Last Updated on June 25, 2022
The first part is about Lido di Jesolo as a resort. Now let’s see where we can go to if for us just lying on the beach is not enough.
Lido di Jesolo is a very convenient place in this regard – there are quite a lot of interesting places around Venice within an hour or an hour and a half by car. Also bus or train (from Lido di Jesolo, however, there must be a bus first) are possible.
1. Conegliano, Vittorio Veneto, Cison di Valmarino, Belluno
Wine hills region, listed by UNESCO. Conegliano, Vittorio Veneto, Cison di Valmarino, Belluno are old cities with a historical centerd. Belluno is located almost by the mountains and has also amazing views.
2. Asolo and Villa Maser
In summer – bus from Jesolo. Or a bus from Montebelluna. But it is better to explore this region separately from the beach holiday and have accomodation closer.
Asolo is an old town on a hill, one of the “most beautiful small towns” in Italy. It is also known for the fact that famous people lived here, in particular the English poet Robert Browning.
Villa Barbaro in Maser was built by Palladio in 1560, painted by Veronese.
3. Bassano-del-Grappa, Marostica
Train from Mestre – 1 h 15/30 min.
During the “live” chess games (mid-September), it is worth visiting Marostica nearby, but for this it is better to settle somewhere nearby.
Bassano del Grappa is an old town on the river, especially famous for its wooden bridge, built (and rebuilt many times) by Palladio. The city produces grappa vodka, although the name of the city historically is not associated with it. It is also famous for his pottery.
4. Cittadella, Castelfranco
Two fortified cities that have preserved the fortress walls. Medieval festivals take place there in early September.
Next to Castelfranco is the very famous Palladian villa, Villa Emo in Fanzolo.
You can get to Castelfranco by train from Mestre (40-50 minutes), by bus from Padua or Treviso.
You can get to Cittadella by bus from Treviso, by train from Mestre with transfers in Treviso, Padua (a little over an hour).
There is a bus between both cities. Bus lines: http://www.mobilitadimarca.it, http://www.ctmspa.com.
Quiet, calm, non-touristy city, which, according to reviews, is very similar to Venice without its crowds. Have not checked. I saw the bus to Treviso at the bus station.
There are two main ways to get there.
1) By bus 5 to Punta Sabbioni, then vaporetto 14 to San Marco (Zaccaria pier). You can choose a one-hour ticket (it was 7 euros) or a travel pass, depending on your plans. Please note that the vaporetto leaves 5 minutes after the bus arrives and usually runs once every half hour. There is no need to rush to go to the pier with a single ticket if you are not sure that you can get on the ship in time. The time on the ticket is limited (the next ship is in 30 minutes, and it takes about 35 minutes to Venice) – that is, your hour will expire before you arrive.
2) By bus from the bus station to Piazza Roma (it was 5 euros one way), then on foot or by vaporetto. If you do not know where is the stop on the way back, it is better to come in advance (there is a complete mess). It is also advisable to find out the schedule in advance, since the bus does not run very often, and there is absolutely no place to wait there.
The third, additional way, not so hectic – is a direct boat from Lido di Jesolo (leaves in the morning, returns around 19:00).
7, 8. Murano, Burano
Take bus 5 to Punta Sabbioni, then vaporetto (arrives at the same time as the vaporetto in Venice, but stops at a nearby pier – they exchange passengers).
More about Burano and Murano.
9. Villas Widmann and Contarini on Brenta. Villa Malcontenta
You can get there by bus 53 from Venice, which goes to Padua and passes Malcontenta through Mira, Dolo and Stra.
More about villas on Brenta
10. Padua (Padova)
You can get to Padua by bus to Mestre, then by train or bus. The fastest way is by car on the highway (the whole road takes about an hour).
More about Padua.
Vicenza is the city of the architect Palladio. You can get there by bus from the bus station.
12. Arqua Petrarca, Euganean Hills
A number of attractions – old towns, villas and parks – are located along the Euganean Hills.
The center of the province of the same name and the Polesine region, Rovigo is not as impressive a city as its famous neighbors like Padua or Venice. There is a historical center and an art museum, but it is not worth going for it from afar. The city is suitable for those who have accomodation nearby.
Nearby, in Fratta Polesine, is the UNESCO-listed Palladio Villa – Villa Badoer. The main interest is architecture. Frescoes have survived, but they are not very expressive.
Adria is the city that gave its name to the sea, on the shores of which it was once located. Since then, hundreds of years and 25 km of land have been added between it and the sea. It is a small town, the main advantage of which is a rich archaeological museum.
15. Po River Delta
Po River Delta is very extensive and stretches as far as Ravenna. There are various boat trips around the national park. More details, for example here. There is also a botanical garden Gardino Botanico di Porto Caleri in Rosaline (link)
Chioggia – “Little Venice”, one of the most important Venetian ports in antiquity. You can get there in the summer by boat from Venice.
All topics by region – #Venice