Venice is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site but so is the Venice Lagoon; an enclosed bay that surrounds the regions islands. The terrain of this lagoon changes from salt waters that attract bottlenose dolphins by the Adriatic Sea to other sections consisting of mud flats by wetlands.
This lagoon is what makes Venice the city it is with buildings built directly at water level creating the illusion of a floating community.
Many tourists will choose to travel to Lido di Jesolo where a 15km beach is just waiting to be used. The smooth sands of this resort are backed by beachside hotels with many bars and restaurants found along the way.
All canals lead to Venice
Venice is the cultural capital of this region with many historic structures found throughout the city. Built on 117 islands that was formed by 177 canals, 409 bridges connect the streets to each other which makes it such a delight to walk around.
You'll find theatres, art galleries and museums documenting multiple time periods from Venice's history. It may now be a tourist favourite but gondola rides around Venice are a staple mark of the culture while shops sell products, clothing and ornaments with distinct Venetian flair.
Venice's surroundings are stylish and esteemed but holidays to the Venetian Riviera don't have to be a cultural history lesson. By Lido di Jesolo there are plenty of attractions that can provide the whole family with fun. A waterpark, fairground and go-kart track provide the thrills for all ages while water sports off the coast will appeal to the adrenaline junkies.
By night the beach resort hosts plenty of relaxing venues as well as many lively hotspots. Cool beach bars and cocktail lounges take things slow while nightclubs on the edge of town can keep you dancing into the early hours.
Back in Venice you'll find plenty of music clubs, lounges, pubs and restaurants welcoming you in to enjoy the warm evenings. Live music is often found in bars and cafes or you can go enjoy a live concert or performance in one of the city's theatres.
Italian food has some varied influences in the northern part of the country. The coastal settings of the Venetian Riviera means seafood is a favourite while Austrian and Slavic countries share similar tastes with the food here.
A favourite Italian seafood dish is bigoli in salsa: pasta served with an anchovy in onion sauce while small green crabs known as moleche are also eaten here.
Of course traditional dishes are served in restaurants, tavernas and pizzerias for those who don't favour seafood. The Italian café culture means there is a strong presence of places to grab a snack or a coffee too.
Lido di Jesolo’s Friday markets
Lido di Jesolo is a great place for tourists to shop with a long pedestrian zone filled with shops and restaurants. There is also a market held by the old quarter every Friday that offers everything from Italian cheeses to fashionable clothes and accessories.
Venice is truly a shopper's paradise with hundreds of stylish boutiques, independent retailers and shops filled with original and artistic stock. Browse between Rialto and San Marco to find some of the best stores in Venice.
After the two hour flight from the UK to Venice Marco Polo Airport, it is a relatively short drive to reach most resorts. You can be checking into your accommodation in Lido di Jesolo after a 35 minute drive from the airport.
A holiday to the Venetian Riviera would not be complete without a trip to Venice and there are different ways to reach the city. The SS11 bridge connects Venice to the mainland and cars and busses regularly make this trip. You can also catch a ferry from a number of locations in the region.