ABOVE: La Bella Vita is moored on the waterfront of St. Mark's Basin.
In May, 2013, we cruised from Venice to Mantua aboard La Bella Vita, a hotel barge of European Waterways that entered service last year. The six-night voyage took us to Chioggia (at the southern end of the Venetian Lagoon) and up the Po Delta, finishing its journey at Mantua.
ABOVE: La Bella Vita at Venice's Marittima cruise terminals. (In this photo, the captain and engineer are coming to welcome us on board and take our luggage.)
ABOVE: An abandoned baby in Ferrara, Italy.
ABOVE: Goats watch La Bella Vita traverse a lock between Ferrara and Mantua.
ABOVE: La Bella Vita arrives in Zelo, Italy.
ABOVE: Paola Salvato, our tour leader, stands on a riverside pier near Mantua, Italy.