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Itineraries and Excursion

Dorsoduro and Minor Venice

After breakfast, take the line that connects Alberoni to the city center, departing from the landing in Piazzale Alberoni. For information and timetables, visit the website www.terminalfusina.it. During the trip (around 30 min.) you can admire some of the most beautiful islands on the lagoon, Poveglia, San Clemente and the Grazie. You will enter the San Marco Basin from the main door, between Giudecca, where the famous Locanda Cipriani inn is located, and the splendid island of San Giorgio with its famous Palladio church.

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Saint Mark's Squareand the Palazzo Ducale suddenly appear before you as if by magic welcoming you to the city. The motorboat docks at Zattere, across from Gesuati church, in the elegant district of Dorsoduro.

This will be the starting point of your walking tour that will bring you to charming spots in Venice seldom visited by tourists. You will go through Zattere to your left until reaching San Basilio and then right until the church of San Sebastiano where you will be able to admire the famous paintings by Veronese, continue on to Chiesa dell'Angelo Raffaele until you come upon the small and quaint church of San Nicolò dei Mendicoli, the oldest in the city. On the way back by Fondamenta del Soccorso, you will reach the lively Campo Santa Margherita with its many typical restaurants serving fish and pizzas and also small "baretti", ideal places to lunch and be dazzled by the magic of the city.

In the afternoon visit the painting cycles by Tiepolo in the nearby Scuola Grande dei Carmini and the magnificent Chiesa dei Carmini, with its famous altarpiece by Lorenzo Lotto and many more master works of Venetian art. End your visit by having a "gianduiotto", the typical Venetian ice cream, from an ice cream shop in the Zattere while you wait for the motorboat that will bring you back to Alberoni at 5:00 pm.

Pellestrina - Ca' Roman

Rent a bicycle and board the ferry boat for Santa Maria del Mare (departures every 30 minutes from Alberoni). After a pleasant ride, having passed the small village of San Pietro in Volta - the name the famous painter Cagnaccio da San Pietro from the 1900s gave himself and where he lived for more than 40 years -, you will arrive at the village of Pellestrina, where among typical fishing boats and old dwellings painted in colors you will be able to admire the magnificent facade of the Ognissanti Church dating from the five hundreds. In this suggestive atmosphere that will transport you back in time, don't miss out on the typical dishes of Venetian cuisine from one of the restaurants overlooking the lagoon.

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In the afternoon visit thenatural oasis at Ca' Roman, one of the most significant coastal biotopes on the Adriatic coast thanks to its rich diversity of Mediterranean birds and plants. On your way back you will admire the majestic construction of the "Murazzi", strong dyke walls built in the second half of the seven hundreds to defend Venice and the Lagoon from the force of the sea. Before boarding the ferry boat that will bring you back to Alberoni we suggest you take a refreshing plunge in the light of the sunset.

The old Lido

There are many historical sites in the Lido of Venice which have stood the test of time though the centuries and also witnessed the evolution of the Serenissima Republic of Venice. In order to discover the oldest ones, the best thing would be to take a bicycle and enjoy a pleasant ride to the northern corner of the island. Going through treed streets and seaside roads on which ville liberty and large and beautiful hotel complexes stand, such as the Excelsior and Des Bains, to this day a meca for the international jet set, we arrive at San Nicolò. We find here the oldest defensive system of the Venice Lagoon which dates back to the 12th century, andCastel Nuovo, made up of a boundary wall within which can be found the old quarters of the "Fanti da Mar" of the Venetian Republic (1591-95), the "Dieci Savi" Palace, the Forte Ridotto Austriaco dating from 1850 and the Batterie dating from the end of the 1800s and beginning of the 1900s.

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From here start on the panoramic Lungolaguna, the Riviera San Nicolò, where one can find the Benedictine church of the same name. The actual facade, unfinished and the Baroque church bell are from the 17th century, inside one can find precious paintings by Palma the Young and Palma the Elder, as well as the wooden Choir and Crucifix also made from wood, from the 1300s. Next to the church, the convent of the Benedictine, founded in 1043 with the splendid cloister from the 1500s. Once out of the church we go back to the Riviera and turn left on via Cipro, where the very ancient and suggestive Cimitero Ebraico is found, the "House of the living" known since 1386. Recently restored and open to the public, one can visit the tombs of important Venetian Hebrew families and old tombstones from the 16th to the 18th century.

On the bicycles again, along the Lungolaguna you will arrive at Piazzale Santa Maria Elisabetta from where the great avenue of the same name starts; it is a must stop for a drink and to do a little shopping in the elegant boutiques.

Another well deserved and must stop isMalamocco, an old village overlooking the sea where in ancient times the doge where elected, inspiring resident Hugo Pratt to write the unforgettable adventures of Corto Maltese. On the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta square, houses dating from the four hundreds with their typical mullioned windows and thePalazzo Pretorio provide the perfect setting for the unchanging marine landscape. Just a little more pedaling and you will have returned to Hotel Villa Beatrice.

Chioggia

Take the line 11 bus that departs every 30 minutes from the hotel, then board the ferry boat for Pellestrina and you will reach Ca'Roman where you will take the boat for Chioggia, a small jewel on the south lagoon.

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This populous and bustling marine city of Roman origins exudes history from every stone and is one of the most interesting artist centers in all the region, a small Venice full of churches and monumental buildings and an important centre for fishing and arts and crafts.

We recommend you visit it on Thursdays when a busy market sets up on its main street and you can buy all types of articles and souvenirs. Don't miss out on the famous Chioggia fish cuisine and a visit to the Civic Museum depicting the city's life and folklore throughout the centuries.