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The sixth most populous city in the Veneto region, Chioggia occupies a singular geographical position: between the sea and the lagoon, almost suspended between different shades of blue of the sky and water. Its structure has always intrigued scholars, travelers and writers, to the point of considering it a classic and highly cited example of an urban plan, thanks to the "Corso del Popolo", the true heart of the city, which crosses the historic center of Chioggia from north to south .
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About the village

Chioggia (Cióxa in veneto chioggiotto) is located at the southern edge of the lagoon of Venice, in Veneto. With the Adriatic Sea to the east, north of the Delta of the Po, the village rises on a cluster of islets separated by channels and mutually connected by bridges.

The legend about the origins of Chioggia connects to that of Aeneas, mythical hero troiano fled the destruction of Troy that sailed for the Mediterranean and then settle down in Latium. With Enea And they journeyed also Antenore, Aquilio and Clodio that in the middle of the journey, separated from their fellow countryman toward Laguna Veneta founding respectively Padova, Aquileia and Clodia. A proof of this mythical foundation there is the symbol of the city, a rampant lion red on silver, chosen from Clodio itself in memory of his hometown, and the name of the city itself.

It can be assumed the birth of the city around 2000 B.C. by the Pelasgians, people of navigators originating in Thessaly, that would have colonized many cities in the coasts of the Adriatic. The name Chioggia and then derives from Cluza, "constructed artificially," to explain with the insular nature-lagoon of the city that without human modifications would have been submerged by water to every high tide. Other names present in the city are of undoubted preellenica origin, as Lusenzo channel and lagoon that is located between Chioggia and Sottomarina, Bebe, ancient tower which served as an outpost at the boundary between the Venetian territory and Paduan, Perotolo and Evrone. The first settlements are then by localizing toward the current Foce del Brenta, which at the time was another of the doors of the lagoon, with the name of Brondolo, in the islet of Vicus east of the Fossa Clodia, channel that corresponds now to Laguna del Lusenzo, and in the Evrone, which corresponds to the port of Chioggia. It is certain that the city was already present in the roman age. Proof of this is the typical structure of the geometric crosslinked that distinguishes Chioggia, formed by a "cardo", the current progress of the people, and by a "decumanus". As for all the Venetian cities, Chioggia was part of the "Tenth regio", which also included the Istria. Chioggia was especially important for its salt pans and its center of production of "Clugiae Sal" is considered one of the most prized by Cassiodoro and Pliny itself. The produced salt was essential for trade and its value allowed for people to be able to buy any other goods are often difficult to find in the lands of the lagoon. The "Clugiae Sal", salt of Chioggia, was considered a good of the State, which will bring the Confederazione Veneziana to combat numerous times against Padovani, Ferraresi, Romagnoli and Bologna, since it is imposed as a single commodity exchange for trade, to the detriment of other types of salt less renowned. With the slow decline of the Roman Empire, began to arrive also the first Barbarian populations that on many occasions there were not made scruples in razziare and devastate the rich lands of the Romans. The first to invade the venetian were the Visigoths that in the 401 d.C., controlled by their king Alaric, tried to go up to the Piemonte but suffered numerous defeats, while in 404 followed the Alans and vandals. Only 7 years later the Visigoths return in Italy and descending from the Venice arrive up to Rome grabbing and saccheggiandola. Between all the invasions, the more memorable is the Huns in 452 A.D. that, controlled by Attila took and destroyed Aquileia, Padova, Verona and numerous other lands of the region.

In 568 was formed the first venetian State, composed by the largest city of the adriatic coast governed by tribuni. The islands most conspicuous were: Grado, Bibione Caorle, Eraclea, Equilio, Torcello, Murano, Rialto, Malamocco, Poveglia, Chioggia Greater and Lesser Chioggia. The Chioggia Greater corresponded to the current Chioggia inside the lagoon, while the lower corresponded more or less to the current Sottomarina old overlooking the sea. In the years to follow for Chioggia and there was a period of prosperity, dotted with some small war with rivals Padovani and Treviso and by the arrival of the Barbarossa in the city which signed the "Treaty Clodiano" in 1177, preliminary to Venice which sanctioned a brief period of peace between the Empire and municipalities. From the point of view of political and administrative level, it passed from the tribuni to the podestà, a messenger of the city of Venice the representative of the Republic in the most important cities, which marked the beginning of the supremacy of Venice on internal policies of other cities in the Veneto region. An important page in the history of the city came during the so-called war of Chioggia (commemorated in the Palio della Marciliana), the last battle between the Republic of Genoa and the Serenissima Republic of Venice. In 1379 the city fell into the hands of Genoa, to then be reconquered by Venetian intervention in 1380. Chioggia became part of the Republic of Venice until 1797, the year in which he fell into the hands of the troops of Napoleon Bonaparte. Following the treaty of Campoformio, in 1798 the town passed in the hands of Austria, Under whose sovereignty remained except for a brief period in which subentrarono again french, until 1866, the year in which Chioggia was annexd to the fledgling Italian State at the end of the third war of independence, when, despite the military defeats suffered by the Italian forces, with the notable exception of the formations garibaldine, thanks to an alliance with Prussia, the Austrian government was forced to cede the Veneto and part of today's northeast Italy.

