The only barge cruise in Italy

Immersion into Venetian and Italian culture is the highlight of this barge cruise between Venice and Mantua through diverse landscapes and natural habitats. From the bustling waterfront of Venice through picturesque lagoon islands to wild beach dunes and pine woods with an abundance of bird life, passengers will be delighted with the charming Venetian port of Chioggia and the quiet villages along the Bianca Canal to the captivating lakeside setting of the Renaissance city of Mantua. Making this cruise on La Bella Vita very special is the incredibly friendly and able crew who pamper guests with morning cappuccinos, multi-course gourmet meals and excursions to beautiful historic sites.

Between Venice and Mantua (or reverse)

Sightseeing can include:

  • 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
  • Visit Chioggia’s colourful fish market with your chef
  • Dinner ashore at the 17thC stately country 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


Cruising between Venice and Mantua:

Please see the individual barge's itineraries for the diverse routes and excursions they include.

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                Video around Venice, Italy
 Venice cruises on the barge La Bella Vita

Visit the caves and enjoy a wine tasting

The beautiful city and gardens of Mantua