With long (and simply glorious) sandy beaches that are lapped by clear blue sea, the Italian Adriatic is just perfect for swimming, windsurfing, sandcastle-making or just taking it easy in the summer sunshine.
Taking a Keycamp holiday along Italy’s Adriatic coast, however, also means a chance to explore rolling countryside and puts you in easy reach of many beautiful cities. Plus it’s not too far to head over to the spectacular Dolomites for a day spent walking.
Only a short drive away is Venice. Known as “La Serenissima”, the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Venice is built on hundreds of tiny islands in a vast lagoon and is linked by a maze of canals and tiny bridges. Other cities of note that simply should not be missed include Vicenza, Treviso and Ravenna.
Add chic boutiques, stylish shopping and the Veneto region’s reputation for good food and good wine, holidaying on the Adriatic coast means a beach holiday, plus lots more besides.
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A purpose-built resort, Jesolo offers around ten miles of sandy beach and attracts thousands of visitors every summer. Built around one main street that is split by several piazzas the Lido is quite easy to get around. Catering entirely for the holidaymaker, there is no shortage of ice cream parlours, cafés, restaurants and bars, as well as arcades and shops. A good way to see the Lido is to hire bikes and cycle towards the lighthouse. In the evenings the Lido’s main street becomes totally pedestrianised, making it easy for visitors to stroll around.
Island-themed Aqualandia at Lido di Jesolo has 26 attractions, ranging from the gentle to the scary. If you don’t intend to spend a full day here, check to see if reduced admission is available in the afternoon.
Staying on the Adriatic coast puts you within a stone’s throw of Venice. So it would be a real pity to miss discovering this amazing city during your holiday. Once you arrive in Venice (take the car or catch a bus along the S11 to Tronchetto and Piazzale Roma), it’s easy to get to all the main sights on foot. Venice is packed with places to explore and admire. Climb the bell tower in Piazza San Marco for fantastic views of the city and lagoon. The city is best seen by taking a gondola around the labyrinth of canals, or by waterbus down the magnificent Grand Canal, passing under the famous Rialto Bridge and taking in the hundreds of palaces that line the banks.
Vicenza was the home of one of the 16th Century’s most accomplished stonemasons – and it shows. Right across the city you will find remarkable buildings decorated with quite extraordinary scenes. If nothing more, spend half a day here to soak up the architecture and immerse yourself in the culture. Then treat yourself to a coffee at one of the many pavement cafés. Vicenza also has stylish shops and boutiques.
This attractive medieval fortified town, on the River Sile, boasts frescoed house façades and Venetian-style canals. Make your way to the Calmaggiore and start your adventure from here, as this is a convenient spot to see both the 12th Century cathedral and the 13th Century town hall. Plus try and visit the daily fish market that takes place on a small island in the middle of the city’s great river. Treviso was once a haven for poets, musicians, writers and architects, and open-air concerts are still staged in the main square during the summer.
Made up of thirteen small islands, linked together by a series of interesting bridges, Comacchio is a charming medieval town with colourful fishermen’s houses and a network of canals. The catch of the day tends to be eels which are often caught using methods that go back to Roman times.
Famous for its Byzantine mosaics, this ancient Roman port is a peaceful town which still displays the riches accumulated as an imperial city. It is full of beautiful old palaces, courtyards and cloisters. The local museum, Museo Nazionale, is a good place to find out more about the town’s mosaics and its architecture.
The home of an incredible dynasty in medieval times, Ferrara is an impressive walled town with ancient palaces, spacious squares and a 12th Century cathedral with a magnificent marble façade that has to be seen to be believed. The town’s castle, Castello Estense, has moats, towers and ramparts, not-to-mention dungeons with grizzly secrets.
Home to Europe’s longest-established university, in the heart of historic Bologna you will find a simply delicious maze of porticoed streets leading to simply incredible architectural masterpieces and medieval palaces. Must-sees include the world-famous Neptune Fountain, dating back to 1566, the sky-piercing 12th Century Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda towers and the ancient San Petronio church. Capital of the Emilia Romagna region and home to spaghetti Bolognese, Bologna is the epicurean centre of Italy.
With its seaside location and compact beach, complete with bars and choice of watersports, this is the ideal location for a fun-packed family holiday.
Situated on a glorious stretch of sandy beach and surrounded by trees, Garden Paradiso offers excellent facilities, including three pools, tennis and canoeing.
Union Lido is a large and very impressive parc with direct access to a large and wide sandy beach as well as several great pools with slides and wellness centre and spa area.
Sant'Angelo is found in a great location with rose gardens and direct access to a private beach. The parc's friendly atmosphere and great facilities makes it popular with families.
Mediterraneo is an excellent large and lively parc with facilities to match, including a great pool complex and access to a private sandy beach.
Lying just five minutes walk from the town of Ca’Savio, this large, lively and well-equipped parc is an ideal place for a fun-filled family holiday.
Within easy reach of Jesolo and the Venetian lagoon, this large beachside parc enjoys a pine-fringed setting next to golden sands and the Adriatic.
Spiaggia E Mare is a top-class parc with direct access to a beautiful sandy beach. The pool complex here is popular with all its guests, as are the organised excursions to Venice.
With direct access to a lovely private, sandy beach and great choice of activities on parc and nearby, Waikiki is a great choice for a family holiday near Venice.
San Francesco is found in a splendid natural setting within a lovely pine forest and offers guests direct access to a beautiful sandy beach.
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