Home of the Venice Film Festival, the Lido is also where you'll find Venice's beaches—Shelley and Byron went horseback riding here back in the day—as well as the Grand Excelsior Hotel, whose bar is often crowded with celebrities during the Festival (and other times of the year as well). If you're a classic film fan, the hotel might look familiar: Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice was shot here. The island has a decidedly lively feel compared to Venice itself, less a museum piece and more a buzzing destination, popular with Venetians and visitors looking to spend a day by the sea.
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