Car hire in Venice
Hiring a car in Venice
Probably one of the most revered cities in the world, Venice is unmatched when it comes to unique history and architecture. Brought to life by its canal systems and the traditional gondola rides that replace most of the modern ways of getting around, it's one place that will amaze you no matter how well travelled you may be. Walk the labyrinth of streets to take a step back in time, exploring the history of religion and art and how these are intrinsically linked with Italy and Venice.
Throughout history, the city built on the water, as it