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
ABOVE: On a warm Saturday in May, tourists and
locals enjoy pizza on the Lido di Venezia's Blue Moon Beach.
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.
visitor, you may find the Lido appealing for several reasons:
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
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
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 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.
Layout and orientation
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written about Venice, Italy since 1996.
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