Via Piave, Mestre
The street directly across from the Mestre railroad station's
main entrance is the Via Piave, which runs
all the way from the station to downtown. The building on the left is the
Best Western Hotel Bologna (see our
illustrated review), which
was founded in 1911.
As you continue along the Via Piave, you'll walk under a number of
arcades that shield pedestrians from the sun and rain. Shops, pizzerie,
cafés, and other businesses (such as the laundromat
above) line the covered sidewalk.
Buildings on the Via Piave are a mixture of old and new, with
apartment houses scattered amid historic buildings, commercial structures, a
park, and a church or two.
Like other streets in Mestre, the Via Piave is well-maintained,
but this sign for the Via Monte Grappa--a small side street--is a rusty relic
from the past. (Maybe it's on an historic-preservation list.)
Mestre has its share of newer monuments, such as this sculpture
fountain alongside a garden on the Via Piave.
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