Chioggia, the little Venice in the Venetian Lagoon

Chioggia – Little Venice 
at the southern end of the lagoon

Chioggia/Italy (2012). – What do the cities of Chioggia and Venice have in common? Not so much but also a lot. For starters both cities share the Venetian Lagoon, the famous Venice is up on the north end, the fishing port Chioggia on the southern end of it. Therefore they are not far apart, measured on a map only 15 miles/25 km, actually driving distance is a bit less than an hour (35 miles/55 km). Chioggia carries the endearing nickname "Little Venice", most of all because it is a miniature version of "La Serenissima", how Venice is still called today by its legendary nickname. Chioggia resembles Venice not in all but in some. It has the Venetian piazzas and the Venetian style palazzos as well as the canals, the water transportation and the little alleys on dry land. What it doesn't have is gondolas, the tourist masses, the bad and expansive food and the Venetian arrogance. Even though Chioggia is the wrong place for gondola rides it is the absolute right place to look for great food – mostly seafood, after all it is a fishing town with a great fish market –, lace work, a more ordinary pace life style and more of whatever for your money. As much as some want Chioggia to be the "Little Venice" as much does the town have its own identity. And it shows it! 
The little harbor of the fishing village Chioggia
Charming village with a very long history
 Chioggia also offers quite a bit to photographers, granted it's no match to Venice, but it has its picturesque spots. Look out for the fish market in the early hours of the day for example, the obvious subject of the fishing town. Also the "Mercato dell'Antiquariato" where junk goes hand in hand with great valuables would be a great motive. No way you will miss the piazzas and palazzos on main street, the Corso del Popolo, anyway, or Chioggia's grand canal, the Vena. The town's cathedral, the duomo with its campanile, at the end of the Corso del Popolo is of course also worth a few shots. Not to forget the Torre di Santa Maria, the historic entrance to Chioggia and the port with the many fishing boats in their docks. With a little bit of luck you will catch artists painting in the city or women doing their traditional lace work.  

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