The Italian good life - in style

La Bella Vita

Hotel Barge La Bella Vita

A cruise aboard La Bella Vita on the Venetian Lagoon, River Po and Canal Bianco between Venice and the lakeside Renaissance city of Mantua is a truly magical experience. There is the opportunity to enjoy diverse landscapes and nature en route, from colourful lagoon islands to wild beach dunes and pine woods full of birdlife. The itinerary includes fascinating guided tours of Ferrara, Mantua and Chioggia which give a real insight into the many cultures – Renaissance, Roman, Etruscan, Byzantine – that have influenced this region of Italy for centuries.

La Bella Vita is a stylish 20 passenger vessel with a typically modern Italian interior, reflected in the use of vibrant colours throughout to create an atmosphere of casual relaxation. There is an inviting bar area in which to enjoy a glass of Prosecco and a spacious dining room with louvre doors that open to give a perfect view as you are served delicious Italian specialities and wines.

She has two upper deck junior suites and eight lower deck staterooms, all air-conditioned and with en suite facilities, while above there is a huge sun deck with a large canopy and comfortable loungers to relax on and watch the world drift by.

Cruise Highlights

  • Tour of historic Venice, 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 to Chioggia’s colourful fish market
  • Dinner ashore at the 17thC stately home Villa Ca’Zen
  • Private visit to the wine cellars of Villa Widmann-Borletti
  • Tour of the Schifanoia Palace in Ferrara
  • Visit Mantua’s Ducal Palace and gardens, or the Doge’s Palace in Venice

Classic Itineraries

Classic Cruise – Italy

Opera Cruise

La Bella Vita offers A special Opera Cruise departing August 25 – September 1, 2018. Included will be front stall seats to enjoy a performance of an acclaimed opera such as Aida or Carmen, in the magnificent setting of the Roman amphitheatre, the Arena di Verona; other opera-themed excursions; an extra night’s stay in a 4 star hotel; an extra dinner at the Opera Museum. Opera Charter available in July and August subject to availability (Supplement Applies on all Opera Cruises).

Arena di Verona

Typical Cuisine & Wine


Regional Specialities

Fegato alla Veneziana, Baccala Mantecato, La Polenta, Sarde in Saor, Risotto al Prezzemolo, Lagoon Seafood
Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar

Chianti Classico Castello d’Albola; Vespaiolo Maculan Breganze; Malvasia Passito Valtidone
Cheese Board

Cheese Board

Gorgonzola; Mozzarella di Bufala; Pecorino; Taleggio; Provolone; Grana Padano; Lombardy Quartirolo; Bagos


as in previous comment: service , dining, attention to details, friendliness of crew all superb! Give them all a raise!

Ms Helen Leckie , Brisbane

It was our best experience of cruise ever had. Excellent cuisine abad wine, friendly hospitality and well planned daily activities.....etc.....

Mr Yoshinao Tatematsu , Khon Kaen, Thailand

Staff was exceptional, Captain, Crew, Chef and Tour Lead made everyday a wonderful treat. The food was exceptional, amazing to see what could be...

Ms Angela Zappia , Connecticut, United States

Great service from moment we joined tour in Verona

Mrs Louise Stillufsen , Point Pleasant Beach NJ USA

All praise goes to the staff and crew of La Bella Vita

Mr Ben Moise , Charleston, South Carolina, USA

The whole experience was excellent. Great trips and guides and magnificent food and wines.

Mrs Christine Patton

Very attentive crew, very good facilities, excellent food and wines.

Richard , New Zealand

Excellent in every possible way.

Michael O'Neill , Liverpool

Excellent week, good food, good wine well organised tours. Attentive staff

Brett , New zealand

The barge was bigger than we were used to with European Waterways but that was why we selected it as it took the whole...

John and Wendy Slade , NSW Australia

Deck Plan

La Bella Vita
First Class 20 Passengers 6-10 Crew More Details

2018 Cruise Rates

Junior Suite$4,650$5,150
Single Supplement$1,450$1,700
Charter (Whole Barge)
Charter 10 passengers$61,700$68,000
Charter 12 passengers$63,800$70,500
Charter 14 passengers$65,900$73,000
Charter 16 passengers$68,000$75,500
Charter 18 passengers$70,100$78,000
Charter 20 passengers$72,200$80,500
Departure Dates (Sunday)RatesCruise Region
Mar 25; Apr 1, 8, 15ValItaly
Apr 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27; Jun 3, 10, 17, 24; Jul 1, 8, 15RegItaly
Jul 22, 29; Aug 5, 12, 19ValItaly
Aug 26ValItaly (Opera Cruise)*
Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct 7RegItaly
Oct 14, 21, 28ValItaly

*Commences Saturday 25 August – Supplement Applies

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