For the opera lovers amongst you, taking one of our special Opera Cruises aboard La Bella Vita in Italy is sure to be a once in a lifetime experience.
Before your cruise from Venice to Mantua begins, we will take you to Verona to visit the fascinating Arena Muse Opera, a wonderful museum devoted to the history of opera, followed by dinner in the delightful courtyard restaurant.
Then the real highlight as you take your top-priced front stalls seats to enjoy a performance of one of the best-known operas, such as Bizet’s ‘Carmen’, in the magnificent setting of the Roman amphitheatre, the Arena di Verona.
At the end of a memorable evening, you are transferred back to your hotel in Verona, where next day, there will be a guided tour of this, one of the Veneto’s most charming cities, before joining La Bella Vita in Venice.
During our opera cruises, there are visits to some wonderful baroque theatres, such as the Gran Teatro La Fenice, where the premières of operas by composers such as Rossini and Verdi were performed, and the intimate Teatro Bibiena in Mantua, with its bell-shaped interior that opened with a concert by a 13-year-old Mozart in 1770.
And, of course, there is a lot more to see as you cruise across the Venetian Lagoon past its colourful islands and on through the Po Valley – visits to the famous fish market in Chioggia, the Schifanoia Palace in Ferrara and the stunning Ducal Palace in Mantua, as well as wine tastings and dinner in a private stately home where Lord Byron wrote some of his best poetry.
This 7 day adventure is a wonderful combination for what Italy is famous for – wonderful food and wine, Renaissance architecture and of course – opera!
Hotel Barges for Opera Cruises
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 25 – September 1, 2018 – Bizet’s “Carmen”
August 10 – August 17, 2019 – Puccini’s “Tosca”