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The four-star Hotel Ruzzini Palace is the most upscale of the three hotels that face the Campo Santa Maria Formosa. It's housed in a palazzo that dates back to the 1500s, but public rooms and guestrooms are fully up to date.
Accommodations include doubles with large beds, junior suites, and suites. Several rooms are handicapped-accessible--a rarity in Venice.
You'll love the Hotel Ruzzini Palace's location: The Campo Santa Maria Formosa is a lively square where you'll see flower sellers, children bouncing soccer balls off the walls of the church, and dogs scampering among the locals and tourists.
Just as important, the Piazza San Marco, the Rialto Bridge, and Venice's prime shopping streets are only a few minutes away on foot.
There are several ways to reach the Hotel Ruzzini Palace from the Alilaguna Linea Blu airport boat stop at . We suggest following this route, which is fairly simple and requires crossing only two small bridges:
As you leave the boat station, look for a covered passage ahead of you. The passage is called the "Sotoportego S. Zaccaria," and you'll see signs for the Ospedale (hospital) and the Carabinieri (police) above the opening.
Go through the passage, which will lead you into Campo San Zaccaria.
Continue through the campo and turn left at the northwest corner.
Walk a few meters and turn right at the next corner into the Calle San Provolo. Continue a short distance past the Hotel Fontana until you reach a bridge, which will be on your left.
Cross the bridge, which will lead you into a short, curved street named the Calle Corte Rotta.
Continue walking. The street will become Ragagiuffa (look for a sign on the wall).
Soon, you'll reach a small bridge at the end of the street. Cross the bridge to the Campo Santa Maria Formosa.
Walk straight ahead to the end of the square, where you'll recognize the Ruzzini Palace by its distinctive white façade and hanging banner.
Take the Alilaguna Blue Line airport boat from the cruise basin to the San Zaccaria stop.
Follow the directions above.
Leave the cruise terminal by the main doors and walk to the wooden bridge.
Cross the bridge and walk to the vaporetto stop, which is just ahead.
Take the No. 2 water bus in the direction of San Zaccaria.
Get off at San Zaccaria and follow the directions above.
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