These vintage photographs, dating from the 1950s to the 1970s, showed everyone from actors to painters enjoying Venice, Italy. The city was host to the world’s first film festival and long attracted the rich and famous to its renowned waterways. Some like Salvador Dali enjoyed a relaxing gondola ride while American actress Gene Tierney tried rowing instead.
Gene Tierney, wearing a striped short-sleeved nautical-style shirt, donning a hat, tries her hand at rowing a gondola, Venice, 1951.
Kirk Douglas, wearing a swimming suit and a necklace chainlet, signing on the thigh of the paintress Novella Parigini, wearing a strapless bikini and round earrings, a woman wearing a strapless polka-dotted bikini, Lido Beach, Venice 1953.
Ernest Hemingway, wearing a short sleeves shirt over a plaid shirt, his hurted arm bendaged, drinking vodka from the bottle, Venice 1954.