Hiring a car Venice with Auto Europe is a splendid idea for travellers who, once they tire of the splendour of this lively floating city, may like to cruise through the picturesque, charming Italian countryside in their own leisurely time. Because Venice has no streets, your car rental will need to be parked prior to entry to this city, which is a living, breathing museum in itself. However, once you have explored all that Venice has to offer (grand palaces, ornate cathedrals, fine museums) take a break and drive your car to the nearby Italian gems that await you: seize on the opportunity to take a gastronomical tour of Bologna, home of the traditional Italian red sauces and Italian cold cuts, just a 90-minute drive from Venice. Verona (also 90 minutes from Venice) is a relatively quiet tourist destination, world-famous for being home to famous star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. There is much to see in this area and a car hire in Venice gives you the ticket to enjoy all of it in a way that suits your individual travel needs best.
There are no cars allowed (and never have been) on the island of Venice, so when you approach the city, you must leave your car hire on the outskirts. You may park your car rental at Piazzale Roma or Tronchetto for a fee, or find parking in a nearby town and take a train or bus to the city.
A car hire in Venice will allow you to explore the surrounding Italian landscape once you are ready to push beyond the charms of Venice. When driving in Italy, the following rules apply:
Further tips on driving in Italy can be found here.
As previously stated, when visiting Venice, you may pay to park at Piazzale Roma and Tronchetto Island - both offer attended car parks and are connected to public transportation, which will deliver you into the city. To be on the safe side, reserve your parking spot in advance. In addition to the car parks above, you may find inexpensive parking at Marco Polo Airport, or in the city of Mestre - both are excellent options for travellers who plan to be in the city for several days.
Located at the north end of the Adriatic Sea, Venice is a series of islands protected within a lagoon setting. The city itself is built on wooden pilings that connect 118 islands (sometimes called islets). While there is one Grand Canal, there are roughly 160 smaller canals that are used for transportation within this road-free city. The smaller canals are spanned by more than 400 arched bridges, designed to allow gondolas and boats to pass underneath. Venice itself is divided into six neighbourhoods: Cannaregio, San Polo, Dorsodura, Santa Croce, San Marco, and Castello, each offering its own distinctive Venetian personality and flavour. As you tour the area, you may notice that many of the buildings appear to be just at the water level as the city seems to be sinking a little more each year.
Venice is considered to have a humid subtropical climate with a cold winter and a hot, humid summer. The winter lasts from October to February with an average high temperature of 5°C during the coldest months. The summer months run from June to September with average high temperatures of 27°C and average lows around 18°C. Although rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, June may be the wettest month of summer. Weather-wise, spring and autumn are generally considered the best seasons for tourists to visit Venice as the climate is more temperate. Do check the rain forecast, however, and bring appropriate footwear - during heavy rains or acqua alta (high tide), the streets may become flooded making waterproof shoes a necessity.
Marco Polo Airport (VCE)
Venice Airport is located on the mainland near the small town of Mestre (roughly 4 miles away from Venice proper) and hosts all the major international airlines. Public transportation is available to deliver you to Venice by land or sea. More than 8 million passengers pass through Marco Polo annually.
Website: Venice Airport
Telephone: +39 041 541 5030
Treviso Airport (TSF)
Situated just 12 miles from Venice, TSF is an up-and-coming airport for the Venice area and a destination for budget airlines Ryanair, Wizzair, and Transavia. Public transportation into the city is available for travellers. More than 2 million passengers travel through TSF annually.
Website: Treviso Airport
Telephone: +39 0422 315111
Given that there are no roads within Venice proper, walking is the best and most common form of public transportation for visitors, so be sure to bring quality, comfortable walking shoes and invest in a detailed map of the city.
For travellers who are crunched for time, the ACTV (Venice's local transit authority) boats link the historic city centre to the islands that surround the lagoon. The water bus or vaporetto is by far the least expensive mode of transportation and transports passengers along the primary canals, to the islands, and around the lagoon. The ACTV runs on a 24 hours a day schedule (schedules are dependent on the time of day and destination). Tickets can be purchased at the main boat stops and are most economical when you purchase a Travelcard, which allows you to travel for a specified number of hours or days at a reduced rate.
Private water transport
If your budget allows, a private water taxi (considered to be the limousines of Venice with plush interior and private captains who act as chauffeurs) can be arranged. Of course, a trip to Venice would not be complete without a traditional gondola ride, usually an expensive 30-minute trip that glides you through the city canals and sometimes includes a romantic Italian serenade from your gondolier.