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Friuli Venezia Giulia
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Friuli Venezia Giulia

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An easy-to-navigate summer itinerary between seaside resorts and quiet lagoons, where you can swim, and eat in fishermen's huts.

You can choose popular and well-serviced locations with facilities for all ages, or, heading inland, fishing villages and archaeological sites.

The navigation area extends from Caorle in the west to Grado in the east. There are many marinas, all of which offer mooring places near the historic centers. The suggested locations are all connected by internal canals, so you don’t need to go out to sea. Cruising is varied, characterized by the large lagoon landscape, with both natural rivers and artificial canals.

Boating holidays in Friuli Venezia Giulia

This itinerary really lets you relax; the lagoon of Marano and Grado is easy to navigate and has some interesting features. We have fishermen friends who open their homes to our customers so you can enjoy grilled fresh fish and good wine in a friendly atmosphere, then spend the night moored at the casone.

The Roman city of Aquileia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is truly amazing. It’s an archaeological pearl that is worth a visit, as is the ancient village of Marano, which today houses a colorful fleet of fishing boats and an access point to an important protected nature reserve.

The cities of Lignano and Grado, at the two ends of the lagoon, are perfect for spending a day immersed in the summer nightlife; shops, restaurants, night clubs, beaches and attractions perfect for children and teenagers of all ages. There are some free beaches that can be reached by bicycle.

The itinerary includes a stop in the beautiful coastal town of Caorle, characterized by a typical colorful architecture, with a large pedestrianized area, modern services, and beautiful beaches. This location is known for the marshland huts lined with reeds, which can be admired by travelling slowly through the lagoon around the town. It’s also populated by all kinds of birds and wildlife.

Going up the River Lemene, you reach the Roman port of Concordia Sagittaria and the nearby Portogruaro; visit the recently restored ancient excavations. The cycle paths run alongside the navigable route, offering a dynamic alternative. Arrival at the Venice Lagoon is not included in this itinerary due to the excessive distance, unless you opt for a 2-week cruise.

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Friuli Venezia Giulia

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  • Precenicco base

    Precenicco base

    This small town is located a few kilometers from the Latisana A4 motorway exit, and the base is located right in the town square. The office is situated near the marble fountain and the town church. The boats are moored along the River Stella; the quay is accessible at any time. The base has an...

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  • Caorle

    Caorle

    Caorle is the most charming resort on the Riviera, with its ancient village reminiscent of Burano’s colorful houses, good beach facilities, and multiple cycle paths enabling you to the discover the famous ‘Casoni di Pesca’ fishing huts. Typical of the local culture, these...

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  • Brussa

    Brussa

    Between Caorle and Bibione, the naturalistic area of ​​Brussa is well-known among residents for its wild beaches immersed in nature, far from the crowded beach resorts. We suggest mooring in Mazarak, a lively place to stop with a well-known restaurant and bar which often organizes evenings with...

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  • Valle Canale dei Lovi

    Valle Canale dei Lovi

    A wide, winding waterway creates a quiet and isolated marshland environment where silence reigns. It is populated by numerous species of animals and birds. Here you can see other admirable examples of villages composed of traditional reed fishing huts, with the classic traditional architecture.

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  • Tagliamento River

    Tagliamento River

    The final stretch of river that forms the border between the regions is navigable and pleasant. There are some docks and restaurants that offer mooring. The beach on the Lignano side is splendid: natural, long and isolated. The characteristic lighthouse of Bibione can be reached using public...

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  • Stella River

    Stella River

    At the point where the newly resurgent Stella River flows into the lagoon, a river path winds through a system of reed huts, similar to those of Caorle but called "Maranesi". Here, it’s possible to experience the unique thrill of fishing with a real net, then grill the fish together with...

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  • Lignano Sabbiadoro

    Lignano Sabbiadoro

    Lignano Sabbiadoro’s population grow dramatically in the summer months, going from a few thousand residents during the winter to hundreds of thousands during the summer. Here you can find any kind of service for all age groups, day and night, linked to the sea or sport, fashion or shopping....

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  • Marano Lagunare

    Marano Lagunare

    Throughout its history, Marano Lagunare was torn between the patriarchal influence of Aquileia and that of the Serenissima. Even today we find many buildings from the Serenissima era, the most important being the Loggia Maranese, a closed lodge with ashlar in Istrian stone, where the community...

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  • Porto Buso

    Porto Buso

    Porto Buso - Anfora is the lagoon’s most isolated point and can only be reached by boat. You can access the free beach and the two traditional restaurants that use the fish of their own marshland. Finding free mooring spots can be difficult at the weekend, but is very easy on weekdays, when...

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  • Aquileia

    Aquileia

    Aquileia, a Roman city, is – along with Ravenna – the most important archaeological site in Northern Italy. It has an exciting and eventful history; the archaeological area around the Patriarchal Basilica, the area of ​​the Roman forum, the amphitheater and many other ruins are still...

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  • Grado

    Grado

    An island in the far east of the lagoon, Grado is beautiful and popular during the summer due to its beaches and spas. Many tourists come from neighboring Austria to spend their summer holidays here. There are not many moorings available in the old port, so it’s necessary to use the docks...

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Houseboat Holidays Italia

An experience in close contact with water, along the slow flowing river, away from crowds and mass tourism.

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An amazing experience.

We had a great trip. Nice area, no serious boat issues.

Robin Stout, Google user

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Great holiday.

Honestly one of the best vacations I ever took. You do need to have driven a boat before - these boats are sturdy, it’s mostly because you dock at marinas with very nice boats. Reversing is tricky which makes the locks a bit dicey, but pick a route with only a limited number and you will have a fantastic time with the family.

Carolyn Austring, Google user

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A way to visit the Venice Lagoon in total relax.

Great place to rent a houseboat. Friendly staff and good boats. Very good start point to see Venice.

Michelle Antoinette, Google user

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