Lido Bike tour: with a local on the island of Cinema

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  • 4.5 hr

We will discover the Lido island by bike, with its groomed shellac beaches, bronzed lifeguards and old ladies sipping Prosecco at the market, experiencing the Belle Epoque glamour passing in front of the beautiful hotels designed in the 20s in Art Noveau style. We will enjoy special views of Venice biking along the lagoon and reaching an old Israelitic cemetery. Biking through the San Nicolò harbor mouth we will reach its lighthouse and we will end up at the Hotel Excelsior, where the stars gather on the red carpet during the glittering Venice Movie Festival. We will bike along the canals of Malamocco, a colorful fishing village that’s like a miniature version of Venice, cycle through a forest reserve to a lighthouse and relax like the locals do by heading to quiet Alberoni beach for a drink or a swim. The route will continue on the lagoon side of the island, with views of the abandoned island of Poveglia, the island of Lazzaretto Vecchio and San Lazzaro degli Armeni.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: [deTour]ist - Tour Leader & Nature and Interpretive Guide

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Lido di Venezia

We will meet at Santa Maria Elisabetta on Lido Island, where we will rent our bikes and start discovering Lido! You will choose the bike your prefer: city bike (10 €), tandem (20€), e-bike (20€), fat bike (18€) e-fat bike (30€). It will be booked for you!

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Cimitero Ebraico

Nowadays a quiet garden which was the Venice's main Jewish cemetery from 1386 until the 18th century. From the gate we will see the ancient tombs, which range in design from Venetian gothic to distinctly Ottoman.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Chiesa di San Nicolo al Lido

The place where the traditional thanksgiving mass of the Sposalizio del Mare ("Marriage of the Sea") is performed, a ceremony which used to symbolize the maritime dominion of Venice.

Duration: 15 minutes

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After biking in a protected natural zone, we will continue along an old pier between the sea and the harbour mouth until the lighthouse. It will be a great place to see the Lido coastline and the outlines of the Grand Hotel des Bains and Hotel Excelsior

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Hotel des Bains

A former luxury hotel, built in 1900 to attract wealthy tourists, it is remembered for Thomas Mann's stay here in 1911 and the shooting of movies like "Death in Venice" by Visconti (1971) and the English Patient (1996).

Duration: 15 minutes

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The oldest festival in the world is held in late August or early September here and screenings take place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema. The still running Art Nouveau Hotel Excelsior (1908) usually hosts producers and actors during the Festival.

Duration: 20 minutes

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The route will be wild as we will bike along the Murazzi, a scenic route following the Adriatic sea. Murazzi is a remarkable 18th cent. engineering work, designed to keep high seas from crashing into the lagoon, an effective breakwater even today.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: L’Oasi delle Dune Alberoni

The natural beach of Alberoni has a maritime pine forest which slopes down to the Lido’s wildest most scenic beach. These enchanting dune fields are the stuff of Shelley’s poems and Byron’s early morning rides. Often this beach is virtually deserted, except a plethora of marine birds and few kite surfers or windsurfers on windy days.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Malamocco

From the beach we will enter this small fisherman village passing over Ponte di Borgo and explore the canals and calli or a less overwhelming lagoon town with just a few churches and a Gothic palazzo, a small miniature of Venice!

Duration: 15 minutes

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The route will continue on the lagoon side of the island, with views of the island of Lazzaretto Vecchio. From 1776 the island was used as a quarantine station for those suffering the plague and other diseases, and later as a mental hospital, closed in 1968. Because of this, the island is frequently featured on paranormal shows.

Duration: 15 minutes

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The route will continue on the lagoon side of the island, with views of the island of Lazzaretto Vecchio. It housed between 1403 and 1630 a hospital which cared for people during the plague epidemics and as a leprosarium. It was later used, as were other islands, as a military post.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: San Lazzaro degli Armeni

The route will continue on the lagoon side of the island, with views of San Lazzaro degli Armeni island. It is a small island in the Venetian Lagoon which has been home to the monastery of the Mekhitarists, an Armenian Catholic congregation, since 1717.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Grande Albergo Ausonia Hungaria

Hotel Ausonia & Hungaria (1913) is another remarkable example of luxury tourism dated back one century ago, thanks to the beautiful ceramic tiles on the main facade, recently renovated.

Duration: 15 minutes
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