ABOVE: The hotel's ancient courtyard at
night. INSET: The Venetian Gothic façade, another view of the courtyard,
and the Pausania's entrance on the Fondamenta Gerardini.
Location: Facing a canal just west
of the Campo San Barnaba in Dorsoduro.
Alilaguna Airport Boat
stop: Zattere (though we'd advise walking to the hotel in about 20
minutes from the Piazzale Roma).
You're departing or arriving by ship at the
cruise pier, or you want a quiet location near the main pedestrian route
from the Rialto Bridge to
the Accademia Bridge
and San Marco.
Hotel Pausania is located on the Fondamenta Gerardini, a short distance
from the former Church of San Barnaba on the campo of the same
name. (The church was featured in the movie Indiana Jones and the
Last Crusade, and the adjacent canal was where Katherine Hepburn
took an involuntary swim in the film Summertime.)
The hotel is housed in a Venetian Gothic palazzo with all the
trimmings that you'd expect: a wellhead, a courtyard with a stone
staircase, and plenty of restored architectural details. It's a
delightful building, and if you're looking for authentic Venetian
atmosphere, the Hotel Pausania won't disappoint you.
Rooms range from singles to quads, with breakfast included. (In good
weather, the buffet breakfast is served on a terrace overlooking the hotel garden.)
The first satellite image shows the San Basilio
cruise terminal and pier at lower left. Just inland and to the
right, you'll see a canal above the street that's labeled "Calle
Lunga de San Barnaba." The Hotel Pausania is on the south side of
that canal, below the the Campo Santa Margherita (the patch of grey
to the left of "Universita Ca' Foscari di Venezia").
In the second photo, which was taken from the north,
you can see the Hotel Pausania in the upper left corner of the
frame. (It's the small Venetian Gothic palazzo with four
tall arched windows on the upper floor.) The Campo Santa Margherita
is at lower left, and the Carmini Church faces the square at lower
For better views of the hotel, zoom in by
double-clicking with your mouse.
from the Hotel Pausania to the San Basilio cruise terminal is easy.
Just cross the bridge closest to the hotel, walk past the Carmini
Church, turn left at the square, and follow the fondamenta
or canalside pavement to San Basilio. The walk takes only a few
minutes, with two small bridges along the way.