Why Visit Chioggia?:
In summer, Chioggia makes a good base for exploring Venice. Its hotels, restaurants, and bars are generally less costly than those in Venice. It can also be visited as a day trip from Venice.
Travel to Chioggia :
Chioggia to Venice Transportation:
Other options are a bus from Chioggia to Piazzale Roma in Venice or the train, changing in Rovigo and taking over two hours.
Where to Stay in Chioggia:
What to See and Do in Chioggia:
- Corso del Popolo, the wide main street through the heart of the historic center, is a good place for strolling, shopping, or enjoying a drink at an outdoor table (here there's not a big price increase for sitting outside).
- Piazzetta Vigo and Bridge Piazzetta Vigo is at the end of Corso del Popolo by the port. Here you'll find a bar, ice cream, hotel, souvenir shops, and sometimes entertainment. From the square a picturesque white marble bridge crosses the Vena Canal to the Church of San Domenico. Just around the corner to the left of the piazza is the port where the vaporetto (boat bus) and tourist boat docks.
- Fish Market - Chioggia has a great fresh fish market on weekday mornings. (See fish market pictures on Wanderer's Eye Travel Photography) Many restaurants serve fantastic seafood meals for less than you'd pay in Venice.
- Clock Tower and clock musuem, on Corso del Popolo, can be visited on Sundays and holidays.
- The Duomo, or cathedral is at the opposite end of Corso del Popolo from the port. It became a cathedral in 1110 but was rebuilt in 1623. The cathedral has a marble pulpit with gold canopy and a decorated 17th century altar. There's a nice 19th century stained glass window. Next to the duomo is a 14th century bell tower.
- The Sacred Art Museum is near the duomo. It contains items from the churches and religous paintings but has limited hours.
- The Museum of the South Lagoon is in a building that was once a monastary. It houses artifacts and pictures relating to the south lagoon including models of boats, agricultural equipment, and some paintings. There's an old stone town gate near the museum.
- Sottomarina is lined with fine sand beaches and there's a walking street that runs along the sea. The town is modern and has several hotels.