Inspired Death in Venice
Hotel Des Bains is a landmark hotel that inspired Thomas Mann's novel, Death in Venice, and was later used in the movie adaptation. The movie is a true classic so visiting this hotel has become an essential part of any trip to Venice. Sadly, I visited a few days after the fire of February 2008, so the hotel was closed. The private beach no longer resembles that of the film...the classic blue and white awnings have vanished and have been replaced by some rather questionable huts. In any case, it's worth visiting the hotel, a true landmark in this most romantic of cities.