Overview: Sitting between the Adriatic Sea and the lagoon of Venice, the island of Lido spans 12 kilometers and gives visitors a taste of real... more »
Sitting between the Adriatic Sea and the lagoon of Venice, the island of Lido spans 12 kilometers and gives visitors a taste of real... more » life with its beaches and laid back atmosphere.
Over time, Lido has been the destination of many wishing to experience Venice at a slower pace with fewer crowds. Writers and poets such as Goethe, Lord Byron and T. Mann, who used the Hotel Des Bains as the set for ‘Death in Venice,’ have made Lido home. Many native Venetians go to this tranquil seaside resort every day in the summer to spend time at the beach, but the island is more than just a beach destination.
Next to Lido, accessible by ferry and bus, is the small island of Pellestrina, home to fisherman and stunning sunsets.
Despite the proximity to Venice, Lido and Pellistrina maintain their own identities, cultural festivities, and charm. less «
Lido is accessible by ACTV vaporetto, or the AliLaguna service. Once there, visitors can rent bicyles, ride the easy-to-navigate bus, ... more »walk, or even take a taxi to their destination.
During the summer and early fall during the Venice Film Festival, many Venetians go in large numbers to Lido for the beach.
Consider taking this tour in the afternoon, where you can plan on going to Pellestrina for dinner to experience a local seafood meal at Ristorante Da Nane. The restaurant is known for its fish pie, a culinary experience worth making time for.
Visitors who enjoy a local market experience might wish to visit on Tuesday morning to experience the market that stretches from the Quattro Fontane (near the beach) to the church of Sant'Antonio. The market sells fruit, vegetables, cheese, and even clothes and shoes that often can be bought at a significant bargain. less «
Getting to Lido from Venice involves taking the ACTV vaporetto (linea 1). Upon arrival, visitors will find themselves at Piazzale S. Maria Elisabetta (S.M.E.), once the scene of carriages and streetcars. Piazzale S.M.E. is the central location for all transportation around Lido (vaporetti, bus, and taxis).
Around this Piazzale (square), there is... More an extraordinary view of the lagoon facing the main island of Venice.Less
A ten minute walk from S. Maria Elisabetta, visitors can explore the Old Jewish Cemetery of Venice.
Although traditionally thought of as having Roman Catholic traditions, Venice has a deep history of Judaic roots that date back to before the 15th century. Jews were subject to severe limitations and were considered minorities and forced to live in... More the Jewish Ghetto in the sestiere (neighborhood) of Canaraggio. The community was given land in 1386 near San Nicolo' in Lido, turning it into a graveyard because of its easy access from the lagoon and gondolas that transported the deceased.
The ancient Bet Chaim, or old cemetery, is lush with vegetation. It has been subject to destruction over the years , stibutl serves as a historical symbol of the ancient Jewish families that came from many lands.
Guided tours are available by reservation.
Winter: only mornings
Summer: mornings and afternoons
Closed: Saturday and Jewish Holidays
Via Cipro, 70, cap 30126- Lido di Venezia
The Gran Viale is the main street of Lido. Lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants, it connects the two sides of the island from the lagoon to the beach.
The Hotel Hungaria is an architectural treasure located on the Gran Viale, designed by engineer Nicolo' Piamonte in 105 with its asymmetric build, wide porches, and iron and cast iron... More decorations. The front facade of the hotel is made of majolica, or tin glazed ceramics by Luigi Fabris of Bassano.
Gran Viale S. Maria Elisabetta, 28, cap 30126 - Venezia Lido
A few culinary highlights on the Gran Viale:
Bar Maleti, great for ice cream
Granviale S. Maria Elisabetta, 18 cap 30126-Venezia
Ai Do Mati, pizzeria
Granviale S. Maria Elisabetta, 29 cap 30126 -Venezia
Rizzo, A bakery where you can get a slice of pizza, premade foods, or pastries.
Granviale S. Maria Elisabetta, 18 cap 30126 -Venezia
Granviale S. Maria Elisabetta, 61 cap 30126 -Venezia
Walking along the lungomare (along the sea) is possibly one of the most symbolic activities in Lido. The beaches of Lido are organized by an association and characterized by the image of huts (called capanne) along the beach. Local families and friends rent these capanne for the season, often returning to the same capanna year after year, like a... More holiday house where you meet friends, play cards and games, have lunch, and enjoy the sand.
