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.
Bike tour and beach holiday on Lido Island, see blog post.
KajakVenice Kayak (Due to high traffic in the city centre, you are not allowed to enter the city centre with a kayak any more.) Laguniamo
Museums off the beaten track
Riviera del BrentaAlong the Riviera del Brenta you can find wonderful breathtaking villas built by Venetian patricians for their summer holidays outside of the „steaming“ city centre, for instance Villa Pisani in Stra (also very beautiful for kids and families, see blog post), Villa Foscari la Malcontenta, …
Burchiello Padua – Venice – PaduaBefore Venice was connected in the 1840s by a bridge to the mainland, the only possibility to reach the city centre, was by boat. The young Giacomo Casanova who passed his childhood close to Padua took the Burchiello with his grandmother to reach his new home on the mainland (the poor guy suffered from chronic nose bleeding and so doctors thought that „changing air“ would help him). The Burchiello navigates still today between Padua and Venice (and you can also choose to hop on on one of the stopps in between).
For Prosecco – FansJust north of Venice you can find the heart of Prosecco production located around Valdobbiadene (in the Province of Treviso). Here you can find more than 3.000 Prosecco producers and different wine cellars where wine tastings are offered. One of the biggest producers of Prosecco that also offers wine tastings and a tour through the wine cellar is Villa Sandi, but if you want to discover one of the tinier producers that sell high quality wines, you could drive around the Prosecco street – find a map and more information on the “open winecellars” here (Cantine aperte il weekend).
CanevandoEach and every year a culinary walk is organized by a local association: „Canevando“, a group walk with a guide alongside the vinyards from one wine cellar to the next, a real discovery walk to taste local culinary dishes and wines. Basic equipment that you will get for your walk is a t-shirt, a wineglass and a map. Save the date, on the 28th of June Canevando is finally taking place! In case you have the possibility to come to the Veneto region and Venice this year, don’t miss this opportunity, otherwise save it for next year! More infos(Italian) Forms in order to register to the event (also in English)
TrevisoThe city of Treviso that you can reach in about 20 minutes by train from Venice (depending on the train you take) is a mix of Venetian allure and nature with an adorable medieval city centre crossed by canals, mill-wheels here and there, great bars and restaurants, shopping possibilities … and Tiramisù! Treviso is actually the birthplace of this famous dessert. You could also rent a bike to discover the surroundings of Treviso (also with a guided tour!), for instance alongside the river Sile.
VillenVilla Maser Villa and Wine, the perfect combination. Villa Emo La Rotonda
Piacere, mi chiamo Beatrice!
I grew up in the heart of the Alps, in Innsbruck, and decided in 2012 to move from the snowy Tyrolean peaks to the Venetian lagoon.
The travel-bug bit me during an Erasmus stay in France and so I decided after my University studies to start a backpack adventure through Canada.
After one year I said “good bye” to the American continent and moved to Venice (What you do for love!) and searched for a possibility to combine my passion for languages, travelling, culture and reading.
The solution? Four years ago I passed the governmental exam here in Italy to become a licensed tour leader and then a tour guide. Since then I’m guiding visitors through this fascinating city.