how far you can travel in the time you have, here's a selection of routes to and from our bases in this region. You dont have to stop at all the places listed or follow the route exactly. So long as you return your boat to your end base by the date you've booked - you're free to enjoy your cruise however you like. For a comfortable pace, allowing you time to regularly stop and explore, we'd recommend an average of 2 - 4 hours cruising each day.

Watching the sunset from the top deck by Burano

Casale to Precenicco via Venice & Padua, Chioggia ONEWAY

Casale
Casale-sul-Sile
Torcello
Mazzorbo
Burano
San Erasmo
Venice
Fiesso d'Artico
Dolo
Stra
Padova
Chioggia
Lido di Jesolo
Caorle
Bibione
Lignano
Precenicco

40 hr(s) of cruising

250km 15 lock(s) 14 nights

Casale to Precenicco via Venice & Padua, Chioggia ONEWAY

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Overview

With extended time to boat in Italy, you set out to hop southward down seaside canals, indulging your every whim. As you go, your suntan deepens and your eyes sparkle with delight. Each day is unique and creates special memories. The islands of Murano and Burano were fabulous and Venice wowed you! The villas along the Brenta Riviera were totally amazing!

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your trip:

  • Casale-sul-Sile: Casale-sul-Sile is a beautiful town aside Treviso that you may access by bicycle or car. While here, visit the great natural park of the Sile River and its marvelous landscapes; a perfect mix between silence and beauty.
  • Torcello: Torcello is a welcoming island that used to be very important and populated in the past. Now, it is a peaceful island with beautiful monuments to visit, such as the great basilica Santa Maria Assunta. Come here to find beauty and quietness.
  • Mazzorbo: Mazzorbo is linked to Burano by an old, wooden footbridge. It’s best known for Venissa, the ancient estate encircled by medieval walls which has been restored by the Bisol family, a family of winemakers. Renowned for making the best Prosecco in Italy, they have now introduced a vineyard to Mazzorbo.
  • Burano: In Burano, discover the painted houses made in an artistic mosaic style. You will also enjoy visiting the lace museums and manufactures. Don't forget to taste the Burano biscuit, an irresistible, buttery little treat that is a staple on this island.
  • Sant'Erasmo: Sant'Erasmo is a peaceful and shining island, perfect for cycling. Along your ride, discover the Torre Massimiliana, an old stronghold built by Napoleon to defend the lagoon. Rest here along the unique beach of the lagoon, which is marvelous. Part of Venice's wine is made here, so why not taste it?
  • Venice: Venice is a jewel of history and architecture. Experience one of the most beautiful places in the world, famous for its festivals and sailing along its numerous canals. Take a stroll downtown and discover a plethora of gorgeous monuments. Don't forget your camera, you won't be able to put it down!
  • Fiesso d'Artico: Renowned for its shoe production, Louis Vuitton’s manufacturing plant is based in the town, and also displays contemporary pieces from the Louis Vuitton art collection in its gallery. 
  • Dolo: Come to Dolo and discover its marvelous historical center with restored watermills, where small shops are selling food specialties. Have a walk along the pedestrian area, where there are many restaurants. You will also see old Venetian villas that you may visit.
  • Stra: Have a walk in beautiful Stra, especially along the canal where you will see delightful Venetian villas. The city is known for its villa Pisani La Nazionale, which is a national monument. 168 rooms are fully painted by Venetian famous artists, immersed into a big garden with monumental stables and a natural maze and a vast pool originally built in 1721 by the Venetian Doge Alvise Pisani. In the past, Napoleon lived here.
  • Padua: Visit Padova, a shining and verdant city, and discover San Antonio Cathedral, built in the 13th century in honor of the presence of Saint Anthony. Have a walk across the Prato della Valle, a magnificent pedestrian round square close to an open air museum with ancient sculptures adorning the water canals of the square.
  • Chioggia: Chioggia is a small island also called 'small Venice' because of its similarities. Discover this picturesque town and its all pedestrian town centre, where you will find numerous good restaurants with local specialities based on fresh fish.
  • Lido di Jesolo: Jesolo is one of the Italy's few unpretentious tourist resorts, humming with shops selling buckets and spades, neon arcades and crazy golf courses. The long beach is a firecracker of fun with events, games, sports, colours and lights and the promenade is a paradise for shopping fans, with small artisan workshops and large boutiques on what is allegedly Europe's longest pedestrianised shopping area.
  • Caorle: Travel to Caorle and chill out in its beautiful all pedestrian town center and its numerous painted houses and good restaurants. Here, you will have a great chance to walk along the lagoon and admire the wonderful landscapes.
  • Bibione: Bibione is a large seaside resort, and also a welcoming and nice medieval town to walk in. In front of the mooring, you will find restaurants and bars. A good occasion to have a relaxing walk along the shore.
  • Lignano Riviera: Famous as one of the best summer destinations in Italy for fun and entertainment, Lignano is packed with good facilities and amusements. Enjoy a day on the beach or take a walk along the river Tagliamento, with its crystal light blue water and pristine white sand which is carried by the river from the Carnia Alps.

