Walking directions to Hotel Canal Grande (with map)
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
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.
Turn left and walk a few meters to the Scalzi Bridge, which
arches over the Grand Canal just to the left of the station.
Cross the Scalzi Bridge and continue straight ahead, past
the Burger King and down a narrow street.
Turn left at the next corner.
Continue to the low bridge up
ahead, cross it, and walk to the church of San Simeone Profeta.
Bear left and continue around the church.
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
Walk along the fondamenta (the sidewalk by the
canal), which will curve and lead you past the park to another canal with a
Cross the small bridge and keep walking until you reach the
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
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:
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.)
Follow the directions from the Piazzale Roma above.
MAP CREDITS: Walking maps by
Anders Imboden, using base data from the
Comune di Venezia and Regione Veneto under license
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