Stunning Venetian Riviera holidays 2021
Nestled on Italy’s northeast shores, the Venetian Riviera abounds with beaches and lagoons. Away from the scenic coastline, holidays in the Venetian Riviera offer quaint villages, historic architecture and outstanding fare.
There’s little doubt that holidays in the Venetian Riviera are a treat for beach bums, history buffs and culture vultures. Aside from the bustling city of Venice with its numerous attractions, the coastal destination comes peppered with scenic islands and charming towns. The region’s great food and wine complete the perfect holiday picture.
Vaporetto tours of the Venetian Riviera
Much cheaper than gondola rides and just as much fun, vaporettos are the area’s public water-buses. Plying the maze of canals, the boats transport commuters between Venice and the nearby islands. They are also one of the best ways to explore the area. For the best views, sit at the front or back of the boat.
Why book Venetian Riviera holidays
Discover the best beaches
If you’re after golden sands then Lido di Jesolo Beach is your spot!
Explore the city
In Venice, see Piazza San Marco, the Grand Canal, Palazzo Ducale
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Explore the island of Murano – renowned for its centuries-old tradition of blown glass!
Popular with couples
A gondola ride is a must on your couples escape to the Venetian Riviera!
Top attractions to visit
Get lost amongst the colourful fishing houses of Burano
Try the local wine
Head to a local winery for an indulgent wine tasting tour
Top resorts in Venetian Riviera
As one of the most romantic cities in the world, Venice enchants at every turn. From the Grand Canal to …From £178 per person
Mestre is fantastically located just 15 minutes by public transport from Venice, a magical city of islands and canals. Mestre …From £103 per person
Lido di Jesolo
If you’re looking to add a bonus beach break to your cultural and historical Venetian getaway, look no further than …From £197 per person
Bibione in Venetian Riviera, ItalyFrom £108 per person
Experience the enchantment of one of the world’s most beautiful places with a city break to Venice Lido. Historic and …From £172 per person
Quarto d'Altino in Venetian Riviera, ItalyFrom £222 per person
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Top 5 things to do in the Venetian Riviera
Looking for picturesque harbours, stunning coastline vistas and historic gems? You'll find them on holidays in the Venetian Riviera.
- Housed in the 14th-century Scuola della Carita, Gallerie dell’Accademia dates back to 1750. The art gallery showcases work by such big names as Bosch, Bellini and Titian.
- Hop onboard a vaporetto and make your way to Murano, an island famous for its glass makers. According to a popular story, the glass workers were sent to the island in the 13th century to reduce the risk of fires in Venice.
- Have your photo taken outside Casa Bepi in Burano. Decorated with geometric shapes and bright colours, this is by far the most striking dwelling on the island.
- For sweeping views of the surrounding area hop on the Wheel of Venice in Joselo. The giant Ferris wheel features air-conditioned cabins to keep you comfortable during summer holidays.
- Be amused by the leaning tower of the church of San Martino in Burano. Built in the 17th-century, the 53-meter structure is best viewed from Terranova's marble bridge.
Historic highlights of the Venetian Riviera
Steeped in history, the Venetian coast offers plenty of time-honoured architectural gems.
- The Italo-Byzantine-style St. Mark’s Basilica is one of Venice’s most famous landmarks. The highlight of the opulent cathedral is the Pala d'Oro, a 12th-century altarpiece encrusted with 2,000 gems, including pearls and sapphires.
- Visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Torcello, one of the first islands to be settled in the area. Don’t miss the stone chair known as Attila’s Throne in the basilica’s courtyard.
- For an insight into how Venice protected itself from invaders, visit the Batteria Vettor Pisani in Cavallino-Treporti. One of the three batteries in the area, the fortifications contain restored rooms and memorabilia.
- Admire historic paintings of Venice at the Gallerie dell'Accademia. The gallery’s collections date from the 13th to the 17th century, and include works by such famous names as Bellini, Bosch and Canaletto.
- Discover the exquisite Palazzo Ducale, or the Doge’s Palace, which used to serve as the residence of the rulers of Venice. The palace’s ornate chambers stand in stark contrast to the adjoining prison, which can be reached by crossing the Bridge of Sighs.
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