Hotels in Venetian Riviera
Holiday resorts in Venetian Riviera
Lido de Jesolo
One of Italy’s most popular resorts, Lido di Jesolo is where sun-seeking holidaymakers come to relax. Ideal for families, this beach town treats guests to miles of golden sand, a variety of family activities and lively nightlife. Leave the kids to explore the play areas while you perfect your tan, or take a break and enjoy a pizza lunch and an afternoon of shopping along Via Bafile. For a fun escape from the beach, don’t leave your holiday in Lido di Jesolo without braving the 42-metre Spacemaker ride at Aqualandia water park.
Things to do
Just a short ferry ride from Venice, Lido di Jesolo offers a safe and charming base to soak up the Mediterranean sun. Children can enjoy Aqualandia water park and a variety of family-friendly activities, while adults take advantage of 10 miles of sandy beach. In the evenings, this pleasant town transforms into a popular party hub. Choose between late-night bars and cool beach chill-outs, or simply soak in the atmosphere on an evening stroll down Via Bafile avenue.
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Amalfi Coast holidays invite you to experience one of Italy’s most glamourous coastlines. From its scooped-out valleys to its soaring cliffs overlooking pretty bays and pastel coloured buildings, it’s hardly surprising why it's been the setting for films and paintings.
Stretching for over 40 kilometres, there’s so many places to explore too, each one just as eye-catching as the next. If you’re looking for a small town with bags of beauty, Positano has Italian good looks by the bucket load. Or, you can always step away from the crowds and soak up the romantic atmosphere of Ravello, with its magnificent villas and sprawling gardens. But you can’t come to this famous coast without seeing Amalfi itself! This must-see spot will instantly win you over with its cobbled streets and sun-drenched piazzas. Wherever you choose to stay on your Amalfi Coast holidays, you won’t be short of amazing backdrops.
The scenery around Amalfi is spectacular. From wild lemon groves adding a hint of citrus to the air and seaside cliffs that give away to mountains, there’s no wonder it’s one of the world’s most famous landscapes. Couples looking for a mix of relaxation and adventure won’t be disappointed. Hike through a valley lined with waterfalls one day (the Valle delle Ferriere), take a boat trip into an impressive sea cave the next, and unwind on a sunny beach the day after that.
A fascinating history
It’s easy to delve into the local history on your Amalfi holidays. You can’t miss the sense of the past when you stroll along Amalfi’s narrow old streets, and the cathedral (or Duomo) at the town’s cultural heart. An attractive combination of Arabic and Norman styles, it is among Italy's finest churches.. There are also historic coastal watchtowers decorating the coast, including one above Amalfi, while the beautiful gardens of the nearby Villa Rufolo have long attracted some of England’s most celebrated creative people, like Virginia Woolf. And don’t forget to stop by Salerno (make sure you visit the Duomo di Salerno and the beautiful Villa Communale gardens), or further afield to the ancient ruins at Paestum.
Why settle in one place, when you can squeeze in a few? Whether you want to hit the road for an unforgettable Amalfi drive, or you prefer to travel across the water, it’s so easy to hop between towns. The island of Capri is within easy reach! Young couples will love watching celebrities moor their yachts as they dine in its waterside eateries. For romantic views, you shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to ride the funicular up to the main town. From here, you can also escape to the famous Blue Grotto, whose name comes from the vivid blue tones you’ll see when the sunlight reflects onto the water. And did we mention It’s also close to one of Italy’s most famous cities - the beautiful Naples? Make sure you visit, even if it’s just to try a slice of authentic Neapolitan pizza!
Families with an interest in history should schedule a day trip to Pompeii (1 hour 40 minutes from Amalfi). Buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, you can’t come to Italy without stepping foot inside this incredible archeological site. From preserved temples, Roman baths, houses and theatres, it’s all waiting to be discovered in this ancient city.
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Holidays to Lake Como promise total tranquillity, breathtaking landscapes and dramatic views. Set against a backdrop of pine-covered mountains, this part of Northern Italy is one of the country’s finest holiday spots. Located 85km north of Milan, Lake Como boasts magnificent scenery – from idyllic gardens to fascinating historic sites – that makes exploring a real treat.
