Art & Culture
Jesolo is located in a strategic position of particular interest to art and culture lovers: just a short drive from Jesolo, visitors will find a series of marvellous art cities in the region, such as Venice, with its islands, as well as Padua and Treviso. The seaside town is an ideal base for day trips by car or motorboat to explore the attractions the surrounding area has to offer: the lush green countryside inland, the Venetian Lagoon, the Veneto villas and the towns and cities with their monuments and characteristic landscapes.
Venice is within easy reach of Jesolo: the motorboat that departs from Punta Sabbioni will take you right to St Mark’s Square in just 40 minutes.This short journey is all it takes for the tourist to reach the famous square, the perfect departure point for a visit to Venice, always ready to astound any visitor who sets foot there with its unique, eternal allure and unrivalled beauty. From St Mark’s, the main attractions of Venice are within walking distance, such as Rialto bridge, the maze of little streets, the Grand Canal and its smaller sisters sailed by the gondolas, and the Ducal Palace. As well as soaking in the history, art and culture of Venice, just a short boat trip away on the vaporetto lie the magical islands of Murano and Burano.
Just a short drive from Jesolo lies Padua, widely admired for its art and for the marvellous examples of architecture it is home to. An art city and seat of a top university, Padua boasts a rich cultural heritage, and was once a popular destination for illustrious painters, sculptors and architects. One attraction no visitor should miss is the breathtakingly spectacular Scrovegni Chapel, painted by Giotto, but also worth a visit is the Basilica of S. Antonio, the wealth of historic buildings scattered around the city centre, and the delightful central green area known as Prato della Valle.
The city of Treviso, of particular historical interest and offering a wealth of beautiful views, is also within easy reach of Jesolo, and is the ideal destination for a day trip to explore the art and culture of the Veneto region. Treviso remains surrounded to this day by the characteristic city walls, with other distinctive features including the waterways that run through it, the long porticoes, the attractive historical homes and a host of monuments, with the natural contours of the landscape combining with the numerous fine buildings to form a picturesque urban fabric in which the attentive visitor can tune into the history that has shaped the city.Visitors to Treviso are also sure to be impressed with its renowned food and wine culture, and it is well worth stopping off at one of the city’s many restaurants, wine bars and agritourist facilities.
A destination not to be missed for those who love art and fine monuments, Verona offers endless opportunities for anyone interested in the history and art of the Veneto region. The delightful Old Town – replete with beautiful monuments and buildings and crossed through by the River Adige – is home to the world-famous Arena, which to this day hosts spectacular performances, and to the equally famous Balcony of Romeo and Juliet, to mention but two of the attractions. Numerous traces remain of a city in ceaseless expansion for over two thousand years, which today continues to boast splendid art treasures belonging to the various eras of its history.
With its haughty, austere beauty, Trieste captures the visitor’s imagination immediately for the unmistakably striking outline of its white castle: the jewel in the city’s architecture, Miramare Castle looks right down onto the sea from the clifftop, and is the emblem of the city perched on a hillside right next to the Adriatic Sea.Trieste is also renowned for the variety of different peoples it is home to, as a result of its particular geographical position: close to the Italian border, the city has always acted as a bridge between Western and Central-Southern Europe, a centre of trade and interaction between the Mediterranean and Central Europe.
Situated between Padua and Verona, the town of Vicenza has become a popular tourist destination with aficionados of architecture and history, thanks to the presence there of numerous buildings designed by the famous architect Andrea Palladio, with the finest examples including Villa Rotonda, the Basilica Palladiana, the unique Teatro Olimpico and the many Venetian villas, all of which earned Vicenza UNESCO World Heritage status in 1994, as well as making it a favourite for cultural tourism.