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Mestre (Mainland)

The district of Mestre is part of the Comune di Venezia, although it's located on the mainland.

Mestre is 4 km or 2.5 miles from Venice's historic center, and it's linked to the centro storico by a causeway that consists of a road bridge (the Ponte della Libertà) and the Venice Railway Bridge.

Many visitors stay in Mestre or its neighbor, Marghera, because hotels are cheaper and parking is more convenient than in central Venice. (From the Venezia Mestre Railroad Station, it's only a 10- to 15-minute train ride into the city.)

On this page, we've provided three satellite images of Mestre:

  • The top photo gives an overview of Mestre, Marghera, and the industrial quarter of Porto Marghera (where cruise ships are built at the Fincantieri shipyard). Near the lower right corner of the picture, you can see the road and train causeway (labeled "Della Libertà").

  • The second photo shows the Venezia Mestre Railroad Station, whose tracks divide Mestre (north) from Marghera (south). The station's entrance, buffet, and other amenities are on the left side. (Several good but moderately-priced hotels, such as the Best Western Hotel Bologna, are directly across from the station.) The Mestre airport bus to Venice Marco Polo Airport departs from a few streets to the right of the station entrance, near the caption that reads "Viale Stazione."

  • If you're driving to Mestre and are visiting Venice only for the day, you may want to consider parking at the Parcheggi San Giuliano (the tree-shaded lot above the canal in our third photo), which normally has direct waterbus service to the historic center of Venice during the main tourist season.

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