About Venice and Friuli

Surrender to the pleasures of Veneto

The waters of Veneto, Italy, are like two different sisters. 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 invite quiet times. Rivers thread inland to intriguing cities and towns, rounding out your vacation as you explore and relax!

 

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Map showing where the Venice and Friuli boating region is in Italy

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History & Heritage

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

Golf

First-rate golf clubs abound in Veneto, inspiring 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

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

Venice has its very own Italian gastronomy! Try rixoto de gäo (rice with fish), pasta e faxioi (bean soup with noodles), polenta e schie (fresh shrimp over white polenta) or fegato ala venesiana (chopped liver and onions). Of course, there's always pizza! NEW - Enjoy fantastic culinary experience by taking a cooking class with our partner Acquolina, a perfect way to taste a piece of the Italian cuisine & way of life!

Useful information

A bit of background

More than 120 islands are 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. Checking out a Veneto Italy map shows that Venice is more than just a premiere city. It’s a much larger area collectively designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

As you head north up the coast from Venice, you enter the Friuli region of Northeast Italy. This area is less traveled. 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.

 

Check our navigation page to see if there are any current cruising restrictions

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 closed on some public holidays.

Lock Closure dates: Please be aware about the lock closure dates by local authorities. During that day(s), you won’t be able to go through the locks. For more details and questions, please contact our sales team. Brenta river locks closed on Mondays. All other locks open all times (including bank holidays)"

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 traveling from Casale, exclusive private moorings are available for Le Boat customers at $110 per week or $70 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:

  • Rental of the boat and its onboard equipment
  • A fully equipped kitchen
  • Towels and linen for all passengers
  • A boat handling demontration 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 vacation extras
  • Boat damage waiver
  • Running costs (diesel, gas, engine wear and tear) - charged by the engine hour (by the litre in Scotland).
  • 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

Download our region guide

We've produced a handy PDF guide for this region to give you an overview of all the stops and things to do along the waterway.

Download our region guide

Interactive map of Venice Fruili

Base pin  = Le Boat base     Point of interest pin  = Point of interest

Great to see...

Must see
Venetian Lion on St. Mark's Basilica

Venice. A jewel of history and architecture. Experience one of the most beautiful place in the world, famous for its festivals and sailing along its numerous canals. Take a stroll downtown and discover the a plethora of gorgeous monuments. Don't forget your camera, you won't be able to put it down.

Discover Treviso, an old medieval town where you can appreciate a good reprieve. Stop here to discover wonderfully winding streets, and then meander your way to a good restaurant where you can taste local specialties based on the radicchio, the red salad. Note: Treviso is not accessible by boat but can easily be reached by bike or taxi from Casier.
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.
Must see
Colourful houses of 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 Buraneo biscuit, irresistible, buttery little treat that is a staple on this island.

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?
Must see
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 colored architecture. You should stay here tonight: the canal banks are just marvelous during the night.

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.

Oriago is the first town of the Brenta Canal from Venice to Padova. Discover here a particular building, the villa Pisani Malcontenta, designed by Andrea Palladio as a summary of the Palladian Style.
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.
Have a walk in the 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 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.

Come in Padova, a shining and verdant city, and discover San Antonio Cathedral, built in the 13th century in honor 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 painted houses and good restaurants. Here, you will have 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 the traditional 'osteria' (typical 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 characterized 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 archaeological 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 center. Here, you will have the chance to wander through the alleyways and squares flanked by picturesquely cluttered fishermen's houses...

Route 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.

Casale RETURN via Venice

Casale
Murano
Burano
San Erasmo
Venice
Casale

10 hr(s) of cruising

100km 2 locks 3 nights

Casale RETURN via Venice

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!

10 hr(s) of cruising

100km 2 locks 3 nights

Casale RETURN via Venice & Chioggia & Jesolo

Casale
Treviso-Casier
Torcello
Murano
Burano
San Erasmo
Venice
Chioggia
Jesolo
Casale

22 hr(s) of cruising

140km 2 locks 7 nights

Casale RETURN via Venice & Chioggia & Jesolo

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!

