Where to stay in venice before cruising
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There is a free shuttle from the Piazzale to the cruise ships, although it is close enough to walk with light baggage.
The rooms in the hotel are small, but comfortable and how can you beat a view of the canal. The staff are wonderful and the continental breakfast kept us going until late in the afternoon. We never felt the hotel was poorly located to see the sights, but we are walkers and found that walking to the main sights allowed us many wonderful surprise sights that are quiet, and wonderfully tourist free. Check out the Tripadvisor reviews if you are interested in the hotel.
Close to the hotel (5 minute walk) is lovely Campo Margherita, a great place for people watching, lunch or just wandering and viewing the outdoor market.
Venice is small, and you can easily walk anywhere within a half hour, you may get lost but as Rick Steves would say that is the best part. A hint - if you know the location of your hotel in relation to St. Mark's square or the train station, just watch for the yellow signs posted above you on the building walls, the arrows will direct you to either.
Try to do the Doge's Secret Itinerary tour - you will have to book online in advance though.
Have a great time - it is a truly wonderful city.
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