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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Chioggia July 16th 2018

Rose has described going to Chioggia as her falling back in love with real Italy, not tourist Italy. Chioggia is touted as little Venice or the Venice without tourists. To our credit, we choose a wonderful apartment to base from and the owners provided us with the local knowledge to eat and relax well. We happened to arrive during the start of a week long "festival of the sea" and this afforded us with live entertainment each night to accompany our dinner. The bonus of Chioggia was that you can't drive your car so we could both drink...not such a good recipe... the first night we found ourselves at a locals restaurant and drinking messa litro prosecco at €5 each was a recipe for disaster. After 2.5 liters of wine and a fab dinner, we stumble ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Chioggia August 17th 2017

We sailed again last night so we were at the fishing village of Chioggia for our visit today. it was gorgeous sitting on the deck eating pizza and feeling VERY grateful for this lovely holiday. We walked through this small fishing town on market day to the fish markets followed by a ride on the traditional Bragozzo boat which was used to harvest mussels and clams. It is not the right season to be harvesting so there were many boats moored which made it easy to imagine that the mussel and clam industry must be thriving. You can buy everything from an espresso machine to socks at the markets that operate Thursdays. The fish market operates every day. Lunch was a delightful combination of local seafood including mussels, clams, sardines (fried and pickled). We loved Chioggia ... read more
Chioggia - little Venezia
Washing Day
On board the Braggozzo

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Chioggia September 26th 2016

Sun, beaches, flat terrain, gelato, vino: life is good pedaling around the north end of the Adriatic Sea. Leaving Trieste on Saturday morning, we negotiated city traffic and then joined the throng of weekend drivers and many bicyclists as well heading north. A bit of a climb to good views from the limestone cliffs and then downhill to industrial Monfalcone and a turn left to the flat delta of the Isonzo River. The elevation profile from here to Ravenna will be best approximated by a horizontal line. Much of the delta area is a biological preserve with separated bike trails along sloughs and the northern Adriatic coast. A lot of this area is biological preserve and so we were tempted by and followed the bike routes through the natural areas, thus lengthening our planned 40+ mile ... read more
Limestone cliff north of Trieste
Mosaics in Aquileia basilica
Roman ruins along the bike trail north of Aquileia

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Chioggia July 10th 2013

Next was a campsite on the coast called Vittoria, about 40k south of Venice. Again it is almost wholly Italians. We chose a shaded pitch under the pines, totally sand. We had to have three attempts before we could get our car back off the pitch as it just sank. It will be interesting to see how we get the caravan off after a week! The big attraction at the site is the large beautiful beach, lovely fine sand and no restrictions on where you put your own umbrella. Of course there was the usual 'lookie lookie' boys. The beach kept Michelle happy but Terry liked the on-site shop which sold various wines on draught (bring your own bottle). We had our fair share of delicious Prosecco at €2.80 per litre! It tasted great as well. ... read more
Well we had to have a gondola.
View from the Campanile.
St Marks Square.

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Chioggia July 4th 2013

We arrived at Camping Delle Rose at Gatteo Mare and were initially a little unhappy with the site; the pitches were small and the Italians, who composed 95% of the site, seem to stick together, but it sort of grew on us. It was, though, a bit like Butlins, even with a 10.00am call over loudspeakers, telling of the day's events and that evening's menu in the restaurant. However, the children's entertainment was fantastic, Italian children really throw themselves into the games with no reticence or shyness. We amused ourselves watching them and the excellent, enthusiastic and, it seems unlimited energy of the entertainment staff. They were very friendly to us, seeing us as a strange British oddity (we have not seen a British car for three weeks). As we previously said, the beach was not ... read more
Clouds looking down from San Marino
Roman bridge at Rimini
Rimini Beach

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Chioggia May 17th 2013

What a night - Suzy rocked about as if she were a boat on the ocean in a storm. Overnight the clouds came in, the rain came back with a vengeance and the wind picked up. To say it picked up is an understatement Suzy was buffeted about, the wind roared under her wheels lifting her off the ground. We spent most of the night under the bedclothes listening to the sound of the rain beating like a drum on the roof and the wind howling a gale. We ate breakfast with little view of the sea. That mist had come in again. It was time to move on to somewhere a little less windy. Waving goodbye to our neighbours we left the campsite and gingerly picked our way past the only other camper van on ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Chioggia June 11th 2011

Just a quick mention. My last visit here was 33 years ago when I was at Primary school with my parents and their friends! It’s a beach resort about 30km from Venice. We stayed this time at Camping Miramare in Sottomarina where we had a lovely welcome from the owner and chose a pitch on the quiet side of the road (ie the one farthest from the beach and pool) but right opposite the playground. For those who haven’t tried it yet, beach holidays in Italy are quite different as most of the beaches are privately owned (and you have to pay to use them) luckily this campsite had its own beachside plot. The campsites are also a little different as they allow long term semi-static use. The result is that there are parts of the ... read more
Discussing the finer points of the wine
first time in a log flume
Great village in volcanic hills

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