The northern and southern ends of the beach are naturalistic areas with dunes, with the central part of the shore offering a wide assortment of playgrounds and restaurants.
The Aurora Beach Club, centrally located on the lungomare, is a fabulous place during the day or night to experience Lido's beach. Teak daybeds and upholstered chaise lounges make this a great spot to relax. Those with an appetite might sample the beach menu of salads, seafood specialties and grilled sandwiches.
Daily 11am-Midnight (June-Sept)
Lungomare D’Annunzio 20/X Lido di Venezia
The Hotel Des Bains was designed by the Marsich brothers at the beginning of the 20th century with neoclassical features. Thomas Mann, in his book "Death In Venice," set his story at the Hotel Des Bains, which became a meeting place for artists, intellectuals, and the cultural elite.
The hotel is connected to the beach and has a... More swimming pool, tennis courts, stunning gardens, and extravagant rooms that still are the basis for social parties and private events.
Another hotel of note is the Hotel Westin Excelsior. The imposing architecture of this building has Moresque elements, domes and turrets. It was commissioned to Giovanni Sardi by Nicolo' Spada and was inaugurated in the summer of 1908 with a lavish party of more than 30,000 spectators. The Hotel Excelsior has hosted Winston Churchill, the Duke of Windsor, and many more movie stars during the Film Festival.
There are many villas in the central part of Lido, behind the Hotel Des Bains, that represent diverse architectural styles. Walking the residential streets in this area can lead to discoveries such as Villa Romanelli on via Lepanto, designed in 1906 by Domenica Rupolo with the iron working of Umberto Bellotto whose works where on display at the Biennale D'Arte in 1914. Bellotto was the creator of much of the iron fencing enclosing many homes in Lido.
Hotel Des Bains
Lungomare Guglielmo Marconi, 17, cap 30126 -Venezia
Hotel Westin Excelsior
Lungomare Guglielmo Marconi, 41, cap 30126 - Venezia
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Palazzo del Casino, is what was once the Casino of Lido, now a convention center. The casino was opened in 1938 with a winter location in Venice and a summer location in Lido. The design of Eugenio features halls lit up with chandeliers of Murano glass, large windows looking out to the Adriatic, pink velvet curtains, inlaid marble floors, and... More mosaics. The convention center is open for conventions and year round exhibitions.
Nearby, the Palazzo del Cinema sits as the site for the yearly Venice Film Festival, which takes place during the first week of September each year. Count Giovanni Volpi thought of organizing a Film Festival at Lido during the Biennale of Venice, with its relaxed and glamorous lifestyle. The first Film Festival was inaugurated in 1932 with the showing of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the garden of the Hotel Excelsior.
During World War II, the Palazzo del Cinema was used to entertain the allies. After the war, new buildings were added and the Venice Film Festival became one of the most important events for those involved with international cinema.
Lungomare Marconi, 30 cap 30126 - Venezia
The Murazzi are a narrow walkway that runs parallel to the beach. They are made of Istrian stone and were built to defend the lagoon from erosion coming from the sea.
The Murazzi substituted the original dykes that were inspired by Franciscan Brother and astronomer Vincenzo Maria Coronelli and was finished in 1782 by Bernardino Zendrini.
... More There are three parts to the Murazzi, one of them in Lido beginning in Ca’ Bianca and finishes 5 kms after near the the Alberoni area.
The pathway is five meters above the sea, allowing bikers or walkers to enjoy the view. Stairways lead down to large stone blocks that many Venetians use during the summer for sunbathing.Less
San Pietro in Volta is a small Venetian community situated on the Island of Pellestrina. During the time of the Republic, it was occupied by the Fort of San Pietro.
It is a picturesque fishing village with low houses, few large buildings, vegetable gardens, vineyards and sea walls. One particular landmark of interest is the parish church... More dedicated to St Peter. Rebuilt in 1777 on the site of an earlier church from the 1600s, it was finished in 1844 with a neoclassical facade.
The little village reminds visitors of another time, where life was much slower and less complicated, where its residents earn a living from the sea and the lagoon.
To get to San Pietro in Volta or Pellestrina fom Lido, take bus number 11 from Piazzale Santa Maria Elisabetta. The bus reaches the end of the island and then takes a car ferry across to Pellestrina.
Ristorante Da Nane is perhaps one of the most well known restaurants in S. Pietro in Volta, well known for its fish pie. It is advised to make a reservation especially in the summer for dinner.
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