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Day 2: Venice (departure for Alberoni)

LA BELLA VITA departs Venice

Shortly after 4 p.m., Mattia Toninato--La Bella Vita's deckhand--removed the barge's lines from bollards along the Riva di San Biagio.

Mattia Toninato and Roger Pagnin

Mattia stepped on board as engineer Roger Pagnin (foreground) kept an eye on the riva.

LA BELLA VITA in St. Mark's Basin

Yacht Marpala in Venice

Soon, were leaving the waterfront and our berthmate, the vintage motor yacht Marpala, behind.


We,  in turn, were left in the dust (or, more literally, in the water) by Carnival Sunshine, which passed La Bella Vita on its way to the Adriatic.


Uniworld RIVER COUNTESS in Venice, Italy

A few minutes later, we cruised past Uniworld's River Countess as we slowly motored east along the Venice waterfront.

LA BELLA VITA in Venetian Lagoon

La Bella Vita's daily program called for two hours of cruising between Venice's historic center and the village of Alberoni, at the southern end of the Lido di Venezia.

Bricole in La Laguna Veneta

The navigation channels were marked by bricole, which are traditional clusters of wooden pilings.

Island in Venetian Lagoon

As we cruised along, we passed a number of islands. Some were inhabited, while others looked abandoned.

Pier in Alberoni

We reached our berth in Alberoni around 6 p.m.

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In this day-by-day photo diary:
Day 1 - Embarkation and Venice
Day 2 - Venice, Alberoni
Day 3 - Chioggia, Ca' Zen
Day 4 - Adria, Bagnoli Estate
Day 5 - Ferrara
Day 6 - Mantua
Day 7 - Disembarkation

Also see:
La Bella Vita cruise review (8 pages)
Satellite map of cruising region and high points
Venice for Visitors