Lido (Island), Venice
San NicoloIn previous centuries for Venetians the Lido only represented a trip into the country. Subsequently a fashionable resort, today it is a Mecca for tourists.The island is 12km/7.5mi long, almost half of which is a beach of fine smooth sand. Apart from the usual bathing (each section of the beach belongs to one or several hotels), there are facilities for golf, tennis, horse-riding and clay-pigeon shooting, as well as places of entertainment. In August and September every year the Lido is the venue for the International Film Festival (in the Palazzo del Cinema).The main architectural feature is the massive fin de siècle hotels (the hotel Des Bains and its beach was the setting for Thomas Mann's novel "Death in Venice").In the north part of the island there are villas, functional modern buildings and hotels, beach and residential districts.Cars can be taken over by ferry, otherwise it is possible to get around on foot or by bus or horse-drawn cab.Lido hosts the annual International Film Festival, where the Golden Lion is awarded to the best films in the competition. The festival takes place between August and September.
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San Nicolò dates back to 1044 but was reconstructed in the Baroque style in the 17th century and has an unfinished facade.It was once thought that this church contained the remains of St Nicholas that Venetian sailors had stolen from the cathedral of the town on Myra (which belonged at that time to the Byzantine Empire) on the south coast of Asia Minor (opposite Rhodes). Some time after this had been celebrated and the monastery and church had been founded, the Venetians discovered that the people of Bari in Apulia had made away with the remains of the "real" St Nicholas.The cloisters and paintings by both Palma the Elder and Younger are of interest.
Address: Campo San Nicolò, I-30100 Venice, Italy
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