Spanning from Trieste to just beyond Venice, Italy’s Venetian Riviera has the perfect holiday no matter what you’re looking for. There is the vast beach of Gardo, the party paradise of Lido di Jesolo, the family-friendly Bibione, and of course the unparalleled day-trip options to Venice and its stunning neighbour, Murano. Customary Italian cuisine will keep all of the family happy, with options ranging from delicious pizzas and pastas to fresh seafood and homemade desserts. Also along this sublime stretch of coast is the sun-drenched town of Mestre, where you can walk along quintessential Italian streets with a delicious helping of gelato in hand.
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The Venetian Riviera is a paradise escape where you can enjoy an amazing beach holiday with your family, your partner or a group of friends.
This spellbinding coastal area on the east coast of Italy, close to the border with Croatia, has something for everyone - from wonderful sandy expanses which are packed with sports and leisure activities providing hours of family fun, to idyllic coves and bays which are ideal for couples craving a romantic time in a charming seafront retreat.
The Venetian Riviera is home to some of the largest beaches in Italy, including an incredible 15km Blue Flag sandy stretch at the fabulous resort of Lido di Jesolo, with its shallow waters which are perfect for families with young children.
There’s plenty going on at this superb expanse including windsurfing, sailing and paddle-boarding, plus there are plenty of delightful bars and restaurants nearby for an enjoyable meal and refreshing drink.
Other family-friendly beaches in the region include the 15km sandy stretch at Cavallino-Treporti and Rosolina Beach, which is south of Venice.
If you are looking for somewhere less lively and more laid-back you can’t go wrong with Alberoni Beach in the barrier island of Lido di Venezia. Getting there involves a 40-minute ferry trip but it’s well worth the effort - this is a truly enchanting place with gorgeous sand dunes, pine trees and a sense of total calm.
It you don’t fancy travelling so far to get away from the crowds then Bibione Beach or Albarella Beach are excellent alternatives.
When you choose to take a break from spending time on the beach or relaxing back at your hotel, there are so many sights to see and places to visit, including the magical city of Venice.
With its stunning network of canals, graceful gondolas, amazing palaces and fabulous art museums, Venice is a wondrous city that cannot fail to impress.
This seductive city is home to so many phenomenal attractions including Saint Mark's Basilica, the Rialto Bridge, St Marco's Square, The Palazzo Ducale and the famous Bridge of Sighs.
Another option for a day out in the Venetian Riviera is a boat trip taking in the 3 islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. There’s also the option to have a bumper day of fun at Aqualandia Italy, the country’s biggest water park which is themed on pirates and shipwrecks.
This is Venice's biggest annual tourist event which, among other things, sees St. Mark's Square filled with eerie figures in masks and costumes. It takes place in February and runs for 10 days leading up to Shrove Tuesday. Crowds descend on the city to enjoy the masked balls and huge public parades.
The Festa della Sensa is a joyous celebration of the close relationship between Venice and the sea. It involves an impressive procession of boats traditionally led by the mayor who tosses a wreath into the waves to symbolise a marriage between the city and the sea.
This is one of the most important folklore and gastronomic festivals in the Italian Riviera. It takes place for 10 nights in July in the city of Chioggia and sees a huge number of fish stands along the Corso del Popolo, serving local seafood dishes. A range of exciting events are organised to entertain the crowds.
This is a huge regatta in Venice which features a traditional procession of boats along the Grand Canal which is followed by 4 competitive rowing races. It is held on the first Saturday in September and is a magnificent spectacle.
You discover plenty of traditional Italian food in the Venetian Riviera, but the region also has its own popular delicacies and dishes which are definitely worth trying during a stay there.
Baccalà Mantecato is a popular Venetian dish made with salt cod which is mashed with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and black pepper and usually served with toasted polenta. It is believed to date back to 1431.
Another simple, but famous, dish in Venice is Risi Bisi which you'll find in many homes and restaurants. This is a combination of soup and thick rice risotto, plus rice and large pieces of pancetta, a delicious Italian bacon.
Cicchetti are similar to Spanish tapas and are much-loved small portions of food served in many Venetian bars. Traditionally they are eaten with a small glass of wine, either for lunch or dinner - often as a substitute for a main meal.
Tiramisù is a popular dessert found all over the world and many believe it originated in the Veneto region, although Tuscany has also staked a claim on it. This scrumptious delight is made of sponge cake soaked in rich coffee, Marsala wine, cocoa, and layers of sweet mascarpone cheese.
Many of the most renowned restaurants in the Venetian Riviera can be found in Venice. Among those of note are Ristorante Riviera, Trattoria al Gatto Nero, Antiche Carampane and Ristorante Alle Corone.