Lido of Venice is an island, a thin strip of coast between sea and lagoon, it is a few minutes from the heart of one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the world, Venice. It stretches for about 12.2 kilometers between the lagoon of Venice and the Adriatic Sea, bordered by the ports of St. Nicolò and Malamocco, and connected to Venice and to the mainland by water buses and ferryboats for the exclusive transportation of vehicles. The name “Lido” derives from the Latin word Litus which means “strip of coast”. Amongst the islands of the lagoon it is one of the few in which there are roads for cars, and there is also a small airport.
The enchanting beauty of its beaches and the healthiness of the environment, since the nineteenth century has attracted famous guests. In the first half of the twentieth century it took the name of the Golden Island for the extraordinary concentration of environmental quality, artistic and architectural treasures, cultural and social events, sports and quality of life that it still offers its visitors.
The Lido and its beaches
The Lido beaches owes its fame to the natural dunes of the fine golden sand and clean water. These beaches were formed due to the construction of two large breakwaters at St. Nicolò (North) and the Alberoni (South) and several other smaller breakwaters, which leave from the shores in front of each bathhouse call “pennelli”.
The opportunities that Lido offers are varied: from the “free” beaches at St. Nicolò and the Alberoni, characterised by the natural wildlife inhabitants of the ancient sand dunes, to the rocks of the “Murazzi”, and the beach resorts in the central part of the island, renowned for its typical beach huts: large cabins with terraces and pergolas, each coloured according to each resort to which they belong. The first settlement dates back to 1857: the “Grande stabilimento balneario eretto sull’Onda viva del Mare”. In 2018 Lido of Venice received the “Blue Flag“, an award given by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) to European coastal resorts that meet quality criteria relating to bathing water parameters and service offered, such as the cleaning of beaches and tourist destinations.