Throughout history, Jesolo’s position has been a strategic one,
nestling as it does between the Alps and the Appennines. When
originally founded by the Romans it was an island settlement named
Jesolum and as the Roman Empire declined it became open to invasion.
Under Lombard rule in the year 1000, Jesolo was important as a busy
port and the bishop’s seat. Changes in the course of the Piave and
Sile rivers caused the marshlands surrounding Venice to spread and
the arrival of the Huns, led by Attila, made people flee to the islands in the lagoon. The abandoned buildings fell to ruin and disappeared into the marshes.
Prior to the last world war the area was infested with malarial mosquitoes and as therefore uninhabitable. lt was Mussolini, who was responsible for the drainage of the area, which began in the 1930’s thus creating one of the most fertile pieces of land in the whole of Italy.
The resort is therefore a comparatively new one. The first hotels were not built
unti after the 1939-
Lido di Jesolo is now the largest resort on the Adriatic coast as well as being the most popular one.
Approximately 30,000 people can be accommodated daily ln Jesolo and during the course of the season it averages well over 6,000,000 visitors. As Lido di Jesolo is the longest resort on the Adriatic coast, boasting nearly ten miles of golden sandy beaches.
The resort consists of three roads running parallel to each other. They are referred to as the beach road, the bus or back road where there is a regular bus service and the main shopping road. The main shopping road is where you’ll find marvellous designer shops, shoe shops. souvenir shops, restaurants and bars. Between the hours of 8pm and 6am the main shopping street is closed to traffic, becoming a pedestrian area.