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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.

Campanile Venice Mestre
Campanile Venice Mestre
3 out of 5
Via Cà Marcello 8G, Mestre, VE
Fully refundable
The price is CA $54 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
Located in the heart of Mestre, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of St. Mark's Square, Doge's Palace, and St. Mark's Basilica. Bridge of Sighs and St Mark's ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (68 reviews)
Great hotel
"This hotel was spotless. It looked brand new, quality fittings in bathroom, comfy mattress. I was very pleased overall with everything."

Reviewed on Oct. 9, 2020

Campanile Venice Mestre
Hotel Plaza Venice
Hotel Plaza Venice
4 out of 5
Viale Stazione 36, Mestre, VE
The price is CA $65 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Situated in Mestre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ferretto Square, Municipal Tower of Mestre, and Porto Marghera. Forte Marghera and San Giuliano Park ...
4.3/5Excellent! (997 reviews)
"Location next to train station"

Reviewed on Jul. 17, 2021

Hotel Plaza Venice
Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana
Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana
4 out of 5
Via Alfredo Ceccherini 21, Mestre, VE
The price is CA $98 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 25
This family-friendly Mestre hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Auchan, Ferretto Square, and Villa Salus Hospital. San Giuliano Park and Ospedale dell'Angelo are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (944 reviews)
"Staff was very polite and extremely welcoming!"

Reviewed on Jun. 16, 2021

Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana
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