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In ‘Little Venice,’ Cruise Ships and an Influx of Tourists

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But Chioggiotti take great pride in being “veraci” — authentic and a bit rough — in contrast to Venetians’ sophistication. Every year, in early August, a neighborhood theater company presents Goldoni’s play “Baruffe Chiozzotte” within the streets, and tickets get sold out quickly. Venetians mock Chioggia, by calling the town symbol — a lion, similar to Venice’s symbol — “el gato,” the cat. Chioggia has recently acquired an impressive, full-scale bronze lion statue, from the sculptor Davide Rivalta, partly to “be certain that people finally get it’s not a cat,” the mayor said.

And in contrast to Venice, which is tormented by overtourism, Chioggia enjoys the additional visitors. “We’re so proud that many persons are coming. You hear people speaking English within the streets, we weren’t used to that,” said Alessia Boscolo Nata, a teacher within the local highschool. “We was the lagoon’s children of a lesser god and now we’re not,” jokes Teresa Bellemo, a Chioggia native who works within the publishing industry in Milan, but returns every summer.

It’s not only pride. The arrival of cruises matches into the general growth of tourism that Chioggia has experienced prior to now five years — a trend that seems to have found the precise balance, even helping revitalize the town’s historical center.

Chioggia is hardly recent to tourism. But it surely was confined to 2 satellite towns, Isola Verde and Sottomarina, which relied on turismo balneare, family beach vacations. The town’s important island, with its fish market, its Seventeenth-century cathedral and the medieval clock tower, was neglected by tourists.

But prior to now few years, a recent sort of tourist began showing up: “They weren’t just fascinated by the beach, they saw Chioggia as a città d’arte,” an art city, said Giuliano Boscolo Cegion, the top of the local hotel association. That had a positive effect, driving an urban renewal that has develop into popular with millennial and Gen Z Chioggiotti.

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