Cycling in Venice

Venice, normally known for it's intricate network of canals, is a surprisingly cycle-friendly city, especially if you explore the outskirts and go beyond the city to explore Venice Lagoon's effortlessly stunning scenery.

Cycle Paths/Routes:

Yes, the new cycle path along the Libertà Bridge. Lido di Venezia, connected to Venezia Tronchetto (reachable by bicycle or car from Mestre) by a regular ferry boat service and to Chioggia (Ponte Vigo) by a vaporettoservice. On summertime "Bicinbarca" (bicycle on boat) service from San Giulianoto Sant'Erasmo and Lido di Venezia (only on Sundays and on ACTV advanced booking).It is advisable to check previously timetables and boarding conditions getting in touch with the tourist information offices listed in the brochure. Detailed information on www.turismovenezia.it

Attractions/sights accessible by bicycle from the city centre:

Lido of Venezia. Tens of thousands of tourists pack in to the narrow calle of Venice every day. Some spend a few hours island hopping to Murano and Burano. Very few will take the short ride across the Lagoon to The Lido though. Those that do will find an oasis the Venetians hope to keep a secret. The 11-kilometer long sandbar is best explored just like a Venetian – on a bicycle. Beginning on the Lagoon side of The Lido, the ride takes you by sites with centuries of history, like the Antico Cimitero Ebraico, the very first cemetery in the world. After a short café break in Malamocco, the first home of the Doge of Venice, continue to the Adriatic side with nothing but the sand and sea stretching before you. In the 1920s and 1930s The Lido was a magnet for film stars and royalty, including Errol Flynn and the Duke of Windsor, and you bike past the exclusive sea side resorts that once rivaled those of the French Riviera. Make one last stop to put your toes in The Lido’s most exclusive stretch of sand, just in front of the Hotel des Bains, before catching the ferry back to the hectic crowds of Venice. The island of Pellestrina consists of the villages of San Pietro in Volta, Portosecco, and Pellestrina. The history of the island begins in the 15th century at the time of the War of Chioggia, when it was divided up by four noble families who commissioned its reconstruction and lent their names to the four districts (Vianello, Busetto, Zennaro, and Scarpa). It’s possible to cycle the length of the island and admire the numerous little churches, small palaces and 16th and 17th century houses.

Traffic:

Light

Landscape:

Mainly Flat

Bicycle theft:

Happens occasionally

Cycling at night:

Not recommended
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