Lido is an island with a surface area of just over 4 square kilometers, about 12 kilometers long, and has 10 kilometers of beaches awarded also this year with the Blue Flag.
Fine beach and crystal clear water in Venice
The beach of Lido of Venice is known mainly for its characteristic sand dunes, with a particularly fine golden color, and for its very clear and crystalline waters that have been for us a really pleasant discovery of which we have taken the opportunity to do (perhaps) the last baths of the season.
The free beaches of the Lido are those of San Nicolò and degli Alberoni at the ends of the beach, while the bathing establishments are mainly located in the center of the island, with the presence of the characteristic ‘huts’, large cabins with a veranda and a tent added to the basic structure, with the colors that reflect those of the establishments to which they belong, rented for different periods, per day, for a week, for a month or for the whole season, dividing the expenses as the Venetian families do, representing 80 percent of users.
The most famous are the cabanas of the Excelsior, the hotel of well 196 rooms housed in a magnificent Venetian palace of Moorish influences that was born in 1908 with the idea of creating the most luxurious hotel in the world. Everyone will certainly remember the spectacular Sala Stucchi, immortalized by Sergio Leone in the film C’era una volta in America, with Robert de Niro. Its most illustrious guests include Sir Winston Churchill, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Hutton, John Steinbeck, Ingrid Bergman and the Aga Khan. And in 1932 it was the terrace of the Excelsior that hosted the first Venice Film Festival.
Don’t forget that here on the Lido in 1857 the first real Venetian establishment was built, and that the Venetian island with the end of the century became one of the most fashionable seaside resorts in Europe, frequented by royalty and important figures of the literary world as Shelley and Byron. Thomas Mann also talked about it in his novel Death in Venice, which later became the famous and eponymous film by Visconti in 1970. Walking at sunset on the sand, you are kidnapped by this atmosphere that brings to mind the glories of the past.
For our bathroom we preferred the beaches that unfold at the foot of the famous Murazzi, the Istrian stone dams that were built during the rule of the Serenissima to preserve the banks of the island from the erosion of the sea.
Here there are so many free ones accessible to the 4 legs with proper documents, hygienic bags and leash (except when bathing) mandatory. So we decided to do an inspection waiting to return with our Otto.
To find an equipped Bau Beach you must instead go to San Nicolò, north of Lido, where there is Pachuka (via Klinger 1 – tel. 041 770147).
Next time we promise ourselves to “visit” the shores where we can enter with Otto, to go to the Alberoni beach, a WWF protected oasis very suggestive for its semi-wild character, with a pine forest of about 30 hectares shoulders of high dunes, ideal habitat for various seabirds including the rare bee-eaters and Kentish plovers.
We want to emphasize a very interesting element. An order of the Mayor of Venice obligatorily establishes that all the bathing establishments of the Lido expose the limits of the concessions in such a way that the right of all bathers to stop on the beach is recognized without for this having to pay a ticket of access.
We find it a laudable initiative and a demonstration of great acceptance that not all the municipalities on the sea reserve for their residents and tourists.
Some advice. From Lido the quickest way to reach San Zaccaria and from there to move in all directions, is the vaporetto line 20 which, starting from the pier behind the Albergo Quattro Fontane that welcomed our nights on the island, with very few stops including San Servolo and San Lazzaro degli Armeni, leads directly to the goal.
Included in the ticket price is the splendid panorama that appears before the eyes. On one side, to divide the Giudecca canal from the Grand canal, Punta della Dogana, on whose tip a tower towers, surmounted by a sculptural group, which represents two Atlases supporting a large golden globe on which the statue of Fortuna rotates indicating the wind direction.
On the other hand the view extends over the entire San Marco basin: it seems to be inside a painting by Canaletto, with its suspended atmospheres and a Venice immersed in a bright and timeless light.
In the painting, art and reality perfectly overlap because Canaletto paints the palaces and churches of Venice that are reflected on the water of the lagoon. On the right is clearly visible the Palazzo Ducale, behind it, you can see the dome of the Basilica di San Marco, while to the left, you can see the tall column with the statue of San Teodoro and the bell tower. Everything is still exactly like that, in the full, bright light of a warm September.
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