Punta Sabbioni – The entrance of Venice
Once you reach Punta Sabbioni Square, after just a short walk or using our shuttle service one can board the A.C.T.V. motorboats. The lines 14 and 15 will take you to Venice Pietà (= St. Mark’s) in approximately 30 minutes with an intermediate stop at Lido di Venezia or, in the opposite direction, line 12, to Venice Fondamenta Nuove (eastern part of the city) along the suggestive route that passes the islands of Burano, Torcello and Murano.
From Punta Sabbioni, less than half an hour one reaches the island of Lido di Venezia, a long bank of fine sand that protects Venice from the sea. In times gone by its vast beaches were a favourite holiday destination for aristocrats, enchanted writers such as Byron, Shelley and Mann and made it a well-known holiday resort. Since 1932, every year in the month of September, Lido hosts the famous Venice Film Festival, which has further boosted its fame.
Having left Lido, and with a last glance at the “minor” islands of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, San Servolo and San Giorgio Maggiore, in just a few minutes we are in Venice. We enter the city’s “Main Gate”, marked by two columns.
The singular sight of St. Mark’s Square, a marvel at anytime of the day, at any change of light, is a moving one. The Doge’s Palace, st. Mark’s Basilica, the Bell Tower and the Clock Tower will take you by surprise … (go further to Venice)
From Punta Sabbioni, in the other direction, you can reach Burano, Torcello and Murano. A trip to the Lagoon islands is particularly fascinating, due to the enchanting features of the landscape that you can admire during the crossing by motor boat. The trip to discover the Lagoon’s islands has an especially intriguing edge to it, thanks to the enchanting characteristics of the landscape that one can admire from the motorboat. Flora and fauna reign undisputed in these places, where the small, typical lagoon watercraft (sandoli, mascarete and the more modern cacciapesca boats) are the only ones able to travel in the shallow waters of the ghebi canals … (go further with the trip to Burano, Torcello and Murano)