The lake itself is over46km long with a seabed that sits 200 metres below sea level. Around the lake, you’ll find a plethora of colourful towns and villages framed by hills that offer lovely views from their peaks. Lake Como holidays are perfect for those seeking a peaceful retreat, with lots to see and do nearby.
Unique Natural Formation
Lake Como dates back to the last Ice Age. Like many other Italian subalpine lakes, its geological origin is glacial. It’s shaped like an inverted Y, formed from the movement of an enormous glacier.
Its name in Latin is Larius, Italianised as Lario. Como and Lecco are situated at the ends of its southwestern and southeastern branches, while Varenna, Bellagio and Menaggio sit at the intersection of the branches. Lake Como has always been important as a passageway between Italy’s northern regions and the Po Valley.
Lake Como is home to around 30 idyllic towns and villages. Their multicoloured houses stand out against the glistening turquoise waters of the lake, creating picture-perfect panoramas.
One of the region’s most famous towns is Bellagio, otherwise known as the ‘Pearl of Lake Como’. This elegant town is loved for its unrivalled coastal views, quiet cobbled streets and luxurious villas. Here, you can marvel at the parish church and explore the gardens of Villa Melzi and Villa Serbelloni, which are open to the public from Spring to Autumn.
Menaggio is another of Lake Como’s spectacular towns. Once a medieval walled city, this quaint resort is studded with charming cafés, chic boutiques and impressive architecture. Wander along the picturesque lakefront promenade lined with brightly coloured buildings before heading up to the older part of the town to learn more about Menaggio’s history.
Lake Como has been a popular destination for wealthy people since Roman times. After the area was conquered by Julius Caesar, it was filled with grand villas inhabited by wealthy settlers such as authors Pliny the Elder and Younger.
Evidence of Como’s Roman influence can still be seen today, most notably from its Roman Baths and other monuments. Stroll through Como’s city centre and witness fascinating structures like Basilica di San Carpoforo and Basilica di San Fedele.
For centuries, visitors have been drawn to Lake Como’s wonderful lifestyle. From its internationally renowned Michelin-starred restaurants to its elegant fashion boutiques, this region of Northern Italy is synonymous with luxury and beauty. Lake Como is a favourite spot among celebrities such as George Clooney, Madonna and Ronaldinho, who own homes here. The town of Lenno is also a popular film location and has featured in various big-screen works, including James Bond: Casino Royale and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
Activities on Lake Como
Holidays in Lake Como promise exciting things to do. Try your hand at a range of watersports, including paddleboarding and kayaking, or take a private boat tour around the lake – the best way to fully appreciate the area’s natural scenery.
In the summertime, you can explore the hiking trails around the region. There are plenty to choose from, offering stunning views across the lake and the surrounding towns and villages. In the wintertime, you can visit one of the many ski resorts located close to Lake Como, where you can spend a day gliding down snow-covered slopes.
Ischia Porto is the biggest of Ischia’s six towns, situated on the north coast. With its high-end shops and the horseshoe-shaped harbour bobbing with flash-looking yachts, Ischia Porto has more than a whiff of Capri about it! However, there’s much more to Ischia Porto holidays than just some high-end retail therapy, and you’ll find everything from golden beaches and bustling bars to the natural springs in the town’s thermal parks and gardens.
Head to the Castello Aragonese castle to discover more about Ischia Porto’s past, or explore the medieval churches that are dotted around the town. If this destination looks a bit familiar, it might be because it’s acted as the backdrop for several films including Cleopatra, starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, and The Talented Mr Ripley, starring Matt Damon. Whether you’re whisking your better half off for a romantic break or travelling with the family, Ischia Porto holidays offer a little slice of paradise.
