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Venice Lido (Lido di Venezia)
Venice Lido (Lido di Venezia)

Venice Lido (Lido di Venezia)

Lungomare Guglielmo Marconi, Lido di Venezia, Italy

The Basics

The Lido island’s northern half is home to the Venice Film Festival, a smattering of stylish hotels, the Venice Casino, and a host of restaurants and nightlife spots. Toward the island’s south, an impressive golf course welcomes visitors looking to get out on the green. In the center of the island are two large public beaches perfect for relaxing under the sun along Italy’s Adriatic Sea, and the Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta, a popular destination for shopping, entertainment, and uninterrupted ocean views.

You can use a hop-on-hop-off Venice sightseeing boat tour to visit the Lido, or an Alilaguna boat transportation pass. Otherwise, opt for a private tour of Venice’s outlying islands, including Burano, Murano, Giudecca, and the Lido.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Most of the beach is reserved for guests of the Lido hotels; if you are not staying in one of these, head to the public beach at the end of the Gran Viale.

  • Kids who need a break might enjoy a few hours of outdoor activities and water sports at the Lido beach.

  • The vaporetto (water bus) services in Venice are all accessible to wheelchair users, though the city itself is a challenge to navigate.

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How to Get There

You can reach the Lido by taking the vaporetto from Piazza San Marco that travels up the Grand Canal and getting off at the Santa Maria Elisabetta stop. Alternatively grab a private water taxi.

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Trip ideas

Sightseeing on a Budget in Venice

Sightseeing on a Budget in Venice


When to Get There

Venice gets very crowded during the summer months (from June to September), so if you want mild weather and smaller crowds, the best times to visit the area are spring and fall. The annual Venice Film Festival is held from late August to early September.

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The Venice Lido Beach

The Lido beaches can be crowded in summer, but the water is clear and gentle due to a number of breakwaters sheltering the shoreline. The beach clubs are elegant and well outfitted, providing everything from “huts”—large cabins with a veranda and an awning—to simple deck chairs and umbrellas.

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