3*Hotel in Mestre
I'd chosen this hotel in Mestre as it was fairly near to the San Giuliano Park, where I was hoping to attend the Heineken Festival. However, a freak tornado hit the park the night before I arrived, causing many injuries and structural damage, resulting in the festival being cancelled.
The hotel is just outside the centre of Mestre, but there are buses that stop nearby (on Via S. Dona) for Marco Polo Airport, Mestre train station and Venice.
Hotel Holiday is situated in a residential area, It took me a while to find as I'd missed the small sign at the end of the road.
The receptionist was quite efficient, and I was soon unpacking.
My room (207) was quite comfortable with double bed, TV, air con/heating, en suite bathroom with shower, wc , basin, bidet, towels and shampoo/shower gel, soap and shoe shine.
I also had a view onto a building site (luckily no work was carried out during my stay) and the Circonvallazione Est road!
As the festival was cancelled I headed to the hotel bar - this was manned by the receptionist, so service was quite slow - there was only myself and another couple- (who found that the bar wasn't very well stocked - each drink they ordered wasn't available)
The bar surface itself was quite sticky and had a smell of stale beer.
Breakfast wasn't too appetising - the one waitress wasn't too friendly either. Stale bread rolls, salami and cheese that had a strange perfumed taste -as if someone had sprayed one of those cheap air fresheners nearby, orange juice that was probably the result of a chemical experiment and coffee that was nearly undrinkable!
I managed to grab a yogurt and a pastry that weren't too bad. I don't have high expectations of hotel breakfasts generally, but this was a bit disheartening. The hotel is advertised as being modern and completely renewed - to me, it felt as if it had remained in the 1980's.
I felt the hotel had become quite depressed, the reception staff were quite polite and answered my questions, but there wasn't a feeling of being welcome. I'd asked if I could have an extra pillow and a couple of coathangers - there was only one in the wardrobe. This was noted down, but I never received either.
There is a restaurant which caters for 200 persons, which I didn't try as it finished serving at 2100hrs. (after my arrival time)
This all sounds very negative, but it was clean, my room was comfortable, it was handy for getting from the airport, to the station, and for the bus into Venice and it was quite reasonable. (I paid 63 euros each night for bed and breakfast - Single room)
I would have liked to have seen more of Mestre but didn't have time. If booking at Christmas, Mestre has Christmas Markets!
There were a few restaurants, and a cocktail bar nearby, just along Via S. Donna (I had a nice pizza at Fantasy Pizza, where the young staff were quite friendly and helpful)
Erice is situated on top of the Monte San Giuliano. Its a mediaval city where you can visit the old city walls, castles (Castello Pepoli e Venere and Torretta Pepoli) and some old churches. We arrived here in the middle of the day. Siesta time, everything was closed then !!!
Rimini - Tiberius bridge
A Roman highlight for me was this, the Tiberius bridge in Rimini. This amazing Roman bridge still carries traffic over water today even though it is 2000 years old. An inscription on large stones mid-way across the bridge state that work on the bridge over the Marecchia River, then known as Ariminus, began under the Emperor Augustus in 14 A.D. and was completed under Tiberius in 21 A.D. The bridge still connects the city centre to Borgo San Giuliano and leads to the roads Via Emilia and Via Popilia that lead north.
The Merceries and San Zulian (San Giuliano)
Leaving the Piazza under the clocktower, we enter the Mercerie- the centre of old commercial Venice, and a chain of 5 streets, which lead to Campo San Bartolomeo, near the Rialto Bridge.
These narrow streets have always been lined with shops, probably because this most direct route between the political centre of San Marco, and the Commercial centre of Rialto, ensured potential trade opportunities
Marble block pavings were unique to this area of Venice, an indication of the wealth and importance of the traders.
Mercerie dell' Orologio leads into Merceria San Zulian
In the small Campo of San Zulian, is the church of San Giuliano or San Julian One of the churches' features is the figure above the doorway of the physician,Tommaso Rangone by Alessandro Vittoria. Rangone paid for most of the rebuilding work of the church in 1553, and immodestly had the statue commissioned to remind everyone of his generosity. The fact that he wanted to be remembered as a scholar as well - hence his books and globes featuring in the stonework, was possibly more annoying to some. as this wasn't considered to be a Venetian trait- and Rangone was from outside Venice! Apparently, his initial wish was to have his effigy displayed on the facade of his local church, San Geminiano, which it just so happened, used to face the Basillica of San Marco! Not surprisingly, this request was refused by the City Governers. Look for the Greek and Hebrew inscriptions.
Open Mon, Wed, Thurs and Sat 0830 -1200 and 1500 -1800. Tues , Fri 0830 - 1200 Worth seeing inside -The central ceiling panel of St Julian in Glory by Palma Il Giovane, Pieta with SS Roch, Jeremiah and Mark by Veronese, and Vittorias ceiling stuccos. Also the terracotta figures of The Virgin and The Magdalen and the marbel altar panel, all created in 1583 by Campagna.
From this Campo,Merceries Del Capitello and San Salvador run parallel, leading into Campo San SalvadorSee my next tip.
2 Aprile (the 5th and final mercerie) links this campo with Campo Bartolomeo
Vaporetto - Easy and cheap way of exploring.
Whenever you arrive in Venice it's definately clear to you that the best way to see and explore Venice is just hiking your way around. But (of course) the best way to see the Canal Grande (Grand Canal) and the lagoon of Venice is by boat. While you can hire a water taxi, the slower but much cheaper vaporetto is a very good choice.
