In 1911 the German novelist Thomas Mann and his wife holidayed in the Grand Hotel des Bains, a luxury hotel which had just been built on the Lido. It was there that he saw the boy who inspired him to write Death in Venice. In the following year the hotel entered the pages of literary history when it became the setting for Mann's novella.
Almost sixty years later, in 1971, the hotel became part of cinema history when Luchino Visconti shot his film of the book in the same hotel. The hotel closed down in 2008, one year short of its centenary.