European Waterways returns its opera cruises

Guests who charter European Waterways’ La Bella Vita barge from Venice to Mantua, Italy, next July or August have the opportunity to sit front row at an Italian opera performance.

Through the river operator’s Opera Cruises program, guests sailing a barge through Italy next summer will also be treated to a night at the Arena di Verona, an open-air Roman amphitheater in Verona. Depending on departure date, passengers have a choice of performances including “Carmen,” “Aida,” or “La Traviata.”

The line has previously offered themed sailings, including opera cruises.

“Watching one of these visually stunning productions at the Arena di Verona is an unforgettable experience,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. “But you don’t have to be an opera lover to appreciate these performances, because the music and the spectacle of human emotions so dramatically depicted on the stage are truly universal.”

In addition to their night at the opera, guests on La Bella Vita can expect scenic sailing along the Giudecca Canal in Venic; a visit to Doge’s Palace; a visit to the fish market of the seaside town of Chioggia via a traditional fishing boat; and a dinner with a countess at the 17th-century private home of Villa Ca’Zen, known as Lord Byron’s “Venetian love nest.” 

Private charters of La Bella Vita for six nights start from $3,950 per person, based on a maximum of 20 passengers, or a total of $79,000. Ten passengers can charter the vessel from $67,500, or $6,750 per person. A $650 per person supplement applies for all Opera Cruises. 

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