Holidays to Veneto extend beyond the city of Venice. This part of Italy, otherwise known as the Venetian Riviera, also offers up beaches, mountain ranges and scenes from Shakespeare.
Venice is the first place most people think of when you mention Veneto. This canal-scored city has a tendency to turn tourists into kids in sweetshops. Except, it’s not bonbons they want to binge on, it’s gondolas, masque shops, pontes and the mosaics in St Mark’s Basilica.
What you might not know, is Venice is just a canapé in Veneto's multi-course meal of sights. To the north, there are the Dolomite Mountains. To the east, there’s Verona, which was the setting for Shakespeare’s story of star-crossed lovers. And all over the region there are vineyards, producing signature wines like Soave and Bardolino.
Lido di Jesolo and Caorle
Then there are the beaches. Lido di Jesolo alone is home to a 15-kilometre runway of sand. Like most of the beaches in Italy, you have to pay to hire a sunlounger for the day, but once you’re settled you’ll want for nothing – watersports, snack bars, mini golf courses and souvenir shops are all on tap. Caorle has a similar sized beach to Lido di Jesolo, and it teams its seaside with a historical town centre. There’s an 11th-century cathedral here, and a rocket-sized bell tower that looks like it could lift off any minute.
It’s easy to mix city sights with golden beaches on a twin centre holiday. Just up the coast from the floating city, you’ve got the seaside town of Lido di Jesolo. Combine a couple of days exploring Venice’s landmarks with some beach time in Lido di Jesolo.
You’ll get 2 nights in Venice, followed by 5 in Jesolo, with all your transport taken care of.
- Fly direct to Venice airport and head to desk 71 on arrival to meet your assistant.
- Catch a boat to Venice – either directly to your hotel or to the nearest pier.
- You’ll spend the next 2 nights at a Venice hotel of your choice on a bed and breakfast basis.
- After your city break, you’ll catch a boat from Venice to Punta Sabbioni, where you’ll transfer by minibus to your hotel in Lido di Jesolo for the next 5 nights – your stay will be on a half board basis.
- You’ll then catch a coach transfer back to Venice airport.
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Venice is a city that breaks conventions. Grand palaces teeter on the edge of winding canals, bridges seem to levitate over water, and whole streets disappear at high tide. More than 100 islands form the city, grouped together in 16 sestieres, or districts. Although this sounds overwhelming, it’s actually very compact. Add that to the fact the biggest sites are all close together and exploring is easy.
Lido di Jesolo
This vibrant Italian seaside town on the edge of the Venice Lagoon has an impressive collection of top-end hotels and high-rise apartments, making it one of Italy’s most popular destinations. There’s a sparkling marina, a dozen piazzas brimming with trattorias and all-night discos, plus Via Bafile, Europe’s longest car-free avenue.
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