Venice, Italy, is so wedded to the sea that canals act as the city's main thoroughfares, and boats become the best way of getting around. Although the arched bridges, ornate sculptures, and imposing palaces once represented symbols of the city's Renaissance power, they now stand as romantic attractions for visiting lovers.
Driving In and Around Venice
The water orientation means you won't find private vehicles inside the city. However, after your cheap flights to Venice land at Marco Polo Airport, you can still drive your Venice car rental about eight miles southwest from the airport to Piazzale Roma on the northwestern part of the Grand Canal and park it at one of the garages. You must then continue on foot into the walkable island. When you're ready to leave, pick up your vehicle and drive 40 minutes west to the university city of Padua. In the 14th century, Giotto painted the frescoes that decorate Scrovegni Chapel. And in the 15th, Donatello put his own stamp on the high altar and several statues in the Basilica di Sant'Antonio. If you're hungry, create what you eat by attending a cooking class with Mama Isa. If you're thirsty, quench your need by visiting the many vineyards that are within an hour's drive or less from the Piazzale Roma. Check with the Venice Tourist Office for information on which wineries welcome visitors.
Everyone wants to be near the water, or next to the Piazza San Marco with the richly decorated Basilica San Marco, the monumental bell tower, and expansive square. So if you're interested in being away from the crowds overnight, stay at the cheaper hotels in Venice that don't front the canals and are a walk from the city's main square. Because of the island's compact size, any accommodations will lie only manageable walk away from where you park your car rental in Venice. Search over 400 airlines and more than 510,000 hotels worldwide on Travelocity to find your perfect match for a vacation in Venice.