San Giuliano Parking
Venice Mestre, Italy
by Durant Imboden
Parking in Venice can be expensive: The last time we checked, a day's parking for a normal car was €21 at the Tronchetto parking garage just outside the historic center and a whopping €30 at the Garage San Marco in Venice's Piazzale Roma.
If such rates are too rich for your travel budget, you may prefer ASM Venezia's on the Venetian mainland, where the daily rate for cars was only €5 when we last checked in January, 2013. In addition to saving money, you'll avoid the risk of getting stuck in a traffic jam on the causeway between the mainland and Venice on a busy weekend or during high season.
The Parcheggi San Giuliano along the edge of the in Mestre, a large regional park that you'll see across a canal on your left as you approach the causeway to Venice.
The park has four lots--red, blue, yellow, and a fourth small lot near several boat clubs--but the one that's most convenient for visiting Venice is the "" or "Yellow Gate" lot on the southeastern border of the park. (See maps.)
From a boat landing near the parking lot, you can catch an hourly water bus to Venice's historic center. (See page 2 of this article for details.)
How to reach the Parcheggi San Giuliano:
, take the "Venezia" exit and follow road SR11 toward Venice. Watch for a large green area off to your left and exit at SS14. You'll see the park almost immediately. Turn right onto the Via San Giuliano as you approach the park and follow the road a short distance to the Porta Gialla parking lot, which will be on your left. To preview your route, see the "Parco San Giuliano map" on page 3 of this article, click "View Larger Map," and use the Google map controls as needed.
, the route is similar: Use a local map to find your way east toward the Parco San Giuliano, then follow the Via San Giuliano to the Porta Gialla lot. (Your hotel concierge can help you with directions.)
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