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From: Chioggia, Italy

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ABOVE: An ACTV vaporetto leaves for Venice from Chioggia.

How to reach Chioggia from Venice

photoBy boat. The Venice public-transit company, ACTV, operates the No. 11 vaporetto or water bus from the Lido S.M.E. (the main Lido vaporetto stop) to Chioggia's historic center, with intermediate stops at Alberoni, S. Maria del Mare, and Pellestrina.

Boats run about once an hour, depending on season and day of the week, and travel time is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.

By bus and ferry from the Lido. ACTV bus line 11 runs from the Lido to Chioggia along the narrow strip of land and seawall that separates the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. The bus goes onto a car ferry at one point, and the last leg of the journey is by passenger ferry. Travel time is 1 hour 15 minutes, and buses depart Lido S.M.E. frequently throughout the day and evening. For details, see our Venice to Chioggia article.

photoBy bicycle and ferry from the Lido. You can rent a bicycle on the Lido and head south along the same route that the bus follows. You'll board a car ferry at Alberoni; at Pellestrina, you'll switch to an Actv passenger ferry that carries bicycles.

By bus from Piazzale Roma. ACTV bus 80E runs to Chioggia and Sottomarina via the mainland at roughly 30-minute intervals; travel time is 1 hour 20 minutes. See the official timetable in PDF format. Another option is to take Arriva Veneto bus 80, which stops at Piazzale Roma on its way from Venice Marco Polo Airport to Chioggia and Sottamarina.

By car. From Venice's Piazzale Roma, the parking and car-ferry island of Tronchetto, or Venezia Mestre on the mainland, you can reach Chioggia via the E56 road that heads south from Venice's mainland industrial suburb of Marghera. (Consult a good road map for details.) The distance from Venice is about 44 km.

By car from the Lido. Although a road heads south toward Chioggia on the Lido, it doesn't go all the way. If you drive this road, you'll need to park in Pellestrina and take the vaporetto for the last leg of your journey.

From Venice Airport. In summer, Arriva Veneto bus 80 runs  directly from Venice Marco Polo Airport to Chioggia and Sottomarina in 1 hour 40 minutes, with departures every hour or so on weekdays and at longer intervals on weekends. The fare is quite reasonable, and you can buy your ticket inside the airport at the "Public Transport" desk. The departure point is at the far left of the bus-loading area outside the terminal. Look for a blue Arriva bus with a sign that reads "Sottamarina 80." (Thanks to reader Alison Gillanders for the tip.) In the off-season, take a Venice Airport bus to the Piazzale Roma in Venice. There, you can catch ACTV bus 80E (see PDF timetable) to Chioggia and Sottomarina.

Hotels in Chioggia and Sottomarina

photoThe classic Hotel Grande Italia (4 stars) has an unbeatable location on the waterfront, next to the main street of the historic center and directly across from the Actv vaporetto platform. Dogs are allowed, a garage is available, and the newly renovated hotel is accessible to disabled guests.

Other reliable to excellent hotels in the center include the Clodia (3 stars), the Grand Italia (3 stars), the Casa di Carlo Goldoni (B&B), Chioggia Bridges (B&B), and the one-star Hotel Caldin's.

photoAcross a car and pedestrian bridge from the historic center, in the beach and boating resort of Sottomarina, our booking partner offers a number of hotels at lowest available rates: the Best Western Hotel Bristol (4 stars), Residence Eleanora (4 stars), Baviera (3 stars), Belevere (3 stars), Metropol (3 stars), Miramare (3 stars), Pineta (3 stars), and Ragno d'Oro (3 stars). Most of these hotels have pools, private beach clubs, or both.

For a more unusual stay, you can book a cabin with private bath on Rendez Vous Fantasia, a charter boat that moors in Chioggia's harbor (a few meters from the historic center) when it isn't cruising in the Venetian Lagoon.

More tourist information

Reliable English-language tourist information about the city Chioggia is hard to come by. For information about Sottomarina in a mixture of English and Italian, visit Sottomarina.net.

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