Things to do
While it’s very easy to spend your holidays soaking up the rays on one of the island’s golden sandy beaches, there are plenty of things to see and do. If you’re on a romantic break, sip on a glass of limoncello from a harbourside restaurant and watch the fishing boats, expensive yachts and pleasure boats come and go. If there’s a shopper in your ranks, head to the main street’s trendy stores, where you’ll find everything from high-end fashion brands to quirky, backstreet boutiques selling handmade goods and souvenirs.
For a dip into the island’s past visit some of the town’s spectacular medieval churches. Alternatively, take a walk along the 22-metre-long bridge to the island’s iconic Aragonese Castle, before heading to one of the many open-air springs and spas to soothe your skin and relax those muscles.
Ischia is known for a number of things, not least its spectacular castle that rises up on a small islet from Ischia Ponte. The island’s also famous for its thermal springs which are said to have healing properties, whether you relax in the water at a public baths or find a little stream that trickles out along the beach.
If you love spending time at the beach, there are some fabulous ones to choose from across Ischia. Bask in some golden sunshine at any number of inviting beaches, or sit back in bath-like rock pools in the shadow of plunging cliffs. Whether you catch the bus, take a water taxi or hire your own boat, there are plenty of ways to explore the highlights of Ischia’s picturesque coastline.
When you feel like being active, Ischia is home to a selection of super walking trails. You can climb mountains to reward yourself with incredible views down across the island and out over the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea. After an adventurous day out, settle down for a long dinner at one of Ischia Porto’s many restaurants. Tuck into some famous Italian cuisine and try local specialities like the freshly caught seafood.
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Holidays to Sant’Agnello are for those who want a slice of Italian authenticity on their break, rather than the tourist experience offered by some resorts. A rustic, clifftop town, Sant’Agnello is rich with Italian history, with churches dating back to the Renaissance. Days are easy and lazy here: do as the locals do, and kick off your day with a strong espresso in the bustling, main piazza.
Make plans over a plate of pasta, or take yourself off for a scenic walk in the hills that surround the town. There are plenty of shops for those who like a little retail therapy, and they tend to be a lot easier on the pocket than those in nearby Sorrento!
If you’re looking to do some sunbathing on your Sant’Agnello holidays, there’s a little lift to take you down to the black sands of Marinella Beach. Alternatively, take the local train and see other famous sights, such as Herculaneum or, for those who want some serious nightlife, the lights and music of Sorrento.
Things to do
Holidays to Sant’Agnello can be exactly what you want them to be! If you want a leisurely break and to soak up something of the local culture then spend your time in the piazzas, sipping espressos and watching the world go by. If you need to stretch your legs, take a saunter around the streets. Keep a lookout for great photo opportunities, like the adorable 5th century church, decorated in yellow and white.
If you want to change things up a bit, you’ll find that Marinella Beach offers a wide range of water sports, from windsurfing to mellow canoe trips along the coast. For stunning views across the lake, head to one of the stylish cliffside restaurants and tuck into handmade pasta and fresh seafood. For a taste of the region’s spectacular history, hop on the train to see the archaeological remains at Pompeii or Herculaneum.
Sant’Agnello has a great location within Italy, close to vibrant Naples and the ancient ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii. Get an insight into what life was life for the ancient Romans, or walk along the waterfront to Sorrento to experience another lovely Italian seaside town. There’s lots of stunning scenery to take in, from plunging cliffs to dramatic coves, all under the watchful gaze of Mount Vesuvius.
There’s a lovely pace of life in Sant’Agnello. Sit down for a coffee in one of the bustling piazzas, then set out on the sightseeing trail. Visit beautiful churches like the Chiesa di San Prisco e Agnello, and don’t miss the incredible Golfo del Pecoriello. When it’s time to relax, sit back and soak up some golden Mediterranean sunshine at La Marinella.
Adventure and cuisine
If you need some action then go hiking along the volcanic cliff which Sant’Agnello sits on, or have a go at some of the water sports you can do on the Gulf of Naples. With your appetite nicely built up, you can look forward to some famous Italian cuisine at dinner, whether you’re tucking into fresh pasta or some tasty seafood. Wash it all down with some local wine as you watch a romantic sunset.
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