Albarella

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Choosing Albarella means choosing sport, nature and relaxation: the island is a miniature paradise with everything you need for a perfect holiday.

Endowed with a thriving natural setting which makes it an ideal location for hunting, it was first acquired by the Vianelli family in the 1700s, then passing variously into the hands of other Venetian patrician families throughout the centuries. Today Albarella, so-called from the Latin populus alba, or white popular, the most diffuse tree on the island, belongs to a private consortium which has intuited the tourist potential here and thus transformed the island into one of the most elegant shores of the Alto Adriatico region: an exclusive location in the heart of the Po Delta National Park which parades its uncontaminated nature, comfortable lodgings, and myriads of sports areas and cultural occasions.

Many species of animals have found it to be an ideal habitat, deer, hare, eagle and falcon among others, together with hundreds of plant specimens which enliven the Mediterranean scrub and woods which occupy the greater part of the land. The island possesses almost 3 km of seashore, consisting of extremely fine sand, making it the largest 'saltwater swimming pool' in Europe. It is probably the most fully-equipped Venetian maritime locality for sports and leisure: at least 20 sports are catered for, with 24 tennis courts alone, a racecourse, sailing circuit, a magnificent 18 hole golf course, cycling tracks and all varieties of fishing.

The 'elite' character of Albarella is also manifest in its being a centre for many cultural initiatives such as prizes for journalism, gatherings and reviews of classical music, ballet, literature, cinema and concerts of every genre. The accommodation offered is elegant and comfortable, and children are catered for well, with many attractions.