Nine kilometres of golden sand
The tourist development has modified the orientation of our city: not only the hotels risen in the years ‘60 and ‘70, also the houses built before facing the fields towards south, now They are built in front the seaside…
Sottomarina is equipped for the tourism by the end of the XIX. In the Novecento there are already the bathing establishments: the Salute first and the Margherita, the Neptune, the Clodia, the Astoria and many others will follow. There is a large beach, a miracle when in 1935 were finished the dams of the port. In the advertisement of the epoch are exalted iodize-bromine-sodic virtues of the sand. Sottomarina is the optimal solution for the tourism of the families with the recipe of the sun, sand and sea. The hotels rise, the services are increased: many bathing stations are equipped.
There is a deep beach, almost nine kilometers long from the dike of the port up to the river Brenta and to the Adige. And among the mouths of the two rivers has risen a new bathing station, Isola Verde.
The touristic Sottomarina was born from the fifties with the realization of the first Lungomare, the avenue Trieste. Ten years later it was realized the second lungomare, the Adriatic.
Now this long walk has a lot of hotels and the most welcoming and latest equipments. Now everything watches the sea. Also the countrymen have left their old work in the field to start a new life because the tourism is now the new economical source of Sottomarina. There are a lot of marina and landing place. Don’t miss the excursions. You can choose the sea, the lagoon, the Bosco Nordio and also Padua or Venice less than 50km distant. The Bosco Nordio is the most ancient wood near the coast. There is also a big calendar of events for adults and children: cabaret, theater, music…everyday you’ll have a different choice.
The murazzo, built in the second halves of Settecento, is an high wall that protects the beach from the strenght of the sea. This was an important construction, also an incentive for the editication.
Sottomarina rebirths after three centuries and the desire to be independent became stronger and stronger. The country doesn’t have roads, it misses the public illumination, there is no sanitary garrison. It will also miss the church up to 1715, when was rebuilt the one of St.Martino. People thought to be exploited by the neighbors of Chioggia. In the Novecento. A request reaches the Government straight to ask the town autonomy. The initiative was stopped from the advent of the fascism. The first mayor of Sottomarina stopped also to the separatist polemic that has its last demonstrations in the seventies during the editing of the first urban development plan. The development of the tourism ended definitively the conflicts and the two cities became one.
Fortress of St.Felice
St. Felice fortress was commissioned from Venice to protect the lagoon and the port. During the war against the Genoeses the fortitude, was in wood and seriously damaged. After the war, Venice decides to rearrange some its own defensive line. The strategy was to isolate the territory of Chioggia and Sottomarina, to avoid attacks from the hinterland. In the end of XIV century the new fortress, called then “castello della lupa”, had a square plant, two great towers toward the sea and two lower toward the land. The fortification imposes a constant job of maintenance.The strenght of the sea ruined the structure untill in XVIII when it was built a cliff to protect it.
From XVI century on forwards after a great restauration it supported the fight from the sea. Untill the end of the 20 century it has been utilized by the Italian Navy but now it is the principal monumental work of Chioggia of thirty thousand square metre of surface.