We will discover the island by bike, with its groomed shellac beaches where Lord Byron used to gallop, bronzed lifeguards and old ladies sipping Prosecco at the market, experiencing the Belle Époque glamour passing in front of the beautiful hotels designed in the 20s in Art Nouveau style.
We will end up at the Hotel Excelsior, where the stars gather on the red carpet during the glittering Venice Movie Festival. The route will continue on the lagoon side of the island, with views of the islands of Lazzaretto Vecchio, where the word "quarantine" was created, and of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, which is hosting a small community of Armenian monks.
Please note: This tour does not include hotel pick up and drop off service. This means that you will have to arrange your own transfers in order to reach the designated meeting point and start the tour. Meeting point: Santa Maria Elisabetta
We will meet at Santa Maria Elisabetta on Lido Island, where we will rent our bikes and start our tour! You will choose the bike you prefer: city bike (7 €), tandem (12€), e-bike (13€), fat bike (11€) e-fat bike (18€). It will be booked and ready for you!
A former luxury hotel, built in 1900 to attract wealthy tourists, it is remembered for hosting German writer Thomas Mann in 1911 and for being the location of movies like "Death in Venice" (inspired by Mann0s books) by Visconti (1971) and the English Patient (1996).
The oldest movie festival in the world is held here every year from late August to early September, with screenings taking place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema. The still running Art Nouveau Hotel Excelsior (1908) usually hosts producers and actors during the Festival.
The route will continue on the lagoon side of the island, with views of the island of Lazzaretto Vecchio. Between 1403 and 1630 it hosted a hospital which focused on patients affected by plague and leprosy. It was later used, as were other islands, as a military post.
The route will continue on the lagoon side of the island, with views of San Lazzaro degli Armeni island. It is a small island in the Venetian Lagoon which has been home to the monastery of the Mekhitarists, an Armenian Catholic congregation, since 1717.
Hotel Ausonia & Hungaria (1913) is another remarkable example of luxury tourism dated back one century ago, thanks to the beautiful ceramic tiles on the main facade, recently renovated.
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