Amsterdam is sometimes described as the Venice of the North, but in fact it has a very different look. The canals on the Lido, however, Which are lined with trees and have roads on either side, reminded me very much of Amsterdam, or a least of a dull more modern part of that city.
The only reason to come to Lido is the beach and the sea, and even in March it seemed quite important to make the connection with the open waters of the Mediterranean.
There is also something that seems right about approaching Venice from the direction that most travellers would have used throughout most of its history.
Getting to Venice from the airport feels like you are sneaking in the back; travelling from Lido to St Markʼs Square by water bus is a bit special.