Lido di Venezia
Planning an exotic Venice holiday during summer? You won’t believe, but Lido di Venezia is one of the most favorite destinations to bask the sun and sea amidst stunning natural beauty during summer. The magnificent 11 km stretch of sandbar features exquisite sun-kissed charming beaches that will simply set the mood for a fun-filled summer holiday. The seabed typically forms a gentle slope that makes it most ideal for all to bathe safely and splurge the glistening blue waters. Standing as a barrier between the open sea and stunning city of Venice, the ravishing beaches and exclusive hotels continue to charm and attract tourists.
Early settlements on the Lido Island began in the center of the sandbar, at Malamocco, which served as an ancient port. However, it was only during the 19th century that the island started developing, presenting grand hotels and resorts that attracted famous film stars, writers and royalties. With top-notch hotels with superb facilities and comfort being built along the coastline, even the most deserted island emerged as a renowned summer holiday destination. Today, the island is prominent for its annual Venice Film Festival that takes place every year in September, attracting stars and celebrities from across the world.
What to See in Lido di Venezia
One of the greatest attractions of Lido di Venezia is the ravishing beaches that are exquisitely bounded by glimmering blue sea. Apart from three beaches and sand dunes at San Nicolo and Alberoni, the Bluemoon Beach and Murazzi Rocks, there are abundant private beaches in Lido and exquisite bath establishments that are well-equipped with huts and mini huts, deck chair, sun bed, sun umbrella, and much more. The Alberoni Beach is a renowned WWF protected sanctuary that is popular for its vastness and wilderness – a perfect habitat for sea birds such as Kentish Plovers, Bee-eaters, Little Egrets and Seagulls.
On the northern side of the island, there are several posh hotels as well as the location for the film festival. If you are looking for an exquisite shopping experience, Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta is the ultimate destination to choose from a wide spectrum of shops, hotels and restaurants along the wide street. Alberoni also features the only golf course in Venice, with 18 holes. Explore the spectacular beauty and magnificence of Lido di Venezia and make your tours to Venice most enchanting.
How to Reach Lido di Venezia
The island has a waterbus stop at Santa Maria Elisabetta, which is easily accessible from Piazzale Roma or from the railway station via ACTV waterbus line numbers 51 and 61. If you wish to explore the best destinations in your Venice Tours, you can take a 1 hour ride in waterbus Line 1 that goes along that Grand Canal, giving stoppages also at St. Mark’s and Rialto. Otherwise, Line 2 waterbuses reach the island faster. From Burano-Treporti-Punta Sabbioni, you can reach Lido di Venezia via ACTV LN line. There are also ACTV ferryboats from Tronchetto or Punta Sabbioni. Having reached Santa Maria Elisabetta, you can take road taxis or A, B, C lines buses to reach the island.