My boyfriend and I just got back from a 3 night stay at the Villa Paradiso over Valentines and we had a lovely time.
Our arrival to the Lido did test our navigation skills somewhat as we arrived at 1am in very heavy fog but we easily got a coach from Treviso airport, a Vaporetto from piazzale Roma (look for one marked 'Lido', usually a #1 or #51) and a bus from the lido station.
I recommend buying a travelcard for the length of your stay. We got a 36 hour card for roughly €30 each and it covered all vaporetto (waterbus) and bus rides during our stay.
When you arrive at Lido go to bus stop A/B for buses of the same number and get on - they all go the right way so dont worry. The villa recommends getting off at the Malamocco stop but what it doesn't mention is that there are 5. Bus stops are labeled by the area they're going through with a number eg Malamocco 1/5, 2/5 etc. Get off at 5/5, cross the road and follow it as it turns left over a bridge. Once over the bridge you'll see the lane the villa is on- Fondamenta della Madonna. The villa is near the end. For future bus trips I'd actually recommend getting off at the stop after that one.
The villa itself was a fine b&b, and the owner lovely. She didn't speak much English but that wasn't a problem at all and we appreciated everything she did tell us. The room was small compared to those pictured from the ground floor (we were on the first floor) but clean, with a comfy bed, hot shower, tv, and mini bar (with reasonable prices for bottles of water etc paid on checkout via an honest account of what you had).
Breakfast was served on the landing immediately outside our room (it wasn't warm enough to be outside) but walls are fairly thick so that was fine for us. Breakfast was a continental selection of cereals, yoghurt, cake, bread and jams etc. There is also wifi available at around €6 for 1 hour or €12 a day.
When we set out the next morning after seeing nothing the night before we were happy with the sleepy residential square we found down the lane, and our first view of the lagoon. We went to the beach the last morning but didn't try To walk there from the villa. Instead we got off the bus at the lido vaporetti station and walked down the main road opposite. It looked very much off-season but very tranquil.
We loved staying on the lido and the journey to and from Venice at the beginning and end the day was a real highlight. Take the #1 the first morning, sit outside at the back of the boat and enjoy the tour up the grand canal before all the tourists get on.
Make sure you also make use of a traghetto- ex-gondulas used to ferry locals horizontally across the canal. Locals stand up in the centre but we sat and enjoyed our €0.50 trip in a gondola! If you do want to take a longer Gondula ride, do haggle.
All in all we had an amazing time. Going off season meant the crowds were fairly non-existent so we didn't queue once. Plus whilst the weather was cold (but luckily not wet) we didn't notice any of the fishy smell we've heard loads about.
I'd go back in a heartbeat and can't recommend the lido enough, with
Villa Paradiso being a nice choice away from any hustle and bustle.
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