Since yesterday, one more excuse to visit Venice It is the famous Film Festival of the Mostra.
65 Mostra Internazionale D'Arte Cinematografica will screen almost 70 films from more than 20 different countries between August 27 and September 6.
Today I saw the images of the opening day in the Spanish Euronews - the only thing in Spanish that I can see on my Dublin television - and dozens of cameras left George Clooney and Brad Pitt half-blind who are the stars of a film by the brothers Cohen in which they parodied the subject of spies. This film is out of competition as are the only two Spanish representatives: Under the Sign of Shadows by Ferrán Alberch and Shadow Life by Lorenzo Llbobet Gracia.
Venice is one of the romantic cities of the planet par excellence and its recent history is also closely linked to cinema, not only for hosting one of the most prestigious international festivals in the World but for the amount of high-budget films that have decided to shoot some scenes in its streets, taking the famous palm Piazza di San Marco.
You are amazed walking its narrow streets and crossing its beautiful bridges over the canals -Accademia, Rialto or that of Sighs-, taking the famous gondola ride and contemplating the buildings and centuries-old houses that gradually sink into the water of the canals.
The accommodation is expensive - and I suppose that during this week it will be prohibitive - but the two times I was there I managed to stay in cheap places. The first in a youth hostel and the second in a small B&B Very affordable and quite central. That is, you must arm yourself with patience and look for the bargain in terms of value for money.
This city is clearly for couples. Forget about dinner if you leave later than 11 p.m. and its marching places are practically non-existent. If you are thinking of surprising your partner and this is cinephile, nothing like giving a trip this weekend to Venice to enjoy the atmosphere of the Seventh Art that will permeate the entire city.
For the boys: don't let them see Pitt and Clooney that the comparisons are odious.