Nerve center for nightlife
Jesolo stretches along the Venetian coast on a flat area that overlooks the Adriatic Sea and is surrounded by the lagoon of Jesolo and the rivers Sile and Piave. In the past, it was a lagoon with other small islands inside; the largest of them was called by the Romans “equilium”. The site was inhabited by the adriatic veneti population famous for horse breeding. The local people were allied with Rome against the Goths’ threat and, thanks to this, Romans were allowed to settle down peacefully in our Region. Romans colonised these lands and provided with the construction of roads, bridges, villages and with the arrangement for the land cultivation as well as by doing the first reclaiming works for water control.
Due to its location, it was the centre of maritime commerce in the northern Adriatic. A tragic Piave flood and the Franks’ arrival led the decline of the thriving port of Jesolo. The city was abandoned and the local aristocracy moved to Venice. At the end of the century, the city was almost deserted with few farmhouses. Thanks to Soranzo, rich Venetian noble owner of several lands, the territory began to recover. He has also provided at his own expenses, to build a church later dedicated to John the Baptist; today it is the oldest in the Basso Piave. Nearby the new church, a village was built.
The Republic of Venice has also implemented different works to change the course of the river Piave and Sile. In 1499, a canal was built that connected the old bed of Piave to Sile. Following the Napoleonic Venice conquest and the new administrative territory division, Jesolo became a independent municipality. After having chased Napoleon away, the Austrians formed a consortium to promote the territories improvement reduced to a marsh.
Holiday and fun in Jesolo
The urban development of the coast began in the sixties with the economic flush. Within a few years, Jesolo has become one of the resort with the highest concentration of fashionable nightclubs of all beaches of the Region – attracting, therefore, a young clientele.
From the middle of the nineties, began an ambitious program urban revitalization called “Master Plan”. Since 2000, many hotels have been converted into apartments and many areas previously used for agriculture, have been turned into a residential use. Many tourist villages have been built and the first skyscrapers in Veneto called “towers” were realized.
The lighthouse, 48 meters high, was built between 1948 and 1950 on the place of the first tower dating back to 1840s. Among the most important projects we remind the eighteen-holes golf course, the big brand new tourist dock and the city of music “X-Site”, a huge building complex including night clubs and ethnic restaurants.