Jesolo is where you can experience the quaint and relaxing Veneto countryside by the River Sile, very much in contrast to the neighbouring Lido di Jesolo and its summer crowds. While both towns are famous for their cycling routes, most of the scenic paths traverse Jesolo, or Jesolo Paese as the locals call it, through to the Venetian Lagoon. 

    Within a half-hour’s drive east from Venice’s Marco Polo Airport, the quiet town of Jesolo has a few cool attractions to offer, along with some shopping and nightlife options. With this list of the top things to do in Jesolo, you can hang around the town or take a detour to the more popular coast.

    What are the best things to do in Jesolo?


    Piazza Mazzini

    The heart of the action in Lido di Jesolo

    • Families
    • Budget

    The central square of Lido di Jesolo has a lot going on, especially in summer. Spacious and flat, both halves of the square are usually abuzz with pedestrians, while the street that runs through the middle bears only light traffic. Small kids will love chasing the dancing water at the fountain in the northern half, and you can choose from the many cafés and restaurants around the piazza to sip coffee and people-watch. The towering building of the Maxim Disco overlooks the southern half, and just a short walk around it is the beach.

    Location: Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini, Lido di Jesolo, Italy

    Open: 24 hours

    Phone: +39 (0)340 975 0509


    Lido di Jesolo

    A beach resort town for sun, sea, and surf

    • Couples
    • Families
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    The coastal town of Lido di Jesolo features a 15 km stretch of golden sand, bordered by the azure waters of the Adriatic. The beach is divided into many different sections, where you can bask, play and dine. Families with kids have plenty to do here, with well-developed recreational spots such as theme parks and aquariums. However, its main draw lies in the many different sections of serviced beaches, each with neatly arranged loungers and parasols, as well as onsite recreation and dining options. 

    Location: Via Bafile, 30016 Lido di Jesolo VE, Italy



    Have a fun splashing time

    • Families

    Jesolo may mostly be about spending time on the Adriatic coast, but you can have a wet and thrilling time with family at this grand waterpark. Aqualandia has it all. You can spend a whole day splashing in Caribbean-themed pools and zooming down over a dozen exhilarating slides. Younger kids can enjoy a series of pirate and Peter Pan-themed shows, while serious thrill-seekers can go for the extreme rides such as the Captain Spacemaker, or try bungee jumping.

    Location: Via Michelangelo Buonarroti, 15, Lido di Jesolo, Italy

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +39 (0)421 371648


    photo by Konrad Wąsik (CC BY 3.0) modified


    Wheel of Venice

    For birds’ eye views over the city and Adriatic Sea

    • Families

    This Ferris wheel takes you on a steady ride high up to view the whole cityscape (and seascape) of Jesolo from a birds’ eye view. The cabins are air-conditioned to keep you comfortable – a perk that justifies the price. However, unlike most other giant Ferris wheels, the Wheel of Venice takes you around three times. The wheel opens until late, and romantic couples can enjoy a sunset or evening ride. However, the views are obviously more impressive when the sun’s still up.

    Location: Piazza Brescia, 11, Lido di Jesolo, Italy

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to 12 am

    Phone: +39 (0)366 214 7832


    Via Bafile

    Jesolo’s boutique-lined walking street

    • Families
    • Luxury

    Start your walk along one of Jesolo’s great walking streets from the beautiful flower park of Piazza Casa Bianca. The wide and well-paved walkways will then lead you along the shop-lined street of Via Bafile. There’s a bit of everything, from Italian fashion and jewellery boutiques to small shops selling homeware and flip-flops. In between, there are a few hotels as well as pizzerias and small ice cream shops that serve as great pitstops throughout your walk. You can also take a slight detour from Via Bafile at Piazza Brescia, towards the big Laguna Shopping Centre.

    Location: Via Bafile, Lido di Jesolo, Italy

    Open: (most shops) Monday – Saturday from 10 am to 12.30 pm and 3.30 pm and 7.30 pm


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    Vidotto Military Museum

    A humble house that’s big on wartime history

    • Families
    • History

    The Museo Storico Militare "Vidotto" (Vidotto Military Museum) houses a private collection of war memorabilia spanning WWI to peacekeeping times. It also has historical items relating to Italy’s police and armed forces. It’s around 1.5km south of the city centre along Via Nazario Sauro. Family run, the museum’s collection has been passionately gathered over generations and include military tools, weaponry, infantry uniforms – there’s even a full-size M60 Patton battle tank and an Agusta AB204 chopper parked out on its yard. Tickets are around €7.

    Location: Via Roma Destra, 131, Jesolo, Venice, Italy

    Open: June–August: daily from 10 am to 12.30 pm and from 4 pm to 7.30 pm. Other months based on appointment.


    Marina Club

    Fuel up at its well-stocked bar and dance the night away in Jesolo

    • Nightlife

    An integral part of Jesolo’s nightlife scene, the Marina Club is a lone events and party house in the countryside near Jesolo’s western end. Inside, you’ll discover elegantly furnished rooms and lounging spaces, all great for mingling and meet-ups. You’ll need to come in your most stylish gear to match the refined and glamourous feel of this place. The bar’s fully stocked with tall racks of Italian wines. Themed parties range from “back to the ‘70s” to disco nights featuring the coast’s best DJs on the turntables, with the crowd often overflowing into the gardens outside.

    Location: Via Roma Destra, 120b, Jesolo, Italy

    Open: Friday – Sunday from 8 pm to 4 am

    Phone: +39 (0)421 370645


    Ristorante Tortuga

    The best seafood in town

    • Couples
    • Families

    While it’s not right on Jesolo’s seaside, Ristorante Tortuga serves great dishes using the freshest ingredients from the sea, receiving various local awards for its fish specialties over the years. You can choose a seat indoors or out on its awning-covered terrace for breezes and views over Piazza Nicolo Tommaseo. Besides offering a wide choice of seafood dishes like ricette cozze e vongole alla marinara (marinara mussels and clams), you can also check out their extensive pizza menu with a seafood twist, like their frutti di mare seafood pizza.

    Location: Piazza Nicolò Tommaseo, 15, Lido di Jesolo, Italy

    Open: Wednesday – Monday from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm and from 7 pm to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +39 (0)421 93319

    Ari Gunadi | Compulsive Traveller

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