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Fancy seeing Italy from a different angle? Then take the helm on one of our self-guided sailing holidays in partnership with Le Boat.
Each holiday includes a sailing trip, plus a stay in one of our handpicked hotels. You could spend a few nights in Venice, kick back beside the beaches of Lido di Jesolo, or perhaps explore the shores of Lake Garda.
Sailing-wise, there are a few routes to choose from. You could start with the Venetian Lagoon, taking in the lively canals and masterwork bridges of the city before gliding into the peaceful lagoons with their border of sandbars and beaches. Another route guides you from Venice to Padua – a university city with a medieval heart and student-led arts scene.
Alternatively, head north-east to Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Veneto, where every river and village has its own story.
No sailing experience? No problem. Some of our boating holidays are designed for beginners. Read our blog post, A Beginner’s Guide to Boating in Italy, to find out what to expect.
We’ve listed three suggested itineraries below, but our Italy Experts can also tailor-make a trip for you – simply give them a call on 01293 733479* for more information.
Start your holiday with a night or two – or three – in a Venetian beach resort like Lido di Jesolo or Bibione. Your boat trip begins when you pick up your boat from nearby Casale, just up the River Sile. Head downriver to the busy Venetian Lagoon to weave between vaporettos (waterbuses), circle St. Mark’s Square and explore the surrounding islands. Murano stars the world-famous glass workshops, while the craftspeople on Burano create lace masterpieces. Then it’s back upriver to the Riviera del Brenta. You’ll pass grand Venetian villas at Stra and Dolo, before fetching up at the university city of Padua. Head back to Casale to drop off your boat.
Kick off your holiday with a few days (or longer) on the shores of Lake Garda. When you’ve had your fill of waterfront towns and mountain vistas, head east to Casale to pick up your boat rental. You’ll start off along the River Sile, which winds lazily towards the Venetian Lagoon. Here, you can moor up at one of the Venetian islands. Murano is a favourite – it’s only a 30-minute vaporetto ride away from St. Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal. When you’ve completed your tour, drop off your boat and head back home – or treat yourself to a few extra days in Venice or at one of the beach resorts along the Venetian Riviera.
Start your trip as you mean to go on with a stay at one of the beach resorts along the Venetian Riviera. When you’re ready to roll, head off to Precenicco to pick up your boat. This will be your introduction to the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, where time-warp villages still make a living from fishing and farming. This is also canal country, with Litoranea Veneta serving up more than 600 kilometres of serene locks and waterways. It also runs parallel to the Venetian Riviera, so lively beach resorts like Lignano Sabbiadoro and Lido di Jesolo are in reach, too. Our highlights, though? The tiny ancient town of Concordia Sagittaria and Roman-era Aquileia.
A sailing company that specialises in self-guided boat tours. We’ve partnered up with them because we want to include the very best Italian sailing itineraries in our holidays. Each route is designed by boating experts who know the Italian waters like the backs of their hands.
Tours cover all abilities, from newbies to experienced boaties. The Venetian Riviera and canals of Friuli-Venezia Giulia trip is best suited to inexperienced sailors, thanks to the calm waterways. Venice and the lagoons are for those with a bit more experience – you’ll be sharing the waters with zippy vaporetto waterbuses and gondolas.
We’ll let you know where to pick up your boat (it’s usually from a marina in Casale, Veneto). Here, an expert skipper will introduce you to your vessel, show you the ropes and take you through the maps and safety advice, before waving you off.
Ask as many questions as you like, too; the boating staff are always happy run through things until those sailing are confident at the helm.
The size of the boat depends on the size of your party; they fit between two and six people. The boats are designed with comfort in mind, too, featuring en-suite cabins and sundecks made for al fresco sundowners.
The galley kitchen comes fully stocked with cooking utensils and appliances (including a kettle), plus towels and bedlinens are on hand. There are some great optional extras, too – you can hire bikes, lanterns and even stand-up paddleboards.
The usual holiday gear is a good bet, including sun cream, sunglasses and a sun hat.
You could also consider packing a jumper or two, non-slip trainers, a pack-a-mac (just in case), torch and binoculars. Gloves can also be handy for grip when mooring up. Food isn’t included, so remember to pack supplies, too; you can stock up in Italy before you pick up the boat.
Staff will show you the route and recommend moorings when you pick up your boat. You can set your own pace, though – as long as you return the boat to the drop-off point at the agreed time.