Venice is perhaps one of the most romantic and pompous cities in the world. Here you can often meet elderly couples in love who, under the songs of gondoliers, inspect the city on gondolas. Young - hugging along the streets and dreaming of a happy future. Each building in Venice is a landmark and each has its own special history. The old part of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Everything is thoroughly saturated with history. Walking along the medieval streets and passing along the bridges, it seems that local residents of that time will appear just around the corner. Venice is beautiful at any time of the year, but in the summer - in a special way. If you want to not only explore the old city, but also the nearby surroundings, rent a car and go on an unforgettable journey.
Venice Marco Polo airport ( Venezia Marco Polo ) - download the scheme
IATA code: VCE
Location: 13 km from Venice
Official website: www.veniceairport.com
Information: +39 041 250 92 50
The following car rental companies are represented at Venice Airport: Autoeuropa, Autovia, Avis, Europcar Italia, Hertz, Locauto rent, AUTO SERVIZI MAGGIORE, Noleggiare, Sixt. Car rental points are located on the left side of the baggage claim area. The Car Rental sign will help you decide which direction to head.
Arriving in Venice by rental car, most likely you will see the famous Grand Canal, which is the central avenue of the city. It originates from the train station and passes in the shape of the letter S through the whole city. To see a particularly romantic and sublime Venice, head down the Grand Canal at sunset. You can walk, but it is best to catch a river tram or rent a car. So you save time and effort. You will pass by the most popular sights of the “city on the water”: palaces, churches, ancient houses. This walk will remain in your memory for a long time.
San Marco 1, Piazzetta San Marco, 2 http://palazzoducale.visitmuve.it/
When the merchants arrived at the harbor, the first thing they saw was the Doge's Palace. He is considered the hallmark of Venice. From the outside, the architectural masterpiece is striking in its beauty. Several centuries ago, the Council of the Republic, the Supreme Court, the Ministry, the secret police, and the chancellery were located here. Today you can view the Hall of Cards, the Hall of the Senate and the College, walk along the luxurious gilded stairs and see the masterpieces of Italian painting.
Piazza San Marco, 1 www.ng-slo.si
After viewing the magnificent palace, head to the Bridge of Sighs. At first glance, it might seem that this is a romantic place with which many love stories are associated. But history claims the opposite. Prisoners were once escorted across this bridge. The last time from these places they looked at beautiful Venice and sighed, dying from its beauty. Indeed, it is from the Bridge of Sighs that a breathtaking view of the city opens.
If you are traveling by rental car, be sure to stop in Venice for a day to see the main attractions, including the famous Cathedral of Santa Maria della Salute. In the middle of the XVII century, a plague raged in Venice, which claimed the lives of almost a third of the population. Then, by order of the authorities, the construction of the magnificent cathedral began in gratitude to God for salvation from the epidemic. To say that the decoration of Santa Maria della Salute is rich and elegant is to say nothing. Inside the church are marble statues, icons, mosaics. A separate delight is caused by the altar with the icon of the Madonna della Salute. The floor in the cathedral is paved with marble slabs in the shape of circles, and the walls are decorated with works by Giordano, Titian, Tintoretto.
Fondamenta riva olio
The most striking building in the Gothic Venetian style is the Ka´d´Oro Palace. Over the many centuries of its existence, the palace has changed many owners, but was able to maintain its identity. Outside is an asymmetric house painted in deep blue and red. The right wing is airy and openwork, and the left is monolithic. Today in the palace you can see the exhibition of paintings, household items. If you came to Venice during the carnival, then from the terrace of Ka´d´Oro you will have an amazing view of the regatta.
Leave the rented car on land, transfer to a water minibus and go to the most vibrant, colorful island of Burano. It differs from the usual Venice. Small houses here are decorated in bright, vibrant colors, and it looks a bit fabulous. Even in the darkest and wettest weather, it is light here. A walk through the bright quarter will leave a warm imprint in your memory, and a good mood will not leave you for a long time.
Canali di venezia
Murano can be called a full-fledged city in which there is everything necessary for life. Tourists will be interested in visiting local attractions: palaces, churches, old houses and streets. After that you can go on an excursion to the Museum of Glass and buy souvenirs in souvenir shops. By the way, you can also go to glass-blowing workshops, where for a nominal fee you will witness the creation of famous glass products. Rent a car and drive to Venice Train Station. From there, transfer to the river minibus, which will bring you to the popular island of Murano. By the way, the vaporetto makes a stop at San Michele - the cemetery island. You will have some time to inspect it from afar.
If you are not attracted by noisy hiking trails, head to the Lido island, which is called the underrated pearl of Venice. This area is more modern and adapted to life. In the last century, many film adaptations of books were filmed here, and today film festivals are held. The beach of the island is a separate attraction. An aristocratic atmosphere reigns here, and this is due to the fact that in the 20s of the XX century it was considered the most popular in Italy. The richest and most famous people considered it their duty to spend their holidays here. By the way, the prices on Lido Island are much lower, so it’s good to save on buying souvenirs or going to restaurants.
Rent a car and head away from Venice to the Brenta promenade. Here you will see beautiful landscapes on the Brenta River. After a walk, you can take a short tour and explore several luxury villas of officials. And then you will be offered to dine at a local restaurant, from which beautiful views of the river and old villas come off. By the way, you can take food with you and have a small picnic on the waterfront.
