The Lido of Venice (Lido di Venezia) is a 12 km long strip of land between the Adriatic and the Venetian lagoon.
Death in Venice was set in the Lido and Thomas Mann wrote the book here. Thousands turn out on the first week in September for the Venice Film Festival, La Biennale di Venezia.
Outside of festival time, Lido, Venice's beach, is the place you might escape the tourist hordes of Venice. You can rent bikes to visit places like the natural Oasis and dunes in Alberoni, Oasi WWF Dune degli Alberoni on the south side of the island.
While the Lido might seem way more modern than Venice proper, you can visit the Lido's Hebrew Cemetery, built in 1389 and recently restored.
Map of the Lido and Venice
Above is the map that shows the Lido, which has beaches along both sides. The red box indicates the port where you can catch a the Vaporetto or Waterbus to Venice. The Alilaguna waterbus from the Venice airport stops at Lido as well. Actv offers a planner for Venice and the Lido.
Mapping Europe features an interactive map of Venice Lido.
Lido di Venizia Hotels
If you want to have your Death in Venice romantic experience, Hotel des Bains Venice Lido is the place that served as the setting in the book and also for Luchino Visconti's film adaptation.
There are hundreds of other hotels and resorts in Venice-Lido, many of them quite reasonable in cost compared to Venice itself. For special events like the Giro or the film festival though, you might want to reserve ahead online using the links above.
Venice current conditions are shown in the widget on the right (if you have flash installed).
Venice can be foggy and cold around Carnevale, and it can get quite hot and humid in the summer.
To see the historic climate conditions and to take a crack at predicting the weather for your visit, see our Venice Italy Weather page.