It’s back to business on the Venetian lagoon with a new season of bespoke cruises (with an art twist) on Eolo, the 75-year-old traditional bragozzo Venetian fishing barge with standout russet sails. The lagoon around Venice is a vast enclosed bay of the Adriatic Sea (at 550 square kilometers, it is two thirds the size of the New York City). Exploring its dozens of islands, historical sites and fascinating ecosystem is a must for anyone visiting the city.
Mauro Stoppa ([email protected]; 011-00-393-497-431-552) skippers his 56-foot boat (for up to 10 guests) and knows every nook and cranny of this captivating water world. He crafts his cruises to highlight the best of the natural beauty, history, folklore and cuisine of the area. Now he is joined by L.A.-Swiss writer and artist Allison Zurfluh ([email protected]; 011-41-76-345-3554), whose charming paintings depict Venice’s ever-changing watery scenarios.
Guests are given travel journals and invited to join Allison, using the watercolor sets provided to capture the magic of the lagoon. At the end of the expedition everyone — even those who did not dabble in paints — is presented with one of Allison’s acquarellos, wrapped to safely take home in a suitcase.