Piazzale Roma may be the
least attractive square in Venice, but it serves a useful purpose: It's
where motor vehicles drop off passengers on the edge of Venice's
centro storico or historic center. The Piazzale Roma will be
your gateway to the city if you arrive by
airport bus or
The two aerial photos on this page show:
The entrance to the Piazzale Roma from the
Ponte della Libertà,
which is the 4 km- or 2.5-mile causeway that brings traffic from the
The Piazzale Roma's surface parking area for buses.
Several large parking garages. (Tip:
You can park more easily--and for less--at the parking garages on
Tronchetto parking island or at the
San Giuliano public
lot in Mestre, on the mainland.)
Mover tracks (barely visible on the left side of the largest
garage), which carry passengers by automated trams to the
cruise basin and the parking garages at Tronchetto.
office (a small brick building near the lower right corner of the
parking lot) where you can buy
tourist travel cards for land and water buses.
or waterbus platforms along the water, on the left side of the
Ponte di Calatrava (the modern
glass-and-stone bridge that leads toward the
Venice railroad station.)
If you've got money to burn, you can also hire a
water taxi nearby.
Santa Chiara Hotel, in the upper right corner of the square by
the water. (If you have an early flight out of Venice or Treviso
Airport, or if you're catching a cruise ship at Marittima, the Santa
Chiara or one of our other
suggested hotels near the Piazzale Roma will minimize your
Note: The city
of Venice is renovating the Piazzale Roma, so the square's
appearance may have changed somewhat since the last time Google's
satellite photos were updated.