Traveling by way of Milano, we drive into the Padana Valley for town of Cremona. There we board the newest riverboat, the River Cloud II of Sea Cloud Cruises, for our journey down the Po River. Stops include towns like Boretto, for Parma, Ferrara, Polessela, and Porto Viro before navigating through the Po Delta and out into the Adriatic. Once out in the sea, we head north for first entry in the Venice Lagoon and sailing past charming towns on the Lido before docking in the Doroduro section on the Canale Della Giudecca at the Stazione Marittima where we stayed docked for several days of exploration of the wonders plus the famous Bienniale.
River Cloud II just barely makes it through a lock on the river near Cremona. This ship was specially built for travel on the Po.
Morning mist rises as we glide along.
Now inside the Venice Lagoon, we pass close by one the towns on the Lido
Notice the trucks on a docked barge, in preparation for a concert in the Piazzetta San Marco.
Gondola boatyard found on a secluded canals.
The magnificent entry portals of San Marco.
Inside San Marco - no flash used!
The Doges Palace bathed in pink evening light of the setting sun.