The alternative Mediterranean: Comacchio in Italy

12 Apr 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

The alternative Mediterranean: Comacchio in Italy

 © 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, Italy

Why 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;

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; 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;

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;

Opening image: ermess / iStock