The Italian good life - in style

La Bella Vita

Hotel Barge La Bella Vita

A cruise aboard La Bella Vita on Italy’s 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
  • Dinner ashore at the 17thC stately home Villa Ca’Zen
  • Private visit to the wine cellars of Villa Widmann-Borletti
  • Visit Mantua’s Ducal Palace and gardens, or the Doge’s Palace in Venice

Classic Itineraries

Classic Cruise – Italy

Deck Plan

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

Opera Cruises

Opera Cruises are available in July & August, subject to ticket availability. Opera cruise includes premium seat tickets at the magnificent Roman amphitheatre, the Arena di Verona. The following departures are open for cabin bookings:

  • 30th July 2023 – Aida

*Supplement Applies on all Opera Cruises

Arena di Verona - River Cruises in Italy

Solo Traveller Cruise

We’re delighted to announce our exclusive “Solo Cruises” aboard the stylish 20-passenger La Bella Vita. Cruising between Venice to the Renaissance city of Mantua, this six-night, all-inclusive cruise enjoys the very best of our classic departure, with some additional ‘extra surprises’ along the way, that have been hand-picked exclusively for this departure.

Life-long friends who have only just met aboard European Waterways' La Bella Vita

Staff were amazing, nothing was too much trouble to ensure our stay was the best

Mrs Caroline Bartolo

Nice itinerary. The barge is well maintained. A smooth, relaxing trip with a delightful mix of fellow cruisers.

Dr Ralph Scott

Appreciated the waiver of the single supplement

Mr Robert Sakakeeny


John C. , St. David, Arizona

Amazing trip food and staff perfection

Mrs Cindy Chewning

i enjoyed the "coziness" of the barge and the level of service. some food choices, like mackerel and sardines served during the same meal, was...

Mr James Matesich

Staff, accommodations, and food were all superb.

Mr Louis John Friia

This cruise was well worth the price - words can't really describe the wonderful time I had on the La Bella Vita.

Ms Gail Kellington

The trip was so memorable, made special by the attentive service, wonderful food, and fantastic crew. Thank you for making our anniversary so...

Ms Judith Greycloud , Ventura, CA

Cannot fully explain in words what an amazing experience the cruise onboard La Bella Vita was. I have recommended it so many times...

Mrs Jennifer Haertsch , Australia

See comments above which encapsulate our thoughts.

Mr Michael McInerney

Perfect and very comfortable!

Mr Robert Lee , Cave Creek, AZ, USA

The team was very accommodating to our every need and the cuisine was the highlight of the cruise. Don’t ever let the chef get...

Dr Ronald Morley , Jefferson City USA

Not cheap but great value for money.

Mr Clive Agran , Ewhurst Green, Robertsbridge

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


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