Staying near Venic

Old Mar 3rd, 2001, 12:03 AM
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Staying near Venic

We are driving to Venice in the end of April.Can anyone suggest a good hotel that we can drive to,(no car ferries)has private parking and is close to either the train station or a ferry that goes to Venice?(if there is such a thing)
Which of the above is the best way to get into Venice?
Thank you.
Old Mar 3rd, 2001, 08:27 AM
Mary Ann
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I am not sure why you would want to stay outside of Venice. It is truly a magical place at night. They have a parking garage just outside, Tronchetto. The vaparettos into the city are right there. Everyone we know that has gone has usually stayed in the city (only those on bus tours or who cannot find a room, usually do not).
If you must stay outside, check some of the websites for close hotels.
Old Mar 3rd, 2001, 02:02 PM
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As we are unsure of the security of garages. Is a Vaparetto another term for ferry? I also cannot find a map showing the location of Tronchetto?
Thank you for your reply.
Old Mar 3rd, 2001, 06:08 PM
ricahrd j vicek
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Good evening, Kay
A suggestion other than staying in the
heavily industrial town of Mestre is
by staying in Padua, which is less
than a 30 min trip to the Venice Santa
Lucia RR station. Padua is also a
town initself interesting, such as
the Basilica and the Scrovengi Chapel..
If you want to take your car with you
the only island that accepts cars is
the Lido, the ferry runs from Venice
to the Lido (#17 from Tronchetto to San Nicolo.).and if you secured a hotel
close to the vaporetto stop of S.
Elizabetta Nos, 1,82,52,6 and 14 takes
10 to 15 mins to get to the Pza S. Marco.
For Lido hotels, see
For Vaporetto informatioin, see
If you do not stay within Venice then
your second choice, I feel should be the Lido.
Richad of La Grange Park, Il.
Old Mar 3rd, 2001, 08:57 PM
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Kay - I also would hugely recommend staying in Venice, if at all possible. Venice is a city like no other, and you will appreciate being able to see the city in the evening or in the morning, which you can't do if you stay outside.

That being said, the parking garage (tronchetto) right at the "beginning" of Venice is widely said to be very unsecure. Everything I've ever read has said to not leave any luggage in the car. So if you park there, take all of your luggage with you to your hotel.

A vaporetto is the Venician equivalent of a bus. It is not a ferry. There are different vaporetto routes all around the city. I don't think there are any car ferries in Venice, as there are no cars in Venice.

Buon viaggio!
Old Mar 4th, 2001, 03:53 AM
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I have heard that Mestre is only a ten minute train ride from Venice and that there are lots of less expensive (than in Venice itself) hotels with parking right near the train station. As I will have a car and be traveling with 3 other people and on a BUDGET I was advised that this was the best option. I was told that the trains run very frequently from early morning to late night so that staying in Venice until evening and getting back there first thing in the morning would not be a problem. Does anyone know if all this information I have been given in accurate? Has anyone done this? Thanks.

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