40 hr(s) of cruising

250km 15 lock(s) 14 nights
Authentic Italian gelato

Casale to Precenicco

Casale
Caorle
Bibione
Lignano
Casale-sul-Sile
Precenicco

15 hr(s) of cruising

110km 2 lock(s) 7 nights

Casale to Precenicco

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Overview

Threading the gentle rivers north of the islands in the Venetian Lagoon ushers you into an oasis of golden beaches where seagulls glide above the blue Mediterranean. You realise that a boat cruise in Italy can be so many things, and you’re happy for a laid-back holiday spent swimming, sunbathing, playing golf and enjoying the many amenities of Jesolo, Caorle and Bibione!

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your trip:

  • Casale-sul-Sile: Casale-sul-Sile is a beautiful town aside Treviso that you may access by bicycle or car. While here, visit the great natural park of Sile River and its marvelous landscapes; a perfect mix between silence and beauty.
  • Caorle: Travel to Caorle and chill out in its beautiful all pedestrian town center and its numerous painted houses and good restaurants. Here, you will have a great chance to walk along the lagoon and admire the wonderful landscapes.
  • Bibione: Bibione is a large seaside resort, and a nice welcoming medieval town to walk in. In front of the mooring, you will find restaurants and bars. A good occasion to have a relaxing walk along the shore.
  • Lignano Riviera: Famous as one of the best summer destinations in Italy for fun and entertainment, Lignano is packed with good facilities and amusements. Enjoy a day on the beach or take a walk along the river Tagliamento, with its crystal light blue water and pristine white sand which is carried by the river from the Carnia Alps.
  • Precenicco: Precenicco is a nice and welcoming town. Come in and discover its medieval town center, with its numerous restaurants and bars.

15 hr(s) of cruising

110km 2 lock(s) 7 nights
Sunset and birds

Precenicco RETURN via Marano Lagunare, Caorle & Portogruaro

Precenicco
Lignano
Bibione
Caorle
Concordia Sagittaria
Marano-Lagunare
Grado
Portogruaro
Precenicco

25 hr(s) of cruising

170km 2 lock(s) 7 nights

Precenicco RETURN via Marano Lagunare, Caorle & Portogruaro

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Overview

The Friuli region north of Venice is a place where you boat in Italy and never want to go home! As you cruise, serenity washes all your stress away. You stop at island towns, poke into small museums, and kick up your heels at Adriatic resorts in Jesolo. You play a round of golf at the highly rated course in Grado!

