Motonave “Zanardelli”

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Operational lake:

Lake Garda

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This steamboat was built in 1903 by Escher shipyards in Zurich. It is named after Giuseppe Zanardelli, Italian prime minister who died the same year. During WWII it was requisitioned by German and then by Allied forces, and employed also for war activities. This ship was revamped in 1982 and then in 2002. By now it’s one of the few vintage ships sailing on Italian lakes. This motor vessel is equipped with two large halls, furnished with art-nouveau style furniture, and outdoor areas hosting over 100 seats, located forward and aft, while the kitchen can provide over 150 meals. When needed, the upper deck hall can be arranged as a ballroom. This ship has been accurately revamped many times along the decades, taking care to save as much as possible of its original appearance and its original materials, which contribute to enrich any cruise with a highly romantic and evocative atmosphere.

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The fleet of Gestione Governativa Navigazione Laghi, when not used in the scheduled public service, is available for any transfer or private rental services; on board it is possible to organize events, congresses or ceremonies, agreeing upon the travel itinerary as well as the type of set-up or requested service.

We invite you to fill in the following form to get more info about boat rental services, the prices of which vary according to many factors including the itinerary, the duration of the trip, the requested time slot and the type of ship used.

On Lake Garda, the boats in service have in fact a capacity that varies from 85 up to 1000 passengers and a price starting from 1745 € + 10% VAT, taking as an example the use of a ship like the ones of the category S. Martino and Mantova, available for 4 hours of navigation.

For info on the scheduled public service (excursions, cruises, fares, groups…) the Customer Service is available, reachable at the telephone number 800-551801 or +39 030 9149511 as well as at the email address

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