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The three-star Hotel Ai Due Fanali is one of three excellent hotels on the Campo San Simeon Grande (a.k.a. the Campo San Simeon Profeta), a quiet and pretty little square that--unlike most of Venice's campi--faces directly on the Grand Canal. And while the square may look isolated on the map above, it's only about five minutes from the train station and 10 minutes from the Piazzale Roma.
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. The entrance to the Hotel Ai Due Fanali is on the square, just to the left of the passage.
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.
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.
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.
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