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your trip:

  • Precenicco: Precenicco is a nice and welcoming town. Come in and discover its medieval town center, with its numerous restaurants and bars.
  • Lignano Riveria: Famous as one of the best summer destinations in Italy for fun and entertainment, Lignano is packed with good facilities and amusements. Enjoy a day on the beach or take a walk along the river Tagliamento, with its crystal light blue water and pristine white sand which is carried by the river from the Carnia Alps.
  • Bibione: Bibione is a large seaside resort, and a welcoming and nice medieval town to walk in. In front of the mooring, you will find restaurants and bars. A good occasion to have a relaxing walk along the shore.
  • Caorle: Travel to Caorle and chill out in its beautiful all pedestrian town center and its numerous painted houses and good restaurants. Here, you will have a great chance to walk along the lagoon and admire the wonderful landscapes.
  • Concordia Sagittaria: Concordia Sagittaria is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to a feast of roman treasures and artifacts – not least the amazing mosaic uncovered and on display near the center of town. Concordia makes for a pleasant and worthwhile detour with a lovely collection of good restaurants in the pedestrian area close to the moorings.
  • Portogruaro: 3 km from Concordia Sagittaria, and reachable by bike, Portogruaro is a charming town with a big pedestrian area full of shops, bars and restaurants. You'll also enjoy the watermills, which have been fully restored and are in working order, and the traditional 'osteria' (typical venetian bars). For those interested in the local history, don't miss the fascinating roman archaeological museum.

25 hr(s) of cruising

170km 2 lock(s) 7 nights
Enjoy a gondola ride in Venice

Casale RETURN via Venice, Chioggia & Lido di Jesolo

Casale
Casale-sul-Sile
Torcello
Mazzorbo
Burano
San Erasmo
Marano
Venice
Chioggia
Lido di Jesolo
Casale

22 hr(s) of cruising

174km 2 lock(s) 7 nights

Casale RETURN via Venice, Chioggia & Lido di Jesolo

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Overview

You cruise down the River Sile, and an awe-inspiring sight captivates you. Islands spangle the blue waters north of Venice, beckoning you to visit Murano and Burano. Soon you’re tied up at a dock and dining on fresh seafood in an osteria (café/bar). You lift a glass of vino, knowing you’re having the time of your life on a canal boat in Italy!

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your trip:

  • Casale-sur-Sile: Casale-sul-Sile is a beautiful town aside Treviso that you may access by bicycle or car. Visit here the great natural park of Sile River and its marvelous landscapes; a perfect mix between of silence and beauty.
  • Torcello: Torcello is a welcoming island that used to be very important and populated in the past. Now, it is a peaceful island with beautiful monuments to visit, such as the great basilica Santa Maria Assunta. Come here to find beauty and quietness.
  • Mazzorbo: Mazzorbo is linked to Burano by an old, wooden footbridge. It’s best known for Venissa, the ancient estate encircled by medieval walls which has been restored by the Bisol family, a family of winemakers. Renowned for making the best Prosecco in Italy, they have now introduced a Mazzorbo vineyard.
  • Burano: In Burano, discover the painted houses made in an artistic mosaic style. You will also enjoy visiting the lace museums and manufacturers. Don't forget to taste the Burano biscuit, an irresistible, buttery little treat that is a staple on this island.
  • Sant'Erasmo: Sant'Erasmo is a peaceful and shining island, perfect for cycling. Along your ride, discover the Torre Massimiliana, an old stronghold built by Napoleon to defend the lagoon. Rest here along the unique beach of the lagoon, which is marvelous. Part of Venice's wine is made here, so why not taste it?
  • Murano: Murano is a wonderful city to visit. Come and appreciate the charming basilica Santi Maria e Donato Murano, built in the seventh century. Stay a little to discover the particular local and coloured architecture. At night, the canal banks are just marvelous.
  • Venice: Venice is a jewel of history and architecture. Experience one of the most beautiful places in the world, famous for its festivals and sailing along its numerous canals. Take a stroll downtown and discover a plethora of gorgeous monuments. Don't forget your camera, you won't be able to put it down!
  • Chioggia: Chioggia is a small island also called 'small Venice' because of its similarities. Discover this picturesque town and its all pedestrian town centre, where you will find numerous good restaurants with local specialities based on fresh fish.
  • Lido di Jesolo: Jesolo is one of the Italy's few unpretentious tourist resorts, humming with shops selling buckets and spades, neon arcades and crazy golf courses. The long beach is a firecracker of fun with events, games, sports, colours and lights and the promenade is a paradise for shopping fans, with small artisan workshops and large boutiques on what is allegedly Europe's longest pedestrianised shopping area.

