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ABOVE: The Pensione Accademia Villa Maravegeis
an easy walk from the Alilaguna and ACTV waterbus stops at Zattere (bottom of
Pensione Accademia Villa Maravege
is a longtime favorite with Venetophiles.
The 17th Century villa once served as a Russian embassy and was featured in
Summertime, the 1955 David Lean film that starred Katherine Hepburn.
The hotel has views of the Grand Canal and a large walled garden
where breakfast is served in nice weather. It also offers a wide choice of
rooms, ranging from singles to junior suites. Drinks and fruit are free in the
bar from 4 to 8 p.m. each day.
How to reach the Pensione Accademia from the Zattere
As you leave the Alilaguna Blue Line waterbus platform, turn
left and walk to the first canal. Turn right just before the bridge.
Walk along the Fondamenta Nani (the sidewalk alongside the
canal) to either the first or second bridge.
Cross either bridge to the west (left) side of the canal.
Turn right as you leave the bridge and continue walking
along the canal until you reach the gates to the hotel's garden (see top
From the Marittima cruise terminals:
Take the Alilaguna Blue Line water bus from the floating
platform near the bottom of the U-shaped cruise basin. (When buying your
ticket, say "Zattere," and you'll pay half-fare.)
Get off at the Zattere stop.
Follow the directions above.
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