Yacht Bert is the first floating „cultural host” of the Serenissima.
Eccentric and almost „borderline”, this Maltese shuttle of 30 mt is proposed, thanks to free-flowing messages, as a port of creativity and visions.
An ancient dialogue, that of the „water” element, which has always been able to convey the stories and feelings of all those who, thanks to it, are „finally come” or „just left”. For me it was a complete novelty. Noise in the head – this time not by prosecoo, but by waves during sleep. Unforgettable memories….
Mariavittoria has traveled the world from an early age and has decided to change her everyday life to permanently settle on the yacht. Yacht Bert is the first „floating” host of Serenissima culture. This 30 meter Maltese transporter is not only a luxury yacht, but also a home for Ricardo and Marivittoria, who have decided to sacrifice their city life – sea adventure.
Venice is definitely an unusual city. If you are tempted to discover it, you will be amazed by the multitude of possibilities and charms. It’s true magic lies far from St. Mark’s Square. A short conversation with a resident of a nearby port will show you quite new opportunities to explore the city and sleep with a slight dizzy all night. The sail boat, the reflection of the stars in the sea just outside the window and the smell of the breeze in the morning are an irreplaceable gift that can give you this cultural capital of Italy.
FIRST AT ALL, PLESAE TELL US FEW WORDS ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LIFESTYLE
MV: I’m 23 and I’m from a small town in Vicenza, a city an hour away from Venice. I’m studying Psychology in Verona, where I live with my grandma and my parrot Dante. I love studying psychology because it helps me connect and understand people better.
About a year ago, I was an aupair girl in Perth, Australia. I lived there for 6 months and that experience helped me open my mind and my eyes to new lifestyles and opportunities.
When I came back ,my brother already started working on the Yacht and soon after I came in too. Now this became my life and I could never be happier about it.
WHERE IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIVE ON YACHT AND LIVE ON TYPICAL HOME?
MV: It’s like living two different worlds that cannot be compared. Living on a yatch is not as easy as it sounds, there are a lot of big or small problems, but my crew and I always manage to solve them. In our yacht everything is smaller than a typical home. If you live on a typical house, you can walk to the grocery store or drive there, but if you live on a yacht you have to own a tender, if not, it would be almost impossible to move around. The perks of living on a Yacht in Venice are waking up to the beautiful sun reflecting to the water and the sound of the waves crushing on the deck. I’m so lucky to be able to live this.
WHAT MADE YOU SUDDENLY DECIDE TO PACK EVERYTHING IN? AND WHY A YACHT?
MV: Everything started because of a dream my brother and my dad had always had. As I said before, I joined in after I came back from Australia. I wanted to work on the yacht because I saw it as an opportunity to try new things, live on a yacht and live in Venice.
HAVE YOU DONE MANY ADVENTUROUS THINGS BEFORE?
MV: Yes, I did. I love travelling. My whole family always pushed me to travel and open up to new cultures. My experience in Perth was the start of a new chapter of my life that led me to where I am today. In Perth I surfed in the beaches that are famous for the many sharks that live in that water, I swam with dolphines. In Bali I rode on top of an elephant and pet a monkey. I travelled around Singapore with the kids that I was babysitting and manage not to get lost. And I also did an amazing road trip with people that I bearly knew and I felt I was in a movie when we were driving in the free beach and singing.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER PEOPLE WHO WANT TO FOLLOW IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS?
MV: Just follow your dreams. If you have the opportunity to live or work on a yacht, it will be one of the best decision you will ever make. Don’t be scared if you are not used to this lifestyle, you have to try and if you fail, that will help you do better the next time. Give it time and try your best, if you will put your heart and mind in it, everything will turn into an amazing experience and if it will not.. well, you can still say that you lived on a yacht in a period of you life!
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR TOP 3 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PLACES TO DOCK?
MV: Our yatch always stays in Venice so we never had the experience to dock somewhere else. If I could decide to dock a boat somewhere, I would probably do it in Greece, Sardinia or in Croatia beacuse the water is amazing and there are a lot of beautiful places to go to.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT YACHT BERT?
Mariavittoria: Our yacht has two outside decks that give you a breathtaking view of the sea and the orange sunset that Venice has during the summer. Our guests can relax and tan while reading a book or listen to music. Everybody likes it and I do too! Ialso love that our yacht is docked in a very quiet and not touristy part of Venice so you can relax and have the view all for yourself.
WHAT DO YOU FIND THE MOST EXCITING ABOUT YOUR LIFE ON THE YACHT?
Mariavittoria: During the summertime it’s almost like being on holiday because of the sun, the sea and the vibes everyone brings in. I have some friends in Venice that helped me discover places I didn’t know before. Sometimes we drive the tender to a little beach close to our yacht that is not known and we have so much fun . Also sometimes we have events on board and that is very exciting and fun too.
WHAT MISTAKES DID YOU MAKE AS YOU STARTED?
Mariavittoria: We have never lived on a boat or worked in a hotel or B&B, so everything was new. We had to experiment and try what we thought and read: sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t, but that helped us to understand this world. Venice isn’t an easy city to live in expecially for someone like us that was trying something new. We try to grow as a business everyday and understand what works better for our guests.
YACHT BERT IS ACCOMMODATION. WHAT STORY ABOUT YOUR GUEST YOU REMEMBER THE MOST?:)
MV: We have had so many guests and each one brings different stories and has different backgrounds and we love that! A fun story that I always tell people is the one about one night when a guest was coming back from a late party in downtown Venice, he had one too many and while we were sleeping, we heard someone scraming for help and when we arrived he was hanging outside of the boat beacuse he fell outside of the yacht and tried to get back in but couldn’t. We helped him and he was fine but completely wet. The next day he laughed about it too and we became friends soon after!