Fishing tourism in the Venetian Lagoon

Experience a different and unusual experience in the Venetian lagoon: go out with the fishermen, listen to their stories, watch them while they haul in their nets and collect the “catch”: all this is fishing tourism – a day spent on-board a fishing boat and becoming a skilled fisherman

You can choose between two different fishing tourism itineraries, – a “sea version” to learn about the tegnùe (coral barrier reefs in the Adriatic) along the Lido di Venezia coastline, and visit the mussel farms along the Cavallino Treporti coastline; and a “lagoon” one in the Mazzorbo and Torcello are-as, where Novellame(white bait) and Moeche (crabs undergoing the moulting phase) are caught, and go to the Palude del Monte area where you can see clam farms and lagoon birdlife.

Tours run: Daily, lasting 3 hours
Prices: from €40 per person

Did you know?

Burano island is the biggest community of local fishermen.
The fishermen on the island of Burano are the Fishing Tourism venture’s main characters in the North Lagoon area: an open air museum, a project developed to promote an alternative form of tourism.

Fishing tourism – combined with tourist fishing- is without doubt the most authentic way to know, learn, and love the culture of the lagoon, the sea and the fishing, and personally discover the fascination of an ancient profession that has evolved over time; spending a day in the open air, having fun, and of course, eating freshly caught fish, cooked according to the best traditional Venetian recipes.

Have you heard of moeche?” Moeche” are small crabs from the lagoon that undergo the process of moulting twice a year (spring and fall). They get caught while shedding their shell, and served deep fried.

Another typical meal of Venetian cuisine is “Sarde in saor” sardines first fried with onions, raisins, pine nuts and spices; and then marinated with vinegar.

You can’t miss my favourite: the delicious “risoto de gò” , namely risotto with goby fish (called gò), a small fish typically living in the Venetian lagoon.

Now that you have learned more about these various Venetian delicacies, and that we made your mouth water, you must try them. So, what are you waiting for? Plan a trip to Venice, Italy and discover the culinary tradition and typical dishes of this fascinating city!

Don’t miss: Osteria Contemporanea Venissa Restaurant -Mazzorbo
A place where time passes more slowly and you are surrounded by the scents and tastes of the Venetian Lagoon.

At the Osteria Contemporanea in Mazzorbo you can read a book while tasting a good glass of wine with in-season vegetables and freshly caught fish. You can also stay here for a night in their fantastic rooms admiring the colors of the sunset reflecting in the waters of the lagoon for a moment of true relaxation.

Burano Hotels – Where to Stay

Best luxury hotel: Venissa

Live an amazing experience

Venissa is surrounded by its orchard and vineyards. Rooms come with exposed-beam ceilings and parquet floors, and free WiFi throughout. Homemade cakes, yoghurt and hot drinks, together with cold cuts and cheese all feature for the sweet and savory breakfast. Each morning you can enjoy it in the dining room. The Michelin-starred Venissa restaurant is also available. Guests can purchase own-produced white wine on site.

Rooms from € 210/night

Best mid-range hotel: Casa Burano Experience

A little gem in one of the most colourful streets in Burano

Located in different locations in Burano, 8 km from Venice, Casa Burano Experience boasts local designer furnishings, air-conditioned rooms and free WiFi throughout the property. All rooms have a satellite flat-screen TV, a minibar and a private bathroom. Free toiletries, slippers and bathrobes are also provided. Guests can also enjoy a shared lounge where they can relax reading a book.

Best budget hotel: Galleria 

Here you’ll find a place with charm in the heart of Venice. We’ll do our best to make your stay a pleasant one in a clean and welcoming Venetian house. This is the cheapest hotel on the Grand Canal, the perfect location for leisure travelers.

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