All about vacations and beaches in Venice, Italy in 2022
Venice is usually visited with a tour. If you want to combine an introduction to the ancient city and a beach vacation, it is quite possible. Venice lagoon is separated from the Adriatic Sea by two islands, Lido and Pellestrina, they are about 15 minutes by water transport.
General information about Venice
A brief historical overview
Mankind began settling here long after the great barbarian invasions. The city’s history stretches back to about the 7th century AD. Under Byzantine rule, the local islands were united under the Doge, a single ruler. Since then, the city has been ruled by more than a hundred doge, who were first approved and then elected.
Throughout the long years Venice maintained a large degree of independence. Thanks to the Crusades of the 13th century the city became very rich and now, as a result of this period of Venetian history, Venice has many rich palazzos, sacred buildings, and works of art from different ages. In the 13th century the Venetian Republic also acquired a part of the mainland.
The city had an excellent trade, which contributed to its enrichment. This sphere, however, contributed to wars between Venice and Genoa – and to this day many patriotically-minded residents (after all, it is known that the Italian is primarily a patriot of his region) have prejudices about the Genoese.
However, by the 15th century came a period of decline. For one thing, in those days there were wars with the powerful Turks. The disconnection from the rest of the Italian territories led to the impoverishment of the city. Despite this, until the end of the 18th century to the city sought those who wanted to have fun, to admire the objects of art and luxury, to look at the various spectacles.
In the 19th century, the city’s independence also went away. Venice was ruled by Austria, France, and then finally became part of Italy. Still some part of the inhabitants is strenuously demanding referendums for secession, but you can not assume that the city will survive without the state – because apart from environmental problems and deplorable condition of some buildings nowadays Venice lives solely for tourism – however, it brings a huge income.
Venice is located in the north-east of Italy. It is the administrative center and a major port. Located on nearly 120 islands of the Venice Lagoon (Adriatic Sea). All buildings in the central part of Venice (not on the mainland) are on special foundations.
Venice on the map
Venice has a temperate and mild climate, with hot summers and cool but short winters. During July and August the temperature can reach 30 degrees, softened a bit by Venice’s seaside location. In the winter, though, the temperature can drop to freezing. Sometimes it even snows. The water is warmest in July and August, for a beach holiday is best to visit Venice in this period.
Venice is a city of very humid climate. In the heat the humidity can be hard to bear. The most dangerous period is from October to March, when there are downpours and floods. Sometimes a dangerous sirocco wind hits the city.
Safety in Venice
In general, Venice, belonging to the tourist-open Italy, has a low level of danger. It is safe to use official transport (buses in the mainland, water transport in Venice). There are no terrorist and other threats here either. Basic safety rules are suitable for any Italian city:
- Beware of pickpockets: crowds of tourists is a good field for these individuals to work, so personal belongings should not be carried in plain sight, but also not behind your back, but as close to you as possible and keep an eye on them;
- do not fall for tricks of swindlers, offering dubious services;
- Leave valuables and luggage only in official lockers.
Visa to Venice for Russians
To get to Venice you must get a visa to sunny Italy. Italians are quite loyal to honest tourists from Russia. Travellers with experience can even get a visa for three years. To get an Italian visa you can either go to a travel agency or visit a consulate or visa center. The prepared package of documents with confirmation of residence, tickets, financial solvency, and correct filling of the application form guarantees quite fast visa obtaining. The consular fee is about 2500 rubles.
How to get to Venice and local transportation
From major Russian cities to Venice you can also get directly – it will take about 4 hours by plane. With early booking you can buy a one-way ticket from about 8000 rubles with connections, direct will cost around 13000 rubles.
From Marco Polo airport to the city center you can get in different ways. It may be a bus (half an hour and about 600 rubles), vaporetto (water streetcar) (hour and about 1000 rubles), cab.
If you travel in Italy, from other cities there are trains to Venice. They are quite a lot and you can pick up as a budget option (analog of the train), and a comfortable high-speed train.
For auto travelers will have to take into account some subtleties: the city itself has no automobile traffic, so you will have to leave the car on the parking island (eg, Tronchetto). You can leave it outside the city, for example in Mestre, where many budget tourists stay and go for a walk in Venice.
In Venice itself you can take a variety of water transport: water individual cabs, vaporettos and authentic elegant gondolas. Getting to the beach resorts is via water as well as by bus.
Venice’s hotel infrastructure
In Venice there is a variety of hotel establishments: from 2000 to 200000 rubles per night. The thrifty tourist can stay in mainland Mestre, from where it is also easier to travel to nearby other cities. A tourist who has decided to rest in style can even choose a room in a medieval palazzo. But those who are interested in a beach holiday – can easily stop, for example, on the island of Lido – and go to Venice to walk and lie on the beach.
