Mestre

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Visit Mestre

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.

Top hotels in Mestre

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Plaza Venice
Hotel Plaza Venice
4 out of 5
Viale Stazione 36, Mestre, VE
RM212
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

Situated in Mestre, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Piazza Ferretto, Municipal Tower of Mestre and Porto Marghera. Forte Marghera and San Giuliano Park ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,051 reviews)

"This hotel was very clean and the staff was very helpful. It is also conveniently located right next to the train station. We loved our stay at this hotel!"…"

Reviewed on 27 Jan,2020

Hotel Plaza Venice
Staycity Aparthotels Venice Mestre
Staycity Aparthotels Venice Mestre
Via Ca' Marcello 8L, Mestre, Venice
RM152
per night
Feb 4 - Feb 5

Situated in Mestre, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Port of Venice, Piazzale Roma and St. Mark's Square. Doge's Palace and Rialto Bridge are also within ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (252 reviews)

"Very clean,nice environment, kind staff everything was perfect"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan,2020

Staycity Aparthotels Venice Mestre
Jolly Camping In Town
Jolly Camping In Town
3 out of 5
Via Giuseppe De Marchi 7, Marghera, Mestre, VE
RM77
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in Marghera, this campsite is within 3 miles (5 km) of Porto Marghera, Piazza Ferretto and Municipal Tower of Mestre. Villa Salus Hospital and Villa ...

3.8/5Good! (1,815 reviews)

"Amazing property, quiet, peaceful. Near Venice, bus station. Would come again!"…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec,2019

Jolly Camping In Town

Popular things to do in Mestre

Piazza Ferretto
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Piazza Ferretto

4/5(1 review)

Take photos of the imposing bell tower in this historic square before dropping in at the upscale boutiques along the colonnade.

St. Mark's Square
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St. Mark's Square

4.5/5(1,240 reviews)

The beating heart of the city where you’ll find some of its most famous sights, its best cafes, and enjoy the true charm of Venice.

Grand Canal
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Grand Canal

4.5/5(1,110 reviews)

Take a gondola ride along Venice’s beautiful canal and see the city and its magnificent sights in all their glory.

Rialto Bridge
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Rialto Bridge

4.5/5(1,238 reviews)

Cross the romantic old bridge, one of Venice’s most iconic and world-famous sights, now packed with souvenirs and street entertainers.

Doge's Palace
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Doge's Palace

4.5/5(815 reviews)

The home of the Venetian ruling elite for hundreds of years, an enduring monument to the city’s power and stature.

St. Mark's Basilica
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St. Mark's Basilica

4.5/5(1,098 reviews)

An exquisite Byzantine cathedral and one of the most striking of all Venice’s great attractions with a story as old as the city itself.

Top activities in Mestre

Alilaguna Public Transport Card
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Alilaguna Public Transport Card

RM138

Discover Venice at your own pace with the Alilaguna public transport card. You can take advantage of unlimited access to Venice's public transport system for either 24 or 72 hours.

Venice Museum Card
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Venice Museum Card

RM151

Venice's historic art scene is at your fingertips with the Venice Art Card. Save money and time with skip-the-line admissions to some of the best-known sites of this charming city, including the museums of St. Mark's Square, the Jewish Museum, and 16 churches.

Venetian Islands Half-Day Boat Tour: Murano, Burano & Torcello
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Venetian Islands Half-Day Boat Tour: Murano, Burano & Torcello

RM92

Cruise across the waters of the Venetian Lagoon to visit 3 famous islands, each with its own unique ambiance and time-honored traditions. Hop off to explore colorful Burano, roam the streets of quaint Torcello, and watch the famous glass-blowing masters of Murano at work.

Legendary Venice: St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Small-Group Tour
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Legendary Venice: St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Small-Group Tour

RM316

Combine the top 2 sights in Venice in a hassle-free tour led by an expert local guide. With pre-reserved tickets and skip-the-line access, you get straight inside the Doge's Palace for an intimate small-group tour. First, step inside Venice's most important church, St.

St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Tour with Skip-the-Line
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St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Tour with Skip-the-Line

RM318

Skip the lines and step inside 2 of Venice's most iconic monuments with a knowledgeable guide. First, go behind the pink marble facade of the Doge's Palace to see all of Venice's historic wealth and power on display, and then walk under the gold mosaics and beneath the gilded domes of Saint Mark's Basilica.

Friendinvenice Daily life in Venice in the 500 s -private tour
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Friendinvenice Daily life in Venice in the 500 s -private tour

RM466

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Ponte di Rialto, Ruga degli Orefici (Rialto) San Polo, 30125 Venice Italy Venice, where I live, is the most beautiful city in the world: despite being extremely small, it hoards an impressive wealth of Art, Architecture and History, making it a truly unique place.

Reviews of Mestre

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1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Jan 28, 2020

Rough, unclean, not worth staying in

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

Love this town. We stay here in preference to Venice itself, and would holiday here without even going across to Venice! Not that keen on the area close to the station, which is a shame as the hotels look lovely. So many places to eat and drink here.

3/5 - Okay

Christopher

Jan 16, 2020

Good flight connection.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 25, 2019

There are some nices places to eat and to walk around but you got to find them, theyre like 5 - 10 mins from the hotel. hotel is good for transportation to airport or train stations

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 20, 2019

We went into central Mestre where there is a good shopping mall.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 10, 2019

Great location for travelling to venice. Mestre is very quiet so I do recommend buying the €40 ticket for the public transport and you can travel in and out of venice in 15 minutes for 72 hours .