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Lido di Venezia (Venice Lido)

In summer, Venice's Lido is a popular Adriatic beach resort, but it's a convenient (and inexpensive) place to stay at any time of year.

Pizza on a beach of the Lido di Venezia

ABOVE: On a warm Saturday in May, tourists and locals enjoy pizza on the Lido di Venezia's public beach.

The Lido di Venezia--or simply the "Lido," in local parlance--is a barrier island that separates the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. By vaporetto or public water bus, it's only a few minutes from Venice's historic center, which makes it popular as a dormitory suburb of Venice and a summer resort for tourists.

As a visitor, you may find the Lido appealing for several reasons:

  • Hotel on the Lido di VeneziaHotels on the Lido tend to be cheaper than hotels in Venice's centro storico. (At the same time, the Lido is more attractive and convenient to Venice's tourist sights than the mainland suburb of Mestre.)

  • Boy and dog on Lido beachIn the warmer months (say, from mid-May to mid-October), you may prefer the resort ambiance of the Lido to the more crowded urban landscape of Venice's city center--especially if you're traveling with children who might appreciate a villa hotel with a large garden or a day at the beach.

  • Alilaguna airport boatIf you're arriving or departing by cruise ship, the Lido can be a convenient place to spend a few days before or after your cruise. (Alilaguna airport boats run frequently between Venice's Marco Polo Airport, the Lido, and the Marittima ship basin.)

In this 13-page guide, we'll cover the Lido's high points and offer advice on topics such as hotels, transportation, and what to do during your stay. To get started, go to page 2, where we'll give you an overview of the Lido di Venezia and its location in the Venetian Lagoon.

Next page: Layout and orientation


In this Lido travel guide:

 


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