Venice

 

Venice is one of the most famous cities in Italy. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its unique urbanization and artistic heritage, it’s a dream destination for tourists from all over the world, especially for the romantics. The city of Venice is made up of some territories situated on the mainland, such as the city of Mestre, as well as some island territories in the Venetian Lagoon.

The heart of Venice, the historic center, lies in the lagoon and is formed by 118 small islands connected to Mestre on the mainland by an almost 4km stretch of bridge: the Liberty Bridge

As you can probably already guess from this little introduction (or by simply looking at the city on Google Maps), since it’s made up of so many little islands connected by bridges and canals, Venice is literally a city without streets! Maybe U2 was singing about this Italian city in their song “Where the Streets Have No Name”, since there aren’t any! ;)

For this reason, we thought we’d give you a few pieces of advice if you’re planning a car trip to Venice. If you need information about how to get around Veniceand especially about where to leave your car when you want to go out and explore the city, we’re sure you’re going to want to read on!

Driving in Venice

Or, perhaps better said, not driving in Venice…

In the center of Venice, it is not possible to get around by car (unless you have life preservers in place of tires, but we still wouldn’t recommend it). In the Lagoon, which is also the center of Venice, there aren’t even streets, just canals. So there are three alternatives: Go walking, ride a gondola (you have to do it at least once!), or using the public transportation services.

Since we’ve made it crystal clear that almost the entire city center is inaccessible by car, now we’ll fill you in on how to get to the city and, of course, where to park in Venice.

Where to park in Venice

Above we told you that part of Venice is on solid land: the city of Mestre, which is accessible by car via highways A27 and A57. Wherever you want to park, Parclick offers you car parks in both Mestre and Venice to help you save all the time it would take looking for parking in an unfamiliar city.

If you want to park in Mestre, you should know that parking here is cheaper and in just a few minutes you can walk to the Venice Mestre train station. From there you can take a train across the Liberty Bridge to arrive at the Santa Lucia station in the historic part of Venice. The trains run frequently and the duration of the journey is only about 10 minutes. There are also buses (part of Venice’s public transportation company) that run the same route across the Liberty Bridge.

If you want to park directly in Venice, drive over the Liberty Bridge towards Piazzale Roma. This plaza is the last part of the historic city center where cars are allowed, and, as such, is the only possible place to park in the center of Venice.

From Piazzale Roma, which is right next to Santa Lucia station, you can take a ferry to the rest of the city.

Keep in mind that finding a parking space in Piazzale Roma isn’t that easy, mainly because of all the people that visit the city year-round. That’s why booking a parking space with Parclick will save you from a long, exhausting search for parking.

Now you know, whether you want to park in Mestre or park in downtown Venice, Parclick always offers you the best car parks so you can book ahead of time with just a few clicks. Believe us: this way you won’t lose time, money, or your patience!

Renting a parking space in a garage in Venice

In addition to booking a car park for a few hours or days, with Parclick you can also rent a parking space in Venice to leave your care in a safe place for as many days, or months, as you want. In Parclick we offer monthly passes with 24-hour access, or just daytime or nighttime access if you prefer.

The important thing is that your parking space is always guaranteed. What are you waiting for? Go ahead, take a look!

Check out our options for renting parking spaces in garages in Venice, and if you don’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to call us! We’re here to help you park wherever it’s most convenient for you.

Visiting Venice

Venice, also known as “la Serenissima”, is a historic city that was the capital of the Republic of Venice for more than one thousand years. Thanks to its rich history, the city still has an incredible cultural heritage and artistic and architectural legacy today.

Venice Neighborhoods

The city is divided into 6 districts, known as “sestieri”:

The entire historical center of the city is traversed by the famous Grand Canal, from which 158 smaller canals split off.

Want to know what there is to see in each district? Keep reading!

Monuments and Main Sights to See

Venice is the perfect place for a romantic trip and for a stroll along its famous canals. If you visit Venice, there are some places you can’t miss!

What to see in San Marco

First of all we have the famous San Marco Plaza, where you can find the Basilica of San Marco, the patron saint of Venice. You can also visit the San Marco bell tower, the clocktower, and the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace, formerly the chief magistrate’s residence and seat of government). You can also admire the famous Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) in the San Marco district, along with the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, the San Moisè Church, and La Fenice Theatre (Venice’s main opera house).

