The Grand Budapest Hotel (Venezia 78)

I watched Wes Anderson‘s film about the concierge of a grandiose and externally colourful hotel on the way to Venice, totally ignorant that the pink confection at the heart of his story would in some respects be trumped by reality.

Situated on the main road that bisects Lido is The Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria, whose rooms are full of murals, wall coverings, and furniture in the Liberty style.  I didn’t see any of that, but no matter.  The exterior, which is 100 years old, is breathtaking.  Ceramics, tiles and mosaics cover the entire façade in what can truly be termed a work of art.  The colours are riotous.

You’ll have to take my word for that.