22 hr(s) of cruising

140km 2 locks 7 nights

Casale RETURN via Venice & Stra (Padua)

Casale
Treviso-Casier
Torcello
Murano
Burano
San Erasmo
Venice
Oriago
Dolo
Stra
Padua
Casale

16 hr(s) of cruising

200km 10 locks 7 nights

Casale RETURN via Venice & Stra (Padua)

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 5-star Michelin-rated restaurants!

16 hr(s) of cruising

200km 10 locks 7 nights

Casale to Precenicco

Casale
Jesolo
Caorle
Bibione
Lignano
Precenicco

30 hr(s) of cruising

220km 2 locks 7 nights

Casale to Precenicco

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 vacation spent swimming, sunbathing, playing golf and enjoying the many amenities of Jesolo, Caorle and Bibione!

30 hr(s) of cruising

220km 2 locks 7 nights

Casale to Precenicco via Venice & Grado

Casale
Murano
Burano
San Erasmo
Venice
Jesolo
Caorle
Bibione
Lignano
Grado
Precenicco

25 hr(s) of cruising

150km 4 locks 10 nights

Casale to Precenicco via Venice & Grado

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!

25 hr(s) of cruising

150km 4 locks 10 nights

Casale to Precenicco via Venice & Brenta Riviera, Chioggia

Casale
Burano
San Erasmo
Venice
Chioggia
Oriago
Dolo
Stra
Padua
Jesolo
Caorle
Bibione
Lignano
Marano-Lagunare
Grado
Aquileia
Precenicco

40 hr(s) of cruising

250km 15 locks 14 nights

Casale to Precenicco via Venice & Brenta Riviera, Chioggia

With extended time to boat in Italy, you set out to resort 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! Venice wowed you! The villas along the Brenta Riviera were totally amazing!

40 hr(s) of cruising

250km 15 locks 14 nights

Precenicco RETURN via Marano

Precenicco
Lignano
Marano-Lagunare
Precenicco

12 hr(s) of cruising

80km 0 locks 3 nights

Precenicco RETURN via Marano

The distinctly 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.

12 hr(s) of cruising

80km 0 locks 3 nights

Precenicco RETURN via Grado

Precenicco
Lignano
Marano-Lagunare
Grado
Aquileia
Precenicco

16 hr(s) of cruising

100km 2 locks 4 nights

Precenicco RETURN via Grado

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.

16 hr(s) of cruising

100km 2 locks 4 nights

Precenicco RETURN via Marano, Grado & Caorle

Precenicco
Lignano
Marano-Lagunare
Grado
Aquileia
Bibione
Caorle
Precenicco

25 hr(s) of cruising

170km 2 locks 7 nights

Precenicco RETURN via Marano, Grado & Caorle

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!

25 hr(s) of cruising

170km 2 locks 7 nights
Added on 02 July 2018

Stephanus Lafras Uys said

We would definitely recommend LeBoat fora relaxing holiday. It was wonderful cruising the canals and visiting towns we would have missed if travelling by car. A 7 day trip worth the while
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Casale - Precenicco
Minuetto 6+
Added on 02 June 2018

James Stewart said

The transfer from the airport was easy to arrange on arrival at Venice Airport. The journey was not long(about 30 mins) the staff at the base were very helpful and arranged with a local driver to take us to the nearby supermarket for provisions. So getting afloat was simple. The journey had only 1 lock (automatic) the lagoon is great. We moored at the le boat sites on Burano and Choggia and at the new marina at Venice, all trouble free. The food was great and good value, every where! WE have had great trips on the french canals and rivers , but this was even better. We expect to go again from here, but to visit other places (Padova and Jessolo) Hopefully next year perfect way to see Venice and the lagoon
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Dear James,
Thank you for your five star review.
We are pleased to hear that you love Venice as much as we do! Our customers' feedback is very important to us and we will share your comments with the Base teams.
We look forward to welcoming you on board again soon.
The Le Boat Team
Casale - Casale
Royal Mystique A
Added on 02 May 2018

