Venice Film Festival

Venice, 7 September - The 69th edition of the prestigious Venice film festival held on the Lido seafront has drawn to a close. It was first held back in 1932 making it the oldest international festival of its kind and often it draws many stars of the big screen along with some of Europe’s super rich.

As our Grand Tour of Italy has also just visited Venice our group were on the look out for Hollywood stars while taking in the beauty and splendor of this magical city. Highlights included visits to San Mark’s Square, a demonstration by a master glass blower in Murano and of course resting up at the end of everyday in comfort and style in Dolo where we stay in an 18th century villa.

The winner of the coveted ‘Golden Lion’, which is awarded for best film at the festival, was this year won by South Korean film ‘Pieta’ directed by Kim Ki-duk. The film depicts the relationship between a young loan shark and a mysterious woman claiming to be his mother. Venice International Film Festival ran from August 29 to September 8.

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