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Houseboat Holidays Italia

Who we are

Houseboat, your boating holiday, no license needed.

For over twenty years, our Houseboat fleet has been sailing the waters of Northern Italy.

Specialists in renting boats without drivers in the Venice lagoon, we offer you a unique opportunity: enjoying a cruise with your loved one(s), far from mass tourism. A totally customizable, healthy, and honest travel experience.

You will get in touch with nature, choosing what to do with your time: whether to visit a natural park or a museum, whether to dine in a restaurant or on a boat, or whether to stroll through the streets of a town or take a dip in the water. Because our travel options are opportunities to be experienced in the fresh air. They fulfill the desire for an active holiday, involving excellent gastronomy, secluded beaches, unknown islets, and historic villages. As well as a desire to explore another side of Italy.

Why organize a Houseboat holiday?

  • To experience a different holiday, away from the classic way of spending summer days. To enjoy relaxing, sunrise at dawn, the lapping of the waves that rock the boat, a final glass of wine with your crew before going to bed in the evening, the slow flowing river, and the fiery setting sun sinking into the lagoon.
  • For the adventure of driving a yacht, of challenging yourself, of rediscovering yourself as a captain and discovering unknown and isolated places; to live in nature, savor local customs and traditions, and find the adaptable spirit required by boat life.
  • For the dynamism of boat living: you’ll never be short of new and exciting things to do, whether it’s crossing a navigation basin, researching your itinerary and sharing it with the crew, mooring the boat, or doing activities on land and in the open air. Kayak, standup paddleboarding and bicycle excursions are just some of the possible activities.
  • To share unique emotions: sharing the boat’s space with loved ones and your closest friends, adapting your own rhythms to those of others, putting together a crew that will remain one even when the holiday is over. These activities create a strong bond between everyone who participates in the extraordinary experience.

Choosing Houseboat Holidays Italia means choosing an outstanding partner which manages its boats exclusively with qualified staff and performs all its own maintenance and technical assistance.

The itineraries are selected directly by the company, which also handles agreements with restaurants and ports, and publishes navigation maps. All this is possible thanks to our in-depth knowledge of the navigable areas of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, something we are very proud of.

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the best selection of boats

Houseboat fleet

We offer you the best river boat solutions for a high-level vacation. A safe, pleasant, exciting holiday. Made possible by our experience, which means we have personally tested each boat.

8 people | 4 cabins

Minuetto 8 Electric

The first and only Houseboat with an electric motor. It’s our exclusive design, and we’re very proud of it. It’s also the newest boat in the fleet, having been launched in 2020.

6 people | 3 cabins

Minuetto 6

This yacht is perfect for a medium-sized family who wants enough space to spend a relaxing week on holiday.

8 people | 4 cabins

Minuetto 8

This model has been available since 2018, and is therefore very recent. It is a refined and much appreciated boat, with a captivating modern design.

4 people | 2 cabins

Horizon

This is the best 2-cabin boat we offer, a recent boat and one that’s very popular with tourists. It is generally chosen by couples or small families of 3 or maximum 4 people.

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Offers, travel stories, inspirations and insights to prepare your holiday on board. Filter by category and enjoy reading.

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How the Navigation lock works: from Leonardo da Vinci’s project to today

The invention and the history of the navigation lock, from Leonardo da Vinci to today, easily explained.

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Cod, a typical food of Venetian cuisine: history and traditions

The history of Baccalà Veneto (Cod) from the origins to traditional dishes become a classic of Italian cuisine, known throughout the world.

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Black Friday 2022: Get an Extra 100€ Discount

Our amazing inland boating holidays are even more affordable today thanks to our Black Friday Offer.

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A holiday through the vineyards...on a canalboat

We are not talking about the French Burgundy here, but about north Italy, about the lagoons and the rivers in Venetia and Friuli-Venezia-Giulia.

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Where and how to moor your houseboat during your vacation

Can I tie my boat wherever I want during my holiday? How do I know if I will find a free spot? Where can I find available moorage places for my houseboat? These and other frequent questions will be answered in this article, in which you will get to know everything you need. 

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Did you know that the world’s oldest clock is in Chioggia
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Did you know that the world’s oldest clock is in Chioggia

September and October are the ideal months to discover the less known attractions, as for example the secular secrets of the clock in the tower of Sant ’Andrea - church. Cruising on a houseboat in autumn will allow you to unveil the myths and the legends of the Lagoon of Venice.

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The rhythm of a Houseboat Holiday

How many hours per week are spent cruising? How many kilometres can be covered? How many towns and cities can be visited? These are interesting questions, which we will try to answer.

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The legend of “The Devil’s bridge” on Torcello Island

Where does its name stem from? What does the black cat want? Why is the devil so attached to this place? Discover all this, and much more, sailing on a houseboat in autumn.

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A holiday is not a move

This funny, ironic story told in first person will help you understanding how you shouldn't prepare yourself for your boat cruise

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The check-in of a boat is not the same as the check-in of an hotel

Learn here everything you need to know about the first day of your holiday, the boarding procedures, the driving lessons, the briefing

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Houseboat Holidays Italia

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Secluded beaches, sometimes unknown islets, historic villages, and culinary culture.