The Ontravel.com has spent several months in Mestre and Marghera over the past few years, and he tells us that "Sunday evenings in the piazza are magical."is Mestre's counterpart to the Piazza San Marco in Venice, minus the pigeons and tour groups. Paul Lasley of
The Piazza Ferretto is in the heart of Mestre's area pedonale, or pedestrian zone, where the "No Bicycling" sign is largely ignored.
Here, you can see café and restaurant tables set up in front of the Hotel Al Vivit. The building dates back to the 18th Century, and the three-star hotel (which has high guest ratings from our booking partner, Venere) has been catering to guests since 1911.
Another café, the , offers service at outdoor tables facing the Piazza Ferretto in good weather.
The ornate-looking façade in the corner of the square belongs to the , one of several movie theatres in downtown Mestre. The historic theatre is now a mini-multiplex, showing three movies at a time.
In Italy, movies are normally dubbed in Italian, so don't be surprised if Kate
Winslet sounds like a latter-day Sophia Loren.)
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