Excursion around the lagoon islands

Duration: approx. 3 hours   Location: Venice


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Why choose this experience?

1 Because you will take part in an unprecedented itinerary in the Venice lagoon to explore beautiful areas that are not very well known
2 To visit, among others, San Francesco del Deserto Island and its fascinating monastery
3 Because the tour is exclusively undertaken with a traditional Venetian boat, the 'Sampierotta' or 'Bragozzo'

A fascinating Venice Lagoon boat trip aboard a Bragozzo or Sampierotta, traditional Venetian boats, to discover the most beautiful islands of Venice and give you a few hours immersed in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. Thanks to this unusual tour of the Venetian islands, you will visit some undiscovered corners of Venice: in addition to the famous Murano, Burano and Torcello, the Venetian lagoon welcomes many other islands, each with its own unique charm!

The boats used in this unprecedented Venice islands boat trip boast an ancient history, which dates back to the times of the Venice Republic. The Bragozzo of the Adriatic is a traditional fishing boat, and its flat-bottom enables it to navigate in very low waters. The Bragosso tour was built to a 50s design and decorated in a style that once adorned the traditional boats of Venice. A fishing boat typical of the southern lagoon, the Sampierotta takes its name from a small fishing village on the island of Pellestrina: it is agile, versatile and it can be sailed, rowed, or powered by a motor.

The particular structure of both boats will allow you access the most scenic areas and less touristy parts of the Venice lagoon, reaching even very shallow water. The boat used in the tour varies depending on the number of participants: the Bragozzo can accommodate up to 11 people, and the Sampierotta up to 4 people. Please note that both of them are powered by a motor. For groups of more than 11 people both boats can be used.

The Venice islands to visit in this fascinating itinerary includes some pearls of the lagoon, such as St Erasmo, - dubbed the 'garden of Venice', and the beautiful island of San Francesco del Deserto island. After departing from Venice, the tour will pass by St Erasmo in Venice allowing you to admire its salt marshes before reaching San Francesco del Deserto in Venice, a visit to the monastery of San Francesco del Deserto is free and will last approximately 40 minutes. Comfortably seated on the edge of the Sampierotta or Bragozzo, the lagoon of Venice can be admired and its beautiful scenery including an unprecedented panoramic tour around Burano. During the return to Venice you will pass the island of Mazzorbo before the last stop, which will be of your choice: the island of Murano, where you can visit a glass making furnace, or the island of San Michele, famous for hosting the monumental cemetery Venice, where Igor 'Stravinsky, Emilio Vedova and Ezra Pound were laid to rest. Your return to Venice, from Murano or San Michele, will take place on public transport.

During the excursion, the skipper and an experienced guide will tell you about the history and traditions of the islands visited.

The monastery of San Francesco del Deserto, in Venice, Sant'Erasmo island in Venice, Burano, Murano and Mazzorbo or San Michele island: a fascinating half-day tour for a unique experience, sailing aboard a traditional boat used during the Venice Republic!

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(authorization no. 62027 dated 09/07/12 with determination no. 2052/2012)

Important info


all year (from 15 November to 31 March only the 'Sampierotta' is available).

Departure point:

Bus ACTV 'Hospital', along the Fondamenta Nuove.

Departure time


9.00 am
2.00 pm

Languages available



€89.00 per person


approx. 3 hours

  • Boat trips
  • Stops agreed in the program
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
  • Public transport ticket for the return
Additional information:

Before booking, please be advised that it is compulsory to print a paper copy of the voucher issued at the end of the online reservation and bring it with you the day of the tour.

No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a NO SHOW (if you don't show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher).

This is a collective tour, which means there might be other participants going on the tour with you.

The duration of stops planned is approx 45 minutes/1 hour.

The visit to the monastery of San Francesco del Deserto island in Venice is not guaranteed in the case of exceptional closures.

When making your request, please indicate where you would like to make the last stop (Murano or San Michele).

Please note that both of them are powered by a motor.

Departure point map

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