Islands and lagoons of the Adriatic Coast: Part 2 The Po Delta to the Venetian lagoon

Published on:  | Last updated: 3 January 2020

Pontoon bridge near Santa Giulia (Veneto)

Pontoon bridge near Santa Giulia (Veneto)

From Gorino it’s over the lovely pontoon bridge and into the Veneto. The route follows the left bank of the Po del Goro with views over the old and new light­houses (sediment brought by the river means that the coastline is moving). Another pontoon bridge (this time over the Po di Gnocca) at Santa Giulia on the Isola della Donzella - an island formed by two branches of the Po. Here you pick up a stretch of the Anello della Donzella cycleway.

From here on there’s a superb stretch of coastline. The Sacca degli Scardovari is very atmospheric with the casoni (cabins built on stilts) for the mussel/clam farms. Look out also for the Ca’ di Mello nature reserve.

There may be a traghetto (ferry) service across the Po di Levante at Porto Levante, but I wouldn’t count on it. When I first rode this route in 2012 there wasn’t a ferry, and then in 2013 it was restarted, but when (2017) I came to recheck the inform­ation I was told that there wasn’t one at the moment. You could try checking with the Porto Viro tourist inform­ation office to see whether the position has changed.

If you’re unlucky and the ferry isn’t running otherwise there’s a bit of detour and a very short stretch on the SS309 to get over the river. It’s a horrible road but you’re soon over the bridge. There’s then another beautiful stretch, before you get to the Adige and another bridge.

There’s one more bridge, this time over the Brenta and we’re on the home straight into Chioggia. I liked Chioggia a lot, it’s a tourist centre, but it retains the feel of a working fishing port.


If you are planning to spend a day visiting Venezia, then it might be a good idea to push on a little further. There are good transport links between Chioggia and Venezia, but there are places that are a little closer. See the next section for suggestions.


The route crosses both the river Adige and the Brenta. You can cycle along the Adige to Verona and beyond (see my article here). I’ve read that it’s also possible to ride along the Brenta to Bassano del Grappa and its source at the Lago di Caldazzo in the Trentino (this route forms part of the Via Claudia Augusta).

The provincia di Padova is promoting a route between Padova and Chioggia go to Padova in Bici: The salt and sugar route for downloadable maps (if that link doesn’t work try The Salt and Sugar Route). From Padova there are lots of possible cycleways and routes through the Veneto.

Bikes banned in Venezia

Important note: you are not allowed to take bikes into Venezia itself, or take a bike onto ferries that go to Venezia San Marco.

Veneto coastline

Veneto coastline


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Chioggia (Veneto)

Chioggia (Veneto)

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Places to stay

Hotels and B&Bs

I stayed at, and I can recommend, the Hotel Bussana. Otherwise the has a very useful search facility for accom­mod­ation in the Parco Regionale Veneto del Delta del Po.

Find and book places to stay with pages for places on this section of the route:

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If you use these links to book accom­mod­ation will pay me a small part of their commission. This helps support the costs of producing this site.

I use to find and book places to stay when there are no campsites in the area. The large majority of hotels and many hostels are now on ‘Booking’. I like it because it means that I can get almost-instant confirm­ation. The rating system is also a reliable guide to the quality of the accommodation.

I’ve never had a problem finding places to keep my bike —even if it’s a cupboard or store room. I always use the ‘special requests’ field on the booking form to tell the hotel that I’m travelling with a bike, which gives them the oppor­tunity to let me know if there’s a problem.

Many properties offer free cancel­lation but it’s a good idea to check the condi­tions as these vary from property to property.


There’s a hostel at Chioggia: the Domus Clugiae.


There are campsites at Rosalina Mare, Isola Verde and Chioggia. There are also lots of campsites on the next section of the route and if you have the time, you might want to push on a bit further

There’s only one campsite between the Isola Verde and Comacchio - the Villaggio Barricata. However, it’s important to note that for much of the season it requires a 7-night minimum stay. Also if you are travelling in May or September be sure to check whether it will be open.

  Map of campsites along the route:  ILAC-campsites-map-show map in overlay    |    ILAC-campsites-map-show map in new window 


The Sacca degli Scardovari - as the storm clouds gather

The Sacca degli Scardovari - as the storm clouds gather

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