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I just got an email from my travel agent saying my flights have all been changed or cancelled, so I'll be changing my itinerary and will take your great advice into consideration.
The hotel is Pensione Guerrato. The directions provided by the hotel from the Marco Polo Airport: take the orange bus ACTV #5 or the blue bus ATVO to Venezia-Piazzale Roma. Then from the Piazzale Roma park terminal, take the boat #1 (vaporetto line 1) with direction Rialto and get off at the Rialto Mercato Stop. After disembarking from the boat stop, walk under the archway directly in front of you and then turn right. Continue in this direction and turn on the second left – Calle drio la Scimia (you’ll see the sign Pensione Guerrato). The reception is on the first floor.
The directions provided by Rick Steves:
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By Bus & Water Bus
Buses between the airport and Venice are fast, frequent, and cheap. They drop off at the square called Piazzale
Roma. Two bus companies serve this route: ACTV and ATVO. ATVO buses take 20 minutes and go nonstop.
ACTV buses make a few stops en route and take slightly longer (30 minutes). The service is equally good
(either bus: €8 one-way, €15 round-trip, runs about 5am-midnight, 2/hour drops to 1/hour early and late).
Venice Marco Polo Airport to Piazzale Roma
Buses leave from just outside the arrivals terminal. Buy tickets from the TI, the ticket desk in the terminal, the
kiosk near baggage claim, or ticket machines. ATVO tickets are not valid on ACTV buses and vice versa.
Double-check the destination; you want Piazzale Roma. If taking ACTV, you want bus #5. From Piazzale Roma
it is about a 15-minute vaporetto ride and a 1-minute walk to your hotel.
Piazzale Roma to Hotel
Venice’s public transit system, run by ACTV, is a fleet of motorized bus-boats called vaporetti. Purchase
tickets (un biglietto) at the dock. One ticket is €7.50, or you can buy a pass for unlimited use for 24 hours
(€20), 48 hours (€30), etc. You must validate your ticket by scanning it at the small white machine on the dock
before boarding or risk a fine. Take vaporetto #1 (direction Lido) to the Rialto Mercado stop. From here, it is a
one-minute walk to the hotel. Disembark and walk straight under the archway in front of you, then turn right.
Turn on the second left (Calle Scimia), and look for the Pensione Guerrato sign ahead on the left at #240A.
Reception is up the stairs on the first floor and open 24 hours.
By Shuttle Boat
Venice Marco Polo Airport to Rialto Bridge
Alilaguna shuttle boats and water taxis both leave from the airport’s boat dock, an 8-minute walk from the
terminal. Exit the arrivals hall and turn left, following signs along a covered sidewalk. Alilaguna boats depart
roughly twice an hour and take about 55 minutes to reach the Rialto stop (closest to the hotel). Tickets are
€15 (one-way) and can be purchased at the airport TI, the ticket desk in the terminal, the ticket booth at the
dock, online, or from the driver (€1 surcharge).
Rialto Bridge to Hotel
Take the orange line (“linea arancio”) to the Rialto stop. From here it is a 4-minute walk to the hotel. Upon
disembarking, walk across the Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal. Continue straight through the market area
on Ruga Dei Oresi (also spelled degli Orefici). Turn right on Calle Scimia (also spelled Calla Simia). Look for the
Pensione Guerrato sign ahead, on the right at #240A. Reception is up the stairs on the 1st floor.