22 hr(s) of cruising

174km 2 lock(s) 7 nights
Relax on the white sand beach at Lignano

Casale to Precenicco via Venice & Grado

Casale
Casale-sul-Sile
Torcello
Mazzorbo
Burano
San Erasmo
Venice
Lido di Jesolo
Caorle
Bibione
Lignano
Marano
Grado
Precenicco

25 hr(s) of cruising

150km 4 lock(s) 10 nights

Casale to Precenicco via Venice & Grado

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Overview

The scenes and sounds of Venice flooded your senses! The grand canals, the incredible architecture and the hum of vitality made your blood flow faster, but now you’re ensconced at a quiet quay in the Venetian islands. When you boat in Italy, you’ll delight in the contrasts. Ahead of you are castles and ruins to explore, and beach resorts where you can play all day in the sun!

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your trip:

  • Casale-sul-Sile: Casale-sul-Sile is a beautiful town aside Treviso that you may access by bicycle or car. While here, visit the great natural park of the Sile River and its marvelous landscapes; a perfect mix between silence and beauty.
  • Torcello: Torcello is a welcoming island that used to be very important and populated in the past. Now, it is a peaceful island with beautiful monument to visit, such as the great basilica Santa Maria Assunta. Come here to find beauty and quietness.
  • Mazzorbo: Mazzorbo is linked to Burano by an old, wooden footbridge. It’s best known for Venissa, the ancient estate encircled by medieval walls which has been restored by the Bisol family, a family of winemakers. Renowned for making the best Prosecco in Italy, they have now introduced a vineyard to Mazzorbo.
  • Burano: In Burano, discover the painted houses made in an artistic mosaic style. You will also enjoy visiting the lace museums and manufactures. Don't forget to taste the Burano biscuit, an irresistible, buttery little treat that is a staple on this island.
  • Sant'Erasmo: Sant'Erasmo is a peaceful and shining island, perfect for cycling. Along your ride, discover the Torre Massimiliana, an old stronghold built by Napoleon to defend the lagoon. Rest here along the unique beach of the lagoon, which is marvelous. Part of Venice's wine is made here, so why not taste it?
  • Venice: Venice is a jewel of history and architecture. Experience one of the most beautiful places in the world, famous for its festivals and sailing along its numerous canals. Take a stroll downtown and discover a plethora of gorgeous monuments. Don't forget your camera, you won't be able to put it down!
  • Lido di Jesolo: Jesolo is one of the Italy's few unpretentious tourist resorts, humming with shops selling buckets and spades, neon arcades and crazy golf courses. The long beach is a firecracker of fun with events, games, sports, colours and lights and the prominade is a paradise for shopping fans, with small artisan workshops and large boutiques on what is allegedly Europe's longest pedestrianised shopping area.
  • Caorle: Travel to Caorle and chill out in its beautiful all pedestrian town center and its numerous painted houses and good restaurants. Here, you will have the great chance to walk along the lagoon and admire the wonderful landscapes.
  • Bibione: Bibione is a large seaside resort, and also a welcoming and nice medieval town to walk in. In front of the mooring, you will find restaurants and bars. A good occasion to have a relaxing walk along the shore.
  • Lignano Riveria: Famous as one of the best summer destinations in Italy for fun and entertainment, Lignano is packed with good facilities and amusements. Enjoy a day on the beach or take a walk along the river Tagliamento, with its crystal light blue water and pristine white sand which is carried by the river from the Carnia Alps.
  • Marano Lagunare: Marano Lagunare is a typical fisherman old town with a nice restored millenary tower leading the skyline. You will find a nice fish market downtown. While here, discover the particular Isola delle Conchiglie, a small island characterized by swampy vegetation and with a fish restaurant. This place is famous for the large presence of nice shells to catch!
  • Grado: Grado is joined to the mainland by a narrow strip of land, and has a graceful Venetian style historic town center. Here, you will have the chance to wander through the alleyways and squares flanked by picturesquely cluttered fishermen's houses...
  • Precenicco: Precenicco is a nice and welcoming town. Come in and discover its medieval town center, with its numerous restaurants and bars.

