Venice Attractions by Car
Venice – is the one of Italy’s most famous cities, well known for its location on a lagoon, with no cars and a huge number of canals. It has a long history since it rose to prominence as a city-state in the 12th century. Its location at the head of the Adriatic allowed it to become a hub for trade between the Byzantine Empire, the Islamic World and Western Europe.
While you are in the city you could visit such attractions as Saint Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, the Jewish Ghetto of Venice and the Jewish Museum, the Rialto market, the Rialto Bridge and don’t forget to take one of the traditional gondolas for a ride.
What’s to see in the Venice Area?
Venice has much to offer the curious tourist, both inside and outside of the city.
As Venice is an entirely pedestrian city, you will not be allowed to bring your car into it. There are huge car parks located for cars just outside the city on the mainland in the town of Mestre.
Situated just to the north east of the city you can find the town of Jesolo, which is home to one of Italy’s finest beaches. The beach is 15kms long and is definitely a must visit for anyone looking to relax towards the end of your holiday. If you don’t want to relax there is also a waterpark nearby so you can bring the kids along to that for lots of guaranteed fun.
Located further east, roughly 130kms from Venice, you can find the city of Trieste. This city sits right on the border with Slovenia and it interestingly changed hands a number of times, between Austria-Hungary, Italy and Yugoslavia, during the 20th century before finally settling as part of Italy in 1954. It is home to a number of beautiful attractions such as the Roman Ruins, the San Giusto Cathedral and Castle, Miramare Castle and the Grotta Gigante, which is located just outside the city.
If you travel north along the A27 from Venice you will come to the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park. This park features some of the finest landscapes south of the Alps and the highest elevation in the park is 2,565m. The park is home to over 1,500 species of flora and a huge selection of fauna in the park such as Red Deer, Roe Deer, Foxes, Martens, and a large variety of birds as well.
Heading west you will arrive at Padova, which is one of the oldest cities in Italy. Numbered among its main sights are the Scrovegni Chapel, Saint Anthony’s cathedral, the Palazzo della Ragione and the Prato della Valle that, at 90,000 square metres, is the largest city square in Europe.
Continuing west along the A4 will get you to Verona. This city is most famous for being the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The city, though still a popular tourist destination, is also a much quieter than the nearby Venice. It is therefore ideal for people who would like to get a better look at real Italian culture and less of the commercial aspect seen in Venice and Rome. While here you simply must visit the Roman Arena that is the 3rd largest amphitheatre to survive to the modern day.
About 20kms further west is Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake and offers some of the most stunning scenery in the area. Though there is little of historical interest but there is plenty of other activities to keep you entertained. There is a big theme park called Gardaland, and is great fun for all the family, and it includes four rollercoasters and about 50 other rides.
Though you can’t take a car into the city for obvious reasons, the surrounding areas of Venice are definately worth exploring so why not have a look through our Venice car rental page.
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