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Old 06-24-2007, 05:59 AM
Uwe Uwe is offline
 
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Hi HeinB,

Santa Chiara is the only hotel with a private garage. So if you will go to Venice by car, book this hotel. It is located some steps from the vaporetto linea uno (1). From the hotel you can take a taxi to Stazione Marittima (about 5 Euros). 150 is a good price.
Sorry, but from this hotel you may only see the ferrovia (main rail station) opposite and the Canal Grande but no cruise ships.

If your friends can spend a little bit more money, than book the Calcina. This beautiful hotel is situated at the Canale della Giudecca. If you book rooms with view to the Canale, than you can see all the big ships leaving Venice or on their way to the port. We had been in this hotel. Nearly the best location for shipspotters. In front of the Hotel there is a ponton, where you can take your breakfast.
Have a look on this hotelmachine. It is venere.com. Prices from 153 up to 250.
Coming to Venice by car, you need a parking area (is not cheap).

One of the best places to take pictures is the tower of the church S. Giorgio Maggiore on the Isola di S. Giorgio Maggiore. Look at the map. On the right side you will find the isle with the tower of the curch.
You can wtch the ships leaving the port (left side) and take pictures with the skyline of Venice in the background!

Regards
Uwe

Click here for the homepage of the La Calcina and the prices