Chioggia is an important and particular Venetian city, a few steps from Venice, from which it resumes the characteristic streets and the lagoon. Unlike Venice itself, however, always under siege by tourists, Chioggia is undoubtedly quieter and cheaper, so much so that it is often chosen as a film set when the shooting is set in the capital. It has a historic center and an area dedicated to the seafront, on the island of Sottomarina.
- 10 things to see in Chioggia in a weekend
- What to see in Chioggia in one day: recommended itinerary
- Where to eat in Chioggia: the best restaurants
- What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Chioggia
- Plan your stay in Chioggia: info and useful tips
- User questions and comments
10 things to see in Chioggia in a weekend
1 - Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
È the main place of worship in the city of Chioggia and dates back to the seventeenth century, when it was built on the ashes of an ancient medieval church. The design of the church was entrusted to Baldassarre Longhena while the pipe organ, located just above the entrance door, was commissioned to Gaetano Callido. More recent are the Baptistery and the pulpit, which date back to at least the eighteenth century. The Duomo also houses a famous work by Cima da Conegliano, depicting a Madonna with Child.
- in the historic center, in the Duomo district - 300 meters from Corso del Popolo, within walking distance - Get directions
2 - Rifugium Peccatorum
It is the area that the inhabitants of the city call Sagraeto, precisely because it consists of a small churchyard near the Duomo. Its most characterizing element is the Madonna with Child, surmounted by a golden dome.
This statue, in front of which the condemned to death once paraded to receive the last blessing, once stood on the steps of the ancient town hall.
In this small courtyard there are also other eighteenth-century sculptures, with a less tormented history.
From this churchyard, it is also possible to see Porta Garibaldi, once the only access to the city.
- on foot, to the right of the Duomo - 500 meters from Corso del Popolo, within walking distance - Get directions
- always accessible
3 - Civic Museum of the South Lagoon
Also known as the San Francesco Fuori le Mura Civic Museum, this complex testifies the link between the city and the sea. Along the three floors through which the museum is divided, in fact, it is possible to admire archaeological finds in chronological order that show the evolution of the coast over time. Very interesting are also the objects belonging to the navy and the models that explain the phases of construction of the Bragozzo, or the typical local boat.
- located in Campo Marconi - 500 meters from Corso del Popolo, within walking distance - Get directions
- from 1st September to 11th June, from Tuesday to Friday, from 09:00 to 13:00; on Saturdays and Sundays, from 09:00 to 13:00, and from 15:00 to 18:00. Closed on Mondays, January 1st, December 25th and Easter day.
- € 4,00 for adults - reduced € 2,00 for groups over 20 people - free for children up to 18 years, for school groups and university students, upon presentation of a card. Single ticket of € 5,00 for the joint visit of the Olivi Museum.
4 - Sant'Andrea bell tower and Clock Tower
Also called Tower of Sant'Andrea, this bell tower about 30 meters high is from the Middle Ages and was intended to monitor Chioggia from above, especially the port area. Since 1389 it houses one of the oldest tower clocks in the world, to which a museum has recently been dedicated inside. It is articulated vertically, on seven floors, telling of history and religion. On the fifth floor you can absolutely admire the clock, while on the seventh you can enjoy a fantastic view of the city.
- Ponte Caneva - 240 meters from Corso del Popolo, within walking distance - Get directions
- on Sunday, from 10:30 to 12:00, or on specific request
- free offer
5 - Piazza Vigo
Piazza Vigo is the point where you can admire the whole vastness of the lagoon.
It is characterized by the presence of one of the symbols of the city, Colonna Vigo, that is a column on the top of which is positioned a small lion which, due to its small size, is defined by the inhabitants of the city El gato de Ciosa, the cat of Chioggia.
Another significant element is the Vigo bridge which has a masonry structure compared to the old wooden one: it crosses the Canal Vena, the most important watercourse in the city.
- 450 meters from Corso del Popolo, within walking distance - Get directions
- always accessible
6 - Retail fish market
È the most famous fish market in the city and its surroundings: it is characterized by a red awning, under which thirty fishmongers gather, called mògnoli, in the local dialect. The market is accessed by crossing the Take them to Prisca, a monumental entrance by Amleto Sartori in commemoration of a little girl, Prisca, who died at an early age and to whom her loved ones wanted to dedicate a memory over time, in the center of the city.
