The Lido is an 11km long sandbar which separates the Venice lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. Once used as a natural barrier, the Lido became Venice’s seaside destination in the early twentieth century. The Lido was once known as the ‘it’ resort island in Venice. Each summer it would welcome the country’s biggest names to its sandy beaches as one of the most glamorous seaside resort destinations of its time.
These days it’s often overlooked in favour of the more popular Venice. However, the Lido is gaining back some popularity as the new destination for sustainable travel. Every September it also plays host to the Venice Film Festival, drawing international crowds and celebrities to its shores.
Arriving in Lido you’ll uncover a completely different atmosphere to the small and crowded paths of Venice. Here you’ll find leafy residential streets, cars, cyclists and wide pavements. The local shops and restaurants prove to be a relaxing escape from the chaos of Venice. A short 15 minute vaporetto (water bus) ride is all it takes to get from San Marco to the Lido, making it perfect for long stays on the island or short day-trips to the beach.
Prepare your visit to Lido
When to visit Lido
Lido is a favourite summer destination thanks to its long stretches of sandy beaches, so it gets particularly busy in July and August. Visiting on either side of peak season is normally a good idea. Try late May and June, or after the film festival in September. That way you can still enjoy the warm weather but without the crowds!
How long is needed to visit Lido
Lido is excellent for both long and short visits. It’s a great destination for a long-weekend or for those looking to spend a week by the beach. However, due to its close proximity to Venice it’s also perfect for a short day-trip! In just 15 minutes you can be on the Lido, ready for a full day at the beach.
What should I wear to visit Lido
If you’re visiting the Lido on a warm day then bring your swimsuit and pack for a day on the beach – a towel, hat and sunscreen. There are some lovely walks on the island too, so pack some trainers too. The island is very relaxed so unless you’re going somewhere exclusive, dress comfortably.
What is there to see in Lido
Beach beach beach!
Whether you’re here for a day or an entire week, the beach should be your first port of call. On the south side of the island you’ll find a wonderful long beach with golden sand, facing the bright blue Adriatic sea. There’s a great beach bar as well as some lounges and traditional blue and white beach umbrellas to rent for the day. The beach doesn’t get too crowded by European standards and is the perfect place to relax.
Relax and watch the world go by
Speaking of relaxing, you can never have too much of it in the Lido. The walk from the ferry to the beach is relaxing in itself. You’ll wander past many shops and restaurants, not to mention ice-cream parlours. Pull up a chair at a local café, order a coffee and watch the world go by. It’s easy to enjoy the relaxing vibes of the Lido. Away from the hustle and bustle of its neighbour, this island is known for its chilled aura and friendly locals.
Tour the island
11kms long, the island is just that little bit too big to explore of foot, but you can easily tour the island by bus, bike or car. On the main road – Santa Maria Elisabetta, you’ll find a very manicured street lined with enticing cafés, shops and gelateries. Along the Adriatic coast you’ll notice an almost continual stretch of golden sand, dotted with little beach huts along the way. In the historical Malamocco you’ll uncover a pedestrianised piazza with lots of cafés. Meanwhile on the opposite end of the Lido, you’ll discover the public beaches, a nature reserve and holiday camps.