The Lido di Venezia is a wide sandbar that measures about 11 km (7 miles) long and 700 meters (less than half a mile) at its widest point. On its eastern side it has a long series of beaches that face the Adriatic Sea. The western waterfront faces the Venetian Lagoon, the city of Venice, and the Italian mainland. Lido is the beach of Venice. In 1857, the first sea bathing facility was set up. This was the first time that anything like that had been seen in Europe and soon, the lido became "The Lido", a byword for a beach resort. In 1920 it was the most important beach in Italy and in Europe, due to its aristocratic atmosphere (still present today). Here Thomas Mann wrote A Death in Venice and it was shot in Visconti's 1972 movie inspired by the book.
Venice is the capital of the Veneto region.
It is located on northeast coast of Italy and protected from the Adriatic Sea by a strip of land called the Lido. Venice is known worldwide as the city of canals, a romantic hideaway and a great tourist attraction.
Venice is built on an archipelago of 118 islands formed by 177 canals in a shallow lagoon, connected by 409 bridges, although it's a lot simpler to think of the city as one island. In the old centre, the canals serve the function of roads, and almost every form of transport is on water or on foot.
The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain, and spice) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history. It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.
Venice and Venice Lido are connected ONLY by the water buses.
The ride take about 45 minutes from Piazzale Roma.