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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

Hotel Villa Serena
Hotel Villa Serena
3 out of 5
Via Carlo Mezzacapo 2/b, Marghera, Mestre, VE
The price is CA $91 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7

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 May 28, 2019

Hotel Villa Serena
Hotel Plaza Venice
Hotel Plaza Venice
4 out of 5
Viale Stazione 36, Mestre, VE
The price is CA $87 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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! (998 reviews)
Great location. Nice people. Weak breakfast

"It could not be more convenient for staying on the mainland and getting in to Venice for the day. Helpful service, and nice, though the breakfast has plenty of room for improvement"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 5, 2020

Hotel Plaza Venice
Elite Hotel Residence
Elite Hotel Residence
4 out of 5
Via Forte Marghera 119, Mestre, VE
The price is CA $81 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

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! (863 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 Dec. 12, 2019

Elite Hotel Residence
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.

Vacation Rentals in Mestre

Jolly Camping In Town
Jolly Camping In Town
3 out of 5
Via Giuseppe De Marchi 7, Marghera, Mestre, VE
The price is CA $39 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

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

3.8/5Good! (1,840 reviews)

"It was in easy reach of Venice and the site was clean and well organised."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 13, 2020

Jolly Camping In Town
Sky Tower Suite
Sky Tower Suite
Via Torino, 6, Mestre, VE
The price is CA $93 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated in Mestre, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ferretto Square and Municipal Tower of Mestre. Porto Marghera and Forte Marghera are also ...

3.4/5 (8 reviews)
Not 24 hours hot water supply

"Not 24 hours hot water supply,after 10PM the water started to get colder,I stayed 3 nights,everyday is like this,I called them to claim this problem in the first night,they sent a person to my room to check it ,but he did nothing,just try the water temperature and said he was going to adjust it,but ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 14, 2019

Sky Tower Suite
Staycity Aparthotels Venice Mestre
Staycity Aparthotels Venice Mestre
Via Ca' Marcello 8L, Mestre, Venice
The price is CA $61 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 29

Situated in Mestre, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Port of Venice, Piazzale Roma and St. Mark's Square. Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Basilica are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (321 reviews)

"Very clean, new, modern. Close to train and bus station to Mestre. I'd stay again if I wanted to visit Venice or places close to Mestre."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 26, 2020

Staycity Aparthotels Venice Mestre
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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Reviews of Mestre

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5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 30.232558139534884%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 43.604651162790695%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 23.837209302325583%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.744186046511628%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5813953488372093%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Nov 1, 2019

Much less expensive than trying to stay in Venice; convenient transportation with buses and Vaporetti.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 25, 2019

Good option rather than staying in Venice

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 3, 2019

Good for overnight to airport

4/5 - Good

Rev

Sep 22, 2019

Quiet neighborhood to venice

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Sep 7, 2019

Much better to stay in Mestre than Venice.

5/5 - Excellent

Z

Aug 24, 2019

Thank you for a great stay. We will be back again.

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