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Driving to Venice

A Motorists guide to Venice - directions, parking and more

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The picturesque city of Venice attracts hordes of tourists each year, amongst them couples who choose to come here for a romantic break and fans of architecture and art. It may be slowly sinking, but wandering through the canals in a gondola or walking down its narrow streets are incomparable experiences.

Spring and autumn are good times to visit, as the heat and humidity of the summer months can get too much for many, not to mention the sheer amount of travelers who make Venice very busy indeed.

The Basilica de San Marco on St Mark’s Square contains a golden mosaic and the Pala d’Oro, a screen covered in jewels which is just behind the altar. The top of the belltower has fantastic views over the city.

Next door the Palazzo Reale, or Royal Palace, fuses Islamic and Gothic architecture. The setting for Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’ is the Rialto Bridge, where many goldsmiths and vendors do business today. The best views over the canal are seen from here, and this was also the only way to cross the canal on foot right up until the mid-19th century.

The Accademia, situated in a former church building, is the main art gallery for famous classical artists, while the Peggy Guggenheim Collection contains an impressive selection of Dali, Picasso and Pollock artworks.

As well as these popular sights it’s worth visiting some of the islands in the lagoon, the main ones being Murano, Torcello and Burano.

Map of the area

Speed limits around Venice

Speed Limits

Motorway: 130 km/h
Dual Carriageway: 110 km/h
Rural: 90 km/h
Urban: 50 km/h

Distances from Venice to...

All of these places are within a few hours drive from Venice
PlaceDistance km (miles)
(Point to Point)

Rijeka, Croatia164 km (102 miles)

The Stelvio Pass, Italy190 km (118 miles)

Florence, Italy204 km (127 miles)

Innsbruck, Austria216 km (134 miles)

Schloss Neuschwanstein, Germany266 km (165 miles)

Salzburg, Austria268 km (166 miles)

Genoa, Italy293 km (182 miles)

Zagreb, Croatia296 km (184 miles)

Munich, Germany306 km (190 miles)

Zurich, Switzerland362 km (225 miles)

Rome, Italy393 km (244 miles)

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic404 km (251 miles)

Vienna, Austria435 km (270 miles)

Stuttgart, Germany441 km (274 miles)

Nice, France445 km (276 miles)

Bratislava, Slovakia473 km (294 miles)

Geneva, Switzerland487 km (302 miles)

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