Boating vacations: the ports of Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia

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The fishing port of Caorle.
The fishing port of Caorle.

From the Po Delta to the Bay of Muggia, one discovers a long series of gulfs and bodies of water that within them are home to countless ports, harbors and beaches of great charm.

Making a stop between the Po and Slovenia

1. Eastern Mouth

Entering from the mouth of the Po di Levante there are four marinas:

Albarella (45°03′ 70N – 12°21′ 50E), Marina di Porto Levante (45°03′ 00N – 12°22’00E), Porto Levante (45°02′ 90N -12°21′ 90E) and Marina Nuova (45°02’70N – 12°19′ 20E). Approach: access to the mouth is marked by a beacon on the Albarella Water Tower.

Berths: in total they offer about 1,350. Maximum boat length: 25 meters.

Services: water, electricity and fuel in dock. Boat slipway and repairs available. Onshore stores and restaurants.

2. Chioggia

45°13′ 90N – 12°18′ 90E

Two berths: Darsena Morsella (150 places) or Darsensa Le Saline (300 places). Approach: through the 2 long breakwaters jutting out to the E.

Mooring: at docks and recreational piers. Maximum boat length: 20 meters. Depth: 2-4 meters. VHF: 8 and 16.

Facilities: water, electricity, fuel and toilet facilities in dock. A slipway, crane and various repairs are available. The town has a post office, bank, rescue port, stores and restaurants.

Vigo Bridge in Chioggia
Vigo Bridge in Chioggia

3. Port of Old Piave

There are 5 private docks in the mouth of the Sile: Marina del Faro (45°28′ 90N – 12°35′ 10E), Marina del Cavallino (45°28′ 90N – 12°35′ 20E), Darsena Faro (45°28′ 80N – 12°35′ 10E), Nautica Dal Vì (45°29′ 10N – 12°35′ 20E) and Porto Turistico di Jesolo (45°29′ 20N – 12°34′ 90E). Approach: conspicuous the large lighthouse at Piave Vecchia.

Berths: in total they offer about 1,400. Maximum boat length: 30 meters.

Facilities: water, electricity, toilets and fuel in dock. Boat slipway and repairs available. Onshore stores and restaurants.

4. Caorle – Clock Dock.

(480 places) 45°35′ 80N – 12°52′ 30E

From the Santa Margherita estuary you can reach the harbor in downtown Caorle. Approach: sailing to the center of the mouth.

Mooring: at the wharves, excellent shelter. Max boat length: 40 meters. Depth: 2-4 meters.

Services: water, electricity and fuel at the dock. Crane and and toilet facilities available. There are market, post office, bank, stores and restaurants in town.

5. Lignano Sabbiadoro

45°41′ 50N – 13°10′ 00E

Two berths: Marina Punta Faro (1,200 places) or Lignano Darsena (400 places). Approach: through Porto Lignano, mouth O of the Marano Lagoon.

Mooring: where indicated. Maximum boat length: 35 meters. Depth: 2-3 meters. VHF: 9.

Facilities: water, electricity, fuel and toilet facilities in dock. Boat slipway and repairs available. In town market, bank, stores and restaurants.

6. Grado – Porto San Vito

(165 places) 45°40′ 90N – 13°22′ 65E

It is one of the city’s 5 harbors, located along Riva Brioni, downtown. Approach: as you enter the Port of Grado, you keep to the E.

Mooring: at the wharves, excellent shelter. Max boat length: 20 meters. Depth: 2-4 meters. VHF: 9.

Services: water, electricity and fuel at the dock. Boat slipway and repairs available. In town bank, stores, restaurants.

7. Trieste – Marina San Giusto

(225 places) 45°38′ 90N – 13°45′ 60E

Central and modern, it is one of several city docks. Approach: from NO. Mooring: at the wharves, good ridge. Maximum boat length: 25 meters. Depth: 5-9 meters. VHF: 12 and 14.

Services: water, electricity and fuel at the dock. A slipway, crane and repair facilities are available. Downtown market, hospital, post office, bank, stores and restaurants.

Piazza Unità d'Italia in Trieste
Piazza Unità d’Italia in Trieste

Info… Ports in the Lagoon of Venice

To go ashore among the calli there are several equipped marinas

Up to the Grand Canal

All accesses to the Lagoon are named ports on the maps, but beyond each access is not a port facility with services, but rather a series of canals leading to different port settlements.

In the Lagoon itself then there are several channels marked by briccole, some of them numbered and illuminated. The outer side of the Lido is a touristically equipped beach, while on the Lagoon side the Rocchetta Canal runs along the tongue of land.

Access to the Lido presents no problems even though the minimum seabed is about 8 meters. Venice can be accessed by coming right from the Lido, or from Malamocco through the Rocchetta canal: in fact, the historic center can be reached by even large pleasure boats.

In the Grand Canal and minor canals, however, there are special rules regulate tourist traffic: traffic is allowed after 12 noon; there is a peremptory speed limit of 8 km/h or 4.3 knots); one-way traffic directions and transit bans must be observed.

Where to moor

Venice St. Helena (45°25’75N – 12°22′ 00E) is one of the main landings and is located on the island of the same name: always busy, out of season it offers temporary moorings to boaters (230 places; maximum length 15 meters; VHF 16).

Venice San Giorgio (45°25’15N – 12°20′ 80E), on the other hand, can be reached from St. Mark’s Canal and is also operated by a private company that offers good mooring facilities in all seasons (70 berths; maximum length 15 meters; VHF 16).

Venice St. Helena
Venice St. Helena

 

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