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Kayak discovery tour in the lagoon of Venice

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What Will You Do

Sant'Erasmo Island

This island, known also as the "Venice's vegetable garden", will be our starting point of our kayak discovery tour. We will reach the island thanks to a water bus. Here we will take our kayaks and you will be introduced to basic knowledge of paddling and to safety rules.

Lazzaretto Novo island

The Venetian republic developed here the concept of "quarantine island", a Venetian intuition then exported all over the world in the following centuries. The island became in 1468 a hospital with contagion prevention tasks: it housed the warehouses that were used to examine the goods suspected of being infected by the plague disease. It was then used as a fortress under Napoleonic and Austrian rule, and was abandoned by the Italian army in 1975. Now fully recovered and protected by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, it is one of the few abandoned islands of the Venice Lagoon to have undergone a decisive action of recovery and restoration.

Vignole island

Vignole Island is another unknown corner of the Venetian lagoon and, like its neighbour Sant’Erasmo, is a strip of land dedicated to horticulture. Holiday resort of the first Venetians, today few inhabitants live in Vignole in scattered houses interspersed with cultivated fields.

La Certosa

The Certosa island (or simply "La Certosa") used to be inhabited by monks, evicted by the Napoleonic provisions in the XIX century. After being a military outpost until its definitive abandonment in the past years, the island has been undergoing a phase of redevelopment, with the establishment of a park that enhances its rich environmental heritage, where wild animals find shelter among white poplars, ash trees, privets, hawthorns, mulberries and other plants typical of the coasts.

Sant'Andrea fortress

A real hidden gem accessible only by kayak: a fortress designed by Architect Sanmicheli in the 16th century in the middle of the lagoon in front of the harbour mouth facing the Adriatic Sea. The fort was a form of dissuasion to be shown to visitors and ambassadors, especially Ottomans, rather than a real defensive work. The fort opened fire only once against an enemy ship, on April 20, 1797, on the eve of the fall of the Republic!

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  • Local top-rated guide (licensed tour leader & nature and interpretive guide)
  • Kayak rental
  • Life vest
  • Ergonomic paddle
  • Pick up point in Venice Fondamente Nove


  • Water bus ticket to the Sant'Erasmo Island. Tickets will be purchased onboard
  • Gratuities


Please note:

  • The tour is offered in English, Italian; Spanish and German.
  • The experience is shared in very small groups up to 4 participants.
  • Private tours are available by clicking on the "Group price": it will be a customized private experience with your group only.
  • Accessibility: the experience is meant to be inclusive and accessible: if you are a traveller with motor, sensorial or cognitive disabilities, please let us know in advance and we will make our best to meet your needs.
  • Not wheelchair accessible.

What do I need to bring?

  • Please be sure to arrive at the meeting point at least 5 minutes before the starting time of the tour. This is the key to ensure the high-quality of your experience.
  • We also recommend you wear comfortable shoes.
  • We also recommend you wear sport and confortable clothes, a cap, sun screen and a bottle of water.
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