Chioggia

Viewed from above,it reveals a singular urban structure: the historical centre looks like a fish bone, with Corso del Popolo that acts as the central axis, from which about 70 alleys lead off like a comb and the Tombola area which is like the head. The city centre is marked by an imposing marble group which holds the flagpole.   Here the majority of religious and civic buildings are concentrated.On the front of the old Pawnshop there is a Gothic aedicula from XV° century which protects a marble statue of a "Virgin and Child" wonderfully made. The Municipal Building was destroyed in 1817 by one of the mysterious fires which ravaged the town.
Only the balustrade adorned by some statues was saved and now surrounds the "Sagraeto" in front of the Bishop’s Palace and forms one of the most colourful parts of Chioggia. On the southern side there is the Neoclassical Loggia dei Bandi in Palladian style pronaos rebuilt in the early XIX°century.
In the square the Church of the SS. Trinità stands, created in 1705 by Andrea Tirali, the architect who designed the flooring of St. Mark’s square in Venice. From inside you can get to the Oratory of the Confraternita dei Battuti called Rossi because of the penitential clothes colour. From the little courtyard which divides the Oratory from the Church of San Giacomo, you can see two belltowers joined in a curious contrast: the highest recent belltower culminates in a bronze angel with spread wings and dominates the Romanesque belltower adorned by some carvings in XV° century.
Beyond the Ponte dei Filippini, you can visit the Church of Santa Caterina with the annexed nunnery dating back to XIV° century.
The Palazzo del Granaio built in 1328 in Gothic style to keep the corn, closes the view to the Corso with the characteristic fish market that you can reach through some open alleys among the shops.
On the facade there is a wonderful Gothic aedicula whith the Madonna by Jacopo Sansovino.The most ancient building town is in the Oratory of San Nicolò which dates back at least to 1211, now it has been restored and transformed into an auditorium.At the end of the Corso there is the Cathedral, consacrated in 1110 when the bishop’s residence moved to Chioggia from Malamocco that was destroyed by a fire and was rebuilt in 1623, and the Refugium Peccatorum, an enchanting place with balustrade and XVIII° century statues, along the Peròtolo canal.