La Bella Vita

Italy produces approximately 600 different types of cheeses, and some of their most famous cheeses date back centuries, or even millennia years in the case of Pecorino Romano

You may think that only river and ocean cruises are synonymous with a premium experience, but hotel barge cruises are every bit, if not more, luxurious! Here's why...

Guide to Italian wines including wine regions, categories, classifications, how to read the label and more!

Italy’s longest river, the River Po flows through many important cities through its 562km course, including Turin, Piacenza, Cremona and Ferrara.

A river cruise in Italy with European Waterways is a fantastic introduction to this wonderful country, with something for every kind of traveller.

The Venetian Lagoon is an ambiguous area that is neither land nor sea. Stretching some 34 miles in length and 7 miles wide, it takes a crescent shape along...

The Venetian Lagoon is an ambiguous area that is neither land nor sea. Stretching some 34 miles in length and 7 miles wide, it takes a crescent shape along...

This Italian chocolate cake is easy to make and just as easily devoured! Originating from Capri, torta caprese is known for its cocoa and almond flavour.

Travel writer, photographer and avid 'quilter' Rose Palmer-Sungail shares her memories aboard hotel barge La Bella Vita...

While today there are only several hundred Venetian gondolas left, their elegant, sleek shape and gleaming paintwork have made them a symbol of Venice.

Looking for an indulgent cultural experience? Look no further than our spectacular Opera Cruises from Venice to Mantua.

With over 100 islands in the Venetian lagoon, it’s tricky to pick the best ones to visit, so we’ve compiled a shortlist of our top 10.

Prosecco, the drink of choice for celebrations all over the world. But do you know your prosecco from your spumante?

What barging enthusiast wouldn't love Venice? Take a look at our top recommended sights along the Grand Canal.

A beautiful stop aboard La Bella Vita's Italian cruise route is the colourful port of Chioggia – here's what to do while you're there!

The dazzling Italian city of Ferrara will captivate your imagination and transport you to a Renaissance utopia. Filled with an array of cultural and architectural masterpieces, you’ll think you’ve woken...

A barge cruise in Italy is a feast for the senses, and ever-so relaxing - but it’s not sedentary. Shore excursions can be as energetic as you care to make...

From pizza to pasta, these are the 10 must-try Italian dishes that will make your trip to Italy even more delicious.

Cruise through the charming city of Mantua, Italy and explore its 6 must see sights aboard the La Bella Vita hotel barge.

Writer and Travel Expert, Lauren Yakiwchuk recounts her luxury cruise aboard hotel barge La Bella Vita from Venice to Mantua

Thinking of taking one of our river cruises in Italy? One of our top destinations and this short video shows you why guests love it so much!

If you’re thinking about embarking on an Italian river cruise, we’ve chosen 10 top reasons why we know you’ll love the experience.

A themed canal and river cruise in Italy is a wonderful way to dive deeper into the Italian way of life.

Luxury, history and culture: this is what a river cruise in Italy is all about. Discover the highlights of the top 6 places to visit on an Italian river cruise....

The Bianco Canal is a little known Italian Gem, but what is there to see and do as you cruise along it?

Admire stunning architectural heritage when you discover Mantua Italy, a popular port of call aboard La Bella Vita

Our barge trips in France and Italy afford the most wonderful exclusive experiences that take you off-the-beaten track to meet the ‘real’ locals...

Calling all solo travellers! Our new and exclusive solo cruise offers the very best of Venice to Mantua with the addition of some 'extra surprises' - exclusively picked for this...

Going on holiday by yourself can seem like a daunting experience, but did you know that one in six holiday makers now choose to travel alone? For everything you need...

Visiting Venice, Verona or Mantua this summer? Here's just what you should do while you're there

Explore the districts of San Marco and San Castello just like a local aboard Hotel Barge La Bella Vita

We hear from a variety of the La Bella Vita Crew to see just what life aboard our Italian vessel is like

Giulia tells us just why life in Venice aboard a hotel barge is so special to her

Sip the week away aboard La Bella Vita as you indulge in Italy's finest wines and cruising scenery

Here are our most highly recommended cruises for those seeking barges, birds and blooms this springtime.

Italian river cruises along the main branch of the River Po afford the opportunity to visit Villa Ca'Zen, one of Lord Byron's inspirational romantic haunts.

A uniquely Venetian tour, free of charge, 20% Cabin discount and the fascinating history of a very romantic mode of transport

A true, traditional taste of the Venetian region and a guided tour of the renowned fishing port, Chioggia. An Insider Experience for those of adventurous heart!

Tired of the crowds? Want a true taste of Venice? Read on to find out how to experience Venice like a local

Beautiful views are made that bit more special from the deck of a vessel - especially our Italian barge, La Bella Vita.

A visit to the sprawling Ducal Palace in Mantua is the spectacular finale to our cruise through Italy on hotel barge La Bella Vita.

Looking for that once-in-a-lifetime luxury experience for a special occasion? What could be more romantic than Venice, Verona and opera...

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