Venice is one of the most famous cities in Italy . It is situated in the North-Eastern corner of the peninsula, in the Veneto region. It is the third most important Italian city by tourist influx, after Rome and Milan, and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its peculiar and unique urbanisation and artistic heritage. The city of Venice, consists of some territories situated on the mainland, such as the city of Mestre, while is architectural focus is on the island territories of the Venetian lagoon. In the lagoon lies the heart of Venice, composed of no-less than 118 islets with its main monuments and beautiful historical centre, all connected to the mainland by an almost 4km stretch of bridge, called Liberty Bridge.
Venice is visited by millions of tourists from around the world every year. Many come to visit this unique city, while others pass through the city en-route to departing on a cruise from Venice. There are numerous cruise ship companies that organise cruises from Venice, with routes around the Mediterranean, and further afield! Besides cruise ships, there are also numerous ferries mainly bound for Greece and Turkey that depart from the Port of Venice.
The number of tourists and people visiting Venice in every season of the year increases dramatically in conjunction with two special events: the Carnival of Venice and the International Film Festival of Venice (Venice Film Festival). On these occasions, finding a parking space in Venice can seem practically impossible, for this reason Parclick recommends booking yours with sufficient advance for parking during the Carnival of Venice, or even getting a parking space for the Venice Film Festival.
As you can guess, being composed of many tiny islets linked by bridges and canals, there are no roads in Venice! For this reason Parclick helps you understand how you can get around in Venice, and most importantly where to leave your car before setting off to explore the city, which is considered amongst the most beautiful ones in the world!
Driving and parking in Venice
You cannot move around by car in Venice, and not because of any particular ban, but simply because there are physically no roads to do so. Instead of streets for getting around that you expect in any other city, Venice's roads are waterways, that is canals for small boats, or alternatively you can move around on foot thanks to its many bridges uniting the islets of the historical centre.
Even the public transport service of this lagoon city consists of both road means to serve its mainland, and water transport to move about in the lagoon and the canals of the historical centre. Indeed, the public transportation fleet in Venice includes steamboats, speedboats, forage boats (similar to a steamboat but larger, used to connect Venice with other major islands such as Burano, Merano etc.), motorboats and ferry barges, operated by the municipal transport company ACTV. Another private company, Alilaguna connects Venice Marco Polo Airport with the historical centre, via water. Another interesting and characteristic means of transport typical to Venice is the gondola, and thanks to this small vessel you can have a romantic ride along the canals of Venice.
Having clarified that it is impossible get around by car in most of Venice, what remains to be explained is how to reach the city and especially where to park in Venice.
We've previously mentioned that the part of Venice's municipality has grown round the city of Mestre on the mainland. Reaching Mestre by car is easy thanks to the A27 and A57 motorways. Once you arrive, Parclick offers you two alternatives for parking in Venice.
The first is that of parking in Mestre, where the car parks are cheaper and where you can easily reach Venezia Mestre railway station on foot that has regular trains that cross Liberty Bridge and reach Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia in the historical centre. Trains are always very frequent, and the length of the journey is only about ten minutes. The same route across the bridge is also covered by several public transport bus lines. Through Parclick book a parking space at Venice Mestre Station, where you can leave your car for all the time you need and without wasting a second.
The second alternative for parking in the centre of Venice is to drive to Liberty Bridge directly by car, and once you've crossed it, you'll reach Piazzale Roma. This square is the last area where vehicles heading to the historical centre can circulate, thus representing the last chance to park in Venice. From Piazzale Roma, which is also located just minutes from the station of Venezia Santa Lucia, you can take any of the main lines of public transport steamboats. With these means you can reach every corner of the city, but if you prefer you can also set out from Piazzale Roma on foot on your visit to Venice.
Finding a parking space in Piazzale Roma is not easy because of the fact that it is one of the few areas you can park, and also because of numbers of people who visit Venice in every period of the year. For this reason booking a parking space in Venice with Parclick is the best option, in order to avoid being turned away by a completely full car park!
Parking in Piazzale Roma is not only ideal if you want to park in the historical centre of Venice, but it is also a good idea if you are looking for a parking space near the Port of Venice, since the Passenger Terminal of Stazione Marittima, where ferries and cruise ships depart, is only 10 minutes' walk away. Moreover, the people Mover shuttle service connects Piazzale Roma to the Port of Venice, and also Tronchetto.
Whether you prefer parking in Mestre or in the centre of Venice, Parclick offers the best car parks in the Venetian lagoon, which you can book with one click in advance, saving time, money and a lot of stress.
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Venice, also known as the Serenissima, has a rich and ancient history, having been the capital of the Republic of Venice for over a thousand years, and it is thanks to this past that it retains an incredible artistic, architectural and cultural heritage.
The city is divided into six districts, Dorsoduro, Santa Croce, San Polo, Cannaregio, Castello and San Marco. These districts surround the inverted 'S'-shaped double bend of Grand Canal, which is the main canal through the historical centre, and connects at least a further 158 smaller canals.
Venice is a perfect city for a romantic trip or for a walk to discover its amazing lanes and canals. If you visit Venice, there are some places that you definitely cannot miss! First of all, the famous Piazza San Marco, with its Basilica of San Marco, the patron saint of Venice, Campanile di San Marco, the Torre dell'Orologio and the Ducal Palace. In San Marco you can also admire the iconic Bridge of Sighs, the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, the Church of San Moise and the largest opera house in Venice, Teatro La Fenice.
In the district of Dorsoduro there are many museums, such as the Galleria dell'Accademia, Ca’ Rezzonico and Ca’ Dario. But also beautiful churches such as Santa Maria della Salute, Chiesa dei Gesuati and the Church of All Saints. The island of Giudecca is also part of the Dorsoduro district, overlooking the Giudecca Canal and on which stands the Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore (Church of the Most Holy Redeemer). Ca' Foscari is also in Dorsoduro, home of the renowned Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia.
Santa Croce is the smallest district of Venice, and is part of the island Tronchetto that includes Piazzale Roma and Constitution Bridgethat connects the Piazzale with the Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia. In Santa Croce there are Ca' Pesaro, the Church of San Stae, the Church of St. Nicholas of Tolentino and the Civic Museum of Natural History. Santa Croce is also adjacent to the San Polo district, which takes its name from Campo San Polo. One of the main points of interest in San Polo is the Rialto bridge, which connects the district to San Marco; also of great interest there is San Giacomo di Rialto, the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco.
The district of Cannaregio is dissected by the Cannaregio Canal, the only canal, besides the Grand Canal, of the historical centre to be covered by steamboats. Here you can admire three bridges, the Scalzi bridge, Ponte delle Guglie and Ponte dei Tre Archi. The Cannaregio district also includes the Church of the Madonna dell'Orto, the Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and what was the Ghetto of Venice, which now houses the city's Jewish community.
Lastly, the district of Castello. It is the largest of all, and the only district not connected to the Grand Canal. In Castello there are the Church of San Zaccaria, the Basilica of Saints John and Paul, the Scuola Grande di San Marco and the Arsenale di Venezia (Venetian Arsenal), much of which is used for contemporary art exhibitions by the Venice Biennale.
All the places mentioned are but a fraction of the wonders kept in the Venetian historical centre and the lagoon, and a visit the islands of Burano is Murano, San Lazzaro degli Armeni and the Lido di Venezia is also well-deserved.
Thanks to Parclick with just one click you can book the most affordable parking spaces in Venice. With Parclick parking in the centre of Venice is quick and easy, so that you do not miss a minute of your precious time in this magical city.