What to see in Dorsoduro

In the Dorsoduro district there is plenty of art and architecture to be seen, in the form of both museums, like the Academy Gallery of Fine Art, and palaces, such as Ca’Rezzonico and Ca’Dario. There are also several must-see churches, like the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, the Church of Santa Maria del Rosario (locally known as Gesuati), and Ognissanti. The Dorsoduro district is split in two by the Grand Canal and part of it lies on the island of Giudecca, where you can find the Church of the Redeemer. And last but not least, Dorsoduro is home to Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, housed in the Gothic palace Ca’ Foscari.

What to see in Santa Croce

Santa Croce is the smallest district in Venice, but it still includes the little island of Tronchetto, the Piazzale Roma we mentioned earlier, and the Constitution Bridge, which connects Piazzale Roma to the Santa Lucia train station. In Santa Croce you can find the Ca’ Pesaro Palace, the Church of San Stae, the Church of San Nicola da Tolentino, and the Civic Museum of Natural History. This district also borders the San Polo district, which we’ll talk about next.

What to see in San Polo

One of the main sights to see in San Polo is the Rialto Bridge, which connects this district with that of San Marco. Here you can’t miss the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto, the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, a lay confraternity created to help people during the plague.

What to see in Cannaregio

The Cannaregio district is the only one you can take a ferry through, via the Cannaregio Canal and the Grand Canal. Here you can visit three particular bridges: Ponte degli Scalzi (“Bridge of the Barefoot Monks”), Ponte delle Guglie (“Bridge of Spiers”), and Ponte dei Tre Archi (“Bridge of the Three Arches”. You can also find the Church of the Madonna dell’Orto, the Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and what was the old Jewish Quarter, the home of the city’s Jewish community in the past.

What to see in Castello

And last but not least, we’ll tell you about Castello, the largest of Venice’s 6 districts. It’s the only one not located on the banks of the Grand Canal, but it does have the Church of San Zaccaria, the Basilica of Santo Giovanni e Paolo, the Grand School of San Marco, and the Venetian Arsenal, former naval base that houses numerous art exhibitions during the Venice Biennial celebration.

All the places we’ve mentioned undoubtedly form just a small part of the many wonders in Venice’s historic center and its lagoon. Don’t forget about the other islands of Burano, Murano, San Lazzaro degli Armeni, and Lido di Venezia.

What to do in Venice

Events and Festivals in Venice

Venice is full of people all year long, but if there’s just one time that it’s worth braving the crowds to visit the city, it’s most certainly during its most famous event: The Venice Carnival.

If you’re a movie lover, then you should experience the lively environment that fills the city during the Venice International Film Festival.

During these major events, finding a parking space in Venice is definitely going to be difficult… That’s why we recommend you use Parclick to book your parking spot in advance!

Travelling from Venice

Venice is a wonderful city to visit, and thanks to its port and airport, it’s also a great jumping off point to set out and discover even more fabulous Mediterranean and European destinations! If you’re planning a trip from Venice, we can help you park securely in the Venice Port or close to the Marco Polo airport.

Parking at the Venice Port

The port of Venice is one of the most important Mediterranean ports. If you’re looking for parking close by, it’s likely you’re going on a cruise from Venice. There are many cruise companies that organize trips that leave from Venice and make stops all across the Mediterranean Sea. But there’s another option if you just want to make one stop: Take a boat to Greece or Turkey!

The area around Piazzale Roma is always going to be the best option if you want to park near the Venice Port since it’s only a 10 minute walk from the Venice Passenger Terminal, where all the cruises and ferries leave from. There’s also a People Mover (elevated public shuttle train) service that connects Piazzale Roma to the Venice Port, ending at the artificial island of Tronchetto.

Another option is to choose one of our car parks on solid land that offer you a free transportation service to easily arrive to the port after parking your car in a secure place.

Parking near the Venice airport

If you’ve already decided to catch a flight from Venice, we have some alternatives so that you can park near the Venice airport. Take a look at our car parks with free transportation services to the airport to get to your terminal in a jiff the day of your flight. ;)

After alllllll this information, you can’t say we haven’t prepared you to take Venice by storm from the moment you arrive! Discover one of the most romantic cities in the world while you leave your car in a safe place in one of our car parks.

But if you’re one of those people with an insatiable appetite for knowledge, you can also take a look at our guide about what to see if you only have one day in Venice, or choose which hotel to stay at. ;)

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