The Venetian Riviera is an awe-inspiring but often overlooked destination in Italy, comprised of several fascinating towns with coloured houses that line this “Coast of the Rising Sun”. The area is known for its stunning beaches, beautiful hotels, and excellent bars and restaurants as well as for its annual Venice Film Festival early September.

Lido di Venezia

The Venice Lido is a barrier island that measures about 11 km (7 miles) long and 700 meters (less than half a mile) at its widest point. The Lido is the most popular beach resort in the Venetian Riviera. Here you find hip bars, fabulous restaurants and plenty of cultural activities; there are several old churches and quaint streets filled with shops and restaurants which make for a perfect afternoon of exploring.

Relaxation is valued here. Apart from enjoying the sun and beach, many locals like to spend the day playing golf before heading down to the waterfront to dine al fresco with the incredible backdrop of Venice. The island is relatively small and can be explored on foot or by renting a bike from one of the shops located all around the Lido.

Bibione

lighthouse in Bibione
Bibione is another, less touristy, seaside resort on the Venetian Riviera. The beach is what attracts visitors to Bibione, and most people spend their days soaking up the Italian sunshine. If you feel like an afternoon walk, then head to Orsa Maggiore, this is the main artery of the town and is where most of the shops, bars, and restaurants are situated.

Lido di Jesolo

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Jesolo (pronounced YEZolo) was a small and insignificant mainland settlement that happened to lie in proximity to a long sandy seashore. As beach holidays became the fashion, these miles of sand became a resource to exploit.

Lido di Jesolo is today home to one of the longest beaches in Italy: an impressive 13km! Along the back of the beach is a long-paved walkway, running between the sand and the many hotels which face directly onto the beach. The town's main street is a couple of blocks inland, where foodies can soak up some local culture at the Piazza Kennedy, which is home to a lovely market – perfect for sampling some Italian cuisine.