This week we went to visit the small island town of Chioggia and Sottomarina, quarter of the commune both being part of the province of Venice. The two are connected by a bridge and when you visit you would hardly realise they are apart.
Chioggia is a very miniature version of Venice with canals and narrow streets. It's a two hour drive from Verona and we arrived shortly before lunch. We went for a short walk through the town along the Corso del Popolo before stopping for lunch at a local Osteria. Fishing is the main livelihood of the town and this is evidenced by not only the strong smell of fish but the copious amount of fishing boats that line the main canal. So it is no surprise that we thouroughly enjoyed some fish for lunch of which Chioggia is renowned.
Sottomarina is technically an island and is connected to the historic town of Chioggia by a series of bridges, and is sometimes referred to as Sottomarina di Chioggia. It has been built up into a seaside resort town and one can only imagine how busy it must be in the height of the summer months. It is a beautiful long sandy beach along the Adriatic shore and thankfully we had it mostly to ourselves. You might have to excuse us here as we started to feel like it was actually summer! Shoes and jackets promplty came off! There was lots of fun building sandcastles, drawing in the sand and getting rather wet playing with the water.
The greatest reward at the end of the day of course is ice cream....Chocolate ice cream!