Lido di Venezia

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Lido di Venezia: Our most recommended tours and activities

Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

1. Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

Spend some time on the most famous Venetian islands, known throughout the world for their picturesque scenery, craft traditions, and unique history. See the glass factory of Murano, lace shop on Burano, as you visit 3 different islands. Depart from near Saint Mark’s Square or Santa Lucia Train Station, and take an enjoyable trip across Saint Mark’s Basin. On the boat, a live guide will illustrate the history of the lagoon and the three islands you will visit.  Your first stop will be the island of Murano. Sometimes referred to as the “Island of the Glass,” you will visit one of its famous glass factories and see the glass being manufactured and blown. Afterward head to Torcello, the most ancient of the inhabited islands. Continue to Burano, admiring the natural environment and the minor islands spread all around you. Enjoy some free time in Burano, a typical fishing island with colorful contrasts and chocolate-box painted houses. Look out, too, for much evidence of its renowned lace making and embroidery industry and try some of Burano’s notable homemade cakes. Please note that once on the ground, this is not a guided tour. The guide will escort you to the glass factory in Murano and the lace shop in Burano. Afterward, you will have time to explore each island on your own.

Venice: Waterbus and Mainland Bus Pass

2. Venice: Waterbus and Mainland Bus Pass

Enjoy your trip in Venice and use public transportation without queuing at the ticket offices. Just head to the yellow ticket machines that you can find at the vaporetto stops across the city: enter the PNR code that you'll find on your voucher and get the paper ticket with which you can catch your vaporetto. Your tickets must be validated each time before boarding a water bus. The validity of your ticket begins from the exact time it is first validated.

Islands of Venice Tour: Murano, Burano, and Torcello

3. Islands of Venice Tour: Murano, Burano, and Torcello

Climb aboard a gran turismo boat for a half-day tour of the islands of the Venetian Lagoon. Your excursion starts from the waterfront of St. Mark’s, and circumnavigates the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore and the Lido. Continue to the enchanting islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello in the heart of the northern lagoon, and discover a more authentic side to Venice. After sailing past San Giorgio Maggiore, the public gardens, and the tip of Sant'Elena, arrive at Murano, known throughout the world for its glass manufacturing industry. Enjoy a 75-minute visit to one of the glass factories. Next, go to the picturesque island of Burano, famous for its lace and fishermen's houses painted in bright colors. Disembark the boat for a 75-minute stroll along the side of canals, before traveling on to Torcello. Here, you will be at the site of the earliest center of civilization in the estuary. The cathedral, with its magnificent mosaics, and the church of Santa Fosca remain as testimony of its former glory.

Venice: Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat

4. Venice: Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat

Enjoy a romantic adventure in Venice and climb aboard a beautiful Venetian boat to cruise around the city as the sun sets. Depart from central Venice and head for the islands of St. Andrea and Vignole. You will then cruise along the Lido, heading towards the quiet islands of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, San Servolo, San Clemente, Le Grazie, Giudecca, and San Giorgio Maggiore. Between Giudecca and San Giorgio you will be served a glass of sparkling Prosecco to sip as you take in breathtaking views of the Salute Church and St. Mark's Square. Watch as the sun descends in the sky and paints the beautiful architecture and waters of the lagoon shades of red, orange, and amber. Return through St. Elena and the Arsenale as your captain tells the history of Venice and its islands.

Venice: Venetian Aperitif on the Lagoon

5. Venice: Venetian Aperitif on the Lagoon

You will begin by boarding a "topa" boat (motor boat) on which you will experience an authentic Venetian aperitivo. This drink will be enjoyed as you take in the stunning views of Venice from the outer lagoon and its magical islands. As soon as you begin cruising your host will begin serving you drinks and snacks. The experience will last about 1.5 hours, during which you will get to see the city's most iconic views. These city highlights include San Marco, Giudecca, Lido di Venezia, and much more. At the conclusion of your experience, your guide will drop you off back to your tour starting point. This is not a private tour, as you will share the experience with other guests.

