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“Something special for 'not the average tourist'” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Il Bragozzo Local Boats Tours

Il Bragozzo Local Boats Tours
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Owner description: Il Bragozzo offers an alternative way to visit the lagoon of Venice, out of normal tourist's routes. Starting from Venice on board of very comfortable classic venetian fishing and merchant wooden boats that, thanks to their flat keel, we reach the most beautiful places of the lagoon, those that just the real venetians knows, in a very relaxing way.
Scottish Borders
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“Something special for 'not the average tourist'”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

A boat trip with Tommaso is not the usual tourist outing - it is only for visitors who want an authentic Venetian experience with a knowledgeable and hugely interesting guide, born and raised on the lagoon. Booking was easy by email and Tommaso provided all the information we needed and helped us plan the best day out. We booked the Bragozzo 'El Sultan' for 4 of us - lots of room and very comfortable. It was definitely worth the extra money to have the boat to ourselves. We took wine and water, which kept cool in the on-board fridge, plus our own picnic of meats, salad and fruit. Tommaso had his own lunch but, after an unexpected downpour of hailstones which soaked us all, we were happy to share our wine with him as we all tried to dry out and get warm again. Tip: be prepared! Our trip took us up the Brenta Canal, stopping at 2 villas, which were nice, but nothing special. Nowadays, most of the canalsides are built-up areas of modern housing rather than beautiful rural scenery, and although it was nice spotting the old (and sometimes derelict) villas of the past, the pleasure was just being in the boat and joining in the exchanges with the locals as Tommaso negotiated the various locks, gates and bridges. When we returned to the lagoon, we still had some time left and the sun was shining, so Tommaso unexpectedly took us round several small islands to the south and north of Venice: San Servolo, San Lazzaro, San Clemente, La Grazie, Certosa, Sant' Andrea and Vignole as well as along the Lido. He had stories to tell about them all and by the end we really felt that we understood Venice and the lagoon and its people better than ever before. We all felt a little bit privileged to have been out on the lagoon in this way and would certainly recommend Tommaso and his boats to anyone who already loves Venice and is looking for something different and special in the company of a knowledgeable, friendly and witty local.

Visited May 2013
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Rockville, Maryland
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“The best Venice experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

Our family booked Tommaso boat tour and for two hours we saw the Venice the way it should be seen - from the water. Tommaso knows the city really well and besides his "canned" speech answered a lot of our questions on the spot. Simply put, this was the best time we spent in Venice and best way to spend money there. Weather: we were there on the first day of April and I took a warm cover on board which was very handy; note that perceived temperature on the water in the moving boat will be 8-10 degrees lower than walking the streets; about 5-6 degrees lower then when you are riding gondola.

Visited April 2013
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Cormontreuil, France
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“Tour in sanpierota”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

Thanks to Tommaso and his sanpierota, we spent an excellent and delightful afternoon on Friday March 22nd, in the maze of the Dorsoduro, Cannaregio and San Polo canals. The trip was very interesting and instructive as Tommaso kvows his town very well. We would advise future visitors to wear warmer clothes than for just a walk in Venice : it's much colder on the water, paticularly in the narrow and shadowy canals.

Visited March 2013
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Pleasanton, CA
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“Extraordinary Evening”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

We recently were docked in Venice for two days and while we have been there several times, wanted to do something very, very different, that wasn't touristy at all. We determined we would book with Tomasso. We arranged to have a bottle of sparkling wine and some hors d'oeuvres added to the price so we could enjoy this special time. We arrived early at the designated pickup point as we didn't want to be late and weren't sure of how long it would take to get to the location. Tomasso was prompt to arrive (just dropping off a pervious group) and began the tour as scheduled. He made an early stop and picked up his lovely wife who had made homemade hors d'oeuvres and presented them to us on the boat. It was so lovely.

The tour was extremely relaxed and surreal. In retrospect, we regreted making arrangements to go to Gatto Nero on Burano for dinner. Unfortunately, the service was very slow and we had to leave our dinner which was rather costly. But that was alright as we then returned to the boat for a beautiful moonlit ride back to our original pickup point.

Tomasso is a wealth of knowledge and extremely professional. If you can, try to experience Venice from this very different perspect. It will be a day or evening you will never forget.

Visited August 2012
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