William Long said

The booking process was easy and when I had to make a change, well dealt with. We had a mechanical fault on the boat which was efficientl put right. The main reason is the cruising area which must be one of the best we have been to. It had much in common with the Venice lagoon, but was much less crowded, and there was a good combination of river and canal and open water. The bird live was good and in the Autumn must be spectacular. Le Boat recommend it for beginners. I would give a word of caution here: you ceratinly need a basic knowledge of how tides work; we did not go aground, but probably only because we saw someone ahead of us had! Also, there is an almost total lack of casual stopping places; you can only tie up at established moorings and longer passages require careful planning. We went to Concordia Sagittaria which was well worth it but it took five hours from Lignano Riviera and a strong wind prevented us from stopping for lunch at Mazarak. Our experience was that it took longer to get to places than the guide indicated. You need to be prepared also for some sudden and violent thunderstorms.
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Dear Mr LongThank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are sorry to learn you faced a couple of problems in your cruise. Thank you for your comments. Your feedback is very important to us and we value your opinions and we hope to welcome you back on board with Le Boat soon. Best wishes, The Le Boat team
Precenicco - Precenicco
Caprice
Added on 02 May 2018

James Rich said

This was the best trip/vacation ever! The entire staff were wonderful. They were thourough and explained everything very well. They were also very friendly and professional The boat was very comfortable, and very roomy. There were 5 of us, and we never felt cramped. We were able to navigate the Sile River, and through the lock with ease. The mooring in Vingole was extremely convenient as it was just steps from the water bus to Venice. We loved the experience.
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Casale - Casale
Mystique
Added on 19 April 2018

Thomas Wood said

Wow, what a magical 9 x days holiday sailing around the Venetian Lagoon! Our boat was just right, highly recommend having a “fly bridge”. Our family were so impressed that we are seriously considering booking next years holiday cruising down the Canal du Midi. Wonderful relaxing holiday
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Casale - Precenicco
Minuetto 6+
Added on 22 September 2017

Igor Pustoshilo said

Замечаний к персоналу базы и арендованному катеру нет, большое спасибо за наш прекрасный отдых. В будущем хотелось бы иметь возможность делать окончательный платеж с помощью банковской карты на сайте, без звонка в офис компании, как сейчас. Также есть серьезные претензии к мобильному приложению из Play Market. Аренда лодки в Венецианской лагуне - то, что надо!
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Casale - Casale
Caprice
Added on 22 July 2017

Cheryl Brown said

Great welcome and cruising ground briefing and fantastic service from all staff. Amazing cruising - a MUST DO...!
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Dear Mrs Brown,
Thank you for sharing your feedback with us, it is much appreciated. We are delighted to learn you enjoyed your cruise in Italy and were satisfied with the customer service you received and your boat.
We would love to welcome you on board with us again soon.
Best wishes, The Le Boat team.
Casale - Casale
Royal Mystique A
Added on 22 July 2017

David Qubain said

The staff at Casale sul Sile were extremely helpful and showed us how to operate the boat. We arrived early and they allowed us to leave all our luggage, whilst we went food shopping. We cruised from Casale sul Sile down the River Sie to the Venetian Lagoon. All the way to Choggia and back up. A fantastic week Really supportive and friendly staff
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Casale - Casale
Caprice
Added on 15 July 2017

Richard Stevens said

Overall a fantastic time. Check in and departure at Precenicco was great and the boat was ready when we were. Great towns to stop in and we would recommend staying in marinas with shore power connections if you want air conditioning. Only downside was the return at Casale. Completely disorganized and took over 3 hours to return the boat! great cruise - one way is the only way to do this
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Precenicco - Casale
Minuetto 6+
Added on 08 July 2017

Marianna Muscat said

Great Holiday! We had a bit of a hiccup at the start as we ordered and paid for 4 deck cushions and a BBQ for the boat just to be told that they did not have any .... but after discussing it.... they found some cushions in the office that we could use (they were far better than the normal cushions) and they delivered the BBQ to us the next day where we moored for the night. It was an incredible experience and will recommend it to anyone that want a relaxing holiday whilst visiting Venice and the surrounding islands. The clipper is the ideal boat for 2 couples or a family of four. I would not recommend it for 6 as it will be too crowded. We were 2 couples on the boat and we never felt crowded - 2 bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. We spent most of the time on the deck which was perfect for 4 people.
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Hi There,
Thank you for taking the time to send us valuable feedback on your experience.
We're so glad that you had a great holiday with us and we look forward to helping you plan your next holiday in the near future!
With Best Regards, Your Le Boat Team
Casale - Casale
Clipper