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La Bella Vitas Italian river cruise

Visit the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua

A highlight of LA BELLA VITAThe Italian river cruise is a visit to the Lombard city of Mantua. It is known as Italians “La Bella Addormentata” (Sleeping Beauty). Surrounded by artificial lakes that were created to fortify the city in the Middle Ages, the city has remained relatively unaffected by modern developments. The old town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 in recognition of its Renaissance urban planning.

Palazzo Ducale

Palazzo Ducale

Mantua is dominated by the Palazzo Ducale de Mantova or the Ducal Palace. This colossal complex of rooms, towers, churches and gardens was the residence of the powerful Gonzaga family for 400 years. They ruled as Dukes of Mantua until 1707. At 34,000 m², the Vatican is the only residence in Italy that can claim to be larger. The guided tour on the Classic Cruise of La Bella Vita offers you the opportunity to explore beautiful baroque and neoclassical buildings such as the following historical gems …

Ducale Palace Gardens

Corte Vecchia

The Corte Vecchia is the oldest part of the complex. From there you have access to the Palazzo del Capitano, which was connected to the Magna Domus by a beautiful arcade around 1300. In the same century, Pisanello painted a series of breathtaking Arthur frescoes that glorified the serving Duke Gianfrancesco Gonzaga. In the 1960s, these incredible 700-year-old paintings were rediscovered, and fragments of the frescoes and their preliminary drawings can still be seen in the palace.

Picta camera

Another impressive room in the palace complex is the Camera Picta (Painted Room), also known as the Bridal Chamber. The walls are the canvas for a Renaissance masterpiece by Andrea Mantegna, which was painted between 1465 and 1474 and represents the triumphs of the entire Gonzaga family. Make sure you look up at the ceiling, where you’ll see one of the earliest examples of one illusionistic di sotto in sù Painting; An oculus (opening in the dome) shows a blue sky with angels playing around the edge.

Isabella d’Estes Studiolo

Isabella d’Este, who was Marchesa of Mantua at the turn of the 16th century, is known as the first lady of the Renaissance. Her studiolo in the palace – a place where she can display and enjoy her collection of antiques, paintings and books – was a Renaissance retreat from the outside world. Unfortunately, it has lost all of its treasures to museums, but still has beautiful dark blue star walls.

With so much more to see and do at Palazzo Ducale, art and architecture lovers will enjoy this fascinating segment of the Italian river cruise from La Bella Vita.

About the Italian Hotel Barge Bella Vita

Italian hotel Barge La Bella Vita

La Bella Vita

The La Bella Vita is a stylish ship with 20 passengers and a typically modern ship
Italian interior, which is reflected in the use of lively colors
create an atmosphere of casual relaxation. There is an inviting bar area
in which you can enjoy a glass of prosecco and a spacious dining room
Venetian blind doors that can be opened to provide a perfect view when serving
delicious Italian specialties and wines.

There are two junior suites on the main deck and eight cabins on the lower deck.
All air conditioned and with private bathrooms. The upper deck
has a huge sundeck with a large canopy and comfortable loungers
Relax and watch the world.

Enjoy delicious regional cuisine and fine Italian wines
and the services of an attentive crew that make this one
unforgettable cruise.

La Bella Vita offers 6-day all-inclusive charter flights and cabin cruises. Theme Cruises Family, golf, opera and wine estimates are available for private charter flights.


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