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To the Lido by bike

Venice’s Lido (i.e. beach) is one of the most interesting locations around the lagoon. The place sits is on its own island and can be easily reached by vaporetto boat from Venice and from the mainland (boat from Punta Sabbioni, near Jesolo-Cavallino). You can also reach it by car by taking the ferry in Fusina, near Mestre. A third option, along a much longer, tiresome route is also possible: boat from Chioggia to Pellestrina, and then bus, from Pellestrina to Lido (via the ferry boat connecting S. Maria del Mare with Alberoni). The Lido island hosts three small towns/villages: Lido, Malamocco, and Alberoni. The Lido is world-renown for its movie festival, glamorous beach-front hotels, and sunbathing seashore. Also notable, private homes built around 1900-1930 in the Italian declination of  the Art Nouveau style, namely Stile Liberty. The dwellings were commissioned by affluent families and industrialists to local architects. The homes are located in several streets, all around the Lido, so the best way to sightsee the location is to use a bicycle. You can get one from local bike rental places, or take your own. To get your bike aboard a vaporetto/boat, you must pay an additional, inexpensive ticket for the bike itself. Alternatively, if you have a folding bike (use suggested) you can just fold it, place it into a bike-carrying bag, and get on board with no additional ticket/fee. Again, if you manage to get around the Lido by riding a bike (which we strongly recommend), do not miss the ride along the beautiful stretch of road connecting Malamocco to Alberoni, shaded by large maritime pine trees. We have included a map showing the location of the main Stile Liberty houses you can see from your bike. Ride along!

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