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'Keep Calm Point' has a new name and owner

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ABOVE: Nicola Brusò's Keep Calm Point (shown here, downhill from the Venezia Santa Lucia Railroad Station's side exit) is no longer in business, but a new owner has taken over the space.

Updated March, 2019

Keep Calm Point, a privately-owned Deposito Bagagli office and souvenir shop next to Venice's Santa Lucia Railroad Station, closed its doors on January 1, 2019.

Still, there's some good news: Luggage storage is still available at the same location, under new management, with fees in 2019 of 6 euros for a carry-on bag and  8 euros for a larger suitcase. Depending on how long you plan to leave your bag, this could be cheaper than the official Deposito Bagagli office inside the station near Track 1. (One thing to keep in mind, though: The station's baggage office is open until 11 p.m., compared to only 7 p.m. for the alternative featured here.)

Here's what to look for as you come out the station's side exit and walk down the gently sloping pavement toward the water:

Venice luggage storage by Venezia Santa Lucia railroad station

For more storage options in Venice (including the Piazzale Roma, Marco Polo Airport, and other locations), see our comprehensive Luggage Storage in Venice article at Veniceforvisitors.com or our guide to Luggage Lockers in Venice at the same site.


Venice Hotel Directions (expanded for 2017)

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ABOVE: A sample walking map from our Venice Hotel Directions at Veniceforvisitors.com.

For some time now, we've been offering step-by-step walking directions to hotels in Venice's historic center at our main Web site, Venice for Visitors.

We've just finished improving and expanding our collection, which now totals more than 170 hand-edited walking maps.

Each hotel has its own page with directions from the most convenient arrival point.

We also provide hotel photos, brief hotel descriptions, and links to the hotels' pages at Booking.com.

For even more convenience, our index pages now show you:

  • Alphabetical hotel listings
  • Hotels near Alilaguna airport-boat piers (organized by boat lines and stops)
  • Hotels near taxis and airport buses
  • Hotels near Venice's Santa Lucia railroad station
  • Hotels near the Marittima and San Basilio cruise piers

Whether you're looking for a hotel or wondering how to reach a hotel that you've already booked, head over to Venice for Visitors and see:

 


MAP CREDIT: Walking map by Anders Imboden, using basemap data from the Comune di Venezia and Regione Veneto under license IODL-2.0.


New and improved: Venice Hotel Directions

We've just finished a major overhaul of our Venice Hotel Directions at Venice for Visitors, which provide step-by-step walking directions and location maps for more than 130 hotels, inns, and B&Bs in Venice's historic center.

The biggest change is in maps on individual hotel pages:

In the past, our custom mapping service limited us to 100 maps, which meant that (1) we couldn't use dedicated hotel markers, and (2) we couldn't tweak the neighborhood maps for each hotel.

We recently upgraded to a more expensive map plan, which has allowed us to create 130+ new maps, with each being optimized for a specific hotel. We're now able to identify the featured hotel on each map with a dedicated green marker: Map-marker-green

 

In the reduced-size screen shots below, you can see the differences between an old map and a new map, featuring the three-star Hotel Paganelli on Venice's waterfront east of the Doge's Palace and the Piazza San Marco:

Old map:

Old map

New map:

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We think this is a big improvement, and we hope you'll agree. If you're looking for a hotel near major arrival and departure points in Venice, or if you've already picked a hotel and you need better directions than you'd find on the hotel's own Web site, see our 130+ pages of walking directions with maps at:

Venice for Visitors: Venice Hotel Directions