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The Po: A river cruise guide

Destination Reviews

When it comes to Italy, river cruise choices are limited.

The canals and rivers in the north were once the ancient trade routes used by the Romans and the early Mediterranean settlers, enabling you to get a real insight into many cultures - including Roman, Etruscan, Istrian and Byzantine. The Renaissance of course is key to the region, and you will indulge in the arts, architecture and history of the region over many centuries.

From the magical city of Venice you will cruise on the Venice Lagoon, Po river and Canal Bianco, allowing you to visit Renaissance gems such as Verona, Padua, Bologna and Ferrara. While in Venice, visit the three outer-lying Venetian islands, Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello.

Sunrise over Venice

The beautiful canals and rivers of the region pass by picturesque lagoon islands, with their colourful houses, wild beach dunes, pine woods and abundant birds. Delicious seafood, local culinary specialities and fine wines are all a feature of cruises in this area.

Discover Chioggia - a charming southern port loved by fishermen, artists and anyone looking for unique gifts or souvenirs. Time in 'bountiful' Bologna and medieval Padua, once home to Galileo and Copernicus offer an opportunity to delve further into Italy's rich history.

Canals in Chioggia, Italy

During the summer months from June to the end of August, the extraordinary arena at Verona is home to an unmissable Opera Festival - a visit can easily be combined with a Po river cruise.

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Meet the author

Edwina Lonsdale is Managing Director and together with husband Matthew, owner of Mundy Cruising. Most recently she's cruised on Windstar and has also sailed with Silversea, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas, Crystal, SeaDream, Ponant, AmaWaterways and Aqua Expeditions. Her favourite destination is the Galapagos however she's also enjoyed cruises in the Mediterranean, Danube, Middle East, East Africa & Indian Ocean, Brahmaputra, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, the Mekong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Caribbean and the Arctic. When she’s not travelling she loves reading, food and wine.

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