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Day 3: Chioggia

Boat 'Chioggia'

Chioggia is one of the most important fishing ports on the Adriatic, and its citizens (such as the owner of this vintage boat) take pride in their ancient city and its history. See our "Chioggia" article at Venice for Visitors for more information and photos.


LA BELLA VITA in Chioggia

To give us a taste of Chioggia, Paola Salvato (left) led us on a walking tour of the city center.


Chioggia palazzi and canal

Like Venice, Chioggia is a city of palazzi, canals, bridges, and boats--at least in the centro storico, or historic center, which we reached on foot from La Bella Vita:

Bridge to Chioggia


Penichette in Chioggia

Chioggia also has a newer resort quarter, Sottomarina, which is popular with Europeans--and particularly Italians--in the summertime. If you're adventurous and have a week to spare, you can hire a self-drive Penichette (a cabin cruiser decorated like a barge) for an independent tour of the Venetian Lagoon.


Seagull in Chioggia

In Chioggia, you can create a habitat for seagulls simply by installing a roof rack on your car.


Our first stop in Chioggia was the Church of San Domenico, a 13th Century church with paintings by Carpaccio, Tintoretto, and other artists--including one painting where a dog appears to be the subject of veneration.

One of the church's highlights is a large wooden crucifix with a distinctive characteristic: Christ's expression changes as you stand beneath and move from left to right or vice versa.

Church of San Domenico in Chioggia

Nave of Chiesa di San Domenico, Chioggia

Dog in painting - San Domenico Church, Chioggia


Our next stop was Chioggia's historic Pescheria or Fish Market, where Paola translated as a fishmonger talked about fish, clams, and mussels.

Chioggia fish market

Shellfish in Chioggia Pescheria

Paola Salvati and fishmonger in Chioggia


Downtown Chioggia, Italy

We enjoyed a leisurely walk down the city center's main street, the Corso del Popolo, which has arcades and a that dates back to the time when Chioggia was a walled city.


Wnged cat in Chioggia

During our free time in Chioggia, we took a moment to photograph the "Winged Cat," as citizens of Venice have nicknamed Chioggia's miniature version of Venice's Winged Lion.


Dog in Chioggia

We also admired the local dogs, including this friendly-faced furball.


Crema Fritta shop in Chioggia, Italy

Crema Fritta at Da Roberto Chioggia

We couldn't resist sampling crema fritta, or fried cream, at the Cremeria Gelateria Da Roberto. (This specialty of the Veneto region is made by breading and deep-frying slices of egg custard. It's traditionally served during Carnevale, but at Da Roberto, you can buy it at any time of year.)


LA BELLA VITA's van in Chioggia

It was now early afternoon, so we and La Bella Vita's other passengers met up for the short drive to the barge's new riverside mooring at Porto Levante along the River Po. (While we were exploring Chioggia, Captain Rudy had piloted the barge across a short stretch of the Adriatic Sea to the Po Delta.


Porto Levante and LA BELLA VITA

LA BELLA VITA in Porto Levante, Italy

La Bella Vita was waiting for us when we arrived at Porto Levante, and our chef--Andrea Chin--was in the lounge with hostess Ivana Veic, ready to announce the day's lunch menu:

Andrea Chin and Ivana Veic

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