Sample Itinerary
Venice to Mantua (or reverse) through the Venice Lagoon and along the Po valley

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The BELLA VITA Barge -	Scenes of Venice
Scenes of Venice
Sunday, Day 1
Guests are met at the Hotel Laguna Palace near Marco Polo Airport in Venice on Sunday afternoon and transferred to La Bella Vita for a Prosecco welcome. A late afternoon cruise takes us along the Giudecca Canal past some of Venice’s most famous monuments: the Chiesa del Redentore, the impressive Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and the Punta della Dogana to our mooring outside the Naval Museum. Dinner on board, followed perhaps by an evening stroll to St Mark’s Square.

Monday, Day 2
Venice to San Pietro in Volta
The BELLA VITA Barge - Inside the Doge’s Palace
Inside the Doge’s Palace
Guided walking tour to Castello District, perhaps discovering some hidden parts of the city of Venice the gardens of the Biennale Exhibition of Modern Arts, Palladio’s Church of San Pietro in Castello, the Naval Museum with a model of the Bucintoro (Doge’s Boat) and the Pavilion of Gondolas housing Peggy Guggenheim’s own vessel. Late afternoon cruise to Pellestrina which separates the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea, along the Canal of the Orphans, passing lagoon islands with their ancient monasteries, painted fishing boats and tiny churches. We moor in Alberoni for dinner on board.

The BELLA VITA Barge - Visit to the Naval Museum
Visit to the Naval Museum
Tuesday, Day 3
San Pietro in Volta to Taglio Di Po
After a stroll or cycle along the 18th century Istrian sea wall in Pellestrina, we cruise to Chioggia, city of Goldoni’s plays. Here we visit the picturesque town centre and colourful fish market. We also see the Cathedral and the Piazzetta Vigo before cruising on to the River Po delta. Passing through a nature reserve with flamingos and occasional heron, snipe and other wildfowl, we travel upriver to Taglio di Po for dinner ashore hosted by the owners at the beautiful 17thC Villa Ca’Zen. Ca'Zen is a private stately home by the river where Lord Byron courted the Countess Giuccioli and wrote some of his best poetry.

The BELLA VITA Barge - Beautiful Chioggia
Beautiful Chioggia
Wednesday, Day 4
Taglio Di Po to Bosaro
After breakfast we transfer you to the Bagnoli Estate where we visit the Renaissance gardens and wine cellars of the17th century Villa Widmann Borletti, for a private tasting of their renowned estate grown vintages. This winery has been supplying Venetian society for centuries. Afternoon cruise to Bosaro. Dinner on board.

The BELLA VITA Barge - Dominio di Bagnoli
Dominio di Bagnoli
Thursday, Day 5
Bosaro to Trevenzuolo
Morning excursion with guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara, including the14th century Estense Castle with its moat, drawbridges, marble balconies and sumptuous apartments, and the Schifanoia Palace with its fabulous 15th century frescoes and the cathedral façade with its sculpted images. Return to the barge for an afternoon canal cruise past villages and farmsteads to Trevenzuolo for dinner on board.

The BELLA VITA Barge - The Grand Ducal Palace of Mantua
The Grand Ducal Palace of Mantua
Friday, Day 6
Trevenzuolo to Mantua
Our final cruise has a dramatic approach to Mantua, home of the poet Virgil, artists Mantegna and Donatello and captivating lakeside setting. Mantua displays extraordinary neo-classical and baroque architecture, portrayed in the 14th century Ducal Palace housing some 15 gardens and courtyards, a museum, basilica and theatre. The intricate frescoes, Gallery of Mirrors and exquisite Rivers Room and 12,000 paintings and sculptures all create a Grand Finale to our Italian Renaissance adventure. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

The BELLA VITA Barge - Wine-Tasting at the Dominio di Bagnoli
Wine-Tasting at the Dominio di Bagnoli
Saturday, Day 7
After breakfast, passengers disembark for transfers back to the Hotel Laguna Palace in Venice.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change

The Bella Vita Barge -	Scenes of Venice The Bella Vita Barge - Seagull in beautiful Chioggia The Bella Vita Barge -	Venice from ‘La Bella Vita’ The Bella Vita Barge - Wine-Tasting at the Dominio di Bagnoli The Bella Vita Barge - The Grand Ducal Palace of Mantua The Bella Vita Barge - Gondolas in Venice
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