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The artificial island of Tronchetto, next to the Piazzale Roma and the Venice cruise port, has two roles for visitors:

  • It's the site of the huge Tronchetto parking garage (for cars) and surface lots (for cars, coaches, and RVs).

  • It's the departure point for car ferries to the Lido di Venezia (at least for now: the port authorities want to move the ferry terminal from Tronchetto to Fusina, on the mainland, in the future).

The photos below show two views of Tronchetto:

  • In the top satellite image, you can see the L-shaped island of Tronchetto and its approach road from the Ponte della Libertà, which is the causeway or bridge between the mainland suburb of Mestra and Venice's historic center.

  • In the lower close-up photo, you'll see the parking entrance  (follow the white arrow) and the massive car garage.

  • The Tronchetto station of Venice's new People Mover tramway is in the lower part of the close-up photo, near the water. (The People Mover will whisk you to the Piazzale Roma in just three minutes, with an intermediate stop at the Marittima cruise basin.)

  • Public water buses and private water taxis depart from piers along the waterfront next to the garages.

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