Venice Day Trip: The Lido

Highlights: Beaches; film festival; villas
Duration: Three to five hours
Exertion level: Low
Accessible by: Vaporetto

Lido beach

A beach in Venice? Si, si! Photo: CombinationLok

To call the Lido, located on a sandbar minutes away from central Venice, a day trip might be stretching it just slightly. For most, the Lido is Venice, albeit a part of the city saturated less in romance and more in beach-oriented tourism than the more touristed parts of Venice.

Once a cherished destination of the rich an famous, the Lido is a huge summer destination for Italians, a place to enjoy fabulous beaches. Because the water quality is not great, the Lido is more typically utilized as a sunning and tanning beach than a swimming spot.

To do

Spend your time on the Lido sunning yourself on a beach or exploring the island's cute side streets. The Lido is also the home of the Venice International Film Festival ("La Biennale di Venezia"), held between late August and early September every year.

Getting there

Many vaporetti head to the Lido, and the journey takes mere minutes.

For more information about the Lido, check out the official Tourist Board of Venice site.

More day trips

Looking for more getaway suggestions? Check out our article on day trips from Venice.

From our Venice blog

Welcome to EuroCheapo’s guide to cheap hotels in Venice. Our editors have followed every canal and alleyway, hunting down the best inexpensive accommodation options (while trying not to get lost). We inspect and photograph hotels, pensions and B&Bs, then share it all with you in our reviews.

Although most hotels in Venice tend to be very pricey, the city does offer a decent number of small one- and two-star hotels with rates that can be surprisingly affordable, especially if you visit in the off season. Many of these come equipped with tons to Venetian charm, to boot!

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Looking to browse? Click through to see a list of our recommended cheap hotels in Venice, all of which are clean, affordable and located in the city center.

Looking for a specific neighborhood? Here's an overview of Venice's sestieri, or neighborhoods.

Our guide to Venice on a budget

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