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From: Uniworld River Countess cruise review

Day 2: Venice (3)

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We had lunch in the Osteria Siena on the Sun Deck of River Countess, where a chef was making pizzas continuously. Salads, prosciutto, desserts, and drinks also were available.

The pizza was excellent--and possibly the best we've ever had in Venice.


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On our way back to our cabin, we checked out the buffet lunch in the restaurant, just to see what we'd missed. Cheryl couldn't resist trying a chocolate-covered banana from the display at the entrance to the dining room.


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During the afternoon, we took advantage of our free time by walking randomly in Castello and San Marco, where--as always--Cheryl seized every opportunity to photograph the local dogs.


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We saw an announcement for the impending Festa de San Martìn (Venetian dialect for the "Feast of St. Martin," a traditional Catholic holiday that is celebrated in Venice).


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Halloween, an imported holiday, has begun to make inroads in Italy. We noticed an abandoned Jack O'Lantern in a doorway even though the Halloween and All Saint's Day had passed.


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We also passed what may well be Venice's ugliest building: A modern community sports center made of concrete.  (Fortunately, the building is well-hidden in a side street off the waterfront, and most people never have to look at it.)


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On our way back to River Countess, Cheryl took this picture of our ship through the trees of a neighborhood park.


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After dinner, we caught the No. 1 vaporetto and rode across the water to the Lido di Venezia (the long, narrow barrier island that separates the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea).


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It was a cool night, but we sat in the bow and enjoyed the sensation of being out on the open water.

(Tip: If you're on a newer No. 1 vaporetto that doesn't have seating in the bow, walk through the enclosed passenger cabin to the sheltered outdoor seating area in the stern.)


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It was a fairly quick ride to Santa Maria Elisabetta, the Lido's main vaporetto stop.


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The street between the transit stop was quiet, with only one bus and a handful of local residents in sight.

(Note: Unlike central Venice, the Lido has cars and buses. Traffic isn't as heavy as it might be in a mainland resort or suburb, since the Lido is an island that can be reached only by water bus or car ferry.)


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We walked around the Lido for a while. Durant snapped this picture of products from Disney's Frozen in a toy-store window in honor of our 3-1/2-year-old granddaughter, who's devoted to Queen Elsa and Princess Anna.


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The Riva dei Sette Martiri was quiet when we returned by vaporetto to the Arsenale waterbus stop and walked the short distance to River Countess.


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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