14 November, 2018 / By Nejma Bk / 61 views

Lido di Venezia, birthplace of the first European beach resort

Disclaimer: All photos were taken in November, meaning restauration works and empty beaches. There was also a storm 10 days before my stay so there was a lot of trash on the beach and all woods paths were closed.


Vehicles are permitted on Lido di Venezia and Pellestrina. They come and go by ferries. At rush hour, the queue is very long.

Lido is basically the beach of Venice. It was the first European beach resort (1857). The name was then used all over the world.

Because of private beaches, there are not many access paths to the beach.

Regulations for pets are really strict.

Palazzo del Cinema

The Venice International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world. It is held in Lido every year at the end of August/beginning of September.

Built in the Modernist style of the 1930s, it is a synthesis of Rationalist models.

Palazzo del Casinò

This monumental building was designed by the Chief Engineer of the City of Venice Eugenio Miozzi. The style is Rationalist, influenced by the Fascist architecture.

If the facade is austere, the interiors are decorated with marble, mosaic and Murano glass.

The Casino was closed in the late 1990s, and the Palazzo has since been used by the Biennale for the Venice International Film Festival.

Liberty Architecture/Art Nouveau

Lido is well known for its Liberty architecture. One can find amazing buildings there. Because architecture was conservative in Venice, architects had fun in Lido di Venezia.

There are three buildings to see absolutely: the Hotel des Bains (closed to the public ad vitam aeternam), the Hotel Excelsior and the Ausonia Palace hotel.

Ausonia Palace Hotel, in restoration works for the coming year.

What to visit nearby?

San Nicolò

Little settlement right next to Lido di Venezia. It is the northernmost area of the island.

Did you know about the Global Campus of Human Rights? It is a unique network of a hundred universities around the world seeking to advance human rights and democracy education. The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) is hidden in the beautiful Monastery of San Nicolò.

Jewish Cemetary

In 1386, the Republic of Venice gave the Jews a piece of land in San Nicolò so they could create a cemetery of their own.

The cemetery saw its size recuced through the centuries and was finally abandoned in 1938.

In 1999, restoration works started and the cemetery is now open to the public.

Fun fact

In case you have ever wondered, this is how petrol stations look like in Venice.


First settlement on the Lido di Venezia island, Malamocco was the original location of the Doge of Venice.

It is a quiet and colourful little village easily reach from Lido.

Ferry from Lido to Pellestrina


This picturesque and colourful little town dates back to the XVI-XVII century.

The duomo is beautiful and has a great collection of relics.

S. Demetria
Left: typical fishing boat
Vaporetto from Pellestrina to Chioggia

The Murazzi are Istrian stone dam walls built by the Serenissima Republic in the 1700s to protect the lagoon from the open sea.


Often described as the little twin sister of Venice, Chioggia is a great few hours trip from Lido.

Now a quiet fishing port, Chioggia, like the other Venetian lagoon settlements, has ancient origins.

It is during the Battle of Chioggia that Venice finally defeated Genoa.

Chioggia has a few museums and interesting churches, as well as some fine works of art.

Check schedules ahead because opening hours are restricted.


Italy, a UNESCO heaven