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Chioggia

Description

Municipality in the province of Venice, situated on a group of islands in the most southern area of the Venetian lagoon, near the primary delta of the Po, Chioggia is a picturesque town, similar to Venice, crossed longitudinally by three channels and a road network. The houses are arranged in a herringbone pattern to make it easier for boats to haul in.
There was a harbor already in Roman times, with a "mansio" (a coach stop) along the route from Ravenna to Altino. The special position occupied, between the sea and the lagoon made it an ideal refuge against the invading barbarians. In medieval times the settlement submitted a period of rapid expansion. Under the domain of Venice, the inhabitants lived a troubled period, as it became a strategic point to defend the city's borders. Granted with a certain autonomy in the IX century, however, in the second half of the XIV century, it was directly involved in the clashes that ended with the victory of the Republic of Venice on its rival Genoa. In this occasion Chioggia was razed to the ground and was never able to recover the wealth gained, even after its reconstruction to which the Serenissima largely contributed.

Attractions:

- the Cathedral, built in the second half of the XVII century to a design of the architect Longhena, it stands where once stood an earlier Romanesque church. The building is flanked by an imposing XIV century Bell Tower. With its monumental features, it opens into three naves and preserves important artworks, including a series of XVIII century paintings of the artists Tiepolo, Balestra and Cignaroli;
- the XIII century Church of San Domenico, on the island with the same name, was partly rebuilt in the XVIII century. Inside are preserved a XVI century artwork of Carpaccio, a Crucifix and Saints of Tintoretto and a Deposition of the artist Bassano;
- the Trinity church, originally built in the XVI century, was rebuilt in the early XVIII century by the architect Tirali;
- the Church of San Martino which was built in 1392 in Gothic style, contains a valuable XIV century altarpiece by Veronese;
- the Church of the Filippini with its XVIII century façade, realized by the pupils of the artist Bellini and Piazzetta;
- the Church of San Giacomo, built in the XVIII century, is a reproduction of a Renaissance building;
- the Church of St Andrew with its Baroque façade and Bell Tower dating from the XIII century;
- the Lodge of the Notices in Renaissance style;
- the Bishop's Square with its XVIII century statues;
- the XIV century public Granary;
- the XVII century Ponte Vigo;
- the Town Hall.

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