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The beach during a glorious sunset after a winter storm. In summer the view is very different, with the cabins and the umbrellas to protect the guests from the sun. In the mist you can see the bulky shape of the Excelsior Hotel. The Hotel Excelsior has always been the focal point of social life on the Venice Lido and is one of the most luxurious and famous hotels in the world. It was made famous during the mid 1920s when it became one of the most fashionable spots in Europe with its very own cabaret called Chez Vous.
The Excelsior was the creation of architect Nicolo Spada working with Giuseppe Volpi of the Italian Great Hotel Company (Compagnia Italiana Grandi Alberghi or CIGA) and opened on 21st July 1908 with a festive band, fireworks and over three thousand invited guests from all over the world. Situated on the beach near the Quattro Fontaine it was a vast edifice built according to that unique Venetian style tinged with Byzantine and Moorish influences, according to the local fin-de-siecle style. It was such a success that the American financier Pierpont Morgan was able with some justification to quip that 'In America, those who have visited Europe talk more of the Excelsior Palace than they do of the Doge's Palace.'
Close to the summer location of the Venice Casino and the building where the Venice Film Festival takes place at the Lido every September, the Excelsior is not the only famous Hotel in the Island. The Grand Hotel des Bains, currently undergoing major renovation, was the setting for Thomas Mann's classic novel Death in Venice, and the film starring Dirk Bogarde made by Luchino Visconti in 1971.
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June 29, 2014
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Jun 29, 2014 10:23:32 am
Fabulous capture and fascinating history
thanks for sharing

by Faemike55 Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 10:26:33 am
good shot

by erlandpil Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 10:39:56 am
Really wonderful capture! Thanks for the infos.

by Jean_C Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 10:56:49 am
Great capture, it makes me think to an ancient painting !

by Leije Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 11:46:26 am
what a great atmosphere in this photo. well taken..

by eekdog Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 12:18:55 pm
superb shot with this a painting work of a pre-impressionnist painter !!!

by claude19 Online Now!   Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 12:29:50 pm
Nice and moody.

by GARAGELAND Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 12:52:19 pm
Fantastic capture and Info Sandra!

by bazza Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 12:55:04 pm
It does look incredibly romantic!

by durleybeachbum Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 1:02:40 pm
Thank you for these informations and thank also for a marvelous picture!
Fantastically well captured my friend !!!

by Cyve Online Now!   Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 2:03:51 pm
I love the haze, very atmospheric Sandra.

by jayfar Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 2:25:11 pm
Impressionante, magnifica captura e info minha amiga, aplausos (5)

by flaviok Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 2:38:03 pm
I like this shot! Love sepia tone!

by Darkwish Online Now!   Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 2:41:45 pm
A beautiful photo and marvelous write-up, Sandra! Most excellent work! Bravo!

by Radar_rad-dude Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 4:52:26 pm
a dreamlike beauty

by alanwilliams Online Now!   Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 5:17:39 pm
Splendid composition and colors my friend

by jeroni Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 5:26:56 pm
Fabulous misty image and most interesting history.

by wysiwig Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 7:49:25 pm
Wow. An amazing atmosphere you have caught here! Great!

by FredNunes Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 8:21:34 pm
impressive view and for foggy conditions you still got good detail

by Richardphotos Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 8:51:11 pm
Awesome image.

by lhumungus Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 10:29:49 pm
Excellent shot and history lesson!

by rachris480907 Homepage »

Jun 29, 2014 11:28:51 pm
Your write-ups are always as interesting as your photos, and this is another fantastic combination; I love the mood of this image and the way it evokes so many different things. I'm in "writer mode" tonight, and so I won't be surprised if this image inspires something as images tend to do. This is great! I love the haze in the distance, the sense of calm, and the colors are soothing and quite warm. I love this. It's making a trip into my favorites.

by Chipka Homepage »

Jun 30, 2014 12:02:48 am
Excellent photography.

by bebopdlx Homepage »

Jun 30, 2014 12:47:27 am
Perfetta atmosfera !!!!!!!

by giulband Homepage »

Jun 30, 2014 2:03:47 am
Impressive atmosphere and color tones. A great shot and very interesting informations!

by Hendesse Homepage »


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