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Classical Barging for charters

Explore the scenic countryside of inland cities and towns, and discover its artistic treasures.
Mappa Classical Barging for charters


Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Mantua, a wonderful city settled on the shores of three lakes. Sail with us into the Po Delta and discover art cities like Verona, Ferrara, Vicenza and Padua. We will conclude this magic cruise in the Venetian Lagoon.


1. Mantua.

Welcome aperitivo as we sail across the city’s “Lakes”.


2. Mantua.

Whole day in Mantua, Italy’s 2016 Capital of Culture. Visit the Ducal Palace. Lunch on board and free PM (visit to Te Palace or bike excursion both recommended).


3. Mantua–Zelo.

Sail to GovernoloVisits to: Abbey of San Benedetto Po; Museum of Funfair Rides and Street Entertainment; cheese factory, with tasting. Overnight in Zelo.


4. Zelo–Ferrara–Adria.

Ferrara. Walk through the historic centre and visit Schifanoia Palace. Sail to Adria and visit Archaeological Museum. Overnight.


5. Adria–Padua–Chioggia.

Visit Monselice and Padova, including the Scrovegni Chapel. Arrive in Chioggia, gateway to the Venetian Lagoon. Overnight.


6. Chioggia–Venice.

Walk to the famous Fish Market of Chioggia, sail to Lido Island. Aperitivo at Malamocco village and lunch on board as we cruise into Venice. Excursion to the islands of Burano and Murano, including visit to glass workshop.


7. Venice

Visit Ducal Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica. PM visit a historic gondola boatyard (squero), then free time.


8. Venice.

Tour ends after breakfast. 


NB: a reverse programme is also possible. 


every Saturday 

Winter weeks: from November to February you can either charter the barge for a shorter period, tailoring your tour. How about celebrating Christmas, New Year’s Eve or Carnival on board?



Chartering the Ave Maria (16-18 cabins) is possible if organized well in advance, with an option to tandem cruise with the Vita Pugna (10 cabins).

Rates vary according to the season, itinerary, number of passengers and the kind of service required. Contact us for more details!



  • Overnights
  • Dinners (3 courses)
  • Daily cleaning
  • Welcome Aperitivo
  • Hot drinks
  • Misc. on-board facilities
  • Tour Manager 


  • Cookery Class (on board)
  • Open Bar (ample selection of complimentary wines and other drinks available on board at any time)
  • Gala Dinner on last night
  • Free unlimited use of bikes or e-bikes
  • Wine tasting (on board)
  • 4-course dinners
  • Lunch (on board)
  • Themed events or meetings
  • Transfers in and out