Some of the world’s most popular resorts, despite having suffered from the global tourism crisis caused by the pandemic, are using this “gap” year to invest in redevelopment projects without the pressure of the constant wave of visitors. One such is the Venice Lido, which is bringing to fruition a project that began as early as 2019 to restore a liveable beach to the Venetians and once again become what used to be called the Golden Island.
The renaissance of the Venice Lido
The redevelopment of the Venice Lido did not begin at the same time as the lockdown, but rather several months earlier. It was a lengthy operation and at first consisted of seemingly minor alterations. Later, some of the bathing facilities were reopened and improved, in time for the extraordinary opening of the beach during the Easter holidays. The long-term aim has always been to restore the Lido to its former glory, for once paying more attention to the residents’ quality of life than to the countless tourists’ demands.
Returning the Lido to its former glory, looking to the future
The Venice Lido has a glorious history, reflected in its splendid turn-of-the-century structures, reminiscent of a past that is almost unimaginable today. The aim of the renovation is not so much to build it back exactly as it used to be, but to create a new environment that combines the best of the past with the possibilities offered by the technologies that are shaping our future. Seaside facilities, for instance, will offer wi-fi connectivity and provide the users with devices can access useful local information such as weather, public transport options, upcoming events and so on. The municipality also intends to encourage the use of electric cars by residents and will provide charging stations for this purpose.
Offering high level services to improve life quality
This type of operation is part of a set wide-ranging policies aimed at improving life quality at local level by providing services to citizens. In particular, the restoration of the Venice Lido is based, more than many other similar projects, on sustainability and a culture of respect for the environment – both values that can be difficult to maintain in a region subject to intense tourist flows.