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  • Where to pick up your car

    The most popular car hire location is Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE), just over 20 mins' drive from the centre (about 15km).

  • Top car rental brands

    The most popular car rental brands in Venice are Alamo, Locauto, Sicily By Car, Europcar and Maggiore.

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    Warmest month: July (23°C)
    Coldest month: January (3°C)

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Hire a car in Venice

Venice is a dreamlike city that no photograph can truly capture.

Each year, millions of visitors cram into the city’s maze of narrow street, checking this foremost bucket list destination off the map. Capital of Italy’s Veneto region, Venice has remained very much the same since the Renaissance and medieval times.

Built across more than 100 small islands, with over 400 connecting bridges and 180 canals, the city has focused on maintaining its historical roots, rather than modernization. With so many intriguing things to see, simply getting lost will bring you to somewhere amazing.

Exploring Venice

Local highlights

Piazza di San Marco
Known in English as St Mark’s Square, this is the city’s major tourist hub. At the city’s heart, the square has long been an important meeting place for citizens. It can be unbearably crowded, but if you visit early morning or in the evening, when day visitors have left, you may experience it in solitude.

Doge’s Palace
On the eastern side of St Mark’s Square, the palace is a grand example of Venetian gothic architecture. Once the political and judicial hub of Venice, it now stands as a symbol of power and one of city’s most iconic buildings. It also houses paintings of many great Italian artists.

Basilica di San Marco
This remarkable religious landmark became Venice’s cathedral in 1807. It stuns with luminous gold mosaics, marble floors and a exquisite collection of Byzantine art.

The ultimate Venice road trip

  • Venice Marco Polo Airport – VCE

    The fourth-busiest airport in Italy.

  • Car hire pick up point

    All rental desks are located in the arrivals terminal.

  • Padua

    This walled city contains Europe’s oldest botanical gardens and frescoes by Giotto.

  • Verona

    Famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

  • Modena

    Home of Italy’s Ferrari museum and some of the best produced balsamic vinegar.

  • Ravenna

    The city’s churches and baptisteries house some of the most dazzling mosaic artworks.

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Things to note

Car-free Venice

This city is all canals, there are no roads. No motorized vehicles, not even bikes or scooters, are allowed in the city, only boats. Don’t be a bad tourist and try to drive down the Grand Canal as a pair did in 2016, you’ll not only upset the locals, but the chances are you’ll incur a fine as well.

There are loads of driveable places to see outside the lagoon. Whether you’re day tripping from the city or starting a week long Italian road trip, Venice is a beautiful place to start. Note that parking on the edge of the city, at the Piazzale Roma – a public square – is expensive. Pick up your rental only when needed to save money.

Venturing inland

Vicenza

Vicenza was once an ancient Roman city and today, generates a great deal of Italy’s wealth through the production of gold and jewellery. It is, however, the 16th century architect, Andrea Palladio, who established Vicenza as a city of grandeur and elegance.

Regarded as the “City of Palladio” by UNESCO, Palladio’s influence and legacy is built into the foundations of the city. The father of Renaissance architecture, his style was sophisticated yet simple, crafted after Roman and Greek designs. There are 23 different Palladian Villas within Vicenza, the most famous possibly being Villa La Rotonda.

La Rotonda, as well as numerous other alluring villas, are located just outside the compact city centre and are easiest to reach by car. Vicenza itself is less than an hour’s drive from Venice.