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The Lido: immortalised by literature and the cinema

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A narrow strip of sand has become a land of legends over the years.

For a long time, it was just a sandbank over which Lord Byron rode at a gallop. Then, when sea bathing became fashionable, Europe discovered the Lido. Palaces, like the Excelsior and the Grand Hotel des Bains, and Liberty-style villas appeared along the beach, automobiles, too. The Lido is still the only place in Venice where you can drive around.

Its sea mists, between a sirocco and a breeze, inspired Thomas Mann's novel Death in Venice, which Luchino Visconti made into a film half a century later, according him a persistent romantic aura. Today, it is by bike that we go down to the pinewood of Alberoni to collect shells. Then, maybe a nap in a deckchair, before going to drink a Prosecco at the Quattro Fontane, where film makers of the Mostra may still be found today.

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