Venice & The Lido
The Venice Lido was first developed as a beach resort in the late 1800’s, and quickly built up a reputation as the ultimate destination for the world’s elite.
At the start of the 1900’s the private airport Nicelli opened and the building of the iconic Hotel Excelsior quickly followed.
However, it was the creation of the Venice Film Festival that really put The Lido on the map.
The opening night took place in 1932 on the terrace of Hotel Excelsior to showcase now iconic films such as Proibito by the great movie director Frank Capra and the first Frankenstein movie by James Whale.
The high profile event was attended by world class actors such as Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford and the great Boris Karloff, who went down in history for his performance in Frankenstein.
Every since that opening night, the Venice Lido has become the annual host for the now world famous Film Festival – and to this day continues to attract A-list celebrities to its shores every September.