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Lido di Venezia an Idyllic Island, an alternative to Venice

Updated on April 4, 2014
The lagoon just outside Lido. Source; my own photos.
The lagoon just outside Lido. Source; my own photos.

Why choosing Lido instead of Venice?

Going to Venice in the middle of tourist season means dealing with crowds and heat. The warmest time of year is when most tourists visit Venice. It also is the most expensive visiting time of the year.

Unfortunately, in most cases, we go on vacation in the summer when we have time off. If you decide to visit Venice in the middle of the summer, I have some suggestions for you to save some money, avoid stress, but still have time to see Venice.

One way to get a cheaper accommodation rate is to stay outside Venice. Lido di Venezia is situated just outside Venice. It is an island, so travel by boat is necessary. While it is possible to go by car, you still have to take a detour and drive around a lagoon.

I went to Lido last summer and I write this hub out of my experiences. I travelled with to kids, which had impact when choosing destination. We did not want crowds and we wanted a beach. Also I realized that 4 people eating out 7 days was going to be expensive in Venice. We wanted our budget to last for some more things.

Canal in Lido. Source; my own photos.
Canal in Lido. Source; my own photos.
Detail with boat houses, Lido. Source; my own photos.
Detail with boat houses, Lido. Source; my own photos.

Lido; a small, idyllic Island

The shortest way to get to Lido is via water bus (Vaporetto). From there, you will get off at an area close to the city center of Lido. There are several boat lines to get there. If you fly to Marco Polo Airport, you can take the Vaporetto directly to Lido from there.

Lido is an idyllic small island, with a wonderful beach. There are tourists here, but not nearly as much as in Venice. Many people who live in Venice go to Lido for their summer vacation.

There are some canals on Lido, but not as many as in Venice. In Lido, most streets are “ordinary streets.”


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The pin shows where the vaporetto arrives to Lido, close to the city centre.

Great views

From Lido there is a magnificent view over the Lagoon.

Evening view. Source; my own photos.
Evening view. Source; my own photos.
View of the lagoon and Venice.  Source; my own photos.
View of the lagoon and Venice. Source; my own photos.

Lido is a small island, just 11 km long and about 700 meters broad. You can walk from the lagoon where the Vaporetto stops to the other side of the island where the beach borders the Adriatic Sea.

Rooftops in Lido. Source; my own photos.
Rooftops in Lido. Source; my own photos.

Prices

Compared to Venice, the prices in Lido are lower. Hotels and restaurants are cheaper—you can go out to dinner for about half the price what you would pay in Venice.

I know of a restaurant in Venice that served pizzas for the same price as restaurants in Lido. It showed that the pizza served in Venice was merely a frozen pizza from nearest supermarket. Not good at all…

Spending a vacation close to Venice demands a trip to Venice!

With a temperature of 35 °C and rising, it might not be the best idea to walk the narrow streets of Venice, especially if you are traveling with children.

Yet, it is impossible to be ten minutes away from Venice and not pay a visit. I suggest a compromise for your way back home: take the Vaporetto line one up the Canal Grande. The tour takes about 40 minutes and you pass San Marco Piazza, Rialto Bridge and end up at Piazza Roma. From there, you can take a 20 minute ride to the airport by bus.

There will be great views of Venice in addition to the small canals. You will see many great buildings and plenty of gondolas.

For about 50-60 Euros, you can also travel on Canal Grande with a Gondola, the “romantic way.” With a Vaporetto, you can go through the canal for around 8 dollars. The Vaporettos are trafficking all the sea ways inside and around Venice from the early morning to late evening. Your ticket is valid for an hour, which allows you to change to another line within an hour.

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Going to Venice by "water bus"

Here are my photos from the Vaporetto ride up the Canal Grande entering Venice.

Leaving Lido. Source; my own photos.
Leaving Lido. Source; my own photos.

To get a better view, choose the seats in the back of the Vaporetto.

Close to Venice. Source; my own photos.
Close to Venice. Source; my own photos.
Passing church of san giorgio maggiore where a purple sculpture is situated outside. Source; my own photos.
Passing church of san giorgio maggiore where a purple sculpture is situated outside. Source; my own photos.
Followed by some gondolas. Source; my own photos.
Followed by some gondolas. Source; my own photos.
Basilica Santa Maria della Salute. Source; my own photos.
Basilica Santa Maria della Salute. Source; my own photos.
Panorama view. Source; my own photos.
Panorama view. Source; my own photos.
Part of the Rialto Bridge. Source; my own photos.
Part of the Rialto Bridge. Source; my own photos.
A market place in Venice. Source; my own Photos.
A market place in Venice. Source; my own Photos.
Canal Grande; so grand and beautiful in the sun. Source; my own photos.
Canal Grande; so grand and beautiful in the sun. Source; my own photos.

Conclusion

Our trip to Lido was a great experience. I am fully satisfied with our short but not to expensive sightseeing up the Canal Grande. I recommend this to all that want to see Venice but don't need to live and walk in the city centre.

Lido is a place that I could return to, wonderful place, perfect for traveling with kids.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Again, thank you for the tour. It appears to be a lovely place to spend a few days.

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      Thank you for reading my hub and for your comment. It's always appreciated!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      We're planning a visit to Italy when we finally retire in a yer or two and hope to spending a few days in Venice. However, this looks perfect. Loved all your stunningly beautiful images. Thanks for this, voting up all the way and pinning.

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      Thank you so much to business:) I hope you will enjoy it as much as we did!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      The weather and the prices are good reasons to choose Lido. The pictures help the argument. Thank you.

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      MsDora: Thank you for kind comments:)

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      mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Thanks for the photographic tour. Lido was a wonderful day trip from Venice and you are right fewer people and a very casual laid back feeling. Nice memories.

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      mckbirdbks: thank you to for reading and commenting! Always appreciated:)

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing this nice hub. You have me interested.

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      Thank you for your feedback vkwok:)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      What a beautiful place to visit, and I like that there are comparable alternatives to Venice if the budget is tight.

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      Yes, it is not the same, but really great and you can visit Venice:)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A lovely place to visit and the photos are so beautiful.

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      DDE; thank you and yes, I do recomend a visit:)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      If I could only go there this weekend! Thanks for the lovely tour.

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      Thank you for your lovely comment:)

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