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"Private Tour: San Polo Walking Tour - Merchants
"Private Tour: San Polo Walking Tour - Merchants Courtesans and Painters""In a city where west met the east exotic items like silk and oriental spices were traded along with copper and wood. Many of the courtesans lived in sumptuous apartments and were accomplished musicians and brilliant conversationalists. They were even secretly used as spies for the state.The second part of this tour allows you to admire the Gothic Frari church which dwarfs the eastern section of San Polo. Built by Franciscans in around 1250 it is one of the city's largest places of worship. You will admire its striking interior
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Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride
"See the very best Venice has to offers in one day private walking tour. Explore historic sites including an extended visit to St Mark’s Basilica with our very knowledgeable English-speaking guide. No queuing and VIP treatment all the way with this exclusive package. You will be immersed in Venetian culture as you meander through Venice perhaps Venice’s most famous landmark. Here you can admire the magnificence of the Doge’s Palace and with 'skip-the-line' tickets you will soon be inside discovering the beautiful ceilings with frescoes by Tintoretto and walls adorned with paintings by V Venice’s famous lover and writer was imprisoned in one of the palace attics before managing to escape? Next is the highlight of the tour; the spectacular Basilica San Marco. The guide will point out how eastern architecture and western design have come together to create the Basi some made in the city and others plundered during the crusades. Of particular interest are the 11th century mosaics some of the few treasures that have survived the Basilica’s floods and fires over the centuries. This carefully designed guided tour includes many other famous sites includingCampo San Giovanni e Paolo
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Venice Like a Local: Private Walking Tour
"A secret walking tour that will allow you to know the best preserved and authentic face of the city: narrow streets and canals beautiful squares and churches.Discover the areas of the city less frequented by the bustle of tourists and experience the authentic Venice following routes more peculiar than the classic tourist tours. There are numerous examples of places that bridges and facades.The tour departs from the top middle section of Rialto Bridge and explore the secret spots of Rialto and San Polo area. The route can be customised according to your personal wishes."""Discover the authenticity of Venice and visit those hidden pathways and secret spots like a local. Explore the city's streets during this 2-hours walking tour with the help of knowledgeable local guide.title=Highlights&1=%3Cp%3E2-hour+private+walking+tour+of+Venice%3C%2Fp%3E&2=%3Cp%3ESee+the+hidden+side+of+Venice+only+locals+know%3C%2Fp%3E&3=%3Cp%3EGet+away+from+the+crowds+to+see+authentic+Venice%3C%2Fp%3E&4=%3Cp%3EChoose+a+morning+or+afternoon+tour%3C%""
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Lido di Venezia Tips (27)


Lido, can reach here by the water taxi. The scenarios are pretty different than Venice. It's another world alltogether, with beaches & tanned bodies (although mostly kids & old folks).
The photo shows the roofs of the huts, containing these people.
Go there for a lazy stroll, swimming & shopping, have a nice snack or splash on a fancy dinner with a lover.

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Feb 24, 2005

the beach of Venice

If you're tired of culture, architecture and history and just want to relax on the beach, then take a vaporetto ride to the Lido Island.
Lido is where the "beau monde" comes together during the yearly film festival. Nice boulevards, expensive shops, even more expensive hotels, private beaches, parties, ...: this is what the Lido is all about.
During my stay in Venice, I spent 2 hours there, strolling on the boulevards and the beach. It's not really my kind of place, the beach is packed with cabins and seats and is not what I call pretty. But as said, nice to relax for a couple of hours if you have enough of Venice.

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Aug 01, 2004

Lido Island

Lido is a slender island located between the lagoon and the open sea. The only reason to visit this island is to go to the beach. It has no notable architecture but if you want to relax on the beach, after all that walking in Venice, then this is the place to do it. From Venice you can reach Lido by vaporetto.

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Apr 22, 2004

Take A Joyflight To See Venice & Its Lagoon

I haven't tried this yet... but some of my friends had already experienced these joyflights.

Choose a reputable company handling such joyflights and they can fly you over historical cities of Padova, Treviso and Chioggia, the wonderful islands of the Venetian Lagoon
(Pellestrina, Alberoni and Venice Lido) and old Venice city. They can even fly you over the Italian Dolomites! You can take great panoramic photos from your window-seat of the city below you.

I am told that each of such flight lasts for approximately 1 hour and the aircraft can comfortably accommodate 3 passengers.
It's not cheap but definitely a thrilling experience. Your memories-to-last-for-a-lifetime can set you back by as much as US$150 and more per person.

We'll try this recommendation on our next visit to Venice for sure.

For more details, please check directly with your hotel concierge.... I am merely passing on a tip my friends shared with me.

