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The Rio Terà dei Pensieri is just a short walk from airport buses, taxis, and the People Mover to Venice's Marittima cruise terminals, but it feels like another world entirely: The street is lined with trees, flower planters, a couple of cafés, and a handful of visitor accommodations--among them, Il Veliero Romantico, a tiny guesthouse with three attractively-furnished twin rooms and (for hostelers) a three-bed dormitory.
As a bonus, the twin rooms have electric kettles for making tea or coffee--a feature that English-speaking travelers love, but that can be hard to find in Venice.
Walk toward the tree-lined side of the Piazzale Roma. Continue through the trees to the water.
Turn right onto the fondamenta or sidewalk along the canal.
A few meters ahead, you'll see a food kiosk just before the Tre Ponti (three bridges). Bearing left to stay by the main canal, walk past the food kiosk to the bridge.
Cross the bridge and walk straight ahead, past the Hotel Arlecchino (another hotel that we recommend) and the restaurants along the canal.
Turn right into the next street, the Rio Terà dei Pensieri.
Walk past the Alloggi Marinella to a yellow building with a grillwork door. Ring 's doorbell for admittance.
For a video preview of your walk, click below:
As you leave the train station, turn right and follow the crowd toward the modern Calatrava Bridge.
Cross the Calatrava Bridge (officially named the "Ponte della Costituzione") to the Piazzale Roma, then follow the directions above.
Take the People Mover elevated tramway to the Piazzale Roma.
Once you're in the Piazzale Roma, follow the directions above.
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