The alternative Mediterranean: Comacchio in Italy
12 Apr 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | people are reading
Â © Lonely Planet The alternative Mediterranean: Comacchio in Italy
Discover original travel experiences on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the sun-drenched landscapes behind it. This time: Comacchio in Emilia-Romagna, ItalyWhy is it special?
This lesser-known lagoon town is often called "Little Venice" after its big brother 80 kilometers to the north. Comacchio has winding canals and low bridges in abundance, but only a fraction of Venice's visitor numbers. Stroll past pastel-colored houses to Palazzo Bellini on the water and the 17th-century fish market, where the daily catch from traditional "batane" boats is loaded. Eel is a local specialty; eat them grilled at the hidden trattoria Da Vasco e Giulia (meals from € 18; vascoegiulia.it).Where should I sleep?
Located in the former court, Al Ponticello has colorful, cheerful rooms overlooking the main channel and serves homemade cakes for breakfast (from € 86; alponticello.it). They can also arrange excursions by boat or bicycle in the surrounding lagoons and forests of the Podelta. How do I get there?
Ryanair flies directly from Eindhoven or Brussels to Bologna (from € 35; ryanair.com).How far is the beach?
There are seven within reach - our favorite is the unspoilt Lido di Volano, a 20-minute drive from Comacchio.Local knowledge
The Museo Delta Antico was opened two years ago in a neoclassical former hospital in Comacchio. Among other things, the merchandise of a Roman shipwreck is displayed (€ 6; museodeltaantico.com).
Opening image: ermess / iStock