25 hr(s) of cruising

150km 4 lock(s) 10 nights
Little girl playing on the beach

Precenicco RETURN via Grado

Precenicco
Lignano
Marano-Lagunare
Precenicco

16 hr(s) of cruising

100km 2 lock(s) 4 nights

Precenicco RETURN via Grado

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Overview

You fly into Treviso and spend time sightseeing in Venice, and then you begin your vacation in the fabulous Friuli region north of the city, starting from Precenicco. Here you revel in a cruise in Italy, celebrating the unspoilt barrier islands and relaxing on the golden beaches of Adriatic resorts in Grado and Ligano.

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your trip:

  • Precenicco: Precenicco is a nice and welcoming town. Come in and discover its medieval town center, with its numerous restaurants and bars.
  • Lignano Riveria: Famous as one of the best summer destinations in Italy for fun and entertainment, Lignano is packed with good facilities and amusements. Enjoy a day on the beach or take a walk along the river Tagliamento, with its crystal light blue water and pristine white sand which is carried by the river from the Carnia Alps.
  • Marano Lagunare: Marano Lagunare is a typical fisherman old town with a nice restored millenary tower leading the skyline. Discover here the particular Isola delle Conchiglie, a small island characterized by swampy vegetation with a fish restaurant. This place is famous for the large presence of nice shells to catch!

16 hr(s) of cruising

100km 2 lock(s) 4 nights
Historic canals of Venice

Casale RETURN via Venice & Stra (Padua)

Casale
Treviso
Torcello
Mazzorbo
Burano
San Erasmo
Venice
Fiesso d'Artico
Dolo
Stra
Padova
Casale

16 hr(s) of cruising

200km 10 lock(s) 7 nights

Casale RETURN via Venice & Stra (Padua)

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Overview

Palatial villas line the manicured shores of the Brenta Riviera near Stra, presenting an ever-changing view of where Italy’s rich and famous dwell in luxury. You tour the Villa Pisani and your jaw drops! But you’re not done yet! When you boat in Italy, your vacation travels can include fabulous Venice with its myriad historic sites, chic shops and five star Michelin restaurants!

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your trip:

 

  • Casale-sul-Sile: Casale-sul-Sile is a beautiful town aside Treviso that you may access by bicycle or car. While here, visit the great natural park of the Sile River and its marvelous landscapes; a perfect mix of silence and beauty.
  • Torcello: Torcello used to be very important and populated in the past. Now, it is a peaceful island with beautiful monument to visit, such as the great basilica Santa Maria Assunta. Come here to find beauty and quietness.
  • Mazzorbo: Mazzorbo is linked to Burano by an old, wooden footbridge. It is best known for Venissa, the ancient estate encircled by medieval walls which has been restored by the Bisol family, a family of winemakers. Renowned for making the best Prosecco in Italy, they have now introduced a vineyard to Mazzorbo.
  • Burano: In Burano, discover the painted houses made in an artistic mosaic style. You will also enjoy visiting the lace museums and manufactures. Don't forget to taste the Burano biscuit, an irresistible, buttery little treat that is a staple on this island.
  • Sant'Erasmo: Sant'Erasmo is a peaceful and shining island, perfect for cycling. Along your ride, discover the Torre Massimiliana, an old stronghold built by Napoleon to defend the lagoon. Rest here along the unique beach of the lagoon, which is marvelous. Part of Venice's wine is made here, why not taste it?
  • Venice: Venice is a jewel of history and architecture. Experience one of the most beautiful places in the world, famous for its festivals and sailing along its numerous canals. Take a stroll downtown and discover a plethora of gorgeous monuments. Don't forget your camera, you won't be able to put it down!
  • Fiesso d'Artico: Renowned for its shoe production, Louis Vuitton’s manufacturing plant is based in the town, and also displays contemporary pieces from the Louis Vuitton art collection in its gallery. 
  • Dolo: Come to Dolo and discover its marvelous historical center with restored watermills, where small shops are selling food specialties. Have a walk along the pedestrian area, where there are many restaurants. You will also see old Venetian villas that you may visit.
  • Stra: Have a walk in beautiful Stra, especially along the canal where you will see beautiful Venetian villas. The city is known for its villa Pisani La Nazionale, which is a national monument. 168 rooms are fully painted by famous Venetian artists, immersed into a big garden with monumental stables and a natural maze and a vast pool originally built in 1721 by the Venetian Doge Alvise Pisani. In the past, Napoleon lived here.
  • PaduaCome to Padova, a shining and verdant city, and discover San Antonio Cathedral, built in the 13th century in honor of the presence of Saint Anthony. Have a walk across the Prato della Valle, a magnificent pedestrian round square close to an open air museum with ancient sculptures adorning the water canals of the square.

