Barge holidays in Venice and Italy

Penichette Boat Holidays in the Venice lagoon and islands

Barge holidays and Europa boating holidays from our Italy base at Chioggia near Venice

Go cruising on the Venice Lagoon and enjoy some of Europe's finest monuments and landscapes.

Separated from the sea by a narrow coastal strip, the Venice lagoon contains sleepy villages and historic towns, untouched landscapes and picturesque villages. Our base at Chioggia is a delightful little town with an amazing fishmarket, linked by bridges to the mainland, and the southern gateway to the lagoon.

You follow the buoyed channels to the yellow and ochre houses of the traditional fishing villages of Pellestrina. Beyond the Malamocco opening to the sea, you set course for Venice.

entering the city of Chioggia Penichette
Penichette in Venice

The Campanile and the Piazza San Marco gradually appear over the horizon. Arriving in Venice by water gives fantastic views across to the greatest glories of the Serenissima, the Doges' Palace and the famous St Mark's.

You continue northwards along a necklace of romantic islands: Murano with its glass workshops, Burano with its quaint leaning tower, an island of lacemakers where on stalls in the charming Via Galuppi you can purchase their handicrafts, and on to Torcello with its ancient monuments.

After cruising these enchanting islands with their gaily painted facades of quayside houses, you can extend your cruise up the canalised River Brenta. Enjoy its verdant banks, delightful countryside and sun-dappled vineyards.

Far in the north eastern lagoons, Marano, remote and unspoilt, is at the furthest northern reaches of the Adriatic. Its ancient township, surrounded by marsh and forest, is still home to a fishing community.

The arrival at Venice and the view at St. Mark's square

In Marano Lagoon is the Valle Canal Novo nature reserve. Its untouched wetlands ecosystem is unique in Europe for the varying degrees of salinity which apply in different parts of the lagoon. Covering both water and land, the reserve allows the visitor to study an unbelievable variety of marsh scenery, fauna and flora.

Navigation is possible every day on the lagoons. On the Sile and the Brenta there are certain closures.

Penichette Cruising Routes in Italy


1 Week:

Chioggia - Venice and islands - Jesolo - Pontegrandi - Chioggia

143km, 2 locks, 4 lifting bridges

20hrs cruising time

Chioggia - Venice and islands - Silea - Treviso - Chioggia.

160km, 4 locks, 3 lifting bridges

25hrs cruising time

Ten/eleven days:

Chioggia - Venice and islands - Jesolo - Caposile - Marano - Chioggia.

170km, 2 locks, 8 lifting bridges

30hrs cruising time

Two weeks:

Chioggia - Venice and islands - Jesolo - Caorle - Grado - Marano - Lignano - Cortelazzo - Pontegrandi - Chioggia.

344km, 10 locks, 10 lifting bridges

49hrs cruising time

Cruising times are approximate