79th Venice International Film Festival at the start:
experience the city as never before
Venice is in turmoil, never as in these days the city becomes a symbol of culture, beauty and Italian spirit in the world.
With the beginning of the 79th Venice International Film Festival, the Serenissima is dressed in the prestige of the great international cinema.
Every year tens of thousands of tourists flock to the city during these days to not miss the exclusive screenings of some of the most anticipated films of the year.
Among them intermingle actors, directors, stars of the seventh art and not only, who sail the waters of the lagoon aboard luxurious boats, or stroll through the streets hidden behind elegant sunglasses, immersed in the atmosphere that only Venice can offer.
Established in 1932, just two years after the first edition of the Oscars, the festival is the second oldest film event in the world.
The beating heart of the event is the Lido di Venezia, an island that stretches for about 12 kilometres between the Lagoon and the Adriatic Sea.
Featuring Art Nouveau buildings alternated by large green spaces, this small island hides some of the most precious treasures of the entire city, such as Malamocco, a village suspended in time, isolated from the splendour of the rest of the Lido, bringing with it the charm of the old maritime tradition.
The peace and quiet typical of this corner are in sharp contrast with what happens a few kilometres to the north, on the other coast of the Lido, where stand out those places that are the symbol of the exhibition.
Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, the Lungomare Marconi becomes for the occasion a red carpet that unites the buildings most related to the event, such as the Hotel Excelsior, home to the first edition of the festival in 1932, the Palazzo del Cinema, built specifically to house the Exhibition from 1937, and the Palazzo del Casinò.
Palaces unique in the world, marked by meetings and stories “from colossal”, which contribute to increase the charm of this charming city: it is no coincidence that the streets and canals of the Lido have been the setting for some masterpieces of cinema as “Once upon a time in America” by Sergio Leone, “Death in Venice” by Luchino Visconti, “The English Patient” and again “Casino Royale” or, more recently “Youth” and the series “The Young Pope”, both by Paolo Sorrentino.
In short, citing one of the masterpieces of the director mentioned above, during these days Venice is even more a “Great Beauty” to dive into, get lost and live dreams in celluloid.
The 79th Venice International Film Festival will continue until Saturday September the 10th, find out all the program of the Exhibition, and book your stay at the Hotel Ca’ Bonfadini: just a few minutes walk from our hotel, you will find the water bus stop “Tre Archi” from which a vaporetto will connect you directly with the Lido and the places of the event.