Grand Hotel des Bains

Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

This vast belle époque hotel once epitomised Lido glamour, but it's been boarded up since 2016 – an oversized symbol of the beach resort's fall from fashion. It was famously the setting for Thomas Mann's novella Death in Venice, along with Luchino Visconti's 1971 film adaptation.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands attractions

1. Blue Moon

0.12 MILES

Named after a glamorous nightclub that once stood on the beach, the Blue Moon serves the spiaggia comunale (public beach) at the northern end of the Lido…

2. Lido di Venezia

0.12 MILES

The Lido is no longer the glamorous bolthole of Hollywood starlets and European aristocracy that it once was, but its groomed beaches, scattering of art…

4. Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria

0.22 MILES

The Lido's take on art nouveau reaches an over-the-top apotheosis in this garish 1907 hotel, decorated with wreath-bearing cherubs and tiles in a…

5. Palazzo del Cinema

0.64 MILES

Eugenio Miozzi’s angular, Rationalist ‘Palace of Cinema’ was in keeping with the ambitious modernism of the early 1930s, when business tycoon and Fascist…

6. Monastero di San Lazzaro degli Armeni

0.67 MILES

Tours of this historic island monastery are usually conducted by its multilingual Armenian monks, who amply demonstrate the institution’s reputation for…

7. Antico Cimitero Israelitico


This overgrown graveyard was Venice’s main Jewish cemetery from 1386 until the 18th century. Tombstones range in design from Venetian Gothic to distinctly…

8. Museo del Manicomio

1.02 MILES

As well as a poignant collection of patients' before-and-after photos, this small museum contains the full paraphernalia of psychiatric treatment of the…