"Ultimate Boats and Ships Town" Top 5 Page for this destination Chioggia by painterdave

Chioggia Travel Guide: 43 reviews and 209 photos

Chioggia -- Fishing Center of the Veneto

if you like those painted boats you see in postcards, if you like to smell the sea and feel the air, if you want to get away from the tourist crowds of Venice, and if you want to taste fresh seafood right off the boat, then you should visit Chioggia.
This town, roughened by fishermen whose hands tell the story of their work, is so interesting and different than nearby Venice. The boats are lined up along the docks, so bring your cameras and enjoy the day as you walk along the many streets parallel to the water and that lead away from the docks.
This is not essentially a tourist town, and I first heard of it when I noticed that a lot of American painters were bringing their classes here for a week of painting. So i went to check it out, and found out this is quite the place for charm.
If you have extra days for visiting the beach, there is a "wild" beach near here, too. Wild to italians is not wilderness, but you do have to hike a little over 10 minutes through the woods to get there. See my tip and also two on restaurants.
I am including here some fotos of boats to show you what to expect. Also included is one on parking (see transportation)

Foto of Boats

Artistic painting on side of boat in Chioggia canal

Canal shot

The town has canals like Venice for their small boats. You can walk along most of these and use the sun for your camera shots.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Far Fewer Tourists
  • Cons:Food Prices a bit on the high side (less that Venezia)
  • In a nutshell:Great for Painting and Photos
  • Last visit to Chioggia: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated Apr 11, 2012
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