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The best things to do during the Venice Film Festival

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George Clooney and Sandra Bullock at the Venice Film Festival
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Meet stars during the Venice Film Festival

The Venice Film Festival, taking placing this year August 30 – September 9, draws a host of celebrities and superyachts. Whether visiting on a private yacht or enjoying a luxury yacht charter in Venice Gabriele Picci, head concierge of the Belmond Hotel Cipriani, reveals the hot spots and secret hideouts to visit during the Venice Film Festival.

1. Bars to meet stars during the Venice Film Festival

Harry’s Bar: Giuseppe Cipriani opened the bar in 1931. The first and only guest book has the signatures of Somerset Maugham, Noël Coward, Charlie Chaplin, Barbara Hutton, Orson Welles, Truman Capote and a host of others.

B Bar: The bar at the Bauer hotel has live music and parties during the Venice Film festival.

Lion’s Bar: It’s on a terrace overlooking the red carpet and there’s also a restaurant in front of the new entrance to the Palazzo del Cinema.

Gabbiano Bar: The meeting spot after film presentations. It goes until four or five in the morning – have a night swim in the pool.

Join the party during Venice Film Festival

Most parties are closed to the public – so try to bag an invitation. The hottest ones will be at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani, the Excelsior, the Bauer, the Danieli, Villa Laguna, Palazzina G, Palazzo Grassi and Ca’ Vendramin.

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