It is possbile to visit Venice from Chioggia as a day trip by boat. There isn't a direct boat to Saint Mark's square though. 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 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, which is 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 piazza Saint Mark's square and wished 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.
Canal Vena is one of the canals in Chioggia. It is crossed by nine bridges. It runs parallel to corso del Popolo.
Along this canal there is a promenade with porticoes. Under these you can see various shops and cafes.
Pellestrina is a 11 km long island.
There are lots of colorful houses and several painted in pastel colors. It isn't a touristy place, but there is a good choice of restaurants, cafes and shops.
I'd say it is a nice island where to spend a nice morning or afternoon.
Daily boats to Pellestrina depart from the harbour in Chioggia. The journey to the island takes around 20 minutes.
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.
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 1km to get there. Start from St. Giacomo bridge in Chioggia; near the church with the same name and go straight on.
I am a watercolorist...Therefore,....
Many painting groups are brought to Chioggia as the old boats, docks and fishermen make great scenes to capture. When I lived in the U.S. and belonged to the California Watercolor Association I noticed that many famous watercolorists formed tours and took them to Chioggia. When I moved here I could not wait to find out why. This place is awesome in the Spring and Summer. Much like a Venice but with a hard design and these fishermen are the real deal. They live a hard life, and you get that feel here.
Less tourists here, too. So you can set up and not be bothered by people. In the summer Venice is overloaded, and if you stand back, it looks like an ant pile of people. Chioggia gives one a break from all this.
Along Fondamenta San Domenica are docked many very large fishing boats. In the morning you will see them unloading their catch. You can sit at one of the many bars, have a coffee and watch the action.
The photo here includes a fisherman separating his catch of small crabs. He takes the ones that have a soft shell, and puts them back into the water. The ones with harder shells end up on someones plate for Pranzo (lunch).
There is a boat ride that takes you out onto the bay, and around Chioggia so that you can photo the boats and harbor and get a feel of how it used to fell when you entered Venice from Chioggia. (This actually was a popular way, Chioggia to Venice as the train station stopped here and you took a boat from Chioggia on to Venice entering from the water rather than the train station on the other side from Padova.
This medium sized boat is piloted by one fellow and on a nice day would be very a pleasurable experience.
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If you are visiting Chioggia during a Sunday do not miss to go to the top of the San'Andrea Tower.
It is not a very long stair and you will have a great view of the center of town and the little canals.
Inside the tower you will also see the mechanism of the tower clock that is supposed to be the second oldest clock in the world, the first one is in Salzburgh, Austria.
The entrance has a entrance fee of 1,5 euros and there are always a bunch of volontiers willing to take you to the top and explain all about it.
Be careful at the time you start your climb, the bells at the top go off every hours, probably also 30 minutes, and they will be banging right in your ears!!
Sant'Andrea occupying the central position of Corso del Popolo, the main street in Chioggia. It seems to be the most popular church for the service among the locals or maybe its because the Duomo was closed when I was visiting Chioggia. The main body of the church is 18th century construction and has a bell tower from the 11th century provided with the most ancient tower watch in the world. The interior of the church preserves a valuable peace of art, "Crucifixion" by Palma the Elder.
Museo della Laguna Sud is accross the canal, opposite to the Duomo and nearby Porta Garibaldi. The building was once a church dedicated to San Francesco and later was used as a bud depot. The museum contains rich collection of the artefacts, pictures and documents related to the history of the southern part of the Venice Lagoon. The collection also includes model of boats. The traditional and very pitoresque local styled boats are moored alongside the museum, in a small canal.
One of the first landmarks you see after arriving by waterbus.
This attractive Istrian stone bridge is guarded by 4 lions. When I passed over here later in the evening, it was apparent that this was a popular place for teenagers and 'courting couples' to 'hang out'
There was some construction work going on around here, but this was hidden from street level by attractive pictures of sailing boats.
Crossing the bridge, brings you to the Navy offices and a small church (which was closed), from here, you can start your wanderings.
From the vaporetto stop, head forward a few steps, and to your left is a bridge-Ponte Vigo. The small square is Piazzetta Viga. Look for the much maligned 'Cat of San Marco' -it's the lion at the top of the column. The street in front of you is Corso del Populo, which is the towns main street.
Three other 'main' streets run parallel to this, ( Fondamente Canal Lombardo (to the right), Fondamente della Vena, and Fondamente San Domenico (to the left) and they are connected by narrow streets, (that are set in a 'herring bone' pattern) and bridges that cross the towns three canals.
Canal Lombardo is to the right of Corso del Populu. Canale San Dominico is to the far left, and Canale Vena flows parallel to the Corso, and is probably the most picturesque.
The town maintains its Roman origins, of its grid like town plan. Town Map
Cross Ponte San Giacomo, to reach the islet and busy fishing harbour, with its colourful boats, and frantic fish auctions
So, it is probably easier to find your way around Chioggia, than Venice.
Enjoy wandering up and down the narrow streets, some are through arch ways, there are lots of surprises too! Balconies with colourful plants, washing drying in the sun, children playing football or roller blading, a hidden 'shrine', locals enjoying a chat from their windows. Men playing cards in the harbourside bars, fishermen mending nets or unloading their catches, the bustle of the fish market/ auction house, and the passegietta the evening stroll, where locals of all ages promenade up and down the main street. Catch the sunset over the lagoon.
I particularly enjoyed the reflections of the buildings and sky of Canale della Vena.
The church of San Domenico Confessore is the only important sight of Chioggia which is situated out of Corso del Popolo. It sits on its own island, called Isola del Cantien, situated on the top of Canale San Domenico.
The church contains one of the Chioggia's greates treasures, "St. Paul" by Carpaccio his last recorded painting. There are also works by Tintoretto and Bassano inside the church. Along with valuable works of art church contains numerous "tolele", naive art made by the locals.
According to the church guide, venerated wooden crucifix is the oldest in the world. That reminded me on the same statments I could hear in some other places, I wonder how many "the oldest" could excist?
There are four chanels inside the city area and among them Canale Vena is the most attractive. It goes right throughout the central part of the city, parallel with Corso del Popolo, and ends by Ponte Vigo. The chanel is full of very pitoresque local styled boats, coloured in vivid colours. Canale Vena reminds me alot on chanals I have seen in Burano.
Corso del Popolo ends with Piazzetta Vigo, probably the most attractive spot in whole of Chioggia. There is small but magnificent marble bridge which looks alike to smaller version of Rialto in Venice. From Ponte Vigo burst perfect view at the whole of Chioggia lagoon and Canale Vena on the other side. Don't miss it.