Modern resorts meet classic Italian style on Venetian Riviera holidays, where sunkissed shores are yours for the taking. Famous Venice is the centerpiece of this region, but exploring the surrounding beaches, countryside and islands offers plenty in the way of cuisine, culture and excitement.
Tucked away in Italy's northeast, the Venetian Riviera takes its name from the world-famous city of Venice, where walkways and waterways mingle in perfect harmony. That city retains a strong cultural sway over the area, owing to its history as a merchant city that was an independent state long into the 1800s. Even so, the Venetian Riviera, with hotspots like Lido di Jesolo and Bibione, has plenty of modern style.
Stretches of sunny shoreline define the Riviera itself, where coastal towns sit between miles of unspoilt countryside and the sea that once gave Venice unchallenged mastery of the waves. Exploring the islands beyond the mainland of Italy is a given, especially since they offer such insights into the past, as well as plenty of inviting beaches.
For those who like to take life on the leisurely side, Bibione is your holiday soulmate. Here, your daily schedule will consist of relaxing on the beach, sipping beer from an outdoor courtyard and stuffing your face with pizza. But malls, water and theme parks are close by for more action.
Lido di Jesolo sits on the shores of scenic Venice Lagoon and offers 16 kilometres of beaches to enjoy. Ideal for relaxing sunshine holidays there are kid's activities, shops, restaurants and a lively nightlife with plenty of bars and late opening clubs. It's also just 50 minutes away from Venice.
In Venice, an awe-inspiring collection of architectural throwbacks and a tangle of waterways mix with jazz clubs and art festivals to create an expert blend of old and new. Here, strolling down city streets is its own activity and cruising down a canal on a gondola is nothing short of magic.