Many people think that on the Lido di Venezia there isn’t much to do (when not in the movie Festival season!). But even if it is not the holiday spot where Kings and Princes used to gather anymore, or the place that Thomas Mann described so well in his "Death in Venice", it still is a Paradise of tranquillity that is worth the visit.
Many of the outdoor activities that were enjoyed here still exist and are still available to have a go at; like archery, shooting range, golf and horse riding. When I was a kid, every Sunday, right before lunch, I used to go with my parents to the racetrack. Fascinated by animals and curious as much as I am today, I would peek at the riding stables, and feed the horses.
I have always loved outdoor activities, so today, in order to enjoy the beautiful sunshine, I decided to go horse riding. One of the most beautiful things that makes this place special is the fact that it looks over the Venice lagoon. Right in front of it, you can see the San Clemente and Santo Spirito Islands, and far away you can spot Piazza San Marco!
One of the most evocative times of the day to be here is at sunset, when there is no fog and you can even see the Dolomites behind San Marco Square. It's a shame that these horses are not allowed to walk through the streets anymore; at the beginning of the XX Century they used to pull the trams along the Island. Not many people know, though, that today the Lido, together with Pellestrina Island, is the only Island in which you can find cars.
Summer is finally in sight and beaches are almost ready for the tourists. We may not have the Sicilian sea, but we have a prestigious bathing establishment thanks to our history and luxury hotels like the Hotel Excelsior and the Hotel Des Bains, both symbols of the Island.Written by Enrico Costantini