Lignano: the perfect beach vacation in Northern Italy

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When people think beach vacation in Italy, places like Tuscany, Sicily or Sardinia come to mind first. And then there’s the Adriatic coast, with Rimini being an old-time favorite, but too crowded for many.

So why not look further north? Lignano Sabbiadoro, about an hour north of Venice. You can even combine a beach getaway with a city break to Venice and Trieste! I’ll share more information on how to get to Venice from Lignano further below, but first let me introduce you to Lignano.L'Alba al Solito Faro di Lignano - Dawn over LighthouseLignano has an 8km (over 5 miles) long stretch of a wide, sandy beach. It is regarded one of the most stunning beach resorts in the upper Adriatic Sea. The city is a perfect family destination, too, with a zoo, tennis courts, spas and golf courses.

Its unique Terrazza a Mare, a pier housing shops and a bar, makes for inviting evening strolls, and Lignano’s marina is not one of the largest in all of Italy, but in all of Europe. Lignano’s old town is lovely and has plenty of excellent restaurants where you can enjoy fresh sea food and typical Italian dishes. Shell Island, a 7 kilometer long island which forms a natural boundary between the Marano Lagoon, in which Lignano is located, and the Adriatic Sea, makes for a lovely day trip by boat.

If you want to combine your beach vacation with city trips, both Trieste and Venice are easy to get to by car and public transportation. Spend a day in cosmopolitan Trieste or tour the canals in Venice in a gondola for a day without having to worry about sky-high hotel rates.

How to get to Lignano

Lignano is located halfway between Venice and Trieste. If you are not traveling by car, the closest train station is in Latisana (20km away). You can get from Latisana to Lignano by public bus for only €2.55. Trieste and Venice are both about 75 mins by car from Lignano, or about an hour from Latisana by train. Note that train tickets are cheaper than parking in Venice – a return ticket is €11.90.

The closest airports are Trieste-Ronchi dei Legionari TRS, Venice Marco Polo VCE and Venice-Treviso TSF. All have public transportation to Lignano.

If you arrive by car, take the A4 Venice-Trieste motorway and exit in Latisana. Then continue on road SS 354 towards Lignano for about 18 kilometers (11 miles).


Where to stay in Lignano

For your stay in Lignano I recommend Hotel Mimosa, a small 3-star hotel right in the city center of Lignano, just 400 meters from the beach and close to Hemingway Park. It is conveniently located in the center of it all – close to golf courses, shopping, attractions and restaurants. Rooms are equipped with elegant, wooden furniture, and each room has a balcony and AC. A buffet style breakfast is included in the room rate, and the hotel’s restaurant also serves Mediterranean lunch and dinner specialties. With only 20 rooms, every guest is given extra attention and Hotel Mimosa prides itself for its intimate, cozy atmosphere.hotel mimosa

Photo credit: (used under Flickr’s creative commons license) Lignano sunset by Stròlic Furlàn – Davide Gabino; Lignano by Marlo;