district of Mestre is part of the
Comune di Venezia, although it's located on the mainland.
Mestre is 4 km or 2.5 miles from
Venice's historic center, and it's linked to the
centro storico by a causeway that consists of a road bridge (the
Ponte della Libertà)
and the Venice Railway Bridge.
Many visitors stay in Mestre or its neighbor, Marghera,
are cheaper and parking
is more convenient than in central Venice. (From the
Venezia Mestre Railroad
Station, it's only a 10- to 15-minute
train ride into
On this page, we've provided three satellite images of
The top photo gives an overview of
Marghera, and the industrial
quarter of Porto Marghera
(where cruise ships are built at the Fincantieri shipyard). Near the
lower right corner of the picture, you can see the road and train
causeway (labeled "Della Libertà").
The second photo shows the
Venezia Mestre Railroad Station,
whose tracks divide Mestre (north) from Marghera (south). The
station's entrance, buffet, and other amenities are on the left
side. (Several good but moderately-priced hotels, such as the
Western Hotel Bologna, are directly across from the station.)
The Mestre airport bus
to Venice Marco Polo Airport
departs from a few streets to the right of the station entrance,
near the caption that reads "Viale Stazione."
If you're driving to Mestre and are visiting Venice
only for the day, you may want to consider parking at the
Parcheggi San Giuliano
(the tree-shaded lot above the canal in our third photo), which has
direct waterbus service to the historic center of Venice.