16 hr(s) of cruising

200km 10 lock(s) 7 nights
Colourful streets of Burano

Casale RETURN via Venice

Casale
Casale-sul-Sile
Torcello
Mazzorbo
Burano
San Erasmo
Venice
Marano
Casale

10 hr(s) of cruising

92km 2 lock(s) 3 nights

Casale RETURN via Venice

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Overview

The magic of Italy enchants you, growing stronger by the moment! You guide your floating villa past Venice, taking in the impressive sight of St. Mark’s Square, and then you venture off to the Venetian islands where the pace is subdued and time seems to slow. A Venice river cruise on the Sile embodies the best of all worlds!

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your trip:

  • Casale-sur-Sile: Casale-Sul-Sile is a beautiful town aside Treviso that you may access by bicycle or car. While here, visit the great natural park of Sile River and its marvelous landscapes; a perfect mix between silence and beauty.
  • Torcello: Torcello is a welcoming island that used to be very important and populated in the past. Now, it is a peaceful island with beautiful monuments to visit, such as the great basilica Santa Maria Assunta. Come here to find beauty and quietness.
  • Mazzorbo: Mazzorbo is linked to Burano by an old, wooden footbridge. It’s best known for Venissa, the ancient estate encircled by medieval walls which has been restored by the Bisol family, a family of winemakers. Renowned for making the best Prosecco in Italy, they have now introduced a vineyard to Mazzorbo.
  • Burano: In Burano, discover the painted houses made in an artistic mosaic style. You will also enjoy visiting the lace museums and manufactures. Don't forget to taste the Burano biscuit, an irresistible, buttery little treat that is a staple on this island.
  • Sant'Erasmo: Sant'Erasmo is a peaceful and shining island, perfect for cycling. Along your ride, discover the Torre Massimiliana, an old stronghold built by Napoleon to defend the lagoon. Rest here along the unique beach of the lagoon, which is marvelous. Parts of Venitian wine are made here - why not try some?
  • Venice: A jewel of history and architecture. Experience one of the most beautiful places in the world, famous for its festivals and sailing along its numerous canals. Take a stroll downtown and discover a plethora of gorgeous monuments. Don't forget your camera, you won't be able to put it down.
  • Murano: Murano is a wonderful city to visit. Come and appreciate the charming basilica Santi Maria e San Donato Murano, built in the seventh century. Stay a little to discover the particular local and coloured architecture. You should stay at night, where the canal banks are just marvelous.

10 hr(s) of cruising

92km 2 lock(s) 3 nights
Glass blower creating a beautiful piece in Murano

Precenicco RETURN via Marano, Grado & Aquileia

Precenicco
Lignano
Marano-Lagunare
Grado
Aquileia
Precenicco

12 hr(s) of cruising

80km 0 lock(s) 3 nights

Precenicco RETURN via Marano, Grado & Aquileia

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Overview

The distinct country feel of the waters of Friuli fills you with serenity as you commune with Nature. You watch the birds, feel the warm breeze and smell the salty tang of the Adriatic. The sundeck becomes a popular place to enjoy a cruise in Italy! You soon discover that the lagoons and islands create a marvelous location for beautiful fishing villages and classy beach resorts.

