VENICE – CHIOGGIA AND THE SOUTHERN LAGOON
This excursion will show you the south part of the Venetian Lagoon, discovering some special and evocative places such as Malamocco, San Pietro in Volta, Portosecco, Pellestrina and Chioggia. Welcome to the world of fishermen between the Adriatic Sea and the Lagoon of Venice, come on and enjoy the smell of fish!
Program for Monday 22 nd April:
8.15 am: meeting with our tour leader at the entrance of the Terminal Parking Place at Fusina (Ve) and boarding on the motorboat. Panoramic sailing along the coast-line of Lido and Pellestrina, the long islands dividing the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. Stop at SAN PIETRO IN VOLTA, where we are going to have a walk along the sea wall called “murazzi”, protecting the lagoon from the sea. Navigation to CHIOGGIA and landing on the bridge Ponte dell’ Unione. In Chioggia we will have a pleasant stroll in the typical narrow streets called “calli”, going into the fishermen’s life with their nets, the boats and the unforgettable fish smell. We will reach Vigo Square, where the pillar with the VenetianByzantine capital dating back to the 12th century and the winged lion on its top show the historical and cultural connection with the city of Venice. We will visit St. Mary’s Cathedral dating back to the 11th century but rebuilt in 1674 following a plan by Baldassarre Longhena, after a great fire. Next to the cathedral you will see the ancient bell tower dating back to the 14th century and have a walk in the pedestrian area.
01.00 pm: our board restaurant will serve you a typical Venetian lunch based on fish: Aperitif Bellini, starter: shrimps, pickled anchovies and sardines in the manner of Chioggia (with raisins and pine kernel), first course: fusilli alla marinara (pasta with seafood), main course: mixed fried fish, vegetables in season, wine and water, fruit, coffee, cover and service. Arrival at ST. GEORGE ISLAND, once known as the island of the Cypresses. Visit to St. Georg’s Church, masterpiece of the religious architecture created by Andrea Palladio. The church was started in 1566 and completed by Simon Sorella in 1610, after Palladio’s death. The church resembles Palladio’s Church of Redeemer. The inside has the form of a Latin cross with three aisles and preserves masterpieces by Jacopo da Bassano, Palma il Giovane and Carpaccio. The presbytery owns two beautiful Tintoretto’s paintings: “The Last Supper” and “The fall of the manna”, which surround the wonderful marble altar created by Gerolamo Campagna. Panoramic view of St Mark’s Basin and navigation along the Giudecca Canal where we will admire some of the most important churches of Venice, among them: The Redeemer’s Church, The Church of the Spinters and the impressive Basilica of St Mary of the Health.
05.30 pm: arrival in Fusina, disembarking and end of the services.
Individuals: 70,00 € per person
Groups: 65,00 € per person (minimum 45 passengers)
Children: 0/5 years old are free – 6/12 years old 43,00 € per person.
The rate doesn’t include: entrance fees and everything not mentioned in the programme