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Population Approx. 49,500
Chioggia is a seaside town south of Venice that many consider to be an “unspoiled” Venice. Chioggia has the canals, the character and the charm of Venice, but without the huge tourist crowds. It is one of the oldest and biggest fishing ports in Italy and boasts both a wholesale and a retail fish market. Fishing boats tie up right next to the wholesale Mercato Itico, where you can watch the day’s catch unloaded. The retail market – the Pescheria – is more centrally located, offering a large variety of seafood in its 30 stalls. Needless to say, you’ll also find many restaurants offering wonderfully fresh seafood dishes – from Granseole (boiled crab seasoned with olive oil, lemon and spices) to Risoto a la ciosota (rice with fried and boiled fish with garlic, Parmesan cheese and white wine).