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your trip:

  • Precenicco: Precenicco is a nice and welcoming town. Come in and discover its medieval town center, with its numerous restaurants and bars.
  • Lignano Sabbiadoro: Famous as one of the best summer destinations in Italy for fun and entertainment, Lignano is packed with good facilities and amusements. Enjoy a day on the beach or take a walk along the river Tagliamento, with its crystal light blue water and pristine white sand which is carried by the river from the Carnia Alps.
  • Marano Lagunare: Marano Lagunare is a typical fisherman old town with a nice a restored millenary tower leading the skyline. You will find a nice fish market downtown. Discover here the particular Isola delle Conchiglie, a small island characterized by swampy vegetation and with a fish restaurant. This place is famous for the large presence of nice shells to catch!
  • Grado: Grado is joined to the mainland by a narrow strip of land, and has a graceful Venetian style historic town center. Here, you will have the chance to wander through the alleyways and squares flanked by picturesquely cluttered fishermen's houses.
  • Aquileia: Aquileia is a city full of archaeological areas. Moor here to have a walk among the numerous ancient ruins and discover its history and its great roman past.

12 hr(s) of cruising

80km 0 lock(s) 3 nights

Our Feefo reviews

Feefo is an independent and impartial review service that requests reviews directly from those who have been on a Le Boat vacation. Below you can read what our past customers think about their Le Boat experience, and trust that what you read is unfiltered, unedited and uncensored.

Added on 16 August 2019

Peter Dienes said

szuper hajós élmény volt a családdal close to Venice, Burano, Torcello, Jesolo
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Casale - Casale
Magnifique
Added on 16 August 2019

Sarah Gregory said

Excellent service both on the phone and at the base. Everyone was helpful and friendly. The information and guidance provided at the base was very helpful and thorough. Lovely town on the river with a very nice cafe at the edge
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Hi Sarah, Thank you for the positive feedback. I'm really glad to hear that you were well looked after by all our lovely teams from start to finish and that you felt the induction and information provided was informative. We hope that we can welcome you on board again soon. All the best, The Le Boat Team
Casale - Casale
Corvette A
Added on 03 August 2019

Paul Mcgowan said

All aspects of interaction with us were excellent, arrival, boat condition , assistance during our visit and at the end .. all was great. It was a fantastic trip. I have already made multiple recommendations. Yes we will do it again. It’s a fantastic combination of boating as a family, visiting historic sites and then also being able to spend time on a beach... everyone gets their interest satisfied and being on the boat together allows for great family time
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Casale - Casale
Horizon 1
Added on 03 August 2019

Denis Volzhanin said

Вежливый и предупредительный персонал. Особенное спасибо Саше из Преченнико. Очень помогал всю поездку советами. Лодка пожилая, но в хорошем состоянии.
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Precenicco - Casale
Caprice
Added on 14 July 2019

William Malone said

Our 5th Le Boat Adventure was fantastic Great venues easy to navigate
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Casale - Casale
Magnifique
Added on 06 July 2019

John Rowlands said

The Le Boat staff near Casier in Italy were extremely helpful at the start, during and the end of our hire. In particular Neil went above and beyond to help us with some difficulties with the boat and our onshore accommodation. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time on the River Sile and throughout the Venice lagoon and it's many small islands such as Marzorbo, Murano, Burano and Vignole. We managed all the way down to Chioggia and enjoyed a swim in the Adriatic. Fresh food was fantastic and we enjoyed some of our best meals on the boat. Despite a few problems with the boat and some extremely inclement weather we had an absolutely fantastic 7 days steaming around the Venice lagoon.
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Hi John, Thanks for the lovely feedback. It's fantastic to hear that you had such an amazing time in Venice - it sounds like you did a lot of exploring and enjoyed some lovely food. I'm really glad that you were looked after by our lovely teams. We hope that we can welcome you on board again soon!All the best,The Le Boat Team
Casale - Casale
Vision 4
Added on 05 July 2019

