Ettore Della Giovanna
The traveller who arrives in Chioggia from Venice by sea disembarks just in front of Piazzetta Vigo and thus does homage to the lion reclining at the foot of a column of Greek marble - a smallish lion known to Venetians as "'l gato", which the people of Chioggia resent, not only because they have an imposing lion rampant in their coat of arms, but also because it was in their waters that Vettor Pisani defeated the Genoans in 1830; and among the many past glories of the town it is worth recalling that it was the sailors of Chioggia who saved the fleeing Garibaldi when he was trying to get to Venice with the Austrians hard at his heels after the fall of the Republic of Rome. In other words, the people of Chioggia have good reason to be proud as lions - intrepid navigators, and fishermen who always return with an abundance of God's gifts; and to get to know them better you should take the little street of Santa Croce, which starts from the left hand corner of Piazzetta Vigo, and stop on the bridge which joins the main island of San Domenico; if you turn your gaze northwards yuo will be able to admire the Venetian lagoon, with the promontory of Pellestrina; while, if you turn to the other direction, you will see the island of the boat-houses (isola dei Cantieri), which extends for the whole lenght of the San Domenico canal.
Here a long line of "squeri" (boatyards) is, from dawn to dusk, a hive of activity ao caulkers at work among a myriad of small boats which to the layman all look alike and which he indiscriminately calls "bragozzi".
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