Beyond the facade (Venezia 11)

Think of Venice architecturally and you probably conjure images of marble fronted palazzi in the Venetian Gothic style, or maybe campanile towers in crumbling red brick.  Both can be found a plenty in the canal city, but there is more too if you venture to Lido.  The casino and cinema there are built in what has become known as the Fascist style embraced during the era of Mussolini.  There there is the splendour of the Grand Hotel Ausonia & Hungary, as bold an example of Art Nouveau as you are likely to come across, though in Italy it was termed “Liberty Style” after the London store.

There are many examples of this to be found around the island in less audacious structures too.  You just have to look a little further.

Art Nouveau on Lido
Art Nouveau on Lido

 

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