Mestre

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Mestre featuring street scenes

Historic landmarks, sprawling green parks and traditional Italian culture make this suburb a comfortable, scenic retreat just minutes from the canals of Venice.

Mestre is an enchanting area full of parks, designer stores and a central piazza with historic landmarks. The region is a romantic and scenic retreat for vacationers and travelers. It is also known for its pizza restaurants that prepare traditional family recipes and its patisseries with homemade cakes. The commune provides a welcoming traditional ambiance with cobblestone streets and family-run stores.

Stroll around the scenic Piazza Ferretto. Peruse ancient buildings around the square and relax near the central water fountain which generates a sense of calm. Designer shops dot the surroundings. Eat at one of the piazza’s restaurants with al fresco dining along the pedestrianized area.

Next to the piazza is the Galleria Matteotti, a strip of stores enclosed by a glass roof. Browse jewelers and art shops.

Wander around the historic landmarks of Mestre, perhaps on a free tour of the 17th-century Cathedral of St. Lawrence. Look for the Torre dell’Orologio, a famous watchtower built in 1108; it is the only surviving remnant of a wall that protected the city in medieval times. Admire the Podestarile Palace, a centuries-old building now used as an important government building.

Have a picnic on the grass of San Giuliano Park. Stay for an outdoor concert in the evening. At the nearby Albanese Bissuola Park, you can feed the ducks in the pond.

Take a sip of Aperol, an orange-colored traditional alcoholic drink of tangy sparkling water. If you love coffee, be sure to have an espresso, typically served strong in Italy. Indulge in other Italian favorites, such as pizza and pasta. Although Italian is the main language in Mestre, you may encounter people ordering their meals in the Romance dialect of Venetian.

Due to its affordability, Mestre is often used as a base by travelers visiting the historic center of Venice. Use the easy transportation links between the two regions by train and bus at any time of day. The most practical connection is via the Venezia Mestre Railway Station.

Where to stay in Mestre

Best Western Hotel Tritone
Best Western Hotel Tritone
4 out of 5
Viale Stazione 16, Mestre, VE
The price is ¥7,386 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ferretto Square and Porto Marghera. Forte Marghera and San Giuliano Park are also within 3 mi ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (969 reviews)
"Great location if you like to hop on the trains. Very nice and helpful staff."

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2021

Best Western Hotel Tritone
Hilton Garden Inn Venice Mestre San Giuliano
Hilton Garden Inn Venice Mestre San Giuliano
4 out of 5
Via Orlanda, 1, Mestre
The price is ¥7,503 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Located in San Giuliano, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of San Giuliano Park and Forte Marghera. Ferretto Square is 2 mi (3.3 km) away. Porto Marghera ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (981 reviews)
"Friendly staff, clean rooms, easy access to highways, good selection breakfast."

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

Hilton Garden Inn Venice Mestre San Giuliano
Courtyard by Marriott Venice Airport
Courtyard by Marriott Venice Airport
4 out of 5
Via Triestina 170, Tessera, Mestre, VE
The price is ¥12,638 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Located in Tessera, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Ca' Noghera Casino of Venice and within 6 mi (10 km) of Forte Bazzera and Forte Marghera. San Giuliano Park ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (874 reviews)
"Great staff, very friendly."

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

Courtyard by Marriott Venice Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Jolly Camping In Town
Jolly Camping In Town
3 out of 5
Via Giuseppe De Marchi 7, Marghera, Mestre, VE
The price is ¥3,414 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Located in Marghera, this campground is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Porto Marghera and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Ferretto Square. Villa Foscari La Malcontenta and Auchan ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,871 reviews)
"Food was sweet, clean place, very space efficient. Short 1200m (3/4 mile walk to bus stop)"

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2021

Jolly Camping In Town
Camping Serenissima
Camping Serenissima
3 out of 5
via Padana 334/A, Malcontenta, Mestre, VE
Located in Malcontenta, this campground is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Villa Foscari La Malcontenta and within 6 mi (10 km) of Porto Marghera and Forte Marghera. Port ...
4/5 Very Good! (100 reviews)
"Wonderful value etc. The only negative thing was you can hear everything in the trailer beside you to a point of ridiculousness. If you can deal with that ( which we decided we could) Then you won’t be disappointed"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

Camping Serenissima
Camping Rialto
Camping Rialto
1 out of 5
Via Orlanda 16, Campalto, Mestre, Venezia
Located in Campalto, this campground is within 6 mi (10 km) of Port of Venice, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, and Ca' d'Oro Giorgio Franchetti Gallery. Ca' ...
3.3/5 (24 reviews)
"The property is old and run down, the bed mattress needs to changed, also you pay and clean the mobile before you leave , they require 50 euros , if you don't clean the cabin they keep your money. Our toilette didn't have have a cover so we had to put our hands in the tank to flush. when I mention ..."

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019

Camping Rialto
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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