The Venetian Riviera is comprised of a number of towns and villages that line the coast in the Veneto region. This collection of beauties has become known as the Venetian Riviera. Like its French counterpart, this area is known for its stunning beaches, beautiful hotels and excellent bars and restaurants. Venice Lido is an often overlooked destination – yet the area still boasts a number of small canals and has a trendier rather than classical vibe.
The area is also world-famous for its annual film festival when Hollywood stars descend on the Lido for screenings and parties alike. Jesolo and Bibione are two other wonderful destinations situated on the Riviera. In both towns, the focus of activity is on the beach. However, there are a number of small churches and quaint historic centres to be explored – and remember Venice, and all its charms, is only a short trip away on the train.
Lido is the most popular beach destination in the area and it's easy to see why. Not only is its proximity to Venice unparalleled, but the commutable distance means many city-types live here and the area caters to them with hip bars, fabulous restaurants and plenty of cultural activities.
Much of the beach is owned by the hotels, so if your accommodation isn't located on the shore you'll have to head to the public beach, which is situated on the Gran Viale. Relaxation is valued here and many locals like to spend the day playing tennis or golf – join them for a game or two before heading down to the waterfront to dine al fresco with the wonderful backdrop of Venice. The island is also relatively small and can be explored on foot or by renting a bike from one of the small shops located all around the Lido.
Bibione is another, less touristy, seaside resort on the Venetian Riviera. The beach is the what people come to Bibione for and most people spend their days soaking up the Italian sunshine with a glass of wine in hand. If you feel like an afternoon walk, then head to Orsa Maggiore. This is the main artery of the town and is where most of the shops, bars and restaurants (that aren't on the seafront) are situated. The town doesn't have many traditional attractions but there are several small buildings which might be of interest to those with a love of history.
Jesolo is home to one of the longest beaches in Italy: an impressive 13km! Jesolo is split into two distinct areas named Jesolo Lido and Jesolo Centro – Lido being the beach, with Centro housing most of the cultural attractions such as the town hall and the museums.
There is little need to use any form of transportat as most of the attractions are situated within walking distance of the beach. In addition to the beach, there are several activities for those who want to keep themselves occupied. Sea Life exhibits a number of marine animals and is well worth visiting, especially if you're travelling with children. Tropicarium Park is another excellent child-friendly experience that should not be missed when in Jesolo.
Foodies unite! Soak up some local culture at the Piazza Kennedy, which is home to a lovely market – perfect for sampling some Italian cuisine.
Exploring the Venetian Riviera...
Explore on foot
One of the joys of visiting the Venetian Riviera is the proximity of the beaches to the wonderful city of Venice. There is much to see in this classic Italian destination – most notably the Rialto Bridge, the museums of St Mark's Square and, of course, the Basicilla itself. Taking a gondola is a wonderful way to see the city but if you want to keep to dry land then the centre is best explored on foot. It's relatively small size means that all the main attractions can be traversed on foot. The Jewish Ghetto of Venice is still an active Jewish area in the city and has a distinct charm to it that isn't found elsewhere in the city.
There are many museums located in St Mark's Square some of the best being The Peggy Guggenheim Museum and The Jewish Museum. There are several tickets you can purchase, which give you entry to some or all of the museums – do some research to see which ticket would be most suitable for you and you save yourself a substantial amount of cash.
Enjoy the Lido
Venice Lido also has a smattering of attractions. While none of them are as famous as the sites in central Venice, there are several old churches and quaint streets filled with shops and restaurants which make for a perfect afternoon of exploring.
Beaches in the Venetian Riviera
All of the major towns and resorts along the Venetian Riviera have their own beaches. Venice Lido is the most popular of all the beaches in the area, so if you're looking for something which is a little more secluded it's best to head down the coast to Jesolo, Caorle or even further down the coast if you want to really get away from the crowds.
No trip to Italy would be complete without sampling the world-class food and drink which is on offer. Tuck into some delicious seafood and a glass of prosecco at lunch and sample the simply stunning pizzas and pasta of this extraordinary culinary nation. Northern Italy tends to cook with creamy sauces more than its southern counterpart, they are also partial to veal – a speciality they have adopted from nearby Austria.
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