We all need a change of pace sometime. Work and family obligations cause a lot of stress and this hectic world, with its nasty politics, can literally drive one into a depression.

Yes, you can try Yoga, see a therapist, take up transcendental meditation but I have, in my humble opinion, a better solution… boating.

It does not have to be always sailing and, although I do not like most powerboats (especially the souped up ones), I have found that river house boating in a scenic environment is a most relaxing option to our stressful lives.

A few months ago, we had the opportunity to take a short trip on the Sile river near Treviso in Northern Italy. We were surrounded by green nature in a paradise for bird watchers. We boated by the charming little town of Casale sul Sile with its beautiful church tower and saw wrecks of antique barges that used to bring the stones used for building the city of Venice from the inland quarries.

Casale Sul Sile

Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to make it all the way to Venice but, in a week’s time, you can go from the base in Casale to Venice and back. There are also other itineraries that will take you to Padova and to Precenico. You can visit ancient towns like Murano and Burano and Aquileia which dates back to the Romans. Ride a bicycle along the river pathway and follow your boat.

Colorful Burano

The charter boats are very comfortable Minuetto houseboats that can accommodate six to eight crew members and the nice thing is that you do not have to have any license to skipper these comfortable river yachts.

If you are looking for a different boating experience combined with lots of nature, culture and above all phenomenal Italian gastronomy, you owe it to yourself to consider house river boating in the Venice area.

Contact us at Med Sailing Adventures for available dates and pricing.

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