If you love all sorts of mysterious stories and crave to visit mystical places, then take the river minibus and go to the island of Povelia. The first thing you will see here is an octagonal structure, which in the 16th century performed a defensive function. But this does not give dubious glory to the island. In the 18th century, sailors were sent to Povela, who were supposed to serve 40-day quarantine here. But he dragged on for 20 years, and subsequently they organized a hospital for the mentally ill. It is said that during the plague epidemic, patients from all over Italy were brought here and placed in isolation wards. Few could escape from adversity. The souls of the dead are still hovering over the building. By the way, it is possible that soon a hotel will be equipped here, where the most fearless tourists can stay.
Piazza San Marco, 57 http://www.caffeflorian.com/en/
Cafe Florian is a legendary place that has been hosting visitors since the mid-17th century. It became the first institution where, in addition to food and drinks, they began to sell fresh newspapers. Naturally, thanks to this innovation, it gained its popularity at breakneck speed. Austrian and Napoleonic officers came here for lunch, traders made deals, and onlookers shared gossip. Florian is even mentioned in the works of Balzac, who at one time loved to be here. Today, the cafe consists of 5 rooms, on the walls of which are paintings with a variety of motifs. To enjoy the atmosphere of the restaurant, leave your rented car in the parking lot at the entrance to the Old Town.
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A nice place for a delicious snack will be Osteria Al Squero. Here you can enjoy Italian snacks and a glass of delicious wine. It is especially nice to sit outside the establishment. While waiting for an order, you can see an old shipyard, a gondola repair workshop, a canal, and a medieval street. Osteria Al Squero is located away from noisy tourist destinations, which means you can relax and take your time to grab a bite to eat.
Dorsoduro 1473 http://www.ristoranteriviera.it/#_=_
If you are a lover of fish dishes, then feel free to head to the Riviera restaurant. In addition to seafood, Italian and international cuisines are presented here. In the restaurant, you should try carpaccio with berries, fish baked in salt, sea bass with vegetables and, of course, wine. The owner of the institution is kind to every visitor. Do not be surprised if he asks how you like this place and if you have any special wishes. By the way, the rental car can be left in the parking lot near the train station.
Campo della Guerra, 5364 http://www.itremercanti.it/#_=_
For delicious desserts, head to I Tre Mercanti. The menu offers desserts exclusively from Italian cuisine. For a tiramisu, Macaroni cake and other sweets just right will order a glass of excellent wine. By the way, in the cafe you can try more than 25 types of tiramisu! A true paradise for the sweet tooth. What is also amazing is that you can see with your own eyes how a masterpiece is created.
Sestiere Castello, 1580 http://www.elrefolo.it/
One of the most comfortable establishments can be called El Refolo. Tourists are extremely rare here, mainly locals gather at the bar for an aperitif. And they know a lot about the good institutions of their city. The place is also ideal for evening gatherings with a glass of wine and light snacks. Here it is pleasant to bask under the rays of the evening sun, and watch the night slowly fall on the city. A pleasant point is that prices here are much more affordable than in other similar venues in Venice.
Via Giorgio Rizzardi, 11
+39 02 0061 5212 http://www.hotel-venezia-mestre.com/ double room - from € 65
The hotel is a 5-minute walk to the train station, from where you can get anywhere in Italy. Nearby is also the stop of the river minibus, where you can travel throughout Venice. Hotel Lugano Torretta is the perfect solution for tourists with rental cars. In addition to dry cleaning, a conference room, and laundry, free parking is available. A pleasant bonus is a free breakfast. By the way, the hotel is allowed to stay with pets.
Corte del Gallo, 3589
+39 041 275 0897 http://www.gaffaro.com/ double room - from € 66
For a budget stay in Venice, Hotel Locanda Gaffaro is a good choice. Despite the affordable price, there is a cozy atmosphere. The hotel is located away from the tourist lanes, so you can be sure that your stay in the hotel will be quiet and relaxing. Free breakfasts are served here in the hotel's cozy courtyard. The advantage is that the train station and the main attractions are nearby.
Via Alfredo Ceccherini, 21
+39 041 506 6511
double room - from € 95
For those who want to travel around Venice in a rented car, Novotel Venezia Mestre is a convenient location. A swimming pool, free parking, a fitness center, free breakfast and WiFi are all at the disposal of tourists. Nearby are a supermarket, cafes, restaurants. The airport is only 10 km away, and to get to Venice, you will have to spend a little less than half an hour.
Santa Croce, 932
+39 041 244 0148 http://www.hotelcanalgrande.it/ double room - from € 155
Want to get into one of the rooms of ancient Venice? Then feel free to choose the Canal Grande hotel. It enjoys a quiet location with views of authentic Venice. The interior is simply amazing, it seems as if you are in a luxurious apartment of the Middle Ages. The staff is extremely helpful and tries to fulfill any request of a tourist. Near the hotel there is a vaporetto stop, from where you can reach any attraction and explore the city.
Via Forte Marghera, 193 / C
+39 041 531 8288 http://www.hotelalexander.com/ double room - from € 89
If you plan to stay in Venice for just a day or two, feel free to choose this hotel. It is clean, comfortable and quiet. The rooms are quite spacious and the staff are friendly. Be sure that they can take care of you here and you will have everything you need for a comfortable stay. By the way, tourists on rental cars will be able to leave the car in the hotel's underground parking.
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© Anastasiia Voloshina , 2016