With this list of the best things to do in Jesolo, you can hang around the town or take a detour to the more popular coast. This Italian beach resort 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 scenic paths traverse Jesolo, or Jesolo Paese as the locals call it, through to the Venetian Lagoon. Within a 30-minute drive east of Venice’s Marco Polo Airport, the quiet town of Jesolo has a few cool attractions, along with some shopping and nightlife options. 

    What are the best things to do in Jesolo?

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    Piazza Mazzini

    The heart of the action in Lido di Jesolo

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    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

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    Lido di Jesolo

    A beach resort town for sun, sea, and surf

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    • 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

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    Caribe Bay

    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 your family at this grand waterpark. Caribe Bay 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 0421 371648

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    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

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    Via Bafile

    Jesolo’s boutique-lined walking street

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    • 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 1.5 km south of the city centre along Via Nazario Sauro. Family-run, the museum’s collection has been passionately gathered over generations and includes military tools, weaponry, and infantry uniforms. There’s even a full-size M60 Patton battle tank and an Agusta AB204 chopper parked in its yard. 

    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 (open by appointment on other months)

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    Ari Gunadi | Compulsive Traveller

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