Lido

This fishing village comes alive in the summertime and rests in the winter.

A few nautical minutes from Venice, Lido’s nearly seven miles of land insouciantly stretches along the sea. The city’s beachside destination, Lido combines celebrity grandeur with neighborly charisma. Films like “A Death in Venice” were shot here, and the island hosts Venice’s Film Festival every September. Beyond its red-carpet repertoire, Lido maintains a fishing-village feel—the kind where you can borrow sardines from the lady living next to you. Come summertime, Lido’s visiting populace drastically rises with the temperature.

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On the Map

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Marco Polo Airport: 65 minutes by ferry
Piazzale Roma Bus Station: 35 minutes by vaporetto
Santa Lucia Train Station: 45 minutes by vaporetto
Piazza San Marco: 20 minutes by vaporetto
Arsenale/Venice Biennale: 12 minutes by vaporetto
Giardini/Venice Biennale: 9 minutes by vaporetto

Venice's Beach Town

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Lido portrays a drastically different side of Venice.

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Visit Lido in the peak of summer and you'll have to sidestep sunbathers and soccer players as they bask in its beach-town atmosphere.

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Visit Lido in September and you'll have to shade your eyes from camera flashes during the Venice Film Festival.

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Girardini Lido

Visit Lido off season, and you'll have its sandy shores all to yourself.

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Even transportation is different in Lido. On this island, four wheels are as common as ferry boats.

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Here, you're not limited to vaporettos or gondolas.

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Girardini Lido

Here, you can travel by car, bus, scooter, or bi-bicycle.

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While the north side of Lido attracts the most tourists, the south side remains rooted in history.

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Ancient Malamocco fishing villages look much like they did centuries ago.

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Getting to central Venice is easy from Lido.

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All it takes is fifteen minutes coasting across the Adriatic.

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When the sands fill up come summertime, it's best to rent a daily storage shack.

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All your stuff stays in one place, but you don't have to.

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Girardini Lido

There's a lot of sea to explore.

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There's a lot of ground to cover.

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There's a lot of island to discover.

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I really recommend staying in the Lido - nice places to eat, shop, public swimming pool etc.. Fun travelling by boat everywhere - lots of options and so good to return to normality after the intensity of Venice mainland."

rebecca

Visited in 2013

'Tis the Season: Summer In Lido

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Lido springs to life during the summertime.

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Swimmers and sun-tanners sprawl along its beaches.

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Pixel
If you want to be in the old city, this might be a bit out of the way (though you reach the city quite easy with a bus -or a bike ride- and a boat in less than half an hour), if you want to experience the REAL Venice, this is your place."

Charlotte

Visited in 2013

Life on Island Time

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Outside of central Venice, traditional gondolas are often used as sporting vessels. In Lido, residents take time to unwind.

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Off season, life is slower in Lido.

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Small shops and sidewalk stalls offer modern conveniences.

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In Lido, It's the Little Things

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Lido's little business lend it its small-town feel.

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For the most part, the island embraces modernity.

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Its sidewalks are less cobblestone, more concrete.

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It mixes sleek, simple, and chic.

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You'll find Venice's only discotecas in Lido.

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Girardini Lido

Even still, there's a seaside serenity that fills the island's air.

The Look of Lido

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As you leave the beach to wander through Lido's neighborhoods, the shores transform into sidewalks and lapping waves turn into billowing laundry lines.

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Girardini Lido

Boats become bikes.

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Piers become pillars.

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Girardini Lido

Venice's largest Jewish cemetery and WW-ll memorial rest in Lido.

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Getting To and From the Island

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Getting to Lido is easy.

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Take a boat taxi or the ferry from the main islands and you'll be there in minutes.

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You can take your car to Lido, too.

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Entrata.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Luca Girardini is a freelance photographer based in Venice, Italy. He turned to photography after studying architecture at university and specialises in architectural and interior design photography. His personal work explores the contemporary landscape. Luca photographed Venice for Airbnb and set out to capture the real Venice he knows rather than its tourist persona.

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