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Not only many locals have moved from the main island of Venice to Mestre mainly because of the high rents. Also the hotels on the island are very expensive. Thus, the majority of holidaymakers also choose one of the many hotels in Mestre or around. There is hardly a street in the centre of Mestre without hotels or pensions. The tourists go every morning by train, tram or bus to Venice and back again in the evening. By train it takes only a few minutes.
Reserve a parking space: Parking spaces are rare in Venice, multi-storey car parks are often full. It is therefore advisable to reserve your parking space. On this website you can book parking spaces in Venice (including the big car parks in the Old Town of Venice, in Meste and at the airport).
Orientation and sightseeing Mestre
Mestre consists mainly of relatively new houses. There are not many sights in Mestre. However, the city has a beautiful city centre about one kilometre north of the railway station. The central square is the "Piazza Erminio Ferretto" in the middle of the pedestrian zone in the city centre. Here there are some smaller department stores, many shops and street cafés (see picture above).
The most famous old building in Mestre is the "Torre dell'Orologio". The tower has existed since the 13th century, when Mestre was a small village. The Torre dell'Orologio should not be confused with a tower of the same name in the centre of Venice.
Map with Mestre Station
Accommodation Mestre season 2018
Our top favourite tip among the pensions in Mestre is the Chiara Lodge. Great rooms with international TV, fast WIFI Internet. In January 2017 I paid only 30 Euro for a single room including a high quality Italian breakfast. In the summer the small pension with 10 rooms is much more expensive. To the station Mestre (train to Venice) it is only 5 minutes by foot, bus line 2 to Venice only two minutes by foot. The two employees I got to know are very nice. You can quickly get in touch with them (in English). The two young employees at the reception were a good source of information for me on all questions about Venice. Current prices and booking possibilities of Chiara Lodge Mestre on this link.
Our second tip for staying overnight in Mestre is the small 5-room guesthouse with the name L'Affittacamere Di Venezia a few hundred metres further towards the centre of Mestre.
A very good overview of many hotels, apartments and guesthouses in Mestre can be found on the website www.Booking.com (over 250 accommodations).
Shopping and eating Mestre
The extended central area of Mestre is the region between the railway station and the city centre described above (distance approximately more than 1 km). In this area are the majority of the many hotels for tourists. There are many kebab shops and other fast food restaurants such as Pizza and Asia Food. The prices are clearly lower than in Venice. A kebab almost everywhere costs 3,50 Euro, a big piece of pizza about 2,50 Euro.
In Mestre there are some very big supermarkets, also many inhabitants of the island Venice come to the shopping in the big suburb. The huge Interspar in the street Corso del Popolo, approximately 500 metres away from the railway station Mestre, is probably the biggest supermarket in Mestre and all Venice. There is also a McDonald's in the building.
Our absolute favourite for Take Away Food in Mestre is the delicious Chinese snack Rosticceria Chinatown in the area between the train station and the city centre. Many main courses like beef with vegetables or chicken sweet-sour cost only 4 Euro (rice, as usual for Asians in Italy, 1,50 Euro extra). Address of Rosticceria Chinatown Mestre: Via Gaspare Gozzi, 45, 30172 Venezia. There are also a few seats to eat in the small Asia snack bar. Tuesday closed, otherwise opening times at noon and in the evening (Siesta 1430 to 17:30)-
According to our impression, I should be particularly careful with near Mestre station, especially at night. Here we saw several times some drug addicts, some of them quite aggressive.