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From: Uniworld River Countess cruise review

Day 2: Venice

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On Monday, we woke up to a view of the Riva dei Sette Martiri, where River Countess would be moored for the next 24 hours or so. It was like having a waterfront room at a luxury hotel--only better, because we were floating on St. Mark's Basin, not looking at the water across a stretch of pavement.


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Fog was moving in by the time we went ashore for our morning tour, and River Countess was half-hidden in the mist when we took these photos on the riva.


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The 72 passengers on board were split into four groups: Verdi, Bellini, Rossini, and the slower-paced Puccini group.


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The tour began with a walk to the Naval headquarters at Arsenale, the huge shipyard complex that employed 16,000 people and mass-produced ships for the Republic of Venice in its heyday 500 years ago.


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We meandered through the back streets of the Castello district, enjoying sights such as a water ambulance, gondoliers, one of Venice's two remaining oar and forcola (oarlock) workshops, and locals buying fruits and vegetables at a neighborhood product stand.


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Our walk led us to the Piazza San Marco and its adjoining Piazzetta, where police and pigeons were passing time on a cool, misty morning in early November.


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It's now illegal to feed pigeons in Venice's historic center, but the birds haven't given up hoping for handouts.


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Day-by-day River Countess cruise photos:
Day 1: Embarkation in Venice
Day 2: Venice
Day 3: Cruising to Chioggia, Padua
Day 4: Bologna
Day 5: Ravenna
Day 6: Verona
Day 7: Venice
Day 8: Disembarkation

Also see:
Uniworld River Countess cruise review
River Countess itinerary map
Venice Santa Marta pier (with map)
Venice for Cruisers