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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
  • 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

Opera Cruise

Opera Cruises are available on a number of departures, subject to ticket and hotel availability. Opera cruises includes one night’s stay (pre-cruise) in a 4 star hotel, one extra dinner and premium seat tickets to watch a performance of an acclaimed opera in the magnificent Roman amphitheatre, the Arena di Verona. Opera Charters are available in July and August subject to availability (Supplement Applies on all Opera Cruises). Confirmed dates and performances below:

August 10 – August 17 2019 –  Puccini’s “Tosca”

Arena di Verona


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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

Deck Plan

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

*Opera cruise commence on  Saturday 10 August 2019. – Supplement Applies

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