La Bella Vita Barge Cruise Photos
Day 3: Alberoni to Chioggia
When we got up on Tuesday morning, La Bella Vita was already underway. The barge cruised past Pellestrina, a fishing and boat-building town along the narrow sandbar between the Adriatic Sea and the Venetian Lagoon.
We tied up just to the south of Pellestrina's town center.
In this photo, Roger Pagnin--La Bella Vita's engineer--is placing rope railings on the barge's aluminum gangway.
We moored near Pellestrina just long enough for a bike ride into town before breakfast, and for taking a picture of La Bella Vita's bridge:
As we left Pellestrina, we saw a rainbow. (In this photo, Venice is out of sight behind the fishnets and the flying seagull.)
The channel was filled with ships, excursion boats, fishing vessels, and even a vaporetto on its way from Chioggia to Venice:
The isthmus became narrower as we cruised south. Here, you can see a woman getting her morning exercise on the seawall between the Adriatic (background) and the Lagoon (foreground), with a containership visible in the distance.
La Bella Vita passed dozens of fishing and clamming huts on the short voyage between Pellestrina and Chioggia.
A small ship was at our pier in Chioggia, but its captain moved it out of the way, and we were moored at our berth a few minutes later:
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