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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!

The “traghetto” – a gondola ferry-boat service on the Grand Canal. Shortcuts for walking in Venice.

Apart from vaporetto waterbus service, Venice offers a way for pedestrians to cut through some walking by using the traghetto special gondolas that cross the Grand Canal at specific points. The service is much used by locals and commuters who either work or study in Venice to shorten their commuting routes. The traghetto gondola boats are specially fitted to accommodate standing passengers – no seats! You don’t need them, because it takes just a few minutes for the gondola to cross the Grand Canal. The boat has two rowers, who also stand as when rowing – one rows at the bow and the other one rows at the stern – the passengers stand in the space in between the two rowers. Upon boarding the gondola, you pay the ticket to the rower who will help you getting on board. As you get on board, you have to walk to the bottom of the gondola and then turn 180 degrees so that you are facing the bow of the gondola and stay standing – no seating. To keep your balance, walk along the main axis of the boat keeping your feet well apart. This is the cheapest way to experience a gondola trip in Venice! To find the “traghetto” crossing points, look at the TRAGHETTO GONDOLA layer in VAPORETTO Lines 1 through 5.2 maps  and VAPORETTO Lines 6 through 10 map . All the crossing points are shown in purple (they are all located along the Grand Canal). Enjoy! (Info: APT Venezia Tel. 041.5298711 )

Palaces Of The Grand Canal – A Tagged Map – updates

We have added information on some buildings of the Grand Canal: Ca’ Giustinian Persico, Ca’ Marcello “dei leoni”, and Ca’ Corner della Ca’ Granda – see the two maps that show the West bank and the East bank of the Grand Canal, respectively: Palaces of the Grand Canal – East Bank and Palaces of the Grand Canal – West Bank. Click on ‘Visione Panoramica’, zoom in and use left/right arrows until you can see the front of the palaces (as seen from the waterfront).

Palaces Of The Grand Canal – A Tagged Map – updates

We have added information on some buildings of the Grand Canal’s West bank: Palazzo Querini DuboisCa’ Coccina Tiepolo Papadopoli / Palazzo Papadopoli, and Ca’ Bernardo – see the map Palaces of the Grand Canal – West Bank.

While riding the vaporetto water-bus along the Canal Grande, Venice’s Grand Canal, have you ever wondered what the names of those marvelous palaces are?

We provide two maps of the palaces of the Grand Canal in Bing maps. The two maps show the West bank and the East bank of the Grand Canal, respectively: Palaces of the Grand Canal – East Bank and Palaces of the Grand Canal – West Bank. Click on ‘Visione Panoramica’, zoom in and use left/right arrows until you can see the front of the palaces (as seen from the waterfront).

Palaces Of The Grand Canal – A Tagged Map – updates

We have added information on some buildings of the Grand Canal’s East bank: Ca’ Moro-Lin, PalazzinaG, and Palazzo Grassi Valmarana Palaces of the Grand Canal – East Bank.

While riding the vaporetto water-bus along the Canal Grande, Venice’s Grand Canal, have you ever wondered what the names of those marvelous palaces are?

We provide two maps of the palaces of the Grand Canal in Bing maps. The two maps show the West bank and the East bank of the Grand Canal, respectively: Palaces of the Grand Canal – East Bank and Palaces of the Grand Canal – West Bank. Click on ‘Visione Panoramica’, zoom in and use left/right arrows until you can see the front of the palaces (as seen from the waterfront).

Names of the Palaces of the Grand Canal in Venice. A Tagged Map. Updates

We have added information to the tags of Ca’ Giustinian [Biennale] and Palazzo Giustinian [near Ca’ Foscari].

While riding the vaporetto water-bus along the Canal Grande, Venice’s Grand Canal, have you ever wondered what the names of those marvelous palaces are?

We provide two maps of the palaces of the Grand Canal in Bing maps. The two maps show the West bank and the East bank of the Grand Canal, respectively: Palaces of the Grand Canal 1 – West Bank    Palaces of the Grand Canal 2 – East Bank. Zoom in until you can see the front of the palaces (from the waterfront).

Also, a map with the names of the palaces on the Grand Canal   in Bing Maps  for both banks

Most Venetian palace names begin with the word Ca’ which simply means “house” or casa, in Italian, which is shortened into ca’  and followed by the name of the original owners of the homestead – e.g. Ca’ Marcello would be the ancestral dwelling of the Marcello family.

Churches of Venice and Curiosities – Updated Map

We have added some items to our map with basic info on Venice churches and other places of interest, including some places on the Giudecca island.

Key to the placeholders: church with description (orange), church yet to be described (blue), curiosity (green), museum-place of interest (yellow).

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