What to see in Venice? It’s a question many residents continually ask themselves. Fortunately there is always some hidden treasure to discover and more. Venice is an archipelago of islands that are sometimes overlooked, even when they are quite large. And that is the case for the island of Lido.
It is a thin strip of land and sand that separates the lagoon from the sea. The island is famous for its beaches, the Film Festival and Grand Hotels that in the early 1900’s had the crème de la crème of international guests.
But even today Lido reserves nice surprises, especially in the heat of the sun. Easy to reach by a number of waterbus lines (it’s the end stop of both lines 1 and 2). Lido is the perfect destination for those who love the beach, even for those who want to discover the Venetian lagoon. In fact, as soon as you get off of the waterbus there are numerous bike rentals where for just a few euros you can move around the island on your own whenever and wherever you wish to go.
The island is famous for its beaches, the Film Festival and Grand Hotels
The bike routes are accessible to all – and for the more ambitious – all the way to the characteristic island of Pellestrina (keep in mind quick transport by ferryboat). Getting lost is impossible, except for the splendid panorama that your bicycle trip will offer. Starting from Piazzale Santa Maria Elizabetta and continuing straight on until surpassed the Grand Viale, you’ll just need to make a right and follow the coast to your left for the first part.
The bike routes are accessible to all
Passing the historical Mostra del Cinema di Venezia (the oldest international film festival) you can easily reach the first part of the Murazzi: the imminent damn built in Istrian stone by the Republic of Venice to defend the coastal banks from erosion.
After having cycled this spectacular stretch, it is possible to cross the island until reaching the panoramic road that flanks the shimmering lagoon with view of the various islands until reaching the Alberoni. From here you can choose to continue on towards the island of Pellestrina or turn back around, but by this time with an illuminating sunset reflecting the placid Venetian water.