Lido Beach

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Lido Beach Though Venice itself is built right on the water, swimming is not an option in the canals or lagoon. Luckily, a short ferry ride will take sunbathers to Lido, an island that forms part of the city and that offers six miles of... Venice Italy 45.383411136401 12.3515728148194
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Party Earth Review Though Venice itself is built right on the water, swimming is not an option in the canals or lagoon. Luckily, a short ferry ride will take sunbathers to Lido, an island that forms part of the city and that offers six miles... ... read full review

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    Daytime

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

Party Earth Lido Beach Review

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Though Venice itself is built right on the water, swimming is not an option in the canals or lagoon. Luckily, a short ferry ride will take sunbathers to Lido, an island that forms part of the city and that offers six miles of...

Though Venice itself is built right on the water, swimming is not an option in the canals or lagoon. Luckily, a short ferry ride will take sunbathers to Lido, an island that forms part of the city and that offers six miles of sandy beaches on the warm Adriatic Sea.

Although most of the beach is privately owned by the island’s upscale hotels, there’s still plenty of space left for public frolicking.

Day-trippers often opt for the public day-use rental areas that include beachside amenities like cabanas, lounge chairs, umbrellas, and freshly raked sand, though there are also free sections of sand open to anyone to bring their own towels and chairs and do as they wish.

As on most beaches, the crowd is varied, and plenty of activities keep visitors busy, from sunbathing and strolling to swimming, paddle-boating, sailing, and windsurfing.

Lovely as Venice is, it’s nice to know that there’s a place like Lido to help residents and visitors alike escape the crowded narrow streets of the city to spend a leisurely afternoon basking in the sunshine.

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Tip from Lucas:

The most accessible patch of public beach on Lido is right in front of the Blue Moon Café (Piazzale Bucintoro 1), an oddly-structured beach lodge. It sits right at the roundabout where the main street meets the boardwalk.

  • Crowd

    All types of people, all ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Sunbathing, windsurfing, sailing, biking, and picnicking. Beachside lounges with ambient music.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Several snack bars on the beach.

  • Prices

    Hourly rental rates: Sailboat double hull €28, single hull €15, windsurfing €10. Daily rental rates: small cabana €22 + €5 deposit for use until 6:30pm, chair and umbrella €16, extra chair or chaise €7–€9. Prices slightly reduced after 2:30pm. Bikes €34, may be negotiable.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Beachwear.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any sunny day.

  • Close By

    Off the sand on Lungomare D’Annunzio is El Pecador, a great place to stop for a simple, affordable lunch.

Lido Beach User Reviews

Average rating:
Should've been here the whole time!
Colin W. Nov 19, 2013
On my study abroad trip, a group of us traveled to Venice for the weekend to see some real quintessential Italian everything, and don't get me wrong: the pizza was delicious, the architecture was beautiful, but when college students found land on Lido Beach, we knew the party had arrived. Full of life, booze and women, Lido was a dream come true, and as long as you're outgoing enough to meet some locals and make them your friends, who knows; they might invite you to a nocturnal beach party that starts with a booze cruise and ends with the best memories you'll never forget/remember depending on how much absinthe was involved. Hands down: go to Lido
The Beach: Venetian Style
Rachel S. Mar 1, 2013
After checking out the art museums, walking among all the canals, and stuffing yourself with gelato, you will be ready to expand your exploration beyond the city of Venice and travel to the surrounding islands. The water taxis (Vaporettos) are the easy, efficient, and cheap way of traveling from place to place. I didn't stay in Lido, but it was a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle (or the Italian version of it) and tourist crowds of Venice, to walk along the (free!) beach, relax, and soak up the sun. Most of the beach is privately owned, but I encourage you to seek out the public areas. No need to pay for access to the sand and the surf in my opinion, unless you desperately need to rent a cabana. So schedule in a day of relaxation on Lido's beach; pack a towel and some refreshments and take a dip in the Adriatic Sea.
best place to stay outside of venice
Tara R. Dec 9, 2012
Especially in summertime, when Venice’s main island gets hot and smelly due to tourist traffic and more stagnant waters, Lido is the place to stay. The Vaporetto connects the Lido to the mainland, and prices tend to be cheaper in the Lido than in Venice central, and is a more attractive than uglier Mestre on the mainland. Sure, the Lido is a beach town without the same beautiful architecture and historical gravity of Venice itself, but staying at Lido offers a beach vacation and proximity to Venice that’s worth it when the city is overrun with tourists. I stayed at a hostel for twenty euros a night, travelled over to Venice every early morning to avoid crowds, and came back to the Lido for an afternoon in the sun—perfect vacation.
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