The popular resort of Lido di Jesolo offers, for example, a good three-star hotel for 6000 rubles a day in high season. Apartments can be found at about 8,000 rubles per day. Well, the chicest hotel resort can cost about 20,000 rubles per night.
For those who are primarily interested in relaxing on the beach, the Venice Riviera is very suitable: there is a fairly mild climate, no strong waves, the mountains protect from the wind. And there are a lot of beaches near Venice.
Beaches of the Venice lagoon
At the northern end of the lagoon you can relax at Cavallino Beach. It is a beautiful place, surrounded by lush vegetation. The sand on the beach is white and soft, with comfortable conditions. Nearby there are campsites, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs. This area is suitable for holidays with children. The average cost of a night will be 4500 rubles.
To the south of the Venice Lagoon, on the peninsula there is another beach – Sottomarina. The sand, extracted from the seabed, on both beaches is regularly sprinkled. Many beaches belong to the hotels, but there are also municipal beaches. Sun lounger and umbrella are paid: from 8 to 20 euros per set, depending on the season. On the beach you can sit for free, on your towel, as locals do here. The entrance to the sea is shallow, you have to walk 50 meters to the depth. Probably, it is convenient for a holiday with children, and also for them there are parks with amusement rides nearby. The beach is interesting with its spit, going into the sea and the lighthouse. Three-day stay in a studio near the sea will cost about 6,000 rubles. Hotels here for every taste and purse, you can rent an apartment, it’s easy to find it, there are posters everywhere.
There are a lot of cafes and restaurants on the beach where you can eat inexpensive meals. Lunch for two will be about 2000 rubles. Dinner will cost more – about 3000 rubles. You can also provide yourself with a snack: inexpensive fresh fruit in a box – dessert makedonia, the famous Italian gelato – ice cream. Nearby is the ancient town of Chadzha with interesting ancient quarters.
The beaches of Lido Island
The island of Lido has beautiful beaches, 13 kilometers long and 1 kilometer wide. The local resort is considered the most fashionable among Italians, the famous Venice Film Festival takes place here. From Venice to the island can be reached by vaporetto, on the other side of the island is a beach. Behind the church of St. Nicholas is clean, well-maintained municipal beach. Sun lounger and umbrella will cost 14 euros. On the beach, you can eat in the many cafes and bars.
You can travel around the island by bus or rent a bike. The main attraction of the island is the church of St. Nicholas, which kept part of the relics of the saint. Also on the island there is an old Jewish cemetery. On the Lido you can stroll through the green beautiful streets, admire the ancient Italian courtyards. The central avenue of Santa Maria Elisabetta leads from the vaporetto station to the beach. There are many stores, cafes and boutiques.
Lido di Jesolo Resort
In the northeast of the Venetian lagoon is the resort of Lido di Jesolo (Jesolo). The beaches here are wide, comfortable and equipped with everything you need. The swimming season lasts from May to September. It is possible to play volleyball and water sports on the beach. Fans of fine entertainment will appreciate the fact that the resort has a golf club, riding school. You can rent a bicycle. Some hotels offer this service for free.
On the beach, a variety of competitions, relay races are organized. You can take your children to visit the water park, an aquarium, trampoline park, amusement park and go-kart track. In the resort offer their services numerous spas, where you can get a massage, wraps, get a session of yoga and other procedures. The resort offers numerous cafes, restaurants and night bars in the evening. Lido di Jesolo by day is a quiet quiet Italian town with narrow, very pretty streets, villas and courtyards.
Attractions and Entertainment Venice
Tired of a beach vacation, tourists may want to visit iconic cultural sites. Of course, it is best to go to Venice itself.
The heart of the city is Piazza San Marco. There is the majestic Gothic Doge’s Palace, striking in size, the beautiful St. Mark’s Cathedral both outside and inside, the Campanile (bell tower), from which you can view the city panorama, the two columns with amazing sculptures, the clock tower… The square is divided into several parts and you can walk around it for hours, just looking at the buildings, and even if you visit them!
The bridges of Venice and its canals are some of the most beautiful. No matter how hard Peter the Great tried to turn our St. Petersburg into the Venice of the North, but with the true Venice he can not compare. Sigh Bridge, Rialto Bridge, numerous palazzo … While in Venice, be sure to take a gondola ride – so you can see the Grand Canal (the largest), and smaller canals, where are waiting no less interesting buildings.
