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 date back to the seventh century when it was known as “Clodia minor”. It was as a thin strip of land. Its conformation underwent substantial changes especially in the XI° century, gradually passing from “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 beach that extends beyond the mouths of the Brenta to those of the Adige river and a width that in some areas exceeds three hundred meters, Sottomarina presents itself as a thriving seaside resort full of infrastructures surrounded by greenery and a destination for many tourists from all over Europe who populate it every year. The two kilometers of the city’s waterfront is populated by numerous accommodation and nightlife facilities.

The beach of Sottomarina rich with beneficial properties

The beach of Sottomarina is characterized by the particular quality of the fine sand rich in augite, quartz, silicates, and micaceous elements recommended for particular treatments of the respiratory system and rheumatic diseases as well as promoting an enviable tan.