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Lido Photos: Beaches

From: Lido di Venezia (Venice Lido)

Lido beach sand

On the Lido's Adriatic side, beaches of beige sand (dotted with shells) run for miles. The beaches participate in the Blue Flag environmental-labeling program.


Lido di Venezia public beach structure

The easiest way to reach the beach from the ACTV waterbus station or the center of the Lido is to walk up the Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta, which ends at the Piazzale Bucintoro. The public beach (marked by a large steel structure) is directly across the street.


Public Beach, Lido di Venezia

Lido di Venezia "Free Beach" sign

After you've crossed the street and entered the bathhouse complex, follow the "Free Beach" sign to reach the public spaggia.


Blue Moon beach, Lido

The public beach--a.k.a. the Blue Moon beach--has the usual resort-beach amenities, such as toilets, showers, and a shop where you can buy swimwear and beach gear if you've arrived unprepared.


Blue Moon beach snack bar, Lido

A restaurant, terrace bar, and snack bar provide sustenance for swimmers and sunbathers.


Food vendor, Lido di Venezia

Still hungry? Wait for a food and drinks vendor to show up.


Couple on Lido di Venezia beach

When your tummy is full, share a belly bump with someone you love.


Sunbathers on Lido di Venezia

Afterwards, catch some rays with the other sunbathers. 


Boy with Dachshund on Lido di Venezia

Or, better yet, go exploring with a four-legged friend.


Kitesurfer and ship in Adriatic

If you're adventurous, you can try kiteboarding.


Love Beach, Lido di Venezia

Have you been looking for love in all the wrong places? Maybe you'll have better luck at one of the Lido's private beaches, which are north and south of the public spaggia.


Empty cabanas on Lido di Venezia

Beach huts on Lido

When we took these photos in early May, the official beach season was a month away, and most of the private beach huts along the Lido were deserted. (Still, the public beach was doing a brisk trade.)


Breakwater on Lido di Venezia beach

As we walked south from Blue Moon Beach, we passed a series of jetties or breakwaters that protect the beaches from erosion by storms and sea currents.


Hotel Excelsior, Lido di Venezia

The most prominent landmark along the Adriatic seaside is the Hotel Excelsior, a luxury hotel that was built in 1908 in Moorish palace style. The Excelsior has a private beach club for its wealthy guests (including movie stars, directors, and producers who stay at the hotel during the Venice Film Festival).


Alberoni dunes

The southernmost beaches on the Lido are the Bagni Alberoni (about 9 km or 6 miles south of the Lido's main public beach), which can be reached by bicycle, car, public bus, or boat. In addition to beaches, hotels, and a few restaurants, the resort of Alberoni has a golf club and a nature area with sand dunes.

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