In the cathedrals of Venice, wonderful and outwardly, there are amazing works of art. In San Zaccaria you can see works by Bellini, Tintoretto, Tiepolo. In Santa Maria della Salute – Titian, Giordano. The museums of Venice are also interesting. Academy Gallery is the largest collection of masterpieces of painters of the Venetian school of the 13th-18th centuries. Fans of modern art can go to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.
A grand entertainment will be the Venice Carnival. It is not easy and expensive to get to him, and to combine with a beach holiday will not work – it is held at the end of winter. However, the spectacle is worth seeing. The city turns into a fairy tale city, a city-history. Carnival processions, all in costumes and masks of varying degrees of sophistication and imagination, dancing, singing, enjoying the food and drink. Boat processions and special platforms – plenty of entertainment with a taste for intrigue awaits those lucky enough to make it to the carnival.
As for the children, there are also activities for them in Venice. This can be excursions with interesting tasks: find a particular lion or watercraft, and a visit to the shipbuilding museum, where young sea lovers will love the models of old ships, and a trip to the workshop of dolls or masks.
Other attractions in the area
The resort hotels are located 100-200 meters from the sea, all of them on the first line, and the highway passes behind the hotels. From the island of Lido, you can go on excursions not only to Venice. Very interesting is the island of Burano. Here are the same canals, on the banks of which are located as a toy colorful houses. Even in cloudy weather is bright and cheerful. In the local pastry shops, you must try the sandy buranelli cake. On the island there is a museum of lace and the church of San Martina with a sloping bell tower.
The island of Murano is famous for its glassblowers, you can visit a workshop for a couple of euros and see the process of making the famous glass. Numerous items of Murano glass can be bought in the stores of Venice, and the price is not small.
There are other interesting Italian cities around Venice. Nearby is the Gothic Padua, Vicenza, famous for the architecture of Palladio, Trieste, and other cities, good network of Italian railroads allows you to go even to Rome.
Having had enough of walking, need to think about souvenirs. What do tourists mostly take from Venice? These are:
- Carnival masks;
- Murano glass: crockery, jewelry;
- Venetian lace;
- Wool products;
- natural homemade cosmetics;
- dolls on strings;
- the work of local artists – who knows, maybe it’s a future masterpiece;
- coffee, olive oil, pasta;
- Bellini champagne.
Cuisine in Venice
Venice is full of different cafes and restaurants, and not necessarily the best ones are in the center – the owners of these places are tired of tourists and not the fact that they pay attention to their food.
Wealthy tourists can visit real Michelin restaurants. And the thrifty – choose the snack bar, where you can dine at the counter and save on a table, because sometimes they charge for a table.
An interesting place is located on the main square. It is a cafe “Florian” where to drink coffee will cost about 700 rubles, but in this place such historical figures as Lord Byron, Casanova, Brodsky… To sit and enjoy the atmosphere is worth this expense!
So what are the popular dishes in Venice? It’s the seafood appetizer – cicchetti. Oysters, cuttlefish, octopus… For meat lovers, it is worth trying the liver dish or the famous Italian ravioli (by the way, they can be served not only with meat, but also with vegetables, cheese and even chocolate). Of course, Italian ice cream is a must – no other country makes it like that. And of course, drink your dinner with wine, because Italy is a country of great winemaking tradition.
So Venice: it has a lot to offer both for those who love culture and those who want to combine it with a mild relaxing vacation. Beaches, parties, food, beauty – all this awaits those who go to Venice in 2022.
Beaches in and around Venice
When people talk about Venice, they usually mean the 6 historic districts of the amazing city, built on islands, where you get around mainly by water. It is interesting to travel around the city, admiring the color of the ancient buildings overhanging the water, the decoration of churches, the luxury of palazzo’s and romantic unhurried gondolas.
There are no beaches in the six ancient districts. But the municipality of Venice includes other areas, so you can combine visits to cultural treasures with a beach holiday. Where are the beaches?
Lido di Venezia.
Here are wide free and paid beaches, the closest to the historic center of Venice. They stretch for 12 km along the southeastern part of the island of Lido . The gray fine sand with flecks of colorful seashells, which children love. But it is very hot, so it is better to walk in shoes. There is a constant breeze, so the heat does not seem debilitating. Free beach areas with access to the sea do not exist even at 5-star hotels. There is a diving school.
The nearest free beach area is called Spiaggia Lungomare d’Annunzio and is only a 10-17 minute walk from the ferry dock. You can lie down on your own blanket or pay 27 euros for 2 sunbeds under an umbrella. When there are a lot of people, some people sunbathe on concrete buoys. Cabins for changing clothes, showers and toilets are clean and paid (1 euro). There are lifeguards, security, gift store with games and inflatable boats, tent and bar with snacks, pizzeria, garbage cans, boardwalks.
