Mestre Travel Guide

  • Mestre center: the fountain in Piazza Ferretto
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Mestre Things to Do

  • Palazzo della Provvedoria

    Provvedoria was built in 1452 and inaugurated as a seat of the Civic Council. The building was devastated in 1513 and reconstructed in 1525. From the beginning of the 19th century the palace was center of the Communal School, while its Room to Advice was used after granary. In 1926 the building was destroyed in fire and after reconstruction it...

  • Check Out the Public Art

    The City of Mestre has made a concerted effort to change its image. Significant infrastructure improvements are visible downtown near the Piazza Ferretto and the new regional park is one of the largest in Europe.There has also been a significant addition to Mestre's public art. Some of it like on the Via Piave is a little weird, Other examples seem...

  • Torre dell Orologio

    The Torre dell Orologio is the oldest surviving building in Mestre. It dates back to the early 12th century and from what I could learn survived the devastation of World War 2. It is located on a far end of the Piazza Ferrretto. Its most striking feature is the large clock in proportion to the rest of the tower. It has been the iconic figure on the...

  • Galleria Matttetoi

    Located adjacent to the Piazza Ferretto, the Galleria Mattteoti was a stunning surprise. Metal decorations on large glass windows joyfully announce your arrival at the galleria. Enclosed in a beautiful glass shell roof the galleria reminds one of the larger galleria in Milan . However this galleria has been in existence since the late 19th century...

  • Piazza Ferretto

    Mestre's Piazza Ferretto is a lovely piazza hidden in the northwestern part of town. The piazza contains some lovely old buildings, a central water feature,, many designer shops, and many restaurants. In addition, there is a lovely old theatre and a belltower.Adjacent to the piazza the borough of Mestre/Campanado is undergoing some infrastructure...

  • Parco San Giuliano

    Parco San Giuliano was a surprise. A very large urban park located just south of the City Center. and to the north is the Liberty Bridge to Venice. The park which is used for passive and active recreation is also used for outdoor concerts. It has great views of the Venice Lagoon. The Master Plan for park development calls for eventual development...

  • Canale

    Like Venice, Mestre has canals too but only a few of them. The town was built along the river of Marzenego, which today is canalized and giving Mestre a very pitoresque look. This on the picture is area where old fish market was situated.

  • Galleria Matteotti

    Maybe it isn't as famous as Milan's Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, still Galleria Matteotti is attractive and unique as a rare example of such constructions in Veneto. Locals oftenly call it "Toniolo", after its commisioner who also commisioned the theatre right next to gallery. The Gallery Matteotti was built in the beginning of the 19th century...

  • San Girolamo

    Mestre has long history and it is integral part of the Venice, in fact it is also called "terraferma" (mainland) of the Venice. No matter of its age Mestre looks alike modern town with predominatelly modern 20th century architecture. Fact is, not much traces from medieval times could be seen around.San Girolamo is located in the heart of Mestre and...

  • San Lorenzo

    San Lorenzo was built in 1192 and was a property of the Mestrina Community, ancient institute governed by the local noble families (the clergy was only taken care of the religious services). The current church, with neoclassical facade, erected in the beginning of the 19th century, conserving the Romanesque bell tower as the only remaining part of...

  • Torre dell'Orologio

    In medieval times, as most of the other Italian towns, Mestre was fortified by strong city walls and defending towers, but not much of it survived. Torre dell'Orologio, which dates back to the year 1108, is the only defending tower which survived. It is the most iconic building in Mestre and the real emblem of the town. The tower is situated in the...

  • Walk the historical centre

    It really is worth exploring Mestre's historical centre.The ancient Torre del'Orologio (a watchtower dating from the 1100s) stands guard over Piazza Ferretto and Piazza Matter. It later became part of Mestre's 'Castelnuovo', which had 12 towers...this is the only one remaining. The nearby Palazzo Providerria dates from the 14th century and was...


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Mestre Restaurants

  • Popular Self Serve Mestre Restaurant

    While hunting for a place that had been recommended by one of the staff at the Hotel Cris we ran into Brek's. It is located on the busy Via Carducci not far the Piazza Ferrretto. Brek's is a chain of restaurants that also has locations in Venice.The restaurant is totally self service so if you are looking for something more formal this is not it....

  • small friendly restaurant in Mestre

    Small restaurant located close to the train station offering local Venetian cuisine. We were served by a friendly chap called Sergio who explained the menu in detail. The mixed fish is worth getting with good portions.

  • BRILLIANT Thai/Chinese restaurant

    Very much a family Thai/Chinese restaurant, not just in the sense that it's run by a family, but also in the sense that most of the customers seem to be friends from the Thai and Chinese communities in Mestre. I had an excellent supper there, including the best rice I've had in a Thai or Chinese restaurant anywhere. Decor simple, not at all...


Mestre Transportation

  • Mestre Train Station

    The Mestre Train Station is both a convenient means of getting in daily to Venice as well as an easy to use platform for making other connections in Italy. Trains into the Venezia Santa Lucia station leave several times an hour and usually leave on Track 1. The one way fare into Venice is just over 2 euros. While a little more expensive than the...

  • Easy Bus Access to Venice

    Travel into Vencie from Mestre by bus is a breeze. If you are staying along the Via Piave, buses on the Number 2 run about every 20 minutes into Venice. The cost of a one way ticket is 1.30 euros. Bus stops along Via Piave are every couple hundred of meters. Please be advised that you MUST validate your ticket and that the morning rides into Venice...

  • From Mestre to Vienna

    We left Italy to Austria in Mestre. Our drivers took autostrada A4 (about 100 km), then E55 to the border of Austria (about 120 km). The road was very picturesque with mountains alongside. I enjoyed it out of a bus window.You can watch my 4 min 06 sec Video Mestre- Vienna out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.


Mestre Local Customs

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    by TooTallFinn24 Updated May 28, 2013

    Aside from being one of the main commercial streets in downtown Mestre, the Via Piave is also a place for friends to meet and share the events of the day. According to my hotel, the park across the street from the bus stop is a notorious meeting place for older folk to meet up with their friends chat, and have a little lunch outside. . There was also some card playing but I could not recognize what game they were playing. There was no card table just holding your cards in your hand while sitting on the bench or standing up. When taking these pictures I immediately drew attention from one of the groups. I don't know who was more interesting them or me?

    Local Residents Meet to Chat and Play Cards

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    by croisbeauty Updated Jul 2, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Ever been to Mestre or you haven't even noticed it when going to Venice? It is called "terra ferma", which means something like hinterland. Anyway, Mestre is small relatively town ......

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