Marthinus J van Jaarsveld said

Great experience, loved by all. Excellent reception, all was ready when we arrived, all well explained as great assistance with some trip planning
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Casale - Casale
Magnifique
Added on 17 June 2019

Alexander Morozov said

It was so good to meet again after a long long while. But ,this time, the boat wasn’t in full order. Thé staff at the base was excellent and very helpful
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Hi Alexander, Thanks for the positive and constructive feedback. I'm glad to hear that you had a lovely holiday and that you enjoyed all the beautiful beaches! Thanks for returning to Le Boat and we hope that we can welcome you on board again soon. All the best, The Le Boat Team
Casale - Precenicco
Salsa A
Added on 13 May 2019

David Buckley said

Very thorough, from booking advice through to briefing, delivery & return. The boat was an excellent - larger than ordered, but we got used to the size & appreciated the extra space Very interesting area - 3000 years of history, quiet towns without many tourists in early May. 7 days went very quickly.
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Thank you or sending through your feedback. We're so glad that you had a fabulous holiday and we look forward to welcoming you back on board soon!
Precenicco - Precenicco
Magnifique
Added on 24 April 2019

Pat Macrae said

Every leBoat person we connected with was friendly, encouraging, patient and very, very helpful, whether by phone and email to two women in the Canadian office for our booking, or to quite a few at the Casale base (enthusiastic and encouraging orientation from Gloria and Luka, and an easy and friendly checkout from two other men whose names I unfortunately didn't get). This was a terrific way to give the family a fun week together. The Sile River is magically beautiful, and the Venice lagoon is really, really interesting. On our boat, we were 7 people, across 3 generations, ranging in age from 19 to 85. The Salsa's design, with the prow seating area right off the sitting room, was perfect for the independence of the senior with limited mobility, though she was also able to manoeuvre up to the top deck with only a bit of help, when we all gathered there together. The boat was pretty much exactly as described. This model is not the "Premier" standard anymore, but rather the "Comfort" level, and it's just that: very comfortable. It wasn't brand new and glossy, but it wasn't dumpy either. It was perfectly clean, and had everything we needed. The beds were surprisingly comfortable; the heat worked just fine at night (we were there in spring with cooler nights); the kitchen had everything we needed. If you need or expect lots of luxury, you'll maybe have to book one of the "Premier" boats, but this one was just like camping by borrowing a careful friend's big RV. It's been used, but well cared for; it's no longer top-of-the-line for all the most innovative luxuries, but it's sure no leaky tent on the ground either! During our week, we only filled up with water once (though like the experienced campers we are, we did limit ourselves to short showers). Getting water was easy and not expensive, using information provided at the base. As it turned out, we didn't feel the need to stay at any of the paid marina berths, since the others were available and very nice, and we didn't seem to need extra electric connection either. Because of this, the leBoat holiday ended up being a remarkably economical way of getting a week's accommodations for 7 people! The Vignole leBoat berths were charming and private, with great access by water bus into Venice, but be sure to have the Venice transit app on your phone(s) before you get there, because you can't buy tickets at the Vignole bus stop. Unless you've somehow purchased passes or tickets ahead of time, you'll need to be able to get them onto your phone. Our only suggestion is to remind you that we all seem to use more electronic devices than ever before, and the older boats aren't automatically set up for processing endless devices. Be sure to bring your car cigarette lighter chargers, so you can charge more devices at a time (we forgot ours, though even that never became a big problem, with a little planning and prioritizing). The RV metaphor holds with driving the boat too. It's big, and the idea of manoeuvring it is a little intimidating just at first, but it's really true: you do get used to it. The bow thruster helps immeasurably, you're really not going very fast anyway, and the orientation at the base is both good and enough--though you may not *quite* believe that for the first half-hour! :-) We rented 4 bikes, which was a great addition (though note that you can't use them on Venice itself). We also rented a paddleboard, but the end of April was probably just too early to use it. The barbeque and seat cushions were also good to have, and we DEFINITELY recommend paying for the final cleaning, which took all the pressure off us, despite our keeping everything tidy overall. We recommend this holiday!
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Casale - Casale
Salsa A