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Lido Layout and Orientation

From: Lido di Venezia (Venice Lido)

Venice Lagoon and Lido di Venezia

ABOVE: The Lido di Venezia (on left) is a long island that protects the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. The Lido is only a short distance by water bus from the Piazza San Marco and other landmarks in Venice's historic center.

Lido and Venetian LagoonThe Lido di Venezia is a wide sandbar or barrier island that measures about 11 km (7 miles) long and 700 meters (less than half a mile) at its widest point. On its eastern side (left in the photo above), it has a long series of beaches that face the Adriatic Sea. The western waterfront faces the Venetian Lagoon, the city of Venice, and the Italian mainland.

Two shipping channels mark the Lido's northern and southern boundaries:

On the north (just to the left of the top photo), the Porto di Lido is used by smaller cruise ships and private yachts.

To the south, by the village of Alberoni, the Porto di Malamocco connects with the Malamocco-Marghera ship channel, which is used by freighters, tankers, and large cruise ships on their way to the Marghera industrial port on the Italian mainland near Venice.

BELOW: The Porto di Lido, with Punta Sabbioni on the left and the Lido to the right of the ship channel. The Adriatic Sea is in the distance, beyond the gap.

Porto di Lido

Lido Santa Maria Elisabetta and Hotel RivieraMost of the Lido's hotels, restaurants, and shops are near the "Lido di Venezia" label in the photo at the top of this page. The main commercial street, the Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta, runs across the island from the Adriatic beaches to the ACTV vaporetto (water bus) stop on the Lagoon.

Quadracycle (pedal car) on the Lido di VeneziaFrom this street, you can easily walk over level ground to most places of interest or to your hotel. (You can also take local buses, hire taxis, or rent a bicycle or quadracycle if you prefer wheeled transportation: Unlike central Venice, the Lido allows bikes, pedal cars, and motorized traffic.)

For a more detailed overview of the Lido, see our Lido Map, which is a Google satellite map that you can zoom and drag.

Next page: Getting to the Lido

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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