Malamocco is one of the three narrow inlets in the enclosing coastal dune bar that connect the Venetian Lagoon
Venetian Lagoon
The Venetian Lagoon is the enclosed bay of the Adriatic Sea in which the city of Venice is situated. Its name in the Venetian language, Laguna Veneta— cognate of Latin lacus, "lake"— has provided the international name for an enclosed, shallow embayment of saltwater, a lagoon.The Venetian Lagoon...

 with the Adriatic Sea
Adriatic Sea
The Adriatic Sea is a body of water separating the Italian Peninsula from the Balkan peninsula, and the system of the Apennine Mountains from that of the Dinaric Alps and adjacent ranges...

, together with the Lido and Chioggia
Chioggia is a coastal town and comune of the province of Venice in the Veneto region of northern Italy.-Geography:...

 inlets. The little locality of Malamocco, in old texts given as Metamaucum, is situated at the southern end of the Lido island, from which a narrow circular canal separates it, a reminder of the active fishing port once located here. The actual entrance to the lagoon, porto degli Alberoni, is situated some kilometers farther to the south.

Malamocco has a parish church, now dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, that dates in part to the 12th century, with 14th and 15th century additions. The 15th century Palazzo del Podestà is in Gothic style. There is a fortification.

Teodato Ipato
Teodato Ipato was the doge of Venice after a brief interregnum following the death of his father, Orso Ipato, in 742. His surname is in fact the Byzantine title hypatos...

, the second doge of Venice
Doge of Venice
The Doge of Venice , often mistranslated Duke was the chief magistrate and leader of the Most Serene Republic of Venice for over a thousand years. Doges of Venice were elected for life by the city-state's aristocracy. Commonly the person selected as Doge was the shrewdest elder in the city...

 (742–755), moved the ducal seat from Eraclea
thumb|250px|right|Location of Eraclea in the province of Venice.Eraclea is a town and comune in the province of Venice, Veneto, Italy. SP42 goes through it.Eraclea Mare is the Lido of Eraclea....

 to Malamocco, where it remained until 812, when it was moved to the Rialto
The Rialto is and has been for many centuries the financial and commercial centre of Venice. It is an area of the San Polo sestiere of Venice, Italy, also known for its markets and for the Rialto Bridge across the Grand Canal....

 after the exile of doge Obelerius
Obelerio degli Antenori
Obelerio degli Antenori was the ninth traditional Doge of Venice from 804 to 811. He was the son of Encagilio....

, who returned with the support of Malamocco in 832, but was defeated and the district burnt. During the period of the Republic
Republic of Venice
The Republic of Venice or Venetian Republic was a state originating from the city of Venice in Northeastern Italy. It existed for over a millennium, from the late 7th century until 1797. It was formally known as the Most Serene Republic of Venice and is often referred to as La Serenissima, in...

, Malamocco was one of nine districts of the Dogado
The Dogado or Duchy of Venice was the word used to define a Doge's reign and the name given to the homeland of the Republic of Venice, headed by the Doge....

. It was ruled by a podestà
Podestà is the name given to certain high officials in many Italian cities, since the later Middle Ages, mainly as Chief magistrate of a city state , but also as a local administrator, the representative of the Emperor.The term derives from the Latin word potestas, meaning power...

elected for a sixteen-month term.
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