Lido Beach—A Day of Sunshine and Gelato
When the weather is warm off the coast of Italia, everything is right in the world. Spending a summer studying in Venice was a spectacular experience, and the weekend trips to Lido Island made my time there all the more "Euro." We passed the time watching the older men lounge on the sand wearing nothing but their hardened tan skin and small speedos, the women wearing nothing at all, and hundreds of children playing; hours were passed playing beach volleyball with Swiss students and bobbing in the warm waters chicken fighting. And the best accompaniment of all - the gelato. The best flavors on days like these are Anguria (watermelon), Mojito, Limone con Basilico (Lemon with Basil), and other vibrant fruity flavors that help bring out the "flavor" of the sunshine and beachy days. These can be found at the many gelaterias lining the Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta, which you must walk down from the vaporetta station to reach the beach. One of the best - Bar Maleti Giorgiomore, Gran Viale S. M. Elisabetta, 47.
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