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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.

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