Exploring and Sailing Venice by Riva | Venice. Italy | If there is a perfect way to explore and discover Venice, is by having your own private riva. This is an experience I enjoy very much, and try to do as long as it is available (have done this in the past in Paris along the Seine, Bath, UK on Narrowboats, Bangkok, Thailand along the Chao Praya River on luxury rice barges, in Varanasi for the Ganga Arti, Istanbul along the Bosphorus, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico to the Islas Marietas… among many others worldwide. It gives you a different perspective, and without a doubt the Riva is indeed unique and sophisticated experience. As you can see I am a big fan of boats and specially private ones.
From the moment we arrived to Venice Train Station, we were transferred from Venezia Santa Lucia to our hotel, the iconic Cipriani by Orient-Express. Sailing Venice on a Riva, even when using the water taxis, it is itself an experience that nobody should miss, regardless your budget. There are many alternative options. We spent over 2 nights at the Cipriani, located on the calm and seclusion of Giudecca Island. This meant that every morning, afternoon and evening we would take our riva from the piers at the hotel to their own private dock at Piazza San Marco. Exclusive, romantic and charming.
Another lovely experience I had, was on my last day in Venice, this time staying at The Gritti Palace. After breakfast, I took a private riva, this time to the Rialto Bridge, to have lunch at the fabulous new AMAN Grand Canal. Sailing along the Grand Canal, passing by the Gondolas, Vaporettos, under the bridges…. just magical. What can I say, this are my kind of adventures, and I strongly recommend you try them too. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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> Watch this video on YouTube @ Sunset over the Gran Canal seen onboard the Cipriani’s Riva
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