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Back in the 19th Century, Lido di Venezia was nothing more than an island filled with Europe aristocrats spending their summer holiday inside their lxurious beach cabins and villas. It was not until Venice bloomed into one of the most popular attractions in Europe that Lido di Venezia started to change their direction. Today, what used to be a luxurious island is filled with friendly peaceful neighborhood with hotel rooms offered in affordable prices, and of course warm and inviting shops and restaurants where you hear the echo of San Marco's bell from the distance. Many tourists come flocking to the island, especially every September to attend the Venice Film Festival.
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Summer is always about spending your time enjoying the beach. Lido di Venezia is known for its numerous private and public beaches facing the Adriatic Sea. One of the most popular beach in Lido is Blue Moon Public Beach. It's famous not only for its spectacular sea view, the beach also oftenly host musical concerts every Summer. You can rent a beach chair and umbrella if you prefer to chill on the beach while listening to the ocean waves and wind. There are also couple of bars and shops opened everyday in the beach pavillion. Many people will come to the beach in Summer either to enjoy musical concerts or simply seeking a free place to chill and enjoy the seaside view, so be sure to come early to grab the most delicious spot.
If Blue Moon Public Beach is way too crowded for your taste, you will find your serenity in Murazzi Beach. Located just fifteen minutes away from Blue Moon Beach, Murazzi Beach is like a deserted beach with its whitestone breakwaters and clean sandy beach. It is so quiet and peaceful you can make it as if it is your own private beach. It doesn't have that many facilities, it even only have one bar that will provide you with some foods and drinks. But of course, the peaceful aspect of Murazzi Beach can easily outdo even the most expensive private beach in the land.
Lido di Venezia is not only about beaches, you can even find other interesting natural attractions in the island. Oasis of Alberoni is a wide grass meadow combined with dense pine forest and up to 9 meters sand dunes. The natural reservation park is a habitat for indigenous birds species such as Kentish Plover and Little Tern. It is so beautiful that it's even featured inside poems made by famous poets Byron and Goethe. You can explore the meadow by renting a bike and explore all the way from the western shore and along Via Malamocco.
Armenian Catholic Monastery of San Lazzaro is an ancient monastery located in a small island offshore the Lido. Centuries ago, a renowned poet Byron came and stayed in the island for long period of time to study Armenian. Today, the monastery pay homage to the poet by holding a permanent exhibition that opens every once a day. Visitors will be guided inside Byron's study room during his stay in the island. The monastery also established the oldest publishing house that is still running until today. The publishing house will also be included in the tour.
One of the most prominent historical monument in Venice is the Church of San Nicolò Al Lido in Lido di Venezia. It also served as the most important last monument all ancient Venetian sailors saw before they embarked to voyages. Years ago, the church was used as a venue to hold a banquet to celebrate Sposalizio del Mare, a procession held before the Doge and his sailors sailing off to the sea. The church also houses the remains of St Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors. Elegant carvings on walnut choir stalls originated from 1717 presenting the life of St Nicholas is also put on display and attract hundred of tourists every year.
Tempio Votivo is the first landmark that will welcomes you the moment you arrived at Lido di Venezia. The church was built by Giuseppe Torres between 1925 to 1935. It was built as a sign of gratitude of all Venetians as they escaped the World War I without major damages. The war memorial stood nearby the lagoon area and it's noticeable by its large green dome over the church's copper structures.
How to Get Tickets?
Most attractions listed here can be visited for free, although you might have to pay certain amount of money to join a tour in Armenian Catholic Monastery of San Lazzaro.
How To Get Around?
The best way to go around Lido di Venezia is by renting a bicycle and off you go for a bicycle ride. You can find several shops and hotels in the island renting bicycles you can use to go around the island freely. Cycling around the small island will be so much fun, you can even venture along the 18th century stone walls built to protect the shore lines. There are also waterbuses or vaporettos available if you'd rather take the water route.
What Should I Wear?
Lido di Venezia is pretty laid back when it comes to dressing rules. You can wear any clothes that feels comfortable and easy to move around, though it's highly recommended to dress modestly when you are visiting the churches or any sacred places in Lido.
Best Time to Visit
Many tourists and locals alike will ditch Venice and head to Lido di Venezia as soon as the Summer seasons starts. If you love crowds and festivals, Summer is your best option to visit Lido di Venezia. Though if you'd rather not dealing with bunch of crowds, it's better to visit the island in Spring or in Fall. The weather will still relatively warm during those periods plus there will be less tourists.
Will I Need a Guide?
You'll be guided by a monk if you're visiting the Armenian monastery, but other than that, you don't necessarily need a guide. It's easy to go around Lido di Venezia, and all informations needed can be found inside this website.
How To Get There?
You can go to Lido di Venezia from Venice by taking waterbuses that's easily accessible from any points in Venice. Our most recommendable one is by taking Vaporetto Number 1, that will takes you along the Grand Canal from Piazalle Roma and ends at the Lido. For alternatives, you can also take waterbus lines 5.1 and 5.2 that will takes you to the Lido. Use the same waterbus to go back to Venice.