With its 12-km length, the Lido is perfect to be visited on two wheels.
In addition to being crossed by canals, just like Venice, it is also one of the few islands of the lagoon with a network of roads that are not very busy and easy to navigate even for novices, always immersed in the green of the avenues and gardens or the blue of the sea. It is particularly pleasant to cycle around the Lido during the spring, when the temperature is perfect for a ride. To visit the whole area simply and easily, we recommend a simple and panoramic route that starts from the square of Santa Maria Elisabetta, the berth of the vaporetti, and reaches the Alberoni, the southernmost point of the Lido with your bike.
From Santa Maria Elisabetta you can immediately take the Granviale Santa Maria Elisabetta, to cross over to the opposite seafront, where you will find, one after the other, the Palazzo dell’Ex Casinò and the Palazzo del Cinema, the beating heart of the Venice International Film Festival, and the majestic and elegant Hotel Excelsior. You continue along the beaches and the colourful cabins by the sea on the Lungomare d ‘Annunzio: from here, we recommend getting lost among the streets that start from the left of this street, immersing yourself in the most markedly Art Nouveau district of the island. Then, following the canal, you get back to the Lagoon where you can resume via San Gallo. This road is the backbone of the Lido, the most frequented, which runs throughout the island from north to south.
After a little more than 1 km by bike, just past a bridge, turning right into via Domenico Salva, you reach the lungo-laguna on a quiet minor road to follow for about 800 meters, enjoying the view, with the islands of San Lazzaro degli Armeni and the Lazzaretto Vecchio in the foreground.
Then, taking Via Sansovino or Via Diedo, on the left, which flank both sides of closed canal surrounded by plants and flowers, you return to the main road, via Sandro Gallo, now bordered by two rows of large trees. If you proceed for about 3.5 km, during which you can stop to enjoy the view of the lagoon that opens to the right every time you cross a bridge. A curve overlooking the flat expanse of the lagoon heralds your arrival at the village of Malamocco. As you cross through the centre of the small village, characterised by its unspoilt and typically Venetian appearance, you will experience a totally difference ambiance, light years away from the chaos of San Marco and Rialto. This is the best place to recover your strength with a spot of gastronomy, stopping for a plate of cod with polenta and some sarda in saor, accompanied by an “ombra” of wine. Once your taste buds are satisfied, you head towards the bottom of the village, to the point where Via del Forte becomes Via del Cimitero and the latter forks into a dirt road, which leads to the Murazzi, one of the most unique points of the entire island: the fortifications erected by the Serenissima to protect the Lido from being eroded by the sea, which start at Ca’ Bianca and end close to the Alberoni.
From this point, you travel by bike about 3 and a half km along the marble wall: a work of engineering that today, with the cycle and pedestrian path that runs alongside it, has become the backdrop for long walks and summer bathing. The walls and the cycle path end at Alberoni beach, where you can end your tour with a visit to the WWF natural oasis or continue to the pier and go up to the Alberoni Lighthouse.