To Gondola, or not to Gondola
We decided to escape the hustle and bustle, and remain relatively unsweaty our second day in Venice by going to Lido Beach.
Lido is an island just beside Venice, it takes about 10-15 minutes to get there by boat and it is definitely worth seeing if you want a chill beach town experience, if I were to come back I would consider staying on this island.
There are two sections to the beach, one is free and you can choose your spot and mark it with your towel for the day, the other is full of umbrellas and beach chairs to be rented. We choose the latter as the free beach gets super crowded during peak times. The overall experience is worth the 20 or so euros you pay for a spot.
This day was our lazy day, we hung out tanning and swimming for a few hours until we couldn't stand our gelato cravings any longer. After a delicious and oh so healthy Gelato lunch, we took the boat back to the hotel.
We loved our separate island during our stay, our hotel was in the perfect location. Secluded from the crowds and walking distance from many local restaurants along the pier.
We were at first hesitant about going on a gondola ride as we heard mixed reviews from people who had gone before. Mainly that the price is so high for a half an hour right that it isn't worth doing. We felt that if we didn't go, we'd regret it, so gondola we did! And I am so happy that we had, you really see the city in a different perspective and you avoid having to push your way through crowds to see the inner parts of the city.
Our guide told us many fascinating things about buildings we passed along the way, pointed our secret passageways and which buildings were the oldest in the city. If you get a chance, ignore the cost and just go, you won't regret it.
After our evening Gondola ride, we went to a restaurant on the pier and enjoyed a couple of bottles of wine with some pizza. Saying goodbye to our last Venezian sunset.