- between Corso del Popolo and Canal Vena - 100 meters from Corso del Popolo, within walking distance - Get directions
- every day, from 08:00 to 13:00; closed on Mondays.
7 - Sottomarina Island
Located between the Adriatic and the historic center, north of the mouth of the Brenta, the island of Sottomarina is Chioggia Mare, that is the part of the city that develops precisely on the sea and which in summer is besieged by tourists and bathers, as it is strongly equipped with beaches and other leisure opportunities. For those wishing to dedicate themselves to a historical visit, you can reach Forte San Felice, a fort built in the mid-sixteenth century. Chioggia and Sottomarina are connected by the San Giacomo bridge.
- from Corso del Popolo, with a walk of about a quarter of an hour, or with the urban bus line 7 - Get directions
- always accessible
8 - Giuseppe Olivi Museum of Adriatic Zoology
This museum, the interior of which it houses one of the most important collections of marine animals of the Adriatic, is housed within the walls of Palazzo Grassi and was built between 1703 and 1714, at the behest of an ancient family of merchants from Chioggia. Among the various specimens, the largest and, perhaps, the most important one is the basking shark. The museum has a mainly didactic function and, in fact, numerous events are organized inside it for adults and children aimed at environmental education and awareness of the marine ecosystem.
- in Riva Canal Vena, 400 meters from Corso del Popolo, within walking distance - Get directions
- from Tuesday to Sunday, from 09:00 to 13:00; on Saturday from 15:00 to 18:00. From 8 June to 31 August, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 18:00 to 23:00. Closed on Mondays.
- € 4,00 for adults - reduced € 2,00 for groups over 20 people - free for children up to 18 years, for school groups and university students, upon presentation of a card. Single ticket of € 5,00 for the joint visit of the Civic Museum.
9 - Church of San Martino
Located in the square next to the most famous cathedral, this one Church built in late Gothic style it was built by the inhabitants of Sottomarina following the War of Chioggia, who moved to the city after the collapse of the seaside resort. It is characterized by an internal construction in uncovered and painted bricks, while on the outside it shows an intertwining of ogival arches, in hand-worked brick. The windows, as in the Gothic tradition, are tall and narrow, to let in little light. Inside, it houses an important polyptych attributed to Paolo Veneziano.
- in the immediate vicinity of the Duomo, 300 meters from Corso del Popolo, within walking distance - Get directions
10 - Church of San Domenico
The church of San Domenico is located on a small island that can be reached by crossing the bridge of the same name. It is particularly dear to the inhabitants of Chioggia since it preserves an important crucifix, the Christ of San Domenico, that legend has it that the fishermen of the city found it and brought it back as a symbol on the sails and on the prows. But the church also houses the depiction of St. Paul, by Carpaccio, which dates back to the early Renaissance.
- 600 meters from Corso del Popolo, crossing the San Domenico bridge, within walking distance - Get directions
What to see in Chioggia in one day: recommended itinerary
Morning - Our day tour to Chioggia starts in the morning, after a breakfast at the Bac Caffè Bar, on Corso del Popolo. Then we enter the historic center, passing through through the city gate, Porta Garibaldi. From there, we are going to first visit the cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and then the churchyard in front, known as Refugium Peccatorum. Right next to this square, we also find the Church of San Martino. With a walk of 300 meters, passing again next to the Garibaldi gate, we reach the Civic Museum of the South Lagoon. At the end of the visit, we walk along Corso del Popolo and visit the famous fish market, before closing at 13pm. Walking among the stalls of fishmongers will surely come hungry, so we stop at the Antico Toro restaurant for lunch.
Afternoon - After having lunch, we stop to admire the Torre di Sant'Andrea and the Clock Museum, and then continue to Piazzetta Vigo, to observe the panorama of the lagoon and see the Vigo bridge, which crosses the Vena canal. After just 200 meters, crossing the bridge of the same name, we reach the islet that houses the Church of San Domenico. If we are in the summer, on the road that leads to Sottomarina, we can stop at the "Giuseppe Oliva" Museum of Adriatic Zoology (otherwise open only in the morning).
