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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.

Where to stay 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 $37 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
Located in Marghera, this campground is within 3 mi (5 km) of Porto Marghera, Ferretto Square, and Municipal Tower of Mestre. Auchan and Villa Salus Hospital ...
3.8/5Good! (1,832 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
Hotel Plaza Venice
Hotel Plaza Venice
4 out of 5
Viale Stazione 36, Mestre, VE
The price is $52 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 12
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 $78 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
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! (939 reviews)
"Staff was very polite and extremely welcoming!"

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana
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