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With boatmen in the Mincio Valleys

Navigating the Mincio Valleys and upper lake

Boat         Great Interest: Flora Great Interest: Wildlife 
  • Departure: Grazie di Curtatone, Rivalta sul Mincio, Ponte dei Mulini a Mantova
  • Arrival: Grazie di Curtatone, Rivalta sul Mincio, Ponte dei Mulini
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
  • Involved Municipalities: Curtatone, Mantova, Porto Mantovano, Rodigo

Expert boatmen offer boat trips on the Mincio River as a tourist and learning opportunity. Trips take place among the towns of Mantua, Grazie di Curtatone and Rivalta, where the Mincio Valleys Nature Reserve is situated. The Reserve is a wetland of exceptional beauty, and constitutes the heart of Mincio Park. Visitors embark in Grazie and navigate among groves of reeds and a labyrinth of canals intersecting the river. A thick vegetation grows on the wetland, including water lilies and rose mallows; purple and grey herons, grebes, the rare bittern, and marsh harriers fly and nest in the place. Near Angeli, a small fishers' village, the river flows again in one single branch and broadens out, forming the first and largest of the three lakes surrounding Mantua: Lago Superiore (upper lake), where lotus flowers spectacularly blossom in the summer. The boat returns to Grazie di Curtatone following other waterways; otherwise it is possible to disembark in Mantua at Ponte dei Mulini (near the railway station).


Sailing through the swamp vegetation of the Valli del Mincio
Sailing through the swamp vegetation of the Valli del Mincio
(photo by: Consorzio I barcaioli del Mincio)

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  • Stages of the itinerary: Grazie (Mincio Valleys Nature Reserve) B.Angeli - Mantua, Lago Superiore
  • Fees: € 6.00 to 10.00
  • Type of boat, engine and number of places: Local boats and barges, up to 100 passengers on three different boats, two of which are mixed-powered (spark-ignition and electric engines)
  • Bicycles on board: Yes, up to 60

Other possible itineraries: Possibility to embark/disembark in Mantua (Ponte dei Mulini) and Rivalta sul Mincio
Summer events (June-September):
"Plenilunio sul fiume": evocative night boat trips at full moon in a magic atmosphere (Duration: about 3 hours)
"Luci e colori del Tramonto": Navigating Mincio surrounded by the colours of sunset on the river (Duration: about 1.5 hours)
"Il piacere dei sensi, navigando sul far della sera": Sunset navigation with guided tasting of wine and local foods (Duration: about 2 hours)

For further information on the calendar and for bookings
This itinerary is proposed by:
Consorzio I barcaioli del MincioConsorzio I barcaioli del Mincio
Via San Pio X, 11 - 46010 Grazie di Curtatone (MN)
Phone: 0376/349292  Fax: 0376/1473002  Cell: 349/6194396
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