Pure Wilderness in Venice: Alberoni Beach


Alberoni Beach | Lido of Venice (Italy)

What a fantastic day I had yesterday! As some of you know, I'm home alone until tomorrow. Initially I thought I was going to seize this opportunity to change a couple of things at home and move some furniture, but then: who cares? It's too hot and I want to go out, see people and have fun! So yesterday I moved early and, despite the bad weather forecast, I went to Alberoni beach, at the far end of the Lido. a corner of pure wilderness in the Venetian lagoon.

GETTING THERE

To get there I took a vaporetto from San Zaccaria to Lido and then the bus line B direction "Alberoni Spiagge", which stops in front of the roundabout just next to the entrance to the protected pinewood. Another -and much nicer- way to reach Alberoni is by shuttle boat from Zattere, the line is called Terminal Fusina (click here for timetables) and it's a direct private boat. The boat changes, so sometimes there's a taxi-like boat, while other times there's a vaporetto-like boat but with tables where one can play cards or chess or whatever else. I love this shuttle, as it passes behind San Servolo, San Lazzaro and Sacca Sessola (which is now called with the more sophisticated sounding name Isola delle Rose, meaning island of roses.). The ticket is a little bit more expensive, but it's really handy and definitely worth it!

CROSSING THE PINEWOOD

Alberoni Beach | Lido of Venice (Italy)
Alberoni Beach | Lido of Venice (Italy)
Alberoni Beach | Lido of Venice (Italy)
Alberoni Beach | Lido of Venice (Italy)
Alberoni Beach | Lido of Venice (Italy)
Alberoni Beach | Lido of Venice (Italy)
Alberoni Beach | Lido of Venice (Italy)
Alberoni Beach | Lido of Venice (Italy)

I like to get off in front of the private beach and cross the protected pinewood rather than getting off at Faro (Lighthouse) not only because trees offer shade and protection from the heat, but also because you may sometimes meet animals like pheasants, hares and quite a few species of birds! This natural oasis is incredibly peaceful and at its right there is a wonderful golf course where I'm planning to virtually take you before September (dad plays golf and I asked him to invite me for lunch!). The easiest and fastest way is to go straight on and follow the larger path that takes you straight to the seawall, but I opted for the more tortuous way and turned left, climbing some "stairs" and reaching the sand dunes. The view is amazing: curvy hills of thin sand, wild plants, flowers and trees and -in front of your eyes- the sea. On your right, the seawall with the lighthouse.

THE SEAWALL (DIGA)

It's possible to rent a sun bed and an umbrella at the kiosk at the foot of the seawall or -in case you're broke like me- just bring your own towel and find a comfortable spot either along the shore or on a stone along the seawall. Some of them happen to be really flat, but it's best to get there early because the usual comers tend to occupy them from early morning. I wanted to get a little tan, but being unable to stay still after half an hour I got up from my spot and sat under the shade offered by one of the fishermen houses. A lady looked at me and asked me if I was finding the climate too damp, so we started chatting and thanks to her I learned about the Venice based joint purchasing group Veneziano Gas and all the delicious organic produce she buys! Most of the food is Km 0, then they also get things from other regions, like oranges, lemons, almonds and olive oil from Sicily and Puglia. Well, this was very interesting for me and I will definitely contact them soon to see how to become a member.

Alberoni Beach | Lido of Venice (Italy)
Alberoni Beach | Lido of Venice (Italy)
Alberoni Beach | Lido of Venice (Italy)