In the calli and campielli of Venice’s historic city centre you are not allowed to ride bicycles, unless you want to get an unpleasant fine.
But bicycles are the ideal form of transport to visit some of the Islands in the Venetian Lagoon, such as Lido, Pellestrina and Sant’Erasmo, where you will be able to enjoy beautiful scenery travelling along cycle paths far from the most beaten routes, to discover the extremely varied environment, the historic roots, the traditions and the culture of the Venetian Lagoon, the most famous in the world.
To reach Lido, where you can pedal in total freedom, in particular on Sundays, from the historic city centre of Venice, board the LN line motor vessel that leaves from the jetty at the Pietà, close to Saint Mark’s, and reaches Piazzale Santa Maria Elisabetta on Lido.
If, on the other hand, you are in Mestre or Marghera, go along the cycle path on the Ponte della Libertà bridge until Tronchetto and here board the ferryboat that arrives on Lido at San Nicolò.
Coming from Punta Sabbioni, which is on the southern extremity of the Cavallino-Treporti littoral, board the LN line motor vessel that will take you to your destination in about half an hour.
To reach the Island of Pellestrina from Lido di Venezia, when you arrive in Piazzale Santa Maria Elisabetta go towards Alberoni, at about ten kilometres distance, then continue for another kilometre until you reach the jetty in front of the Faro Rocchetta lighthouse, where you can board the ferryboat to Pellestrina.
As soon as you get off the ferryboat, you continue for about another eight kilometres along the road – it’s the only one, you can’t mistake it – that runs along the Murazzi embankment, the impressive sea wall in Istrian stone erected by the Republic of Venice to defend the banks of the lagoon from the erosion of the sea.
You will arrive at the jetty where you will be able to board, together with your bicycle, the motor vessel to Chioggia.
To reach the Island of Sant’Erasmo from the historic city centre of Venice, reach the Fondamenta Nove jetty, at a ten minutes’ walk from Rialto, and board the ACTV line 13 water bus – even with your bicycle – that will take in about half an hour to the island Venetian consider Venice’s historic fruit and vegetable garden, where vines and fruit trees are grown, but especially vegetables, above all the violet artichoke of Sant’Erasmo.
Bici in barca (Bicycles on board)
From May to June – upon on demand- ACTV, the local public transport company, organizes Bici in barca, an initiative that allows you discover the islands around Venice by bicycle, along a route devised for people who love life in the open air and for cycling tourists, who wish to reach the most beautiful places in Venetian lagoon with their bicycle.
This trip combines the fun of the boat trip and, thanks to motor vessels equipped for transporting bicycles, the freedom of pedalling along cycle paths surrounded by nature.
Te presto 'na bici – I’ll lend you a bicycle
Would you like to leave your car and have a bicycle at your disposal to go around, even for a whole day, for free? With “Te presto ‘na bici” – that in Venetian means I’ll lend you a bicycle – this is possible, you only have to hand in your identity document, that you will be given back when you return the bicycle. The service is active in certain car parks in Mestre. For further information visit the www.asmvenezia.it website.
In Mestre and on the Venetian mainland you have a very wide choice of cycle paths: see the map here.