The NH Venezia Rio Novo is a modern, full-service 144-room hotel in a quiet district of university and civic buildings. Many of its guest rooms and junior suites face the Rio Novo (shown above), a canal that's busy with water taxis, barges, and other boat traffic during the day.
The hotel is about a 10-minute walk from the Piazzale Roma, with four small bridges to cross. And while the setting may seem isolated, it really isn't: The bars, cafés, restaurants, and gelaterie in Campo Santa Margherita, one of Venice's largest and liveliest squares, are only a couple of minutes away on foot.
River Countess. The hotel is about midway between San Basilio and Piazzale Roma, making it convenient to both the pier and ground transportation.The NH Venezia Rio Novo isn't just convenient to the Piazzale Roma--it's also a good choice if you're arriving or departing at the San Basilio Cruise Terminal, which is used by small- to mid-size ships and river vessels such as Uniworld's
On the tree-lined side of the Piazzale Roma, look for the central path that leads toward the water.
A canal is just beyond the trees. Continue straight ahead over the stone footbridge.
Turn right immediately after crossing the bridge and walk along the water, following the curve of the canal on the Fondamenta Rio Novo.
Continue past the Hotel Moresco. Just beyond that hotel, you'll reach a stone bridge.
Cross the bridge and walk straight ahead past the first building to an iron fence with a garden behind it.
Turn left into the garden. The entrance to the NH Venezia Rio Novo will be straight ahead of you, facing the garden.
Take a free shuttle bus (if available), a taxi, or the People Mover just outside the port gates to Piazzale Roma. (You can also take the People Mover if you're coming from the Tronchetto parking garage.)
Follow our directions from Piazzale Roma.
The directions below may sound complicated, but the walk is actually fairly quick, with only two bridges to cross.
Leave the San Basilio terminal building by the taxi entrance.
Looking toward the city, you'll see steps and a concrete ramp leading down from the terminal parking area. Take the steps or ramp and follow either of the streets leading inland (the Calle Nuova or the Calla del Frati) a short distance to the first cross street.
Turn left at the cross street and walk a short distance to the Salizada de la Chiesa.
Turn right onto the Salizada de la Chiesa and walk straight ahead, past the Church of Angelo Raffaele, until you reach a bridge over a canal.
Cross the bridge and turn right onto the Fondamenta Briati.
Follow the Fondamenta Briati (which will change names to the Fondamente Foscarini), until you reach a cross canal, the Rio Novo.
Continue around the corner on the Fondamente del Rio Nuovo until you reach another bridge.
At this bridge, turn left. (Do not cross the bridge.) You'll see a large garden with an iron fence. Go through the gate to the NH Venezia Rio Novo hotel entrance.
As you leave the station, turn right and walk toward the modern Calatrava Bridge (a.k.a. the Ponte della Costituzione).
Cross the bridge to the Piazzale Roma.
Bear left and follow our directions from Piazzale Roma.
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