From here, either we continue on foot for about a quarter of an hour, or we take the number 7 of the urban bus line and reach the island of Sottomarina to spend the evening. Before having dinner, however, we take a few minutes to admire the San Felice fort from the outside and then we go to the seafront, where we find our restaurant, All'Arena.
One day itinerary at a glance
- Breakfast at Caffè Bac
- Porta Garibaldi
- Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and Refugium Peccatorum
- Church of San Martino
- Civic Museum of the South Lagoon
- Retail fish market
- Lunch at Antico Toro restaurant
- Sant'Andrea Tower and Clock Museum
- Piazzetta Vigo
- Church of San Domenico
- Sottomarina Island
- Dinner at All'Arena restaurant
Where to eat in Chioggia: the best restaurants
- Bac Coffee Bar: bar restaurant located on the main street of the city is open from breakfast to dinner and is ideal for a snack, an aperitif or a light meal. It also has outdoor seating.
Average price per person: € 5,00 for breakfast
Address and contacts: Corso del Popolo, 1242 - Get directions - Tel. 0415507102
- Antico Toro Restaurant: mainly offers Mediterranean cuisine, is open for both lunch and dinner and accepts reservations. Specializing in cocktails, it is also open after midnight.
Average price per person: € 20,00
Address and contacts: Corso del Popolo, near Canal Vena - Get directions - Tel. 041400560
- All'Arena Restaurant: near the Sottomarina seafront, this is a restaurant specializing in fish cuisine. Inside, a spiral staircase leads to the rooms at the top.
Average price per person: € 45,00
Address and contacts: Viale Amerigo Vespucci, 4, Sottomarina - Get directions - Tel. 0415544265
What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Chioggia
Chioggia offers various opportunities for evening entertainment and night and the various attractions are divided between the historic center, in particular between Corso Popolo and the canals, and Sottomarina, the seaside resort. For those who want to have fun, there are lounge bars, cocktail bars and discos, the latter mostly far from the center.
The best pubs, clubs and discos
- Alcoholic Workshop Chioggia: this place in the historic center is one of the most popular in Chioggia since, starting from 18:00 pm, it opens for an aperitif. However, after dinner, he specializes in serving cocktails and spirits, accompanied by music or other events.
Address: piazzetta Duomo - Get directions
- Caribbean Disco Dancing: as the name indicates, this place mainly organizes events related to Caribbean dances and is a real meeting point for those who love to dance with this type of music. It also has a room dedicated to house music.
Address: Lungomare Adriatico 1 (Sottomarina) - Get directions
- InDiga Sottomarina: is the reference point of the Sottomarina nightlife, this beach establishment which organizes events with internationally renowned artists at night and which allows you to dance until morning. For lovers of tranquility, there is also a terrace where you can have an aperitif.
Address: via San Felice 3 (Sottomarina) - Get directions
Plan your stay in Chioggia: info and useful tips
- on the highway, with the A4 towards Padua, or with the A13, exit Monselice. By train, the most easily accessible station is Mestre, connected to Chioggia by bus line 80 which takes you to the city in about 45 minutes. The same line 80 is also valid to reach Chioggia from the city of Venice. The closest airport, on the other hand, is Venice: to reach the city center, you can take bus line 85 which connects the center of Chioggia in just over an hour.
- Getting around: the best way to visit Chioggia is on foot, thanks to the proximity of all the attractions and the chance to better appreciate its streets. However, if you also want to visit the less central areas, such as Sottomarina or Isola Unione, there are several urban bus lines of the ACTV company that reach the seafront from the center: there are eight lines and mostly the terminus is located in Isola of the Union, although it can also go up in the center, with the Corso del Popolo stop.
- Where to park: if you arrive by car, in Chioggia there are at least four large car parks, near the historic center. Those in the immediate vicinity do not allow daily parking and are those behind the Civic Museum or in the center, perhaps next to Carlo Goldoni's house. Just five minutes on foot, however, you can park in the Isola Unione area - Get directions - or in Saloni - Get directions - where there is also a multi-storey car park, if you want to leave your car indoors.
- Hotels and b & b starting from € 53,00 per night -
- What to see in the surroundings: Venice (53km away, 50 minutes by car), Padua (47km away, 56 minutes by car), Rovigo (55km away, 55 minutes by car)