Sottomarina

Ancient origins

Sottomarina translated into the Venetian dialect “Marina” is a major tourist area of the Municipality of Chioggia. It is located about sixty kilometers from Venice and Rovigo and about eighty from the city of Padua as well as with an easily approachable from the city of Treviso, Vicenza and Verona.

Sottomarina has ancient origins that dates back to the seventh century when it was known as “Clodia minor”. It ws as a thin strip of land. Its conformation underwent substantial changes especially in the XI° century, gradually passing from a “wild” vegetation into a “fruit and vegetable” one. The flourishing village was administered by a tribune who could count on influential churches: (San Martino, San Antonio Abate and San Matteo), a hospital and a castle tower located on the small island of Buoncastello. The town was connected to the nearby Chioggia by a masonry bridge and through the canal Lusenzo which reached the island of San Domenico.

In 1379, in the war between the Genoese and Venetians, the city was completely destroyed and exposed to persistent flooding over the disappearance of sea defenses. The renovation took place in the second half of the seventeenth century. In the following century, in defense of the lagoon basin, the Murazzi (dam) was built. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, there was the diversion of the river Brenta and, in the thirties, a dam in the south of the port of Chioggia (San Felice) for the Protection of the territory and the safety of ships with a new processing structural area was built.

With over five kilometers of beaches that extends beyond the mouth of Brenta and Adige rivers and with a width that in some areas is more than three hundred meters, Sottomarina is a thriving seaside resort fully immersed into green infrastructures and destination for many tourists from all over Europe that every year come over.

The city seafront is two miles long and is crowded with many facilities and night entertainments.

The beach of Sottomarina rich with beneficial properties

Sottomarina beach is characterized by the particular quality of fine sand rich in augite, quartz, silicates and micaceous elements recommended for special care of the respiratory and rheumatic diseases as well as to foster an enviable tan.