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MestreItaly

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 Villa Serena
Hotel Villa Serena
3 out of 5
The price is RM396 per night from 9 Oct to 10 Oct

Located in Marghera, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Porto Marghera, Ferretto Square and Municipal Tower of Mestre. Forte Marghera and San Giuliano Park ...

3.6/5Good! (301 reviews)

"Good connection with old town of Venice, good coffee, room was clean every day. Fresh towels"…"

Reviewed on 28 May 2019

Hotel Villa Serena
Hotel Plaza Venice
Hotel Plaza Venice
4 out of 5
The price is RM320 per night from 19 Oct to 20 Oct

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

4.3/5Excellent! (997 reviews)

"Our second time staying here and found it a great hotel. Was clean, comfy bed, staff friendly and helpful. Only thing the room was hot, couldn't work out the air con."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Hotel Plaza Venice
Elite Hotel Residence
Elite Hotel Residence
4 out of 5
Via Forte Marghera 119, Mestre, VE
The price is RM312 per night from 26 Sep to 27 Sep

This family-friendly Mestre hotel is located near the airport, 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Ferretto Square, and within 6 mi (10 km) of St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's ...

4.1/5Very Good! (861 reviews)

"The property was very neat and clean. It was 10 min away from the train terminal which was very convenient if you are traveling to venice"…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2019

Elite Hotel Residence

Popular places to visit in Mestre

Ferretto Square
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Ferretto Square

4/5(2 reviews)

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(1,265 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(1,134 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(1,260 reviews)

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

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

4.5/5(1,116 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.

Doge's Palace
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Doge's Palace

4.5/5(832 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Mestre

Alilaguna Public Transport Card
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Alilaguna Public Transport Card

RM149
Per adult
Venice Museum Card
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Venice Museum Card

RM158
Per adult
The mainland of Venice Bike Tour
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The mainland of Venice Bike Tour

RM200
Per adult
Venetian Islands Half-Day Boat Tour: Murano, Burano & Torcello
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Venetian Islands Half-Day Boat Tour: Murano, Burano & Torcello

RM75
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Classic 30 minutes Gondola Ride
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Classic 30 minutes Gondola Ride

RM104
Per adult
Avanspettacolo: Cabaret Dinner Show in Venice
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Avanspettacolo: Cabaret Dinner Show in Venice

RM368
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Mestre

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 27.586206896551722%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 47.8448275862069%
3 - Okay
47
3 - Okay 20.25862068965517%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 3.0172413793103448%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.293103448275862%

5/5 - Excellent

Kathryn

26 Feb 2020

Great if you stay in the centre, Easy to get in to Venice. I wouldn't recommend the area near the train station.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

4 Feb 2020

It’s a base for visiting Venice. We didn’t explore as it’s a total contrast to Venice but a great base.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

28 Jan 2020

Rough, unclean, not worth staying in

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Jan 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

16 Jan 2020

Good flight connection.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

25 Nov 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

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