Car Hire in Venice
This information is correct as of August 2015.
Venice offers tourist world renowned tourist destinations like Saint Mark’s Basilica, Grand Canal, Piazza San Marco, Rialto Bridge, Bridge of Sighs, Lido di Venezia, to name a few. The capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, Venice has been built on more than 100 small islands and is mostly made up of canals. When in Venice, explore its roads and areas through the car hire agencies that operate from varying stops within the city.
Where to hire a car in Venice
When headed for an adventure starting from Venice, Italy, reputable car hire companies offer a wide range of car hire services to cater to your travel needs. Major car hire brands that serve Venice include Advantage Rent a Car, Car Italy, Dollar, Sunnycars, Europcar, Auto Europe, NU Car, Ofran, Budget, Thrifty, Holiday Autos, Sixt Rent a Car, Firefly Car Rental, Avis, Maggiore Rent, Hertz, and Locauto Rent a Rental vehicles include models and makes that include Fiat 500, Fiat Panda, Ford Galaxy, Volvo XC60, to name a few. Some of the car hire office and pick-up and drop-off locations include the airport and the Venice Mestre Train Station. Most of the offices are located at Piazzale Roma at the edge of the city, situated on the ground floor of one of the major parking stations in the area.
What to expect when hiring a car from Venice
The world’s only pedestrian city, getting around in Venice used to be only on water or foot. Although Venice canals are still a main part of the city, getting around nowadays can be done through the public transportation or by car. The mainland area of the city has its five boroughs such as Chirignago-Zelarino, Favaro Veneto, Mestre-Carpenedo, and Marghera, with Mestre as the centre and most populated area of mainland Venice. Additionally, there is one tramway line in Venice along with around 400 bridges to enable pedestrian traffic. When in Venice, the addresses within the city are not street numbers but a form of district numbers. Getting around is easier when you know which district the specific location is, with the numbers increasing as they move farther away from the Grand Canal. Lastly, when getting around Lido and Pellestrina, these two islands also allow road traffic; everywhere else works with waterways that handle water buses or “vaporetti” and water taxis.
Getting to your destination
Also referred to as Padova in Italian, Padua’s primary attractions are the Scrovegni Chapel, the Palazzo della Ragione, the Gran Guardia, Il Santo or the Basilica di Sant‘Antonio da Padova, Prato della Valle, and more.
Getting to Padua from Venice will take approximately 40 minutes, or less without traffic. Located more or less 41.1 kilometres away, roads and areas along the way include Via della Libertà, A57, Ponte della Libertà, Calle Dietro Ai Magazzini, Via della Libertà/SS11, A13/Bologna/Padova/SS309/Ravenna, A4/E70, Padova Est/Padova Centro, Via S. Marco, Via Venezia, Via Ludovico Ariosto, Via Gattamelata, and Via S. Francesco. A57, A4/E70, Padova Est, SR308/Centro/Castelfranco/Treviso/Trento/Venezia, and Ponte di Brenta have partial toll and toll roads.
The city of Verona has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Some of the attractions in the city are Piazza delle Erbe, Basilica of San Zeno, Arena di Verona, Castelvecchio Bridge, Torre dei Lamberti, in addition to many more.
Venice to Verona will take an hour and 18 minutes for 121 kilometres from point of origin. Drive down A57 from Via della Libertà, then down roads and areas such as A4/E70, Via Flavio Gioia, Verona Sud, Via delle Nazioni, Viale del Lavoro, Viale del Piave, and Via degli Alpini. Partial toll roads and regular toll roads in this route include A57, A4/E70, and Verona Sud.
Within Florence, main attractions include Florence Cathedral, Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Vecchio, Basilica of Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria, Piazzale Michelangelo, among others. Florence is the capital city of Tuscany and is known mainly for its rich history.
Reach Florence from Venice by driving for approximately 261 kilometres, for three hours, more or less. Start your trip from Via della Libertà, then A57, A4/E70, A13, A1/E35, Viale Etruria, Viale Francesco Talenti, Via Bronzino/SS67, Viale Aleardo Aleardi, Viale Francesco Petrarca, Via Romana, and Via Vacchereccia. This route has partial toll roads and regular toll roads.