Known lovingly as “Queen of the Adriatic,” Venice is so wedded to the sea that canals act as the city's main thoroughfares, and floating in family boats is the transportation of the masses. 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 wise wanderers and inspired artists. But before you can reach out and embrace the sea like this fair city, rent a car at VCE—Venice Marco Polo Airport—and drive to the edge of wonder.
However, after you touch down at Marco Polo Airport, you can still drive your Venice airport rental car 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.
Where to Stay in the Floating City
As you search for a convenient and cheap rental car near Venice, be sure to browse beautiful accommodation, too. Our guests love these luxurious hotels, and so will you:
Hotel Canal Grande: As the name suggests, this hotel practically dips its toes in the Grand Canal on the north side of Santa Croce. Visit several nearby basilicas, including St. Mark's Basilica. Back at Hotel Canal Grande, admire Venice from the rooftop terrace and order 24-hour room service whenever risotto strikes your fancy.
Hotel Cavalletto e Doge Orseolo: With vintage décor and the sight of colorful gondolas right outside your guest room window, you might think you’ve turned back the centuries. But believe us, this hotel is outfitted with modern amenities—like complimentary wireless Internet—and you’ll only be a short walk or shuttle ride away from Teatro San Gallo and St. Mark’s Square.
Hotel Excelsior Venice: When you walk through the front doors of Hotel Excelsior, you may have to pinch yourself. Don’t. Savor the royal treatment, from the plush décor and expansive suites to 24-hour room service and private beach access on Lido Island.
Hotel Metropole: This historic hotel keeps good company with La Pieta, one of the city’s most unmistakable churches, and Museo delle Icone—a collection of the region’s religious symbolism. Relax in the hotel garden and leave your fine dining wear with the dry-cleaning services before an evening out.
Driving In and Around Venice
From the steeple of San Giorgio Maggiore to the painted ceilings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, the city’s many historic landmarks ought to be explored on foot or by way of the canals, so leave your Venice rental car. The simple pleasure of walking along the water and looking out over the boats and colorful row houses brings its own enchantment.
When you're ready to get behind the wheel and see more of Italy, pick up your car rental near Venice and drive about 40 miles west to the university city of Padua. In the 14th century, Giotto painted the frescoes that decorate Scrovegni Chapel. And in the 15th century, Donatello put his own stamp on the high altar—and several statues in the Basilica di Sant'Antonio.
It’s completely understandable if you sigh with contentment as you cross each foot bridge…or when you book one of Travelocity’s exquisitely affordable rental cars near Venice Marco Polo airport. You’re a short journey away from a small but stunning seaside city.