The historic center of Chioggia, if observed from above, appears in the shape of a fish-bone. The city is called the Little Venice for the urban features of the ancient area very similar to that of Venice, the capital of Veneto to which the city is connected. In Chioggia - kind of island connected to the mainland by a few roads - are present, then, like Venice, calluses, fields and channels. The main - from the point of view of tourism for the typicality of palaces and churches that there overlook - is the aforementioned Canal vein, crossed by nine bridges, in many respects similar to those present in Venice. The most impressive is the bridge Vigo that closes the channel near the lagoon leading to the homonymous square facing the station of boats directed to Pellestrina and in which reigns a high column surmounted by the lion Marciano, symbol of pride veneto but ironically called by the Venetians El Gato (CATS) because of much smaller than those of the lion of Venice, because of strong quarrels, the famous "rough", between the Venetians and chioggiotti, recent believing himself to be offended by the contempt that this epithet preclude.

The main resource and source of development is the fishing that makes Chioggia one of seaports more important Adriatic. Another source of income for this city is given by the agricultural production of radicchio (Rosa di Chioggia).

Carlo Goldoni - who lived for some years in Poli Palace - has set in this city one of his comedies more known, Le baruffe chiozzotte, represented for the first time at the Teatro San Luca of Venice in 1762.

The Canals of Chioggia
Chioggia is also known for its canals which are the protagonists of the beauty of the city through the words and photographs of the inhabitants themselves. Their purpose is to supply fresh water to neighboring areas and serve as a link between the Adriatic Sea and the Venice Lagoon. These are not only an essential element of the Italian landscape, but also represent an important historical and cultural heritage.

Three canals cross the historic center, dividing it. The most picturesque is the Vena canal, ridden by nine bridges (of Vigo, Caneva, Sant'Andrea, della Pescheria, dei Filippini, San Giacomo, Scarpa, Zitelle, della Cuccagna). Small boats can be seen along the canal. Within its foundations there is a picturesque daily fish and fruit and vegetable market. The Lombard canal to the west and the San Domenico canal to the east, at whose foundations the deep-sea fishing boats are moored, are recognizable in their various specializations for the different shape of the nets and fishing gear (flying cocce, crampons for trawling, turbo blowers). Between the Vena and the Lombardo: the Perottolo canal, partly buried, in whose embankment there is the marble balustrade of the "" Refugium peccatorum ", an evocative corner that has inspired artists and writers.

Village of Chioggia
The Municipality of Chioggia
Province of Venice
Region Veneto

Inhabitants: 49.706 chioggiotti
Altitude center: 2 m a.s.l.

The Municipality is part of:
City of bread

Blue Flag

Protected Natural Areas:
Riserva Naturale Bosco Nordio

Corso del Popolo 1193 30015 - Tel. 041-5534811

= distances as the crow flies


  • From Milan: A4 motorway, Padova Interporto exit - follow the signs for Piove di Sacco, then Chioggia and then towards Sottomarina Lido.
  • From Bologna: A13 motorway - Monselice exit - follow the signs for Chioggia and then towards Sottomarina Lido.


  • Marco Polo airport in Tessera

The Palio della Marciliana - Third weekend of June

The Palio della Marciliana is a historical revisitation and one of the main popular festivals towns held annually in Chioggia, in the province of Venice. Includes the Tournament of the leaf spring and attracts every year in the city of the venetian lagoon thousands of visitors. The Palio relive with an articulated series of events that that was the townà of the Middle Ages in the years ranging from 1378 to 1381 and who saw that è passed into history as the war of Chioggia, fought to obtain the hegemony in the trading ports of the East (see genoese colonies), between the Serenissima Republic of Venice and the Republic of Genoa.

along Corso del Popolo, the main street of the city, to the sound of the musicians of Clugia are simultaneously prepared banquets, mounted tavernas along with the Tower of Montalbano and established the camps of squires, while all around you perform dances, songs, simulations of combat But also the activities work of the epoch, mainly in Salinas (with the Milites Castri Salinae) and in the gardens of the lagoon. The crossbowmen show the visitor flags, armor, musical instruments, faithful and accurate reproductions of original pieces: a historical reconstruction which involved hundreds of appearing in the clothes of the Fourteenth Century and as swordsmen and tamburini capable of transporting the person who assists at the event in a suggestive medieval climax. The red canopy of fish market, housed in a historic building, accentuates the chromatic contrast with the white of the nearby Palazzo del Comune. The city veneta is the main fisheries center in the upper Adriatic. In the evening, the manifestations of the Palio concludes with a festive procession preceded by performances in theme as the fire to the tower and the scenes of daily life set in the streets, on the foundations, in banks and in the fields of the different districts.

The Tournament of leaf in Chioggia, not arose at the same time as the Palio della Marciliana (much more recent), but has ancient origins dating back to the time of the war of Chioggia. is to observe that, curiously, this weapon was one of the strengths of the soldiers of the Republic of Genoa that could count on a body of crossbowmen of all respect if not considered among the mostù efficient at that time.

race are five quarters that represent the fourteenth century Community clugiense: are the soul of the palio and contend for the primacy with the pull of the leaf springs large benchtop. The preparatory work of the palio is rather complex and provides a series of periodic meetings involving schools and local institutions.

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Bella Venezia Restaurant
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Blue Fish Festival

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Fish Festival in Chioggia

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Sea Music Festival

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june, 2025

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The Palio della Marciliana

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