Floating Hotel Ave Maria

The barge

About the barge

Ave Maria is a comfortable river cruise ship made in Italy, built with innovative solutions and where materials were chosen with aesthetics and comfort in mind. It is also a small barge capable of passing under low bridges and sailing on shallow water, typical of Italian waterways.
The barge was custom-built using the salvaged hull of a Po River dredge, all in strict compliance with new and stricter safety and eco-friendly standards. Ave Maria is an “environmentally sustainable” boat due to energy conservation on board, purification of dark water, and navigation that does not damage the shores.

  • where: North-East Italy
  • barge size: 41 m long and 7.5 m wide
  • cabins: 17
  • capacity: 31 guests in low beds plus additional guests in bunk beds (on request)
  • air conditioning in the whole barge
  • WiFi available in common areas
  • comfort Gold

About the navigation

Ave Maria has been specifically designed to sail along uncrowded waterways parallel to the Po river, not on the Po itself.

Dry spells happen more and more often in large rivers (Po, Rhine, Danube…). However, since 2011 we have never had a day’s stop due to drought: the “Fissero-Tartaro-Canalbianco” canal that runs parallel to the Po River is regulated by a system of 6+3 locks, which guarantees a constant level of water, thus enabling navigation all year round, all the time.

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Included in the price

WiFi in common areas (limited quality depending on the 4G/5G connection. We suggest buying one of these popular international weekly e-sim: Airalo, Holafly, Maya Mobile…)

Air conditioning in the whole barge

Welcome drink

Free coffee and hot drinks h24

Water on board is drinkable and there is a still and sparkling water dispenser (room temperature or cold water)

Ice dispenser

Board games

Books and travel guides

A 47” multimedia screen

On request for groups or charters

Private transfers (by bus or water taxi)

Cooking classes

Wine tastings

Open bar

Events on board

Not included in the price

Drinks, such as wine, beer, and soft drinks are available for purchase on board (cash and credit card payments are accepted)

There is no laundry service on board, however in Mantua and Venice laundries are available at a short distance

To discover

Art cities

Mantua, Ferrara and Venice are the best known: your floating hotel is a perfect starting point for discovering their masterpieces of art and architecture. The itinerary also takes you to smaller towns, such as Adria, an ancient Roman port on the Adriatic, and Chioggia, a fishing town that is a fascinating web of alleys and canals.

Water landscapes

Rivers, lakes, the sea: water is the undisputed protagonist of the journey between Mantua and Venice, and the landscape is very varied. Dense, lush vegetation on the banks of the Mincio and Po rivers, as well as irrigation canals inland form a sort of watery mirror of the Venice Lagoon.

The hinterland

Ave Maria’s river itinerary crosses the Po Valley, with its wealth of production, culture and history. You’ll visit a dairy that produces the famous Grana Padano cheese, the unusual Museum of Amusement rides and Popular Entertainment in Bergantino with jousts and carousels from the 1800s, the tiny village of Zelo, and the fishing valleys of Chioggia.

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Onboard kitchen

Fresh ingredients and local recipes are prepared with care and passion in the onboard kitchen, so much so that by popular demand they entered a cookbook published in English and Italian.

Browse a preview of the cookbook
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