Lido di Jesolo is a seaside resort close to Venice in northern Italy. It is on the Adriatic Sea, famous for its wide, flat beaches.
We stayed at Hotel Villa Sorriso, a family-owned-and-run hotel with a great kitchen, perfectly placed right on the beach and fronted by a 15km long lungomare (promenade).
Fish was on every menu: beautifully prepared branzino (sea bass) orata (sea bream) gamberetti (prawns), capesante (scallops) and tonno (tuna), among many others.
And the desserts…what can I say?
One morning we borrowed two of the hotel bicycles and pedalled down to the lighthouse, which goes by the name of Faro di Piave Vecchia at the far end of the resort. Though it had been many years since either of us had thrown a leg over a bicycle seat it was well worth the risk to life and limb. We stopped at the side of the river opposite the lighthouse and enjoyed the peaceful sight of fishermen on the rocks overlooking the mouth of the inlet.
On our last day we enjoyed the spectacle of an air show rehearsal. The Frecce Tricolori performed their aerial gymnastics; little aeroplanes darted daringly through the sky and a loud fighter jet zoomed low over our heads. We were lucky to have seen this display as the real thing was cancelled the following day due to thunder-storms.
Heading home in the teeming rain with lightning crackling on the horizon, we were joined in a massive traffic jam by the thousands of disappointed air show spectators who were also on the road at the same time.
But nothing could dampen our spirits after our wonderful week in Lido di Jesolo.