by Giovanni Cagnassi
Like a tight-toothed comb, the accesses to the sea are the easiest and most comfortable way of reaching the golden beach of Jesolo. This is a peculiar combination for a sea resort which stretches along 15 kilometres of coastline and boasts the longest pedestrian promenade in Europe. Globally, the accesses are about 200, starting from the lighthouse up to the Pineta (pine forest), including the mouths of the Sile and Piave rivers. Let’s start with the accesses that intersect with the lively via Bafile and are 29, then let’s continue with those in viale Venezia or via dei Pioppi.
They all originate from the main streets of the promenade and perpendicularly reach the beach. Another peculiarity of the beach of Jesolo is that its accesses are actual streets or roads, like the famous Largo Tempini. It is worth mentioning also the numbered accesses of via Dante or via Dalmazia. On the western part of the beach, there are the accesses of via Altinate and via Oriente, which reach the Pineta up to via Dragan Cigan, at the mouth of the Piave river, a passage dedicated to a Bosnian hero who lost his life to save two children who were drowning in the river.
Towards the lighthouse, at the opposite end, the accesses are represented by streets named after sailors and explorers, up to Piazzetta Faro. Few tourist resorts can boast this accurate building scheme which, over the decades, has become an integral part of the tourist offer of Jesolo.
Every year, thousands of bathers, either Italian or German or of any other nationality, reach the beach through these comfortable and suggestive paths, which also act as meeting points, especially for the youth. From year to year, from summer to summer.
Today, as happened in the past, they are reference points with great historical value and full of charm. Just like the previous piers, these paths leading to the sea have become fundamental parts of the beaches. They can also be comfortably used by the vehicles going to the hotels or summer apartments.
It is worth stressing that, from this year, bicycles can no longer be parked in most of these paths, under penalty of removal. The purpose of this decision is to avoid confusion and degradation caused the numerous bicycles left along these routes all day long.
Because the accesses to the sea must be comfortable and, above all, clean, especially where there are kitchens and warehouses, since they represent the main passage to the beach and are increasingly associated with the reputation of the city.