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Off the Beaten Path: Lido di Venezia

Visiting Lido: the Other Venice.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 9.7 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Sitting between the Adriatic Sea and the lagoon of Venice, the island of Lido spans 12 kilometers and gives visitors a taste of real... more »

Tips:  Lido is accessible by ACTV vaporetto, or the AliLaguna service. Once there, visitors can rent bicyles, ride the easy-to-navigate bus, ... more »

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Points of Interest

Getting to Lido from Venice involves taking the ACTV vaporetto (linea 1). Upon arrival, visitors will find themselves at Piazzale S. Maria Elisabetta (S.M.E.), once the scene of carriages and streetcars. Piazzale S.M.E. is the central location for all transportation around Lido (vaporetti, bus, and taxis).

Around this Piazzale (square), there is... More

2. The Old Jewish Cemetary

A ten minute walk from S. Maria Elisabetta, visitors can explore the Old Jewish Cemetery of Venice.

Although traditionally thought of as having Roman Catholic traditions, Venice has a deep history of Judaic roots that date back to before the 15th century. Jews were subject to severe limitations and were considered minorities and forced to live in... More

3. Gran Viale S. Maria Elisabetta

The Gran Viale is the main street of Lido. Lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants, it connects the two sides of the island from the lagoon to the beach.

The Hotel Hungaria is an architectural treasure located on the Gran Viale, designed by engineer Nicolo' Piamonte in 105 with its asymmetric build, wide porches, and iron and cast iron... More

Walking along the lungomare (along the sea) is possibly one of the most symbolic activities in Lido. The beaches of Lido are organized by an association and characterized by the image of huts (called capanne) along the beach. Local families and friends rent these capanne for the season, often returning to the same capanna year after year, like a... More

The Hotel Des Bains was designed by the Marsich brothers at the beginning of the 20th century with neoclassical features. Thomas Mann, in his book "Death In Venice," set his story at the Hotel Des Bains, which became a meeting place for artists, intellectuals, and the cultural elite.

The hotel is connected to the beach and has a swimming pool,... More

Palazzo del Casino, is what was once the Casino of Lido, now a convention center. The casino was opened in 1938 with a winter location in Venice and a summer location in Lido. The design of Eugenio features halls lit up with chandeliers of Murano glass, large windows looking out to the Adriatic, pink velvet curtains, inlaid marble floors, and... More

The Murazzi are a narrow walkway that runs parallel to the beach. They are made of Istrian stone and were built to defend the lagoon from erosion coming from the sea.

The Murazzi substituted the original dykes that were inspired by Franciscan Brother and astronomer Vincenzo Maria Coronelli and was finished in 1782 by Bernardino Zendrini.

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8. San Pietro in Volta

San Pietro in Volta is a small Venetian community situated on the Island of Pellestrina. During the time of the Republic, it was occupied by the Fort of San Pietro.

It is a picturesque fishing village with low houses, few large buildings, vegetable gardens, vineyards and sea walls. One particular landmark of interest is the parish church... More