Italian Lakes - Day 9 - Sottomarina to Cavellino
- Distance 41km
- Flat elevation
The morning was still and humid. We got an early start and breakfasted
in Sottomarina before setting off to Chioggia to catch the ferry. Karen
nearly didn't make it any further as a driver tried to wipe her out at
the first roundabout.
Chioggia is a lovely old harbour city at the south end of the Venice
Lagoon. With it's cobbled streets and many canals it is like Venice
without the crowds. The ferry ticket office had a long queue and by the
time Steve got to the window the 8.45 ferry was just leaving so we had
to wait an hour for the next one. We needed to use three ferries to
cross the two islands that lie between the lagoon and the sea. The lady
selling the tickets didn't speak much English but gave us the idea that
the third one, to Punta Sabbioni, was not running.
By 9.45 there was a throng of people to get on the ferry. A lot of them
were Italian ladies from the islands who had been over to Chioggia to do
their shopping. They all stood at the front of the boat with us,
gossiping and laughing with us although we could only communicate with
sign language. The other passengers were tourists either going over to
the beaches or visiting Venice. There were four other touring cyclists
as this is part of the European cycle route number 5.
The first port was Pallestrina and from here there was a cycle route all
the way along the west coast, away from the main road. This island, in
contrast to it's two neighbours, seemed little touched by tourism. It
has a big fishing industry and quiet towns where the only traffic was
bikes and the men sat in the shade mending their nets.
After another short car ferry journey and a few kilometers along the
road, we arrived at Lido de Venezia which was heaving with tourists. We
understood that we needed to get another car ferry from here to Alberoni
and rode up to the departure point. The car ferry only runs on Mondays
and Fridays and it was Tuesday!
Back at the passenger ferry terminal we
were relieved to find there is a hourly passenger ferry.
Due to spending so much time waiting for ferries, it was late in the
afternoon by the time we got off the last ferry in Punta Sabbioni. We
decided to stop at Cavellino, just south of Lido de Jesolo. The
campsites here aren't small, they are all called 'villages' and most
have bars, loud music and noisy entertainment every night. We searched
for something quieter and found a smaller site with a private beach and a
rule of no noise after 11pm.
We spent the day on the campsite catching up with the blog, washing and
swimming in the sea. The beach was a whole mass of bodies, umbrellas,
sunbeds and a liberal sprinkling of hawkers, mostly African, selling
trinkets, baskets and kites and the sea was crowded with bathers.
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