Chioggia (small Venice)
Chioggia called also small Venice is a small penisula between Laguna Veneta and river Po, near to Venice. The city center is situated on a islands group through canals an bridges. Chioggia lools like Venice, but small different also because in Chioggia you can see cars and public transport. The rest of the city is situated hinterland and includes foci of river Brenta and Adige with many others minor rivers and canals. Important is the Natural Reserve of Bosco Nordio that is a rare exemple of bush coast.
Legend of Chioggia is connected with Enea , hero escaped from destruction of Troia that sailed the Mediterranean sea to reach the Laguna Veneta. Infact the symbol of Chioggia is a red rampant lion on silver. Age of the city is about 2000 B.C. and the name Chioggia derived from Cluza: artificially constructed.
Visit Chioggia is absolute to do if you are in Italy around Venice being a small Venice with narrow streets called calle and canals. There are many medieval churches; for example the S. Maria church about 11 th that became cathedral in 1110. Also you can visit the S. Andrea church about 18 th with a bell tower from 11 to 12 th that is the most ancient tower watch in the world. Inside you can see the amazing crucifixion by Palma the Elder.
Being Chioggia near the sea you can also go to relax to the beach in Sottomarina beaches or Isola Verde (green island) beaches
Food and Fish Market
Chioggia have an history culture on fishing so you must see the fish market situated on the main Canal, you could feel the smell and follow it! So we suggest to taste some amazing fishes dishes that you can find on many small restaurants along canals and small streets ( calle ). Certainly you will satisfied on fishes dishes and is more c more cheap than Venice restaurants!