Chiogga, Italy

Chioggiia is a medium-sized fishing town at the southern end of the Venetian lagoon. Like Venice, it is built around canals and boats, but is much more laid back and a slower pace. The town's fish-market is a popular sight and its seafood restaurants are highly-praised.

Chioggia has ancient origins, being ideally placed for seagoing and defensive purposes. The town's most famous moment came when it was part of the Venetian Republic, and Venice finally defeated Genoa here in the Battle of Chioggia. The town then subsided into a quiet fishing port,. Don't miss the two museums and several interesting churches with fine works of art. A bicycle ride is recommended for exploring this authentic fishing town and its beaches.