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Description

Begin your La Bella Vita Italy vacation 7-day cruising vacation with a glass of bubbly Prosecco aboard your floating home away from home. Capture photos of Venice's famous attractions as you sail along the Giudecca Canal, and debark after dinner for an evening stroll of St. Mark' Square. Then, in Venezia, take a guided walking tour of the Castello District to enjoy the gardens of the Biennale Exhibition of Modern Arts and Palladio's Church of San Pietro. An afternoon cruise takes you between the Venetian Lagoon and the Adriatic Sea, past brightly colored homes and fishing boats. On this Italy tour package your next stop is Chioggia, after a brief visit of Pellestrina where you can explore the picturesque town with its large cathedral and bustling fish market. Dinner this evening is hosted by the owners of the stunning 17th century Villa Ca'Zen along the River Po delta. Your taste buds will enjoy the flavors of vintages that have been served in Venice for centuries during a private tour of the cellars of Villa Widmann Borletti. Your cruise adventure continues to the Renaissance city of Ferrara and finally Mantua for a step into artistic history via neo-classical and Baroque architecture, museums, basilica and theaters with intricate frescoes. You will enjoy a Captain's farewell dinner before disembarking with spectacular memories to share on this once in a lifetime Italy vacation. 


Itinerary

Day 1 - Venice

Guests are met at the designated meeting point 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 Madonna 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. (D)

Day 2 - Venice/San Pietro in Volta

Guided walking tour to Castello District, perhaps discovering some hidden parts of the city of Venezia: 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 colored houses, painted fishing boats and tiny churches. We moor in Alberoni for dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - San Pietro in Volta/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 center and colorful 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 17th Century Villa Ca'Zen, a private stately home by the river where Lord Byron courted the Countess Giuccioli and wrote some of his best poetry. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Taglio Di Po/Bosaro

Italy vacationAfter breakfast we transfer you to the Bagnoli Estate where we visit the magnificent Renaissance gardens and wine cellars of the 17th 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 from Adria to Bosaro. Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Bosaro/Trevenzuolo

Morning excursion with guided tour of the Renaissance city of Ferrara, including the 14th Century 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 facade 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. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Trevenzuolo/Mantua

 Italy vacationsOur 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. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Mantua

After breakfast, passengers disembark for transfers back to the designated drop off point. (B)

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Includes

  • 7 days/6 nights on European Waterways Cruises
  • 17 included meals consisting of:
    - 6 buffet breakfasts
    - 5 lunches
    - 6 dinners
  • All tours as per itinerary
  • Open bar on board with alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks available 24 hours a day
  • Hi-Fi system with CD player and radio and an iPod Docking station
  • Complimentary bicycles on board

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