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Walking directions to Hotel Canal Grande (with map)

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Hotel Canal Grande from across the Grand Canal

The four-star Hotel Canal Grande is one of three excellent hotels on the Campo San Simeon Grande (a.k.a. the Campo San Simeon Profeta), which is about five minutes from the railroad station via the Scalzi Bridge.

As the name implies, the hotel is directly on the Grand Canal, and so is the adjoining little square.

How to reach Hotel Canal Grande from Santa Lucia Railroad Station:

Hotel Canal Grande map directions

  1. Leave the station by the front steps, or by the easy-to-miss (and stair-free) side exit if you have rolling luggage, a stroller, or a wheelchair.

  2. Turn left and walk a few meters to the Scalzi Bridge, which arches over the Grand Canal just to the left of the station.

  3. Cross the Scalzi Bridge and continue straight ahead, past the Burger King and down a narrow street.

  4. Turn left at the next corner.

  5. Continue to the low bridge up ahead, cross it, and walk to the church of San Simeone Profeta.

  6. Bear left and continue around the church.

  7. You'll enter a short arcaded passage that leads into the Campo San Simeon Grande. The Hotel Canal Grande is on the right side of the square, next to the water.

(For photos of this route, see the illustrated directions from the train stations in our review of another hotel on the Campo San Simeon Grande, the Hotel Ai Due Fanali.)

From the Piazzale Roma:

This walk takes about 10 minutes, or a bit longer if you're not in a hurry:

  • Head for the tree-lined side of the Piazzale Roma.

  • Look for a pedestrian path between two rows of news, food, and souvenir stalls. Walk straight ahead to the low stone bridge.

  • Cross the bridge and turn left immediately. (Do not continue straight ahead on the flagstone path.)

  • Walk along the fondamenta (the sidewalk by the canal), which will curve and lead you past the park to another canal with a small bridge.

  • Cross the small bridge and keep walking until you reach the Burger King.

  • Turn right and follow directions 3 to 6 in our railroad-station directions above.

(For photos of the route, see the illustrated directions from the Piazzale Roma in our Hotel Ai Due Fanali review.)

  • Note: Alternatively, you can cross the Calatrava Bridge (Ponte della Costituzione) from the Piazzale Roma, walk a few meters to the train station, and follow our directions from the railroad station. We suggest following the directions above instead, because the Scalzi Bridge by the train station is higher and has more steps than the low bridges on our recommended route.

From the Marittima cruise terminals:

  1. Take a free shuttle bus (if available), a taxi, or the People Mover elevated tramway to the Piazzale Roma. (The glass-walled People Mover station is just outside the port entrance.)

  2. Follow the directions from the Piazzale Roma above.

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MAP CREDITS: Walking maps by Anders Imboden, using base data from the Comune di Venezia and Regione Veneto under license IODL-2.0.

About the author:

Durant Imboden photo.Durant Imboden has written about Venice, Italy since 1996. He covered Venice and European travel at for 4-1/2 years before launching Europe for Visitors (including Venice for Visitors) with Cheryl Imboden in 2001.

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