Venice boat with local fisherman day tour

An Authentic Day Tour of Venice with a Local Fisherman

Type: Small group tour
Duration: 7 hours
Availability: Daily, weather permitting


A full-day guided boat tour with a local fisherman in the beautiful Venetian Lagoon

This encapsulating day tour is one of the most authentic ways to discover Venice as it is guided by a local fisherman, who will tell you all about Venice's fascinating history of fishing. It features stops in Burano and Torcello, and a boat tour of the Lagoon.

If you have booked a Venice holiday package with us and would like to add this day tour to your custom-made package, please contact your personal travel adviser.


Tour itinerary

From a meeting point in Venice, you enjoy a private water taxi ride to reach Burano Island, which is renowned for its rich fishing culture. Your tour will start here and a local fisherman from the Fishermen's Cooperative of San Marco will be waiting to take you to visit the various fish cultures inside the Venetian Lagoon. After, you will board a charming fishing boat for a two-hour boat tour, on which you will discover the beautiful colours and hidden secrets of the Lagoon with your local guide.

This tour also involves a delicious lunch with local fishermen and time to wander around Burano at your own leisure. At the end of your time in Burano, you will have the opportunity to visit the island of Torcello to visit the wonderful church before returning to Venice.


About the Venetian Lagoon

The Venetian Lagoon was formed about six to seven thousand years ago, when the marine transgression following the Ice Age flooded the upper Adriatic coastal plain. During spring and autumn, the period when the local crabs moult, you will have the chance to see the art of breeding this incredible creature as a part of this tour and learn about selecting the ones that will become moeche (soft shell crabs). Only a small number of fishermen can lay claim to the necessary knowledge it takes to be a Moecari (moeche breeder), since it is a very difficult job. 

If you would like to book this tour or you would like us to arrange any customised tour for you, please call one of our dedicated team on (UK) 01223 637331 or (US) 1-347-594-5500, or Click here to send us an enquiry.