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About Brussa Is Boat
BRUSSA BOAT IS offers a rental service with traditional Venetian boats with or without a pilot, for an unforgettable day in the Lagoon of Venice. During the summer we are open on Saturdays and Sundays to rent our boats all day with the withdrawal in the morning and return in the evening from 18:00 to 19:00.
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LorisVX wrote a review Oct 2020
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We called to book and we arranged a (possible) pick up of the boat around noon. Before you sign the contract they want to make sure that you are somehow able to handle the boat. Which makes perfectly sense as the channels (e.g. Cannareggio) are busy and you are not supposed to be a danger for yourself and the others. I have no boat experience (I am a canadian canoe person) but I somehow passed the test :) Staff was very patient and helpful. The lagoon seemed not too busy during the week. It is beautiful to get lost among islands. We went to Burano and it was a glorious day. My recommendation is to leave earlier in the morning, as things in the lagoon seem to flow slow and you may want to visit more and take your time. You can't miss this trip. It provides a different perspective of this town. I visited dozens of times. But on "your" boat it is a different stoty
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Densworth wrote a review Oct 2020
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We arrived to collect the boat at Brussa is boat on Sunday 27th September. The weather was not great - raining and a bit choppy - they clearly didn’t want us to go out.Daniel said he wouldn’t return until 6pm so we would be unable to return the boat early if we wanted to.We cancelled the booking as they requested but they would not give us a refund.All they offered was a postponement until the following day. Overall it couldn't have been a worse experience and you take a big risk if you book ahead of time. We felt cheated!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Simon K wrote a review Oct 2019
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It was a nice experience to move around like the venetians. We end up going to Murano and Burano on the same day and even had the time to navegate around Venecia. A pitty is that you are not allowed to enter the canals of Venecia, not even the grand canal. But the different experience of beeing navigating on your own, away from the always present tourist croweds makes it a great experience.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Quest797696 wrote a review Aug 2019
17 contributions22 helpful votes
They have decent sized boats with outboard motors and tiller steering. There is no steering "wheel" as such like you may expect on bigger boats, making navigation a little tricky in the narrow canals of Venice. Two things to keep in mind: 1. They will test your boating abilities before giving you the rent a boat. If you can drive a boat with an outboard you will be fine. If you can't don't try as this is not the place to learn. 2. The boats are sturdy and heavy which is ideal in the choppy waters. Ours worked perfectly if quite noisy. 3. You cant drive in the Center of Venice / grand cannel. This was fine for us as we had seen that lots walking/vaporetto/water taxi etc so this is to see the lagoon not the rest. 4. I enjoyed the independence of own boat, going for a swim at the entrance to the lagoon etc You can get to most of the areas via vaporetto but it is never the same. 5. Parking the boat can be a bit tricky as we want to be 6. Navigating can be a little tricky. 7. The waterways are busy in some areas so keep an eye out for other boats and be respectful of those on the waterway. Bring a towel, swim gear etc in the summer. You can stop and buy drinks, snacks a meal on the way. They have GPS trackers on the boats. They will know if you did and they won't be happy about it. I've hired boats from them on a couple of occasions. It's a great experience, but not being allowed to drive thru all the parts of Venice you traditionally associate with Venice is a bit of a let-down. Also, keep in mind that boat parking is not easy to find.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Sina Bahrami wrote a review May 2019
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Brussa Is Boat is the only company in Venice that will hire you a boat without a captain. They have decent sized boats with outboard motors and tiller steering. There is no steering "wheel" as such like you may expect on bigger boats, making navigation a little tricky in the narrow canals of Venice. Two things to keep in mind: 1. They will test your boating abilities before giving you the keys. 2. You're not allowed to drive thru the famous parts of Venice. They have GPS trackers on the boats. They will know if you did and they won't be happy about it. I've hired boats from them on a couple of occasions. It's a great experience, but not being allowed to drive thru all the parts of Venice you traditionally associate with Venice is a bit of a let-down. Also, keep in mind that boat parking is not easy to find.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from brussaisboat, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Brussa Is Boat
Responded 10 May 2019
Enjoy Respect Venezia! Venice is a unique city in the world and to preserve it the municipal administration of Venice prohibits the circulation in the canals inside the city to non-residents. In the lagoon there are lots of things to see just as beautiful and the maps that we provide allow you to navigate to discover them, an experience not to be missed.
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