Mestre is located directly across the lagoon from Venice. The beautiful lagoon city is connected to the mainland by a bridge which is over 3 km in length – the only link, unless you want to reach the island by boat. The city offers no attractions besides a medieval clock tower and the church of San Lorenzo. Grey concrete blocks dominate the skyline of the industrial city, which numbers some 300,000 inhabitants. Nevertheless, the city is very animated – young Venetians, in particular, appreciate the Mestre city vibe with its discos, clubs and shopping centres as opposed to the buildings, squares, canals and gondolas of Venice, which are valuable from a tourist point of view but perhaps boring for some young people. Besides, many of them work here and lead an ordered life. But many older Venetians have also moved from the lagoon city to Mestre to seek refuge from the exorbitant prices of Venice and the perennial moisture.
The most convenient way to reach Venice
Most tourists come to Mestre for entirely different reasons though. In addition to the nearby airport, the especially convenient parking garages of Mestre are a major factor in attracting tourists. Once you have parked your car, you can reach the lagoon city of Venice from here in just a few minutes several times an hour for 2 € by train. If the hotels of Venice are completely booked out, you can find inexpensive alternative accommodation here. If you have a tight budget and aren’t that interested in the lagoon city’s nocturnal atmosphere, you will probably be better accommodated in Mestre.