Many sports can be played in Venice. There are a variety of facilities: swimming pools, gyms and sports halls. The lagoon is particularly suitable for sports such as kayaking, rowing or SUP, while outdoor sports like jogging, Nordic walking and golf can be played in one of the most picturesque areas, the Venice Lido, just a few minutes away from the Hotel Londra Palace by water.
In Venice, voga veneta (Venetian rowing) is particularly common. This is a special way of steering a boat, developed here in Venice, in which there is only one rower who uses either one or two oars and rows in a standing position, facing forwards. The oar is smooth, without fastening sleeves, and is used on an open rowlock, called a forcola, for easy manoeuvring and steering.
Can you surf in Venice? The Venetian lagoon environment lends itself well to SUP (Stand Up Paddle Surfing), although the guidance of a qualified instructor is mandatory in the city’s canals for safety reasons. The same applies to kayaking. However, kitesurfing is only possible in certain areas of the beaches and also depends on the season. Please bear in mind that these limitations will obviously be greater in summer, when the beaches are crowded.
Fans of Nordic Walking will find a valuable adviser in our hotel; our Manager Alain Bullo, is an instructor for this sport. Ask him about the best routes to take, especially on the Venice Lido island.
The Venice Lido is also a must for golf enthusiasts: any golfer who wants to try something different from the norm must play at least a few holes at the Venice Golf Club in the centre of the lagoon. Legend has it that it was built in the late 20s at the suggestion of Henry Ford who had already played the sport in the United States. The area selected by Count Giuseppe Volpi di Misurata was at Alberoni, in the south of the Lido, near the opening of the port of Malamocco. Only 9 holes were built in 1928 and these were visited by other famous people such as Hitler, Mussolini and Henry Cotton. In 1951 it was decided to expand the course, doubling the holes.
We also suggest the Venice Lido for cycling, as cycling is not allowed in the streets and small squares of Venice. There are several bicycle hire points. Possible routes are to the Lighthouse of San Nicolò (at the extreme north of the Lido island), to the embankments, the crossing from the Lido to Pellestrina and the forest beyond, and to the Ca’ Roman Lighthouse. Cycling around the island of Sant’Erasmo is another interesting option; it’s a fascinating place with proper roads, second only to Venice in size, and known as the garden of the city.