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Cheese of the Moment: Parmesan - 16th May 2017

We are sure that the cooks amongst you have often used Parmesan cheese in your recipes, perhaps in the béchamel sauce on top of a homemade lasagne, or crumbled onto a green salad to give it an extra dimension. Chef Andrea, the talented chef on our small river cruiser La Bella Vita, certainly makes great use of this flavoursome cheese and has passed on some interesting facts that may be new to you.

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Marvelling at Mantua’s Palazzo Ducale - 7th Mar 2017

The culmination of our Italy cruise aboard La Bella Vita is a visit to the Lombardy city of Mantua. It is known by Italians as La Bella Addormentata (Sleeping Beauty). Surrounded by artificial lakes created to fortify the city in the Middle Ages, the city has been relatively untouched by modern development. Its old town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 in recognition of its Renaissance town planning.  

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6 Must-See Places in Venice - 5th Oct 2016

Venice is regularly named as the most beautiful and romantic city in the world. One of the best ways to experience its magic is to moor up and get lost in it: the winding streets, snaking canals and hidden campi can surprise and delight for hours. However, if you’re looking for some must-see spots, a leisurely journey along the Grand Canal encompasses some wonderful sights. 

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10% ‘Early Bird’ Discount Offers - 4th Oct 2016

We would like to remind you of our 10% off “early bird” special offer on selected departures in 2017.  Eligible cruises are available from March through to late August 2017, making this an excellent opportunity to enjoy some fascinating ‘voyages of exploration’ in France and Italy, at some of the most popular times of the year. 

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A Magical, Musical Combination – Verona, Venice and an Italian Opera Cruise - 13th Apr 2016

Before the cruise from Venice to Mantua even begins, guests will visit the fascinating Arena Museo Opera museum, followed by dinner in the delightful courtyard restaurant. And then the real highlight, front stall seats in the magnificent setting of the Roman amphitheatre, the Arena di Verona, to watch a magical performance of one of the best-known and loved operas, Bizets Carmen.

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Italy’s Riverside Gems - 22nd Jan 2016

A river cruise through Italy can reveal some spectacular things, from the incredible stone palaces that rise from Venice’s canals, to the sprawling palazzos of Mantua. However, sometimes it is the smaller, lesser-known locations that prove most memorable. 

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