You can rent a boat, a motorboat or a yacht. Built a dam parallel to the shore to protect against flooding. The sea is warm and can be muddy because of the sandy bottom. The entrance to the depths is smooth, comfortable for bathing children. There are many bars, restaurants and hotels nearby.
To the left and right of Spiaggia Lungomare d’Annunzio there are beaches to pay. They have all the necessary infrastructure. But there is much more space between the sunbeds, so as not to obstruct the path to the water. In addition, gazebos with sun loungers, foot washing taps, benches. Nearby, there are shady pine trees, supermarkets, restaurants, small bars, cool cafes with Wi-Fi and free toilets with code-entry.
Farther north and to the very south there are some “wild”, unequipped sites.
Located on the island of Lido. Coordinates: 45.411000 , 12.374448 . From Piazza San Marco take the vaporetto (water bus) in 15 minutes to the stop Lido S.M.E. , then walk 1 km. From the pier, walk 1 km to the southeast side of the island.
The whole east side of the 10 km long coastline is made up of a few beaches, which seamlessly merge into one another. There is nothing on them except makeshift awnings that shelter from the sun. Covered with fine grayish sand, there are shells. Sometimes there are jellyfish in the water. The coast is clean, although sometimes the waves throw out brushwood and branches. The sea is transparent. At coast the extensive shallow water, through each 500-600 m stone bunes are established. There are few restaurants, bars, stores and hotels, so you can rest here from the crowds and noise. You can arrange fishing on a boat or a boat and jump off the waterfront in places where there is one.
Coordinates: 45.277952, 12.304027 . You can get from Lido by bus line 11 from the stop at the Lido S.M.E. pier. The ferry takes you to Pellestrina and there you can get the vaporetto that continues to the Caroman stop.
This beach is located on the largest Venetian island and is near the village with less than 1000 inhabitants. Therefore, you can count on a quiet and measured rest here. It’s a pleasure to relax on the soft sand and look at the passing big and small ships. Or leisurely walk or bike along the beach in the fresh air. You will not be able to swim fully because of the abundance of boats, but you can dive. Of infrastructure, a small bar, garbage cans and a beach volleyball court. A couple of hotels and wineries, a restaurant and an apiary are nearby.
Located northeast of old Venice, on the side of the lagoon. Take vaporetto routes 13 and 18 or the boat. The trip takes only half an hour.
Lido di Jesolo
The beach areas of dark yellow sandy beach stretches for 15 km along the Adriatic Sea, which is clear and shallow. They are not named, but have sectors allotted to the 1st line hotels with signs bearing their respective names. On the areas allocated to hotels, their guests are free umbrellas and sun loungers, and for other visitors entrance costs 5 euros. At the same time free access to toilets, changing rooms and showers.
The free zone is only at Piazza Brescia. It is not as “polished,” without sunbeds, showers, lifeguards, cafes, and bars. There are lifeguards, bars, cafes, sun loungers, umbrellas, and showers in the paid areas. For active recreation there are volleyball courts, rental of catamarans, water skis, diving and windsurfing equipment.
Every day, using special equipment, all the beach areas are cleaned and the sand is smoothed. The water here is clean . Dive or go straight to the depths usually from the long piers. Along the coast stretch streets with villas, hotels, restaurants, stores and entertainment venues. The beach areas in front of the hotels are paved with paving stones. There are benches and urns, bushes and flower beds.
The city is located 35 km to the east of Venice center. The first way to get from Venice center is by vaporetto to Isle of Lido in 20 minutes. From the pier of the Lido, the same amount of time will be by vaporetto to the pier of Punta Sabbioni. At the right side of the piazza by the pier, take bus number 5 . The stop number 20 will be at the free beach, it takes 30 minutes to get there .
Punta Sabbioni (Spiaggia Di Punta Sabbioni)
A wide and relatively uncrowded beach with very fine sand. Free, away from hotels and all kinds of other buildings. It has a beautiful view of the lighthouse and pine forest dunes. It is cleaned daily by machinery. There are attentive lifeguards, volleyball and diving areas, beverage carts, trash containers. There is an area for accommodation with dogs (fenced with ropes), an unequipped area where they are accommodated on their own bedding.
The beach bar and restaurant have areas to rent sun loungers, umbrellas. Showers are available only in the bar. The sea is clean. Equipped with parking lots for bicycles and cars. Within walking distance of the beach there is a restaurant, several campsites, bars and hotels.
Located on the mainland east of Venice center. Coordinates: 45.432636, 12.442699 . It takes about 20-25 minutes to get there on vaporetto line 14.