A few unusual places to visit around Venice in autumn

 

Dear Guests:

Wherever you are at the moment, I hope you are enjoying your summer! Venice has been particularly warm and pleasant, even though we do need some rain; we hope it does not occur when you visit us next.  Here are some unusual places for you to enjoy around my hometown  this autumn – places I find particularly nice and where you can take advantage of our mild fall weather:

One is Lido Island, a favourite of mine, where the 69th International Movie Festival will take place from August 29th to September 8th, with the release of many new films by important directors including Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Wes Anderson, Terrence Malick, to name just a few. The Lido was once one of the trendiest beach resorts in Europe, and the sea is quite pleasant, especially until mid-September. It is possible to rent a small cabana by the water and swim from Des Bains to the Excelsior (beaches named for the hotels which they front).  On your way back to Ca Pisani, you can stop at “Magiche Voglie” on the Gran Viale (Lido’s main road) for fabulous gelato – they have tons of different flavours to choose from, making the selection difficult.

Another place to visit is Pellestrina, a long (approximately 10 kilometers) and narrow island located between Lido and Chioggia. Similar to Lido, but less touristic with very few inhabitants (mainly fishermen and farmers), they have a quite typical accent when speaking Venetian.  Pellestrina does not offer cultural sights; rather you go there for nature – the “murazzi” a long barrier, which was built to defend the island from the sea, is interesting to see (although it could not withstand the flood waters of 1966, which overflowed it). The water in Pellestrina is particularly clean, and after a visit to the beach,  I recommend dining at either “Da Celeste” or "Da Nane” for a delicious seafood meal.

To get to Pellestrina, you can take the #11 bus from the Lido terminal (where cars are allowed) to reach the end of the island, and from there take the ferry – about a 10 minute ride. Or you can rent a bike on Lido Island and cycle to the ferry. With your bike, you can reach the end of Pellestrina, taking a path along the lagoon, leading to Ca’ Roman, a place out of this world. You can also extend your visit by taking a 25 minute trip to Chioggia, which is connected to the mainland and has a lively fish market (open daily, except for all day Sunday, Monday mornings and Saturday afternoons).  It is also interesting to see architecturally – as it reminds me of Venice, especially when you arrive by boat and enter the main square with its own column topped by a lion, similar to San Marco. If you wish to visit these special places, all or in part, please ask at our front desk for transit details and recommended timing.

The town of Venice always offers many cultural activities and there are some highlights for this autumn.  At Punta della Dogana, the contemporary art collection of Francois Pinault, is the current show “Praise of Doubt,” while at the newly reopened (and quite fantastic) Palazzo Grimani is an interesting photographic exhibit on Italian neo-realism (although the renovated palace itself is worth a visit); and at the Magazzini del Sale, a few minutes walk from the hotel on the Zattere are the works of Emilio Vedova and Aldo Rossi.  The Architectural Biennale takes place in Castello at the Arsenale and Giardini from August 29th to November 25th, with additional collateral events occurring in many other locations in Venice, some quite near to Ca Pisani.

 

And I personally look forward to welcoming you to our own “Happy Hour” which usually happens either on Thursday or Friday of each week, where I will enjoy meeting you and will answer any curiosities you have about Venice.  As always, our front desk staff is always ready to help you with any information you need, including suggestions for sights to see and where to go to eat.

Hoping to see you here again soon, I take the chance to wish you a nice summer.

Marianna Serandrei