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The Lido of Venice began to be a destination for seaside tourism starting from the second half of the nineteenth century, a time of important urbanization interventions that transformed the town inhabited by a few hundred people into a summer resort for the aristocracy, becoming an inspiring muse also for foreign authors from Johann Wolfgang Goethe to Lord Byron to Percy Bysshe Shelley to Thomas Mann (in the twentieth century).

However, the greatest economic development took place in the first decade of the twentieth century with the construction, in 1900, of the first large luxury hotel - the Hotel Des Bains - and subsequently in 1908 of the second, the Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort: it is said that on 21 July more than 30,000 Venetians and over 3,000 guests from all over the world attended the inauguration of the Excelsior.

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