The Bianco Canal, known formally as the Tartaro-Canalbianco-Po di Levante begins as the Tartar River, its midsection was dug out to form the Canal Bianco, and the final stretch of canal leading up to the Adriatic Sea is called the Po di Livante. But what is there to see and do along this magnificent waterway?
What to see on the Bianco Canal in Italy
Venice is one of the most vibrant and colourful cities to visit while you are in Italy. It has so many attractions, from the famous Piazza San Marco to the little known Bacari that can be found throughout its streets. The good news is that many Italian river cruises running along the Bianco Canal begin their journey in the city of Venice – the perfect way to start! And if this wasn’t enough we’re now offering a free Gondola ride through the heart of Venice on select departures…
Chioggia is one of the major fishing hubs in Italy, offering a wide array of delicious seafood to sample – ranging from scallops and sea cicadas to anchovies and sardines. Our Bianco Canal cruises make a point of visiting Chioggia so passengers can taste the finest seafood dishes made using the freshest ingredients available. Foodies will find their taste buds tingling once they explore the various eateries around Chioggia. You can even pick out some fresh fish for the chef to prepare and serve on board as you traverse the various waterways.
If you love history, then the numerous courts, castles and palaces of Ferrara are perfect for you. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is full of excellent examples of Renaissance-era architecture, from the intimidating Castle Estense to the Renaissance walls ringing the town itself. The Romanesque Cathedral is another prime site to visit in Ferrara, with its sculpted images creating a hauntingly beautiful illustration of the Bible.
The grand old city of Mantua is a highlight of our Classic Italy Cruise, what with the plentiful artistic and cultural riches of the city it is difficult not to be enthusiastic about such a place. The city is not just a major hub of Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Classical architecture, but it is also one of the major contributors in the development of opera as we know it today and can be visited aboard our annual Opera Cruise. Tributes to the cultural strength of Mantua are evident in many works of music and literature – from William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” to Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto.”
All these rich yet varied destinations are linked together by a single waterway – the Tartaro-Canalbianco-Po di Levante, which is why we love to cruise the Bianco Canal!