Boattour in the LagoonYou can either rent a boat with a skipper or navigate on your own around the lagoon (not through the city centre). There are different companies renting boats in Venice: Brussa is Boat Campello Marine Laguniamo (electric boats/motor boats/kayak) You don’t need any driving licence with a motor up to 40 horsepower, but make sure you know all the most important rules about navigating in the lagoon:
- Speed Limits (yes, we have speed limits 😉 )
- Docking: in the city centre and on the islands for instance you can’t dock as nearly all the docks are either private or in the hand of the city. But you can anchor in the middle of the lagoon to have a swim, just like Venetians do (see here) or once you get hungry at one of the restaurants that offer private dockyards for their clients.
- Canals for navigation (marked by the so-called Bricole): Here in the lagoon we have the tides and thus the waterlevel is constantly rising and sinking, every 6 hours. This means that sandbanks (barene) that are normally submerged show up once the tide is sinking and this also means that you need a lot of experience to navigate the lagoon outside of the signed canals, so please keep to the dredged waterstreets, otherwise you might get stuck in the middle of the lagoon and then you need to be patient and wait for the tide to rise again to be able to leave.