Chioggia is a nice town situated some 50 kilometers far from Venice. It is called "Little Venice" because it has some similarities to this town. In fact Chioggia has several calli (narrow streets), bridges and canals.
I spent some days in Chioggia some years ago.
Corso del Popolo is the main street in Chioggia. It crosses the town from north to south.
On this long street you can see several old palaces. There is a good choice of cafes and shops here as well.
Every thursday the weekly market takes place along this street.
On the third sunday of june; every year the Palio della Marcillana is held on corso del Popolo. It is a series of events including a costume parade that celebrates the liberation of Chioggia from the Genoese in june 1380.
Ponte di Vigo is one of the eight bridges that cross canal Vena. It is located near the harbour.
It was built in masonry in 1685. It was embellished with Istrian marbles in 1762. This bridge substituted a previous one made of wood.
Canal Vena is one of the canals in Chioggia. It runs parallel to corso del Popolo. Along this canal there is a promenade with porticoes and lots of very old palaces. There are several shops and cafes along this canal.
I had lunch at Al Vecio Foghero some times. At this restaurant they have a good choice of first and second courses with meat, fish or sea food. They also have a good selection of pizzas. Once I asked for one of these. They brought me a large and tasty pizza.
I sat at a outdoor table all the times I went to that restaurant. It was too hot to eat inside. The outdoor tables of restaurant al Vecio Foghero are right on a narrow street (calle).
There aren' t any beaches in Chioggia, but there are many in Sottomarina. Practically there is a strip of 10 km of fine sandy beach there.
Sottomarina is part of Chioggia and it is situated on another island. It has everything the tourist likes or needs; hotels, restaurants, shops and cafes.
You can go to Sottomarina from Chioggia by bus; otherwise you can go there by foot. I suppose you have to walk around 1 km to get there. Start from San Giacomo bridge in Chioggia; near the church with the same name and go straight on.
It is possible to do a day trip to Venice from Chioggia; by boat. I didi it.
You have to take a boat to Pellestrina. Once there, take a bus near the boat pier. This will takes you to another spot in Pellestrina (an island not far from Chioggia) to take a boat to the island of Lido (this belongs to Venice).
The bus goes on the boat. After a short journey you get to Alberoni (part of the island of Lido). Get in the bus (if you went out) and wait until you are at the right stop. This is where you' ll be able to take a boat to Saint Mark' s square.
I arrived in Saint Mark' s square in order to visit the basilica. There was a long queue, so I decided to skip it. Then I choose to visit some churches. I bought a card named Chorus Pass, that enabled me to visit 16 churches within a year. I visited four churches in a day.
I headed to several campo (small squares), crossed a lot of bridges, had a "fast food" meal and took some pics.
Pellestrina is a 11 km long and narrow island. It is less than 2 km square meters long.
There are three villages on this island; Pellestrina, San Pietro in Volta and Portosecco.
Here you see lots of colorful houses and several others painted in pastel colors. Pellestrina isn' t a touristy place, but there is a good choice of restaurants, cafes and shops.
It is a nice island to spend some hours in the morning or in the afternoon.
Daily boats to Pellestrina depart from the harbour in Chioggia. The journey to the island takes around 20 minutes.
Pasticceria Flora is one of the many cafes on corso del Popolo. I went there several times to have dinner. Well, I visited that cafe for the so-called "happy hour". I usally asked for a non alcoholic fruit drink which came with a plate full of mini sandwiches, small slices of pizza and chips.
Once I finished these nibbles I could go to the counter and help myself with other food as much as I liked.
There were mostly slices of pizza and chips on the counter when I visited this cafe. The slices of pizza were good and also the non alcoholic fruit drink.
I could easily find a room in Chioggia even if it was high season. I booked a room at hotel Caldin' s. This is a bunch of rooms in a modern building; not a hotel. I had a three bed room, which wouldn' t have been large enough for three people but it was fine for me. My bed was comfortable.
The bathroom was quite small. It had the shower inside without a real base and a curtain that was useless. I had to be very careful not to flood the entire the bathroom floor when I took a shower.
In every room there is a boiling device to prepare coffee or tea. Some bags of tea, one or two packets of instant coffee and some packed cookies.