Venice Water Taxi

6. Venice Water Taxi

Take a private water taxi from Venice Airport directly to your hotel in Venice's Historic center (or the nearest accessible dock) and get your visit to this romantic city of to a stress-free start. Enjoy personalized service and avoid chaos and traffic at Venice's heavily transited airport. Board a comfortable and private vessel, and take in the view of this famous city as you make your way to the historic centre, or to your accommodation in Lido. Please note that in order to reach the boarding point you have to walk for about 350 meters from the airport exit. From there, hop aboard and make your way into one of Italy's most beloved destinations.

Venice: 3-Hour Sightseeing and Murano Island Tour

7. Venice: 3-Hour Sightseeing and Murano Island Tour

This 3-hour sightseeing tour explores Venice by a two-decker motorboat with a panoramic terrace and takes you through the lagoon for stunning views. Cruise past many of Venice's major attractions and stop at Murano Island, famous for its glass processing. Your tour begins with a breathtaking view of San Marco Square including the Doge Palace, the Bell Tower, and the two columns. Cruise into the San Marco Basin for views of the Grand Canal's entrance, the Doge Palace, and the facade of the church on San Giorgio Island. Head towards the Lido of Venice and skirt by the islands of San Servolo and San Lazzaro. Enjoy a wonderful view of the Southern Lagoon. Continue on to the Port of Lido and cruise in front of the Church of San Nicolò and Sant’ Andrea Fort. Reach the Northern Lagoon, along with the Vignole Islands, before approaching the island of Murano. Stop in Murano and take a guided tour of an artistic glass factory. Spend 1.5 hours in Murano and have enough time to visit both the glass factory with its showroom and the island. Afterward, head back to San Marco with a stunning view of Venice.

Venice: Bike Tour on Lido Island

8. Venice: Bike Tour on Lido Island

This easy tour will give you the possibility to enjoy a beautiful and unforgettable day on the island of Lido, famous all over the world for its amazing beaches and the Venice International Film Festival. Cycle along a breathtaking sea and lagoon, and soak in its wonderful landscapes. While riding your bikes, admire the most prestigious art nouveau buildings situated in the historical center of the island and (why not?) go for a swim. There are many different kinds of bikes available for your tour: men and women frames, child bike seats, bicycle for children, tandems, sport bikes and rickshaws.

Venice Scooter Rental

9. Venice Scooter Rental

Explore Venice Lido & Pellestrina islands riding a scooter and discover the magical atmosphere of the lagoon. See St. Nicholas Abbey. from this church, every year the traditional thanksgiving mass of the Sposalizio del Mare "Marriage of the Sea" is celebrated as well as Nicelli historical airport (one of the first built in Italy), the Liberty Villas, the Murazzi, Malamocco historical center (first Venetian lagoon civilization center), the Golf course (one of the oldest and beautiful in Italy built around an ancient Austrian fortress), and the beaches with their fine sands. Reach Pellestrina island with a 10 minutes ferry boat trip and see the Mose, a project intended to protect the city of Venice, Italy and the Venetian Lagoon from flooding as well as the the colorful fisherman's houses.

From Mestre to Venice Lido Beach: Direct Speedboat Transfer

10. From Mestre to Venice Lido Beach: Direct Speedboat Transfer

Get straight to the beaches of Lido from the mainland with a direct speed boat service. Arrive at the beach ready to relax after boating in on a 45-50-minute journey. Skip the traffic from the historic center of Venice and avoid the long lines at the public jetties of Piazzale Roma and Tronchetto. Rest easy with guaranteed seating on the boat, unlike local public services where seating is first-come, first-served.

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What people are saying about Lido di Venezia

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 11,901 reviews

Great boat and guide, perfect half day trip for those with not a lot of time. visit the highlights of the islands in 45 minutes each (enought if you ask me) just don't miss the boat! they leave really punctual!

Loved it. Alessandro was an exceptional host. Very punctual, knowledgeable and professional. Great experience for our family of 4. Highly recommend!

Great way to travel around Venice. We brought the tickets prior to travelling and just collected them from a machine with a QR code.

It wasn't bad but the best island to stay longer is just burano where they don't give you almost time to explore it

Enjoyable experience at each location along the route