Lido di Venezia

Wednesday, 9 December 2015 - 01:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
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Lido vaporetto terminal © Gary Houston

Lido vaporetto terminal © Gary Houston

The Lido – or Venice Lido (Lido di Venezia) – is an 11-kilometre (7-mile) long sandbar in Venice, northern Italy; it is home to about 20,000 residents. The sandbar form a barrier between the Adriatic Sea and the Venetian Lagoon. The Venice Film Festival takes place at the Lido every September. Venezia Lido, a public airport suitable for smaller aircraft, is found on the NE end of Lido di Venezia. It has a 1000 m grass runway. Lido developed in the 19th century to the fashionable seaside resort with luxurious hotels.

The island is home to three settlements. The Lido itself, in the north, is home to the Film Festival, the Grand Hotel des Bains, the Venice Casino and the Grand Hotel Excelsior. Malamocco, in the centre, was the first and, for a long time, the only settlement. It was at one time home to the Doge of Venice. Alberoni at the southern end is home to the golf course. Frequent public buses run the length of the island along the main street.

Malamocco © Yesuitus2001/cc-by-sa-2.5 Hotel des Bains © Florian Fuchs/cc-by-3.0 Grand Hotel Excelsior © Florian Fuchs/cc-by-3.0 Ex Hotel Grande Italia © flickr.com - Jean-Pierre Dalbéra/cc-by-2.0 Villa Bianca © flickr.com - Jean-Pierre Dalbéra/cc-by-2.0 Villa Anita © flickr.com - Jean-Pierre Dalbéra/cc-by-2.0 Lido vaporetto terminal © Gary Houston
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Ex Hotel Grande Italia © flickr.com - Jean-Pierre Dalbéra/cc-by-2.0
At least half the Adriatic side of the island is a sandy beach, much of it belonging to the various hotels that house the summer tourists. These include the renowned Excelsior and the Des Bains, setting for Thomas Mann‘s classic novel Death in Venice, currently undergoing major renovation. These beaches are private, though towards the northern and southern ends of the island there are two enormous public beaches. The Adriatic Sea is fairly clean and warm, ideal for children, with only the occasional jellyfish to disturb swimming.

The heart of the island is the Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta, a wide street approximately 700 m long that leads from the lagoon and vaporetto (water bus) stop on one side across to the sea on the other. It houses hotels, shops, and tourist-centric restaurants.

Read more on Venice and Lido and Wikipedia Lido di Venezia (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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