Jesolo

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A locality famed throughout the world, and which holds the Italian record for the number and affluence of its holiday accommodation.

Its origins go back a long way though: at one time the largest island in the lagoon, the Romans called it Equilum, after the practise of raising horses which distinguished the Paleovenetians. Then becoming an Imperial vicus it played an important role in the resistance to the Longobard invaders. It was later an important diocese until the 15th century.

Returning to the present, the Lido di Jesolo is home to thousands of hotels, villas, campsites and holiday apartments, with a golden beach of 15 km, bounded by the rivers Sile and Piave, of extremely fine sand, regularly interspersed by typical breakwaters. The maritime city consists of three main areas: the centre, the lighthouse, and the pine forests.

The beach satisfies every whim thanks to its highly-developed tourist facilities. The entertainment possibilities are endless, both during the day and night, there are a wide range of sports on offer, from sailing to scuba diving courses, from tennis to basketball, from beach volley to 5-a-side football, all available utilising modern and efficient equipment, in leisure centres and the best equipped sites.

Jesolo in its life as a dynamic and vibrant city is also equalled by its existence as an oasis of natural beauty. A fascinating bicycle route winds through the surrounding countryside, dense and green, to the riverside nature reserve. Another suggested excursion is to Porto Cortellazzo, near the mouths of the river Piave, an evocative maritime town often animated by traditional festivals.