Lido di Venezia

Island in Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

The Lido is no longer the glamorous bolt-hole of Hollywood starlets and European aristocracy that it once was, but its groomed shellac beaches, scattering of art nouveau buildings and summering Venetians sipping prosecco beneath candy-striped awnings make it an interesting diversion on a hot day. However, the presence of cars and suburban sprawl can be jarring after the lost-in-time nature of central Venice, and in winter even fading glamour is in short supply.

The Lido became a fashionable seaside resort around the late 19th century and its more glorious days are depicted (in admittedly melancholy fashion) in Thomas Mann's novel Death in Venice.