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Piazzale Roma

Venice's Piazzale Roma may be the least attractive square in Venice, but it serves a useful purpose: It's where motor vehicles drop off passengers on the edge of Venice's centro storico or historic center. The Piazzale Roma will be your gateway to the city if you arrive by airport bus or land taxi.

The two aerial photos on this page show:

  • The entrance to the Piazzale Roma from the Ponte della Libertà, which is the 4 km- or 2.5-mile causeway that brings traffic from the mainland.

  • The Piazzale Roma's surface parking area for buses.

  • Several large parking garages. (Tip: You can park more easily--and for less--at the parking garages on the adjacent Tronchetto parking island or at the San Giuliano public lot in Mestre, on the mainland.)

  • People Mover tracks (barely visible on the left side of the largest garage), which carry passengers by automated trams to the Marittima cruise basin and the parking garages at Tronchetto.

  • The Hellovenezia/ACTV office (a small brick building near the lower right corner of the parking lot) where you can buy tickets or multi-day tourist travel cards for land and water buses.

  • Vaporetto or waterbus platforms along the water, on the left side of the Ponte di Calatrava (the modern glass-and-stone bridge that leads toward the Venice railroad station.) If you've got money to burn, you can also hire a water taxi nearby.

  • The Santa Chiara Hotel, in the upper right corner of the square by the water. (If you have an early flight out of Venice or Treviso Airport, or if you're catching a cruise ship at Marittima, the Santa Chiara or one of our other suggested hotels near the Piazzale Roma will minimize your transportation hassles.)

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