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cRUISES IN ITALY ON THE RIVER PO

Italy is a new destination for barging – and is sure to be very popular! Italy is well-known for land touring, but a barge cruise will offer the truly different experience of seeing Italy from the water. Our barge floats in and out of Venice, a city located on its own lagoon and crisscrossed by canals. The centuries- old Venetian lifestyle in the small fishing ports will be on full display, as will the colorful villages near to the center. Moving to the Po River Valley, barge guests will enjoy a personal introduction to family owned wineries and villas, as well as Renaissance palaces and churches. Art, culture, and beauty are everywhere on this route. Guests who have already cruised in France will find Italy a great follow up, while lovers of Italian lifestyle will enjoy a new view. Groups of all kinds – families, couples, ladies – can be accommodated beautifully. We will help plan your land stay in Venice as well! Benvenuti a Bordo to our Italian barge!

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Location

One word says it all –Italy!! Our cruises either begin or end in Venice, an enchanted city that we recommend spending time in before or after the cruise. Venice is reached via air connections of major European airports and trains from Milan and Rome. From there, experience the ancient fishing villages of the Venetian Lagoon before moving onto the Canal Bianco which winds its way through the historic countryside of the Po Valley.

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Italy's Waterways

Our Italy cruise moves on two major waterways. The Venetian Lagoon, along with the city of Venice, have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Lagoon, covering 50,000 square kilometers has been linked to Venice since the 5th century and today spreads out over 118 small islands. Even a short cruise through the Lagoon reveals well -preserved and intimate villages where the same lifestyle has prevailed for centuries. Then the cruise moves onto the Canal Bianco (“White Canal”) which intertwines with the River Po to Mantua.

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Why Cruise in Italy?

Italy is a country seemingly designed for hotel barging. The variety of charming waterways between Venice and Mantua alone promises a unique and magical cruising experience, with an itinerary which includes excursions that offer a real insight into the many cultures - Roman, Etruscan, Istrian, Byzantine and of course Renaissance - that have influenced the arts, architecture and history of the region over many centuries. Just to spend a few days in Venice before or after your cruise is a life-changing experience. Ancient bridges connect the canals and neighborhoods, while the colorful private gondola boats look like something out of an operetta. The museums, palaces, boutiques and restaurants can keep a traveler occupied for days!

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Sightseeing Highlights

Cruise right through Venice and into the Lagoon. Experience life at a colorful fish market. Dinner ashore at a 17th century stately home. Wine tasting in private cellars. Tour palaces from the Renaissance with gorgeous frescos and gardens. Towns and cities that were home to writers, musicians and artists. Float through nature, , history, and art in the heart of Italy.

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Italy Barge

Italy is a country seemingly designed for hotel barging. The variety of charming waterways between Venice and Mantua alone promises a unique and magical cruising experience, with an itinerary which includes excursions that offer a real insight into the many cultures - Roman, Etruscan, Istrian, Byzantine and of course Renaissance - that have influenced the arts, architecture and history of the region over many centuries. Just to spend a few days in Venice before or after your cruise is a life-changing experience. Ancient bridges connect the canals and neighborhoods, while the colorful private gondola boats look like something out of an operetta. The museums, palaces, boutiques and restaurants can keep a traveler occupied for days!


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