Midway along the narrow strip of Lido, and facing out onto the sea which the island holds at bay to form the Venetian Lagoon, is a large open space leading to a collection of white concrete buildings that are typical of the Fascist architectural style.  At first sight, the complex looked as if it, like the nearby Hotel Grand des Bains, might be ripe for redevelopment, yet a few weeks after my visit it would be decked in bright red banners, illuminated by spotlights and camera flash units, and populated by glitterati for the 71st Venice International Film Festival.

The city of grand facades that hide more utilitarian structures clearly hasn’t forgotten the art.



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