LA BELLA VITA, a 20-passenger first class river barge, cruises between Venice and Mantua, Italy
LA BELLA VITA Cruise Stops
- Tour of historical Venice, including hidden gardens, The Naval Museum and the Pavilion of Gondolas
- Cruise on the Canal of the Orphans past picturesque lagoon islands
- Tour of Chioggia with its Roman, Etruscan and Byzantine history. Wonder at works of art by Carpaccio, Tintoretto, Tiepolo and Bassano
- Visit Chioggia’s colourful fish market with your chef
- Dinner ashore at the 17thC stately home Villa Ca’Zen
- Private visit to the gardens and wine cellars of Villa Widmann-Borletti
- Tour of the 14thC Estense Castle in Ferrara
- Visit to the Ducal Palace and gardens in Mantua
Owner Operated: Yes - Captain Rudy Toninato and Family
Number of Passengers: 20
Category: First Class
Cabin Bookings: Yes
Charter Bookings: Yes
Cruising Region: Venice to Mantua, along the River Po delta
Length of Cruise: 6 nights - Sunday to Saturday
Cruising Season: March - October
Theme Cruises: Family, Groups
Meeting Location: Hotel Laguna Palace in Mestre near Venice or Piazzale Roma in Venice
Cruise Rates 2018
|Sunday to Saturday (6 nights)
Value Season Departures
|Stateroom per person||$ 3,890|
|Junior Suite per person
Regular Season Departures
|Stateroom per person||$ 4,290|
|Junior Suite per person
Included in Cruise Price
- Transportation between designated meeting point near Venice and the barge
- Six nights accommodation in private stateroom with ensuite bath
- All meals, wine and drinks on board
- Open bar
- Daily escorted excursions by air-conditioned van
- All barge amenities including bicycles, music system, piano, library, etc.
Not Included in Cruise Price
- Air or other transportation to the meeting location
- Trip cancellation or medical insurance (available when booking)
- Personal expenses
- A discretionary gratuity for the crew suggested at 5% of the cruise price
LA BELLA VITA Features
Family, Biking, Groups
Video to welcome you aboard
LA BELLA VITA
Cruising on LA BELLA VITA
Venice and the River Po
Venice to Mantua (or reverse)
Sunday - Transfer to Barge in Venice
Guests are met at the designated meeting point on Sunday afternoon and transferred to La Bella Vita for a Prosecco welcome. A late afternoon cruise takes us along the Giudecca Canal past some of Venice’s most famous monuments: the Chiesa del Redentore, the impressive Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and the Punta della Dogana to our mooring outside the Naval Museum. Then time for a stroll to St Mark’s Square and a brief tour of the Doge’s Palace before dinner on board.
Monday - Venice to San Pietro in Volta
Guided walking tour to Castello District, perhaps discovering some hidden parts of the city of Venice: the gardens of the Biennale Exhibition of Modern Arts, Palladio’s Church of San Pietro in Castello, the Naval Museum with a model of the Bucintoro (Doge’s Boat) and the Pavilion of Gondolas housing Peggy Guggenheim’s own vessel. Late afternoon cruise to Pellestrina which separates the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea, along the Canal of the Orphans, passing lagoon islands with their ancient monasteries, painted fishing boats and tiny churches. Dinner on board.
Tuesday - San Pietro in Volta to Taglio di Po
After a stroll or cycle along the 18th century Istrian sea wall in Pellestrina, we cruise to Chioggia, city of Goldoni’s plays. Here we visit the picturesque town centre and colourful fish market. We also see the Cathedral and the Piazzetta Vigo before cruising on to the River Po delta. Passing through a nature reserve with flamingos and occasional heron, snipe and other wildfowl, we travel upriver to Taglio di Po for dinner ashore hosted by the owners at the beautiful 17th century Villa Ca’Zen, a private stately home by the river where Lord Byron courted the Countess Giuccioli and wrote some of his best poetry.
Wednesday - Taglio di Po to Bosaro
This morning we cruise to Adria, an ancient Etruscan town and visit the Archaeological Museum. After lunch on board, we drive to the Bagnoli Estate where we tour the Renaissance gardens and wine cellars of the 17th century Villa Widmann Borletti, for a private tasting of their renowned estate grown vintages. This winery has been supplying Venetian society for centuries. Afternoon cruise to Bosaro. Dinner on board.
Thursday - Bosaro to Trevenzuolo
Morning excursion with guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara, including the 14th century Estense Castle with its moat, drawbridges, marble balconies and sumptuous apartments, and the Schifanoia Palace with its fabulous 15th century frescoes. We also see the cathedral façade with its sculpted images described as an illustrated Bible. Return to the hotel barge for an afternoon canal cruise past villages and farmsteads to Trevenzuolo and dinner on board.
Friday - Trevenzuolo to Mantua
Our final cruise has a dramatic approach to Mantua, home of the poet Virgil, artists Mantegna and Donatello and a captivating lakeside setting. Mantua displays extraordinary neo-classical and baroque architecture, portrayed in the 14th century Ducal Palace housing some 15 gardens and courtyards, a museum, basilica and theatre. The intricate frescoes, Gallery of Mirrors and exquisite Rivers Room and 12,000 paintings and sculptures all create a Grand Finale to our Italian Renaissance adventure. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday - Mantua
After breakfast, disembark La Bella Vita and transfer to the designated drop-off point.
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. The itinerary is in reverse direction on alternate weeks.