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Relaxing in Venice

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Relaxing in Venice

We will have 3 full days in Venice apartment. Any suggestions for a couple and 2 college daughters? Which beach would you recommend? Thanks for any help.

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1. Re: Relaxing in Venice

I don't go to Venice for the beach, are you talking about Venice, Italy? There is a Lido with private beaches where you can hire loungers and umbrellas, but it is a pretty flat sea and grey sand. There is also a small amount of public beach. You get there by catching a water bus (vaporetto) from the main islands.

That aside, people usually go to Venice for the art, architecture, history, amazing experiences in a city built on water with no cars or bikes allowed. The most popular places are St Mark's square with the Basilica of St mark, the Doge's Palace and the expensive restaurants with orchestras. Away from there, the Rialto Bridge and the nearby Rialto markets are very popular. People like to wander around, getting lost in the small alleys and finding unexpected squares, churches and museums. They also like to take a ride on a Gondola (€80 for 40 minutes for all of you together) and maybe go out to the islands in the lagoon by vaporetto to see the glass makers on Murano, the colourful houses and lace making on Burano.

http://lynnnnick.blogspot.com.au/2009/07/venice-la-serenissima.html

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2. Re: Relaxing in Venice

Of course you can enjoy the beach in Venice! The Lido is one of the most famous bathing spots in the world. You also have access to some great public swimming pools on Giudecca, the Lido itself and within Venice. We always swim when we are in Venice during the summer. How else can you cope with the heat? :)

The Lido offers Coco Beach and Blue Moon Beach which are very popular. You also have the private beaches owned by the Luxe hotels. Remember that the sand is more gravel than silk and the views may include barges and other working boats but that kind of contributes to it's uniqueness and charm.

Another good idea is to take a half hour boat ride to Lido di Jesolo which is lovely. Gorgeous fine sand and lots of restaurants etc. A great place to spend the day.

Hope that helps

francoise

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Benson, Arizona
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3. Re: Relaxing in Venice

a lot will be determined about when you are going as to how the beaches are...

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4. Re: Relaxing in Venice

Just to clarify a few points .... The beaches are not 'owned' by the deluxe hotels but leased. You can rent umbrellas, cabins and sunbeds at any beach areas but the ones infront of the ex Des Bains and Excelsior are more expensive. The ' free beach ' plonk your towel is located at the base of the Gran Viale but I prefer zona A adjacent.

Some of the bars also offer a a sun lounger rental if lower season ( like now)

The pool at Sacca Fisola - Giudecca is closed in August and some of July, as is the pool at St Alvise.

Jesolo is a great option but after the 30 min vap you have a 40 minute bus to Jesolo, the beaches at Cavallino are nearer to the vaporetto.

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