The “little Venice”, a city on the water with astonishing charm

Delve into the magic of the streets between the picturesque San Domenico and Lombardo channels that make Chioggia a small Venice. Of Roman origins, this strip of Venice was populated with the influx of people from the Venetian hinterland fleeing the barbarian invasions.

The architectural heritage is made of houses of unique colors and forms in the center of the lagoon, in which there are also natural features to be safeguarded and protected. The shouting of local people from Chioggia at the open market feels like an open-air party.

Campo S. Caterina, a radiant and aristocratic square that Curzio Malaparte called a big café, is always teeming with people. The Clock Tower stands here, a former lighthouse and watchtower that is now a museum that houses the history of Chioggia. An astrological clock and belfry can be seen on top of this tower.

Walking through the alleys, the Domo can be seen. This cathedral is dedicated to the local patron saints of San Felice and Fortunato, and the church of S. Martino has an altarpiece attributed to the Paleovenetian era.

The fish market is held every morning and is directly supplied by the fishermen that come in from the sea early in the morning. "Bragozzi", typical colorful boats are still moored in the port of Chioggia. The ancient tradition of lace is still practiced thanks to skilful seamstresses who work with spindles and bobbins.

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