The majority of people who arrives in our hotel wants to visit the romantic city of Venice. They don’t know, however, that another sight to see is the charming Chioggia.
Less than 40 km from our hotel, Chioggia is a town that develops itself on two main islands and several smaller in the southern part of the Venetian Lagoon, crossed along its entire length (N-S) by three parallel canals. A bridge with 45 arcades, 250 m long, connects Chioggia to a strip of mainland on which there is the railway station. Chioggia is one of the major fishing ports of Italy. In the opposite sand bar grew up since 1960, the important seaside resort of Sottomarina.
Long nicknamed the “little Venice” for the urbanization of its historic centre similar to the one of the lagoon city, with narrow streets and canals crossed by bridges, which make it look like a fishbone.
People who visit Chioggia can do a lot of things : they can, in fact, stop to admire its art; immerse themselves in its magical lagoon atmosphere ; sit in one of the many cafes and watch the stroll of the local people and tourists, hear the saline and the scent of freshly caught fish, retrace the environments told by Goldoni and Comisso or observe the magnificent succession of boats that rise and descend the canals. Then, at the end of June, the visitor has the chance to attend the Palio della Marciliana, which bring back Chioggia at the medieval ages during the war between the Venetians and the Genoese (1378-1381).
In short, Chioggia is not Venice, but is very close to be it.
- Church of San Domenico
The island of San Domenico is reachable from the mainland through the bridge with the same name of the island. Here the Church of San Domenico stands. which dates back to the 13th century and then modified several times over the years. The church, over the centuries, suffered a lot of historical events: from the suppression of the order from the Serenissima to the occupation of the Napoleonic army. the Romanesque Bell Tower remains of the ancient temple with wonderful mullioned windows.
Inside the church we can admire very precious paintings: San Paolo, the last masterpiece signed by Vittore Carpaccio (1455-1526); The apparition of Jesus to St. Tommaso d’Aquino by Jacopo Robusti, known as Tintoretto (1518-94).
- Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
It was built on the foundations of an ancient temple (probably dating from the century VIII), named after St. Mary mother of God, which was destroyed by a fire on the night between 25 and 26 June 1623.
The work was commissioned to the architect Baldassare Longhena (sec. XVII) who presented a design, where he combined with harmony the Corinthian and Ionic architectural orders. On the façade you can admire the marble statues of the holy martyrs Felice e Fortunato, Patrons of the city and Diocese of Chioggia, once housed in the Church sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Navicella in Sottomarina, dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, which were placed in these two niches at the end of the century XVIII.
- Granaio’s Palace
It is one of the most ancient building of the city (1322),closed to the public, anterior of the war of Chioggia, in Gothic style very sober. It was used to store the corn for the community, and was originally based on 64 columns. On the front there is a niche with an image of The Virgin and the Son probably by Jacopo Sansovino (1486-1570).
- Vigo Bridge
This bridge is considered “the balcony of the city” and the most artistic of the nine bridges crossing Vena canal, which represents what for Venice is Rialto Bridge. It was built in 1685 and then adorned with marble from Istria in 1762.
- Church of the Filippini
After the bridge of the Vena Canal, on the opposite side of the square there is this church, which was built in 1722 for will of the Manin Family. To this family belonged the last of the Dogi, son of the Earl Manin. This church is also adorned with paintings of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century of Pace Base, Palo Pellesina, Antonio Vianelli and Francesco Fontebasso (1709-1769). Above the entrance door there is a work of the XVI century of uncertain attribution called La lavanda dei piedi.
- Church of San Domenico http://bit.ly/22CmkNK
- The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta http://bit.ly/1XBokV9
- Granaio’s Palace http://bit.ly/1r30ac9
- Vigo Bridge http://bit.ly/22CqogT
- Church of the Filippini http://bit.ly/1TY4KDv
The city of Chioggia has a strong and ancient tradition regarding the fish and fishing has always been a task of prime importance for this town. It is therefore easy to understand why the retail fish market of Chioggia has become a crucial place for trade and retail sale of fish products. The market is located between the city’s main square, Piazza del Popolo, and canal Vena, exactly close to Palazzo Granaio, and it consists of around thirty seats of fishmongers from surrounding areas. The fish sold in retail fish market of Chioggia comes from the wholesale market, which is also located in the city. The fishing system studied in the laggon allows fish supply such as sole, sea bream, sea bass and scallops, sardines and anchovies. Best selling seafood products are the cuttlefish, squid, shrimps, Tiger shrimps, octopuses and crabs, as regards mussels are the most the caparossoli, the peoci and the bevarasse. Chioggia developed this market thanks to the various types of fishing practiced both in the lagoon’s offshore: trawling, fishing with nets and turbochargers are just a few examples of methods of catching fish. The freshness of the fish youfind in the retail fish market of Chioggia is ensured by daily supply that is done around 4 a.m. In this way you will find the fish caught during the night. (For further information: http://www.chioggiapesca.com/)
Annual events in Chioggia!
- Fish Festival during the month of July, a Festival dedicated to the flavours of the sea and the lagoon and the rediscovery of the traditions of fishermen with typical local dishes in the stands set up by the local associations that delight you with the most classic recipes such as “saor”, fried with polenta, tasting dishes prepared with “bibarasse in cassopipa”, the cuttlefish with polenta and the inevitable grilled fish http://bit.ly/22OFdz1
- Palio della Marciliana, in late June, make you revive the medieval Chioggia during the war between the Venetians and Genoese (1378-1381). http://www.marciliana.com/
isola Verde is a small seaside resort in the municipality of Chioggia, remained untouched by the chaos of the city, bounded by the mouth of the Brenta and Adige, separated by a few kilometers, and from a canal called “Busiola” that connects the two rivers.
Sparsely populated, the island was mostly oriented to a vegetable cultivation and hunting by inhabitants of Sottomarina.
The presence of receptive activities nationwide as camping Isamar and the exclusive beach resort Sabbia e Sale feeling beach is very important for the local economy. The rest of the island is still intended for cultivation. Moreover, there are several nature trails that crisscross the island.
- Radicchio from Chioggia http://bit.ly/26juAa6
- Chioggia Carrots http://bit.ly/1qGhVgy
- Green celery from Chioggia http://bit.ly/1MMTfxj
- Chioggia giant catalogna chicory http://bit.ly/1VLLFpg
- Marine pumpkin of Chioggia http://bit.ly/22TlQD1
- Barena honey http://bit.ly/1VGMqAw