Traversing between the Venetian Lagoon, Bianco Canal, and Po River, La Bella Vita offers authentic insight into the many Italian cultures — Roman, Etruscan, Istrian, Byzantine, and, of course, Renaissance — all of which have influenced the arts, architecture, and history of the region since the 10th century.
More than just a series of charming canals and water taxis, the sightseeing portion of the cruise in Venice ensures La Bella Vita’s guests the opportunity to explore significant sights and offbeat gems within this culturally rich city.
Once the cruise itself begins, La Bella Vita meanders through the Po River Valley, where small fishing villages remain untouched from their beginnings centuries ago. From here, guests are introduced to dynamic local personalities and area attractions via daily guided sightseeing, providing an insider’s view into the authentic culture of the River Po. Note that she cruises on a petite river as opposed to a manmade canal, so biking opportunities as not as plentiful compared to canal cruising.
Back on board, the ten cozy cabins are decorated in lush shades of Venetian red and Byzanine blue, with clever storage space throughout. A spacious salon and dining area ensures ample room during the nightly cocktail hour, at which a different mixed drink is served. A highlight of La Bella Vita’s amenities is the expansive deck, where guests can relax with a glass of regionally produced wine, watching the river’s islands, villages, and bridges gently float by.
Cuisine touches on an array of local specialties: pastas, cheeses, fish, and desserts, while wine pairings highlight both known and emerging Italian vineyards. An exclusive “Opera Evening” features an onboard performance of arias composed by Rossini, Puccini, and Verdi, furthering the intimate Italian immersion.
Last visited in 2016