Luxury barge river cruise vacations on the Italian hotel barge LA BELLA VITA. Cruise Venice, the Islands of the Venetian Lagoon, the Bianca Canal and the Po Valley. Treat yourself to a barging holiday and enjoy this splendid area of Italy. Italian Hotel Barge LA BELLA VITA Venice Italy River Cruises

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Venice, the Islands of the Venetian Lagoon, the Bianca Canal and the Po Valley

Vogalonga Regatta Itinerary

7-NIGHT CRUISE: May 20, 2018

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Saturday, Day 1 - Venice

Guests are met at 6pm at the designated meeting point (Mestre Venice) and transferred to La Bella Vita moored near St Mark's Square in Venice. Captain's welcome and introduction to Captain, crew and fellow passengers, before a walk before dinner. After dinner time to visit St Mark's Square to take in the fabulous architecture, people watch and the highlight is listening to the live performers.

Sunday, Day 2 - San Giorgio Island

On Sunday we watch the Vogalonga Regatta from the barge moored in Riva San Biagio. Enjoy lunch on the sundeck as you watch the 1500 boats row past. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 3 - Venice to San Pietro in Volta

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 separating the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea, along the Canal of the Orphans passing lagoon islands with their brightly coloured houses, painted fishing boats and tiny churches. We moor in Alberoni for dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 4 - San Pietro in Volta to Taglio Di Po

After a stroll or cycle along the 18thC 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 wetland wildfowl., we travel upriver to Taglio di Po for dinner ashore hosted by the owners at the beautiful 17thC Villa Ca'Zen, a private stately home by the river where Lord Byron courted the Countess Giuccioli and wrote some of his best poetry.

Wednesday, Day 5 - Taglio Di Po to Bosaro

After breakfast we transfer you to the Bagnoli Estate where we visit the magnificent Renaissance gardens and wine cellars of the17thC Villa Widmann Borletti for a private tasting of their renowned estate grown vintages. This winery has been supplying Venetian society for centuries. Afternoon cruise from Adria to Bosaro. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 6 - Bosaro to Trevenzuolo

Morning excursion with guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara, including the14thC Estense Castle with its moat, drawbridges, marble balconies and sumptuous apartments, and the Schifanoia Palace with its fabulous 15th century frescoes. We also see the cathedral façade with its sculpted images described as an Illustrated Bible. Return to the barge for an afternoon canal cruise past villages and farmsteads to Trevenzuolo for dinner on board.

Friday, Day 7 - 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 14thC 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.

Saturday, Day 8 - Mantua

After breakfast, passengers are transferred to the designated drop off point (Mestre Venice).

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

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