Lido Island Walking Tour, Venice (Self Guided)

Lido is the largest island of Venice city. It is long, but not wide at all, very different from the circular form of the main city. Lido is known for its very popular places, a movie was made here and there are some other secrets that this particular guide offers you. Ready for adventure? Ride on!
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Lido Island Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Lido Island Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Venice (See other walking tours in Venice)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Author: nicole
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Lido

1) Lido

The Lido — or Venice Lido (Lido di Venezia) — is an 11 kilometres (7 miles) long sandbar in Venice, northern Italy; it is home to about 20,000 residents. The Venice Film Festival takes place at the Lido every September. The island is home to three settlements. The Lido itself, in the north, is home to the Film Festival, the Grand Hotel des Bains, the Venice Casino and the Grand Hotel Excelsior. Malamocco, in the centre, was the first and, for a long time, the only settlement. It was at one time home to the Doge of Venice. Alberoni at the southern end is home to the golf course. Frequent public buses run the length of the island along the main street. At least half the Adriatic side of the island is a sandy beach, much of it belonging to the various hotels that house the summer tourists. The heart of the island is the Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta, a wide street approximately 700 m long that leads from the lagoon and vaporetto (water bus) stop on one side across to the sea on the other. It houses hotels, shops, and tourist-centric restaurants.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Hotel Des Bains

2) Hotel Des Bains

This is one of the wealthiest hotels in Venice. The novel "Death in Venice" was written here, and the movie of the same name was shot here in 1971. The building itself was erected in 1900 and it always reflected the rich, sumptuous, magnificent wealth of Venice. It contains a few buildings with wonderful parks and swimming pools.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Planetarium

3) Planetarium

Venice is the city where Galileo Galilei first unveiled the telescope in 1610. From ages 4 to 104 - this is one of the most amazing places in this city. It is able to accomodate 60 persons at a time and the astonishing view upon celestial bodies will stay many years untouched in your memory.
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Lido Beach

4) Lido Beach

Even though surrounded by the sea, Venice is not exactly a beach city. If looking for a warm and large beach, get "stranded" on the Lido island. Other than the beach itself, the island boasts magnificent sunset views. There are many little gift shops, Italian fast food restaurants and, of course, friendly locals to complete the picture. The place is also famous as the shooting location of the "Death in Venice" movie.
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Trattoria Favorita

5) Trattoria Favorita

Trattoria Favorita is a cozy restaurant in Lido, where locals and tourists have the joy of drinking some great wines, taste wonderful food and make conversation. Sometimes, the restaurant hosts local weddings. For some, this is one of the points that divides the northern and central parts of Lido Island.
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Canal Alley

6) Canal Alley

Lido island is not as fragmented by canals as Venice, this is why a canal alley is a rare thing in Lido. The authorities built this magnificent canal alley to give the city a fresh, green area that surrounds the water. The canal is not as large as the Great Canal of Venice, but if you're lucky you might get a chance to go on a little boat trip.
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Lido Graveyard

7) Lido Graveyard

A big part of Lido Island is occupied by a wonderful, green and peaceful place, the cemetery. No, no, it does not look like a typical, scary movie graveyard. The tombstones are mostly very old, each of them bearing a little part of the artistic heritage of Venice. The entrance is free. The flora within the cemetery is very varied and it looks more like a piece of heaven.
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Parrocchia San Nicolo' Di Lido

8) Parrocchia San Nicolo' Di Lido

San Nicolò al Lido is a church in Venice. It is located in the northern part of Venice's Lido, and houses the relics of St. Nicholas, patron of sailors. Here is celebrated the traditional thanksgiving mass of the Sposalizio del Mare ("Marriage of the Sea"). The complex is held by the Franciscan order. The convent and the church, located to its main access to the sea, date to the origins of the independent Venice, in the early Middle Ages. From here, in 996, 998 and 1000, sailed off the first expeditions against the Narentines and the Dalmatians. The Doge Domenico Selvo was crowned here in 1071. The church, with a single nave, is annexed to a convent and a cloister, all dating to the 16th century. The façade is surmounted by a statue of Doge Domenico Contarini, who patronized the convent. The interior houses works by Palma il Vecchio (Madonna with Child) and Palma il Giovane (San Giovannino).
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Lido Airport

9) Lido Airport

This is a truly, amazing place. It is not a traditional, huge modern building. The place is covered with green grass, not very big planes and even a cafe. The style of the main building is typical for Italy, and it is painted in warm, pleasant colors.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Venice for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Venice has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting Venice's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Official All Venice City Pass, Venezia Unica Tourist City Pass, 72-Hour Venice Transportation Pass, or Venice Museum Pass.

A city pass combines all of or multiple Venice's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Venice hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Hotel Concordia, Hotel Al Ponte Dei Sospiri, Baglioni Hotel Luna.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Venice, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Venice typically costs from around US$20 up to more than US$200 per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off sightseeing boat to view all of Venice's top attractions while listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route as often as you like.

- Experience Venice from dry land and water on the combo of 2-hour walk and half-hour gondola ride around the historic center, marveling at the Byzantine monuments and gliding down the canals of this marvelous city.

- Have a double pleasure for your eyes and ears combining a 30-minute gondola ride with a serenade, wafting by the fascinating sights of Venice in the company of a traditionally-dressed gondolier and a singer aboard.

- Having quenched your appetite for sightseeing, don't forget to treat yourself to some delicious specialties of Venice as well. Take a 2.5-hour tour led by a local guide to see the city's highlights on waters, plus check out several notable eateries to savor authentic Venetian delights.

- Discover the Jewish side of Venice from a culinary standpoint on a food tour of the historic Jewish ghetto. Guided by a food-connoisseur, you will visit a number of joints offering authentic local dishes thus acquainting yourself with the rich culture and food traditions of the Venetian Jews.

- Architecture-wise there's so much more to Venice than just St. Mark's Square. Be welcome to prove it to yourself on the guided walk exploring the artistic richness of Venice away from the trodden tourist paths.

Day Trips


If you have a day to spare whilst in Venice, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Verona, Valpolicella, Florence, or the Dolomite Mountains. For as little as US$140+ to US$180+ per person you will get a chance to visit one of the most romantic cities in Italy (hometown of Romeo and Juliet), learn about Veneto’s winemaking heritage and sample the local wines, visit the Tuscan capital of Florence, soak up the bracing mountain scenery, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight at your hotel or a designated place in Venice, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or minibus or train to the destination of your choice and back again.