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The Venetian Riviera is a sweep of coast in northern Italy, stretching west from Venice and hugging its famous lagoon. A hotspot for holidaying Italians, the Riviera is popular for its proximity to the city, sandy shores and lively entertainment. The Venetian Riviera is a firm favourite for family holidays, home to attractions including Italy’s number-one waterpark, Aqualandia, as well as some of the best day trip opportunities in the region.
Lido di Jesolo is the Venetian Riviera’s cornerstone; a beach resort with a big personality, boasting a party-feel beach (sports, games and watersports are big business here) and a long seafront promenade bursting with trattorie, bars and discos. You can reach Venice (ultimate day-trip material) in a little over an hour by ferry.
You’ve got beach resorts galore in the Venetian Riviera. The town of Grado kicks things off. Its island spot gives out views over the wildlife sanctuaries and casoni fishermen’s huts of the Marano Lagoon.
You can take your pick of theme parks at nearby Bibione. Meanwhile, neighbouring Caorle adds a splash of history. Make sure to follow the coastal path that curves past the fishing harbour and sandstone Madonna dell’Angelo sanctuary.
Lido di Jesolo is a different story – it serves up a long stripe of sand. Pick a sunlounger, hop between beach clubs, or take the family to Aqualandia waterpark. It’s also the closest Venetian Riviera beach resort to Venice. Catch a bus to nearby Punta Sabbioni, where you can hop on a boat to St. Mark’s Square.
Direct flights to Venice Marco Polo airport (VCE) are available from Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, Manchester, Newcastle and Southend and take approximately 2 hours.
Direct flights to Venice Treviso airport (TSF) depart from London Stansted, Leeds Bradford, Bristol and East Midlands and take approximately 2 hours.
Summer on the Venetian Riviera sees temperatures reaching the high 20s and 30s, with both visitors and Italians making a beeline for the beach. If you prefer fewer crowds, however, aim for the spring and autumn months. Although temperatures will be a little cooler, the resorts will be quieter – ideal for visiting the city.
The Venetian Riviera is big on seafood, with plenty of fresh sardines, clams and codfish alongside Italian dishes you’ll recognise. Look out for specialties like sarde in saor (sardines fried in spices and left to marinate overnight) and sepe al nero; cuttlefish cooked in their ‘ink’ and often served with spaghetti – a dish Venetians have eaten for centuries. If you’re planning on visiting the city of Venice while you’re here, don’t forget to try a cone or two of gelato.
The Venetian Lagoon is thousands of years old, and its shores have been inhabited since Roman times, forming small waterfront resorts that became the Venetian Riviera. The likes of Lido di Jesolo began gaining popularity as holiday resorts in the early 20th century, and continue to do so today. The city of Venice itself was a place of refuge for people fleeing the mainland after the fall of the Roman Empire, and today its canals and lagoon-side location make it one of Italy’s most unique cities.