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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 Blue Moon 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 reasonably convenient place to spend a few days before or after your cruise.

In this 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:
Lido di Venezia - Introduction
Layout and orientation
Getting to the Lido
Lido to Venice by public transportation
Hotels on the Lido's main street
Lido villa and resort hotels
Restaurants and food
Beaches and recreation
Lido photos: Transportation
Lido photos: General scenes
Lido photos: Beaches
Lido map

Also see:
Lido hotels and vacation apartments (general information)
Interactive map from

About the author:

Durant Imboden photo.Durant Imboden has written about Venice, Italy since 1996. He covered Venice and European travel at for 4-1/2 years before launching Europe for Visitors (including Venice for Visitors) with Cheryl Imboden in 2001.

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