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Jan 25, 2004
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Beautiful Beach

take a ferry ride to Lido Beach (dont not confuse with Paris Lido ). Take a ferry ride from rialto bridge or san marco to Lido . walk down from Lido ferry station to the beach ( 15 mins ) . Nice area for Window shopping , Seafood Pizza . Try the supermarket on the left side of the rd leading down to the beach . It has nice pollock fries on crab claws !!! worth tasting. !!

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Sep 27, 2003


Venice Lido is only a short boat ride away from St.Mark's Square. With shores stretching 12km, it has one of the world's most attractive and exclusive beaches. If you are tempted to spend a day sunbathing and swimming, the concierge of your hotel will be only too pleased to reserve a beach hut for you. At the furthest ends of Lido, facing the sea, there is a fully-functioning private airport, the Nicelli Airport, and the Golf Club Lido with 18 holes.

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Jul 20, 2003

Lido - Malamocco

This is a settlement about 2/3 of the way down the island of Lido. This is the church of Santa Maria Assunta, in the village. Malamocco was once the home of the capital of the lagoon confederation, until it was moved to what is now Venice, for greater safety.

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May 21, 2003


Lido is 8km long, and as you head south (go by bike) you pass through some other small settlemnts. We stumbled across this, the cemetary near Malamocco. It was absolutely exquisite - and so beautifully tended. While we were there an old lady started to talk to Sue, I think she wondered if Sue had relatives in the cemetary who she was looking for. We had no idea what she was saying, but she was a kindly old lady, and she left an impression on us.

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May 21, 2003
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"Amore eterno per Venezia la Serenissima :-)"
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The Islands - Lido

Just across the basin from St Marks is the island of Lido. This is the 'original' Lido, and gave its name to every other resort in the world that is called Lido - and it was once the playground of the rich and famous.
The beach is on the far side of the island, along with most of the good and expensive hotels. The beaches are mostly private (owned by the hotels) though you can pay for access without being a guest (though this is quite expensive). A cheaper option is the 'private public beaches', which you also pay for, but which aren't part of a hotel. Finally, the cheapest option of all is the public beach. This is at the northern end of the island. The sand here is actually pretty poor, seeming quite dirty in colour, and no way could it be called 'golden'. Facilities are very limited, though there was a lifeguard patrolling (or posing, more like). The nice weather and the lack of any other option brings people here.

If you go too far to the north, the beach is actually quite disgusting, strewn with litter and rubbish brought in by the tide, and absolutely stinking of rotting vegetation (and possibly even animals). It really turned my stomach :-S Stay as far away from that end as you can.

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May 21, 2003

Did you know that Venice had a...

Did you know that Venice had a beach? If you have the time and just want to relax, consider going to Lido for the day. I wouldn't say it is the most stunning beach in the world, but it is good if you have been travelling hard for a long time and just need a break. (like I did!) You can catch the ferry there from just outside Piazza San Marco (takes about 1/2 hour).

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Aug 25, 2002

If you plan to go Venice, take...

If you plan to go Venice, take the time to drive to the Peninsula across from the city. There you will find a plethora of hotels and campgrounds at very affordable rates. The nice thing is the availability of a ferry service which starts very early and runs very late. It's also very cheap! A few bucks for round-trip. To arrive in venice by water is like magic, I won't even begin to describe it.

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Aug 25, 2002

Go to Lido, rent a bycicle...

Go to Lido, rent a bycicle (near the vaporetto-stop). From there, go to Malamocco (ancient village) and Alberoni (full of green). Then take the ferry-boat and go to fishermen village of Pellestrina; continue until the dunes and the wood of the Oasis of Caroman.

Aug 25, 2002

Things to Do Near Venice

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San Polo District - Sestiere San Polo

The church of San Giulian, commonly called San Zulian in Venetian dialect, is situated on the Merceria, the main shopping street of Venice. Originally it is structure from the 9th century but...
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Ca' Pesaro

This is one of the many museums in Venice. Ca'Pesaro is the International Gallery of Modern Art and Oriental Art Museum in Venice (although I was not so much intrigued by their oriental collection...
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Canal Grande

this will be my pictures foe the night view of the grand canal The Grand Canal is the main artery of Venice that splits the city rougly into two halves and of which 4 bridges cross the grand canal at...
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Campo Santa Margherita

Piazzas are the happening centers here and there throughout the city. Some have less activity than others. This one was quite busy. I think because it was near the schools for the kids. We noticed...
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Palazzo Grassi

The "Punta della Dogana" building has now been restored by the French billionaire François Pinault. A new museum opened on June 6, 2009 as new centre of contemporary art displaying artists from the...
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Ca' Rezzonico

The baroque palazzo Ca' Rezzonico at the Canale Grande - with its striking facade of white marble - is one of the finest examples of Venice city palaces now open to the public. It was built in the...
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Getting to Venice


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