Chioggia is a small town in Italy commonly known as “Little Venice;” it has narrow canals and alleys which resemble Venice hence the alias. The town is surrounded by historic buildings, most of which were constructed during the prosperity period between the 16th and 18th Centuries. Its long beaches, museums, and maintained culture are some of the things tourists flock to experience.
- The town’s population is around 50,000.
- In the 9th Century AD, King Pippin of Italy destroyed Chioggia; the town was later rebuilt from salt panning as the major economic activity.
- Over the town's history, Chioggia has been known by each of the titles: Clodia, Cluza, Clugia, Chiozza and Chioggia. The first mention of Chioggia was dated back to the 6th Century AD.
- Chioggia is most peaceful at dawn when most fishing boats leave the canals towards the fishing grounds.
- Zone Tegnue di Chioggia is a protected marine environment in Chioggia; diving and fishing are prohibited because endangered marine life and rare coral exist.
- Chioggia has three canals; Canal Vena is the most famous canal. These canals service the whole town, along with the roads they are the major means of transport.
- A popular destination is the church of Saint Maria. It was founded in 1110 and was rebuilt as Chioggia Cathedral by Baldassarre Longhena in 1623.