Everybody knows Venice, but few people know about the island of Lido di Venezio which is just a 10 minute boat ride from St.Mark's Square which separates the lagoon from the sea. When one mentions Venice's Lido, most people think of Jesolo, but they are two completely different worlds. Lido di Venezia is reminiscent of Venice with small canals and beautiful old villas. The only difference is that the villas on the island are surrounded by green gardens, just as there are only a few metres from the long sandy beaches and the sea. The Lido di Venezia has been the Venetian's favourite summer residence for generations, and quite rightly still is! The air here is significantly better than in the centre, and there is almost always a slight breeze. There are fewer tourists and therefore there is more space to move around. It is an unforgettable starting point for a holiday in Venice, especially during the summer.
For many years Venice's famous casino was on the island but it has now moved to the Grand Canal in the centre. Instead the building is now used for the world famous film festival held every year in September. During this period, most hotels are booked up several years in advance, so if you come here in this period don't rely on finding accommodation upon arrival. Lido di Venezia is also home to a one of Italy's better golf courses, making it possible to combine a golf and a beach holiday with perhaps a city break. From the harbour you have a wonderful view towards Venice city centre and St Mark's and the trip across the lagoon in the morning mist is unforgettable. The restaurants at Lido di Venezia are also in a class of their own, at least when compared to the centre. This applies to quality and the prices, which are approximately half.
Another advantage of the Lido is that you can take your car. Car ferries sail from Tronchetto and Piazzale Roma, but the island is also connected to the airport by ferry several times an hour. The fastest connection between Lido di Venezia and St. Mark's Square takes just 10 minutes, while the general vaporetto takes approx. 20 minutes. Since there are also vaporetto at night, one is never cut off if you choose to spend your holiday on the Lido di Venezia.
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