Ever since 1881 there a organized ways of public transport over the water. But it still lasted a long period untill it was trully a professional orgaisation. Because of the building of important roads (such as the Marghera flyover and the San Giuliano junction) obliged the city to increase its services and the resources used. The "Azienda del Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano" (A.C.T.V.) - the Venice Public Transport Company - was founded and began operating on 1 October 1978.
Travelling by vaporetto is very easy. In every map of the city you can buy the lines (and therefore routes) of the vaporetto are shown. Besides that we saw maps depicting the directions all boats were heading at the boat stops. Finally we can tell that once you're inside the vaporetto there are also maps of the slops that particular boat you're on is making. It can't be easier!
We used the famous line number one a lot. One reason for this was the fact that our B&B was close to the Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge) and therefore near the vaporetto stop right there. But another reason was that the vaporetto is an easy way to admire all the amazing mansions, olsd palazzo's (Palaces) and other beautiful buildings that overlook the Canal Grande.
Visitors shopping on the Rialto Bridge
Museo Correr behind the (horrible) podium.
Seen from la Loggia dei Cavalli
San Giuliano Hotel
Has anyone stayed at the San Giuliano Hotel in Venice. Any info most appreciated. Thanks.
Re: San Giuliano Hotel
Well, I don't know about the internal service of this hotel. I can advice you that the San Giuliano's zone in Mestre is not the best place to stay because it is a suburban zone, far from the centre and not well lighted the evening. The positive point is that you can take bus #12 to go to Venice and it's a very fast trip (just 10 minutes, or less, it depends from the trafic).
Bus #12 (or #12/) passes every 10 minutes during the day and every 20 minutes from 8 pm to 1 am. After 1 am you have to take the bus night N1 to return in your hotel (every hour at the minutes 11 and 31 starts from Piazzale Roma).
I will be driving to Venice in a couple of months and am trying to gather some information on parking options.
I was thinking of either parking in Tronchetto or finding a car park in Mestre, San Giuliano, or Fusina. Has anyone had experience with these? I want to make sure the garage is open in mid April (I have heard some are open only in summer) and also want to know how to get from the garage to Venice. Tronchetto seems to be the easiest option, but also the more expensive.
Any insights/experience would be appreciated.
RE: Venice Parking
I've driven out to Venice proper and parked at the lots Piazzale Roma. 20 euro for a 24hr period, most convenient as it is right at the grand canal. Also parked at tronchetto, which is out near Venice as well, but a bit further away and near the Cruise ships (we parked here for a cruise).
As for parking in Mestre, this is the cheapest, but still convenient as there are regular shuttle busses running to Piazzale Roma. CHeck out the easy, english version of this website : http://www.asmvenezia.it/index_eng.html
and click on car parks. All the info on the car parks in Venezia and Mestre
RE: Venice Parking
Best option is to park near the Mestre train station, or to a stop for a bus that will take you to the station.
Venice, Aerosmith, Verona, Lake Garda June 07
Hi, Hoping someone can help me with some answers to the following, I've tried finding out for myself, but I'm not having much luck.
I'm hoping to see Aerosmith in Venice (Mestre)June 16th -
I imagine that it's best for me to stay in Mestre that night, but otherwise, will there be transport across to Venice (I'll be on a bit of a budget, so looking for cheapest/safe options)
I'm then wanting to go to Lake Garda for upto a week,(for a relaxing break) with the intention of visiting Verona, and hoping to see Nabbucco (22nd) or Aida(23rd)(Yes, my music tastes are eclectic!!) before probably spending a night in Venice before flying back home from Marco Polo on 25th or 26th June
1.How far is San Giuliano Park from the train station in Mestre?
(What time do buses stop at night?)
2. Is there a direct bus to Lake Garda from Venice, or will I need to get the train to Verona, then bus/train to Lake Garda?
Any recommendations for hotels etc. in Mestre and Lake Garda (I haven't decided which resort/town to stay in Lake Garda yet) are welcomed too-
Re: Venice, Aerosmith, Verona, Lake Garda June 07
yes, quite eclectic tastes, but that is good!
So, let's see how i can help you..
1 will there be transport across to Venice?
Generally, yes. All night long See ground / water services of www.actv.it for timetables. But i don't know whre the concert will be. Hardly in central Mestre. Anyway, i don't know if Venice may be a cheap option to Mestre
2 How far is San Giuliano Park from the train station in Mestre? (What time do buses stop at night Quite far...)?
Again see the schedules on the site above
3) Is there a direct bus to Lake Garda from Venice?
Yes, one summer service that i know of. This is the 2006 schedule (http://www.aptv.it/pdf/Riva-ve.pdf) , but it is a lot of years it is done
+ or - the same way.
Re: Venice, Aerosmith, Verona, Lake Garda June 07
Yes, Mestre is bit cheap to stay and can easily move to Santa lucia train staion in main land, from there, can take trains to verona. Hope , you got the answer for timetable. for hotels better to stay mestre and lake garda then venice and verona. coz, both venice and verona are bit expensive than mestre and lake garda. But you can more by train easily, no need to worry.
Re: Venice, Aerosmith, Verona, Lake Garda June 07
Hi, effeti and jami1 Thanks for your helpful advice. I've booked a hotel in Mestre now, quite near to San Giuliano Park.