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Venice Regatta PhotoHave an Unforgettable Italian Experience with a Regatta Cruise - A barge cruise is one of the most authentic and exciting ways to see and experience the world. European barge cruises and barge holidays are among the most scenic, historic and energizing kinds of holidays under the sun, and once you've tried barge vacations, it will be hard to settle for anything less. The Barge Connection is your premier concierge for European Barge Cruises, and one of their most popular tours is their Italian Regatta Cruise.

Barge Trips Let You Watch Regattas in Style

The Barge Connection's Regatta Cruise will guide you through the breathtaking Italian countryside in the same manner that traditional Italians from years gone by celebrated military victories. You'll get to see the Vogalonga rowing competition, which takes place on a 30k race course that winds its way through the canals of historic Venice. Rowers take on the raceway every May, and autumn events include a race and festive parade with the Riviera Fiorita and Storica Regattas.

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A Regatta cruise is ideal for fans of rowing, but the surrounding countryside and scenery offered by a Regatta barge holiday can be a delightful experience for anyone. Everyone on board the barge gets to sit back, relax and enjoy the luxurious comfort of the vessel as a relaxed spectator of the activities. Five-star cuisine is always available, along with excellent service and friendly, helpful, knowledgeable staff.

A Feast for all of the Senses

Whenever you disembark the barge, you are free to take in the charm of the local Italian culture and people with a walking tour or shopping excursion. Experience unprecedented fine art and exquisite wine and cuisine infused with the unmistakable spirit of Italy. Enjoy a feast for the senses; strike out on your own for a self-guided tour, or consult with expert tour guides. Either way, you'll be surrounded by an abundance of Italian history in which to immerse yourself, including art, architecture, religious imagery, military sites, and the vestiges of past nobility.

The La Bella Vita is a chic and stylish 20 passenger vessel that will give you elegant access to the gorgeous rivers, canals and other waterways of Italy. The boat offers eight staterooms and two upper-deck suites, each featuring a host of amenities. Beautiful French doors open up to side decks that allow access to a lovely viewing platform. Up above you'll find a large sundeck with plenty of comfortable sun loungers. Have a seat and relax as the breathtaking Italian countryside glides by.

Touring Italy in Style

La Bella Vita also features a bright, spacious and elegant dining room, bar and salon area. The whole interior of the barge is air conditioned for your comfort. Amazing and delicious regional Italian cuisine and fine wines along with the service and attentiveness of the La Bella Vita crew of seven ensure this will be an unforgettable experience for you and your entire party. Those guests who wish to do more exploring on their own will have access to bikes that are stored on board the barge as well as an expert tour guide who can recommend the ideal bike routes to check out.

The La Bella Vita Regatta barge holiday will transport you and your guests from Venice to Mantua. Guests meet in Venice and are transferred to the barge which is moored near St. Marks Square. There's a captain's welcome as well as the opportunity to take in the amazing St. Marks Square architecture, live performers and atmosphere before setting sail.

A Rich History Awaits You

The cruise proceeds throughout the week with highlights like San Giorgio Island's Vogalonga Regatta, a guided walking tour of the Castello District of Venice, gardens, arts and museum tours, San Pietro in Volta to Taglio Di Po with stops at Chioggia and the Piazzetta Vigo. The Bagnoli Estate, Renaissance gardens, historic wine cellars and Bosaro are next, and then Ferrara, the Schifanoia Palace and Trevenzuolo. The cruise finishes with visits to Mantua, a city influenced by artists Donatello and Mantegna as well as the poet Virgil. You'll see extraordinary architecture, intricate frescoes, and 12,000 paintings and sculptures in the finale of your Italian adventure.

A Regatta barge cruise is truly your gateway to an unforgettable experience of the Italian waterways and countryside. Trust The Barge Connection to bring you premier barge vacations in Italy and many other world-class destinations.