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The Garage San Marco

Parking car in Venice might be a huge problem, so many visitors arriving here in cars and very limited space. One can wait more then one hour for free parking place in Park S. Andrea, as I did, and finaly it costs me 16,52 euros for 7 hours. The alternative is the Garage San Marco which charge you 24 euros per day.
The best solution is to park your car in Mestre, for free if possible, and get to Venice by the public transportation.

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Sep 07, 2004

Parking in Venice

No cars are allowed in Venice proper (the islands); thus, if you drive to Venice, you have to park in certain areas. The only place on the islands themselves that you can park is at Piazzale Roma, which is at the end of the causeway coming from the mainland.

See for an online parking reservation site associated with the City of Venice. Through this site, you will find that parking at Piazzale Roma is now 21 euro/day and parking in Mestre (on the mainland) is 10 euro/day.

Of course, once you are in Piazzale Roma, you can immediately start walking in Venice. If you are in Mestre, you have to catch a train or bus over the causeway into Venice - this will add to the cost and time. I would guess that for one person, the train fare both ways would not be nearly up to the 11 euro difference...but the more people you have, the less sense it makes to park in Mestre, since train/bus tickets are per person, and the parking rate in Piazzale Roma is per car. Well, I am saying that it doesn't make sense to kill yourself trying to save a couple of euro...see for the train schedules and fares from "Venezia Mestre" (hopefully the mainland parking is close to the station), and "Venezia Santa Lucia" (on the islands, where you want to go).

Also see which is the City's official website that lists all sorts of parking alternatives...

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Jul 29, 2007

Parking Garage Reservations

If you are arriving in Venice by car in the summer it would be advisable to make parking reservations ahead. You can make the reservations on-line. We park at the Piazzale Roma Garage and find it very easy to find and the garage has good access to the Vaporetti station.

As you enter Venice over the bridge the parking garage, a many storied building is directly to your right. The long line on the right can be avoided by reserving your parking ahead. The entrance for reserved parking is the short line on the left.

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Jun 16, 2005

Piazza Roma Car Parking Venice

We booked this on the web. Staff were helpful and spoke good English. We left the keys with the car, car was protected and at Euros 20 for 12 hours in the centre of Venice we considered this good value. Would definitely recommend. It is only a couple of minutes away from the vaporetto stop for the Grand Canal

May 19, 2007
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Driving to Venice

We have driven to Venice for a couple of our visits, and found that it is extremely easy to just park at Marco Polo airport. From there, you can either take a water taxi directly to your hotel or take the water bus to stops throughout Venice.

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Aug 07, 2006

Auto Ferry to Lido and beyond

It maybe easier and cost less money to leave your car at ports on the mainland, then take the boat bus to Venice and tour Venice and all the islands by boat.

But if you prefer, the auto ferry will transport your car to Lido is. and to other ports on the mainland just not Venice.

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Feb 22, 2003

Venice by car

The majority of visitors to Venice all arrive by car. Quiet a problem since the "streets" of Venice are all waterways. Hence after you have crossed the bridge from the Italian mainland in Mestre it is time to leave your car - on offer are a number of parking garages and parking areas to the right (after crossing the bridge) where you can leave your car. Piazza Roma is within walking distance, and from here one can explore Venice on foot, by water taxi or gondola.

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Nov 03, 2006

Driving to Venice & Parking on the mainland

If you happen to be driving to Venice like I just then do I have a tip for you. Park your car on the mainland (Mestre), it is much much more cheaper and almost as convenient. There is a large parking garage right across from the train station. You only pay 4 Euros compared to 18 Euros at Tronchetto and the Piazz Roma parking garage is I believe more than 20 Euros per day! The train runs to the Venice island every 10 minutes and it only takes 10 minutes. A roundtrip fare to Venice costs less than 2 Euros. From the highway A4 take the Mestre exit and follow the signs for either the train station or the center of town. I only had to make a couple of turns to get to the parking garage. It is secure also.

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As we arrived early in the...

As we arrived early in the morning, we were lucky to park our car near a vaporetto station.
It's really worth to buy a 24h vaporetto ticket. It's rather cheap and it's coll to get the impressions on a vaporetto: school kids, tourists, managers, visitors of the opera etc

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Aug 24, 2002

Car. Most definitely. Some...

Car. Most definitely. Some of my friends go on the train but I find convenience is my main deal. There's a huge parking garage right when you get over the bridge call the Tronchetto. Costs about $20/day. Right when you park your car, walk to the end of the parking structure and catch the Vaporetto (water bus). Costs about 10 Lire (around $5) for a round trip ticket and takes you right down the Grand Canal (sit outside if you can). We always get off at the Rialto stop and make our way through winding streets to Piazza S. Marco.
Good old walking shoes and the Vaporetto (water bus) are the best and the cheapest. The water taxis are molto convenient but costly. About 20000 L ($10)/person. The gondolas are beautiful and fun but not really for regular transport. If you simply trying to get from one side of the canal to the other, use the Traghetto, a gondola-like boat you ride standing up for about 50 cents.

Aug 24, 2002

Reconsider renting a car

I would really reconsider renting a car. You will spend more time, energy, and money dealing with the logistics of "the car" than you will enjoying Italy.

I have been to Venice then onto Rome 7 times and each time I have gone a different route (usually through Tuscany, using buses) and used different means of transportation.

The best way I've found to go straight to Rome from Venice, is to take an overnight train from Venice, that way you save having to pay for a hotel room that night.

There were sometimes "strikes" that halted transportation for a few hours, but they are well announced ahead of time, and easy to plan around.

There was a taxi strike the morning we needed to go to the airport, but our desk clerk drove us for the same amount a taxi would have cost. The desk clerk LOVED taxi strikes!

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Sep 27, 2012

Drive to Venice

Venice is an island and it is connected to the main land by a approximately 5 kms long bridge. The city from where the bridge starts is called Mestre. Mestre is connected to two motorways; one going toward Milan (3 hours journey) and the other one going along the coast to Bologna.

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Apr 17, 2004

Things To Do Near Venice

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San Polo District - Sestiere San Polo

The church of San Giulian, commonly called San Zulian in Venetian dialect, is situated on the Merceria, the main shopping street of Venice. Originally it is structure from the 9th century but...
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Canal Grande

this will be my pictures foe the night view of the grand canal The Grand Canal is the main artery of Venice that splits the city rougly into two halves and of which 4 bridges cross the grand canal at...
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Ca' Pesaro

This is one of the many museums in Venice. Ca'Pesaro is the International Gallery of Modern Art and Oriental Art Museum in Venice (although I was not so much intrigued by their oriental collection...
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Campo Santa Margherita

Piazzas are the happening centers here and there throughout the city. Some have less activity than others. This one was quite busy. I think because it was near the schools for the kids. We noticed...
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Palazzo Grassi

The "Punta della Dogana" building has now been restored by the French billionaire François Pinault. A new museum opened on June 6, 2009 as new centre of contemporary art displaying artists from the...
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Ca' Rezzonico

The baroque palazzo Ca' Rezzonico at the Canale Grande - with its striking facade of white marble - is one of the finest examples of Venice city palaces now open to the public. It was built in the...
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