Been there recently in SR22 & DA42 and the runway was fine, not the best but far from causing any problem.
Some pros for Lido: Scenic flying environment (500feet along the adriatic coast), historic little airfield close to venice, walking distance beach, restaurants and accommodation on Lido. In May the prices for hotels are reasonable.
Crossing the alps further east to avoid the higher peaks is an option.
Just in case I might do it anyway, 25th of May looks fine.
Suggest 25. May
Unable. Big family commitment on May 26th.
Last time I was in VCE end of May it was already (too) high season.
February was perfect, if a bit rainy and cold.
The runway has excellent drainage, unlike a lot of crappy strips, but it is a little bumpy.
Wx is a gamble before May, though.
Lido’s grass runway doesn’t seem bad to me (have landed there multiple times). I also recommend Lido for hotels. Not only are they cheaper, but you don’t have the unbelievable crowds you get in the center of Venice, and it is easy to get to the main sites on the vaporetto.
Does it have any dodgy transitions e.g. grass to tarmac, and any prop strike history?
There’s a small gravel area between hard surface parking and grass runway. I guess it is there to keep the area level and avoid dodgy steps from grass to tarmac.
Is it possible to pull a plane over that with a towbar? One can’t taxi (slowly) over gravel under power, without prop damage.
You could park on the grass and not go over the gravel alltogether. So far I’ve never seen anybody use a towbar to cross the gravel, everybody just taxis over it under power.
Lido is a nice experience, the approach close to venice, the easy access to the city and the beach/restaurants on the island. But it is a grass runway and it is bumpy.
Where is the nearest hard runway, with easy transport? Padova? Tessera is close but pricey?
LIPZ is expensive (I heard 200-400€). LIPH/LIPU are sort of close. That negates all the advantages of LIPV though. GA at most larger airports in Italy can be a hassle (no avgas etc..).
LJPZ is nice too and has asphalt. Just a short taxi ride from Piran.