Holidays to Veneto extend beyond the iconic city of Venice. This part of Italy, otherwise known as the Venetian Riviera, also offers up beaches, mountain ranges and scenes made famous by Shakespeare.
Venice is the first place most people think of when you mention Veneto. This canal-threaded city has a tendency to turn tourists into children in a sweet shop. Except, it’s not bonbons they want to binge on, it’s gondolas, mask shops, bridges and the mosaics of St Mark’s Basilica.
What you might not realise, is that Venice is just a canapé in Veneto's tasting menu 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'll probably have pay to hire a sunlounger for the day, but once you’re settled you’ll want for nothing – watersports, snack bars, minigolf courses and souvenir shops are all on tap. Caorle has a similar sized beach to Lido di Jesolo, and it teams its seafront with a historical town centre. There’s an 11th-century cathedral here, and a rocket-shaped 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.