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Lido beach is famous for his natural dunes of fine golden sand and clean water and firm, made so by the protection of the two dams forane S. Nicolo´ (North) and of Alberoni (south), and several other dams that depart from the shore in front of every beach these brushes.
At either end are longer in the sea just the two dams above the channels that restrict entry to the lagoon for ships that are directed to the Port of Venice.
The opportunities offered by the Lido are various kinds of “free beaches” of S. Nicolo´and Alberoni, characterized from the special natural ambient of the ancient sand dunes, up to the rocks of the “Murazzi” and the beach resorts of the central part of the island, characterized by typical cabins, large cabins with verandas and added to the tent structure closed, bringing the colors of the beach to which they belong.

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The Resorts

It was in 1857 that a businessman from the island of Pellestrina called Giovanni Busetto – known as Fisola” – built the Grand Seaside Resort on the living wave of the sea . The area he rapidly developed was found at the end of the 2 metre wide path which led from Santa Maria Elisabetta to the sea. The last few metres were marked by a high dune which at the time delimited the whole of the island’s beach. Busetto has been regarded as the forefather of modern Lido and although the island as we see it today took its present form some years after, this credit is largely due.
For the first time in many centuries the central part of the island thus beuan to come alive with throngs of visitors, although many were stilJ somewhat nervous about the pros­pect of actually setting foot into the sea down wooden steps. At that time the longest section of the island, from Ca1 Bianca to S. Nicold (about 8 km), had just 200 inhabitants, who were mostly vegetable growers. There w ere no roads apart from the one pathway mentioned above and the other also 2 m wide, but on the lagoon side – which in one direction led to Malamocco and the other to San Nicold. The section w as not part of Venice, but had always been a self-regulating district of Malamocco. It w as not how ever to remain as such for long, as Venice w as investing heavily in the current vogue of seasi­de bathing resorts: 26 years later, in 1883, the ancient and proud Town Council of Malamocco ceased to exist. In those years, however, despite the opening of two more bathing resorts, the development of roads and other tourist facilities on the Lido slow ed down and it was only along the old seaside pathway – by then a small avenue – that the odd bar or cafe had opened to cater for the visitors. What was the reason for this hesitation, then, if such an increase was underway in the number of tourists landing at Lido by steamboat and coming to the resort by horse-draw n tram? The fact was that by now the time w as ripe for old Fisola´s facilities – which he had left to the Societa dei Bagni in 1872 – to be superseded. Then, towards the end of the nineteen nineties, the beaches witnessed another seaside revolution in the appearance of….

…the beach hut

the beach hut was to signi­fy the driv­ing force be­hind the de­velopment of modern Lido, whose birth as a resort coincid­ed with the construction of the huts there. Until that time, bathing meant merely “the possibility to use the sea by renting a changing cubicle”, so, at the start of the craze, one hour s bathing amounted to one hour’s rent of a cubicle. The huts instead were purpose built and provided a half-way solution between a bun­galow and hotel: they had a closed section, a veran­da and a curtain, and were much different from the beach huts to be found at the time on the coasts of northern Europe. The breakthrough of the beach hut thus amounted to the real discovery of holiday life at the seaside, since it provided the opportunity of staying with one’s family on the beach. It was a sensational discovery that soon brought noble and middle class families alike flocking to the Lido from increasingly far-flung parts. In those times, when the opportunity of getting to know a member of the opposite sex was practically prohibited especially among the bour­geoisie, ladies found they could come here with their children and leave them to play while discovering the intriguing prospect of indulging in a degree of flirting, naturally always within the proper bounds of discretion. Despite their public location, the Lido beach huts still provide the same confirmed advantages behind their initial con­ception: of affording holidaymakers excellent privacy while allowing friends and families to get together in an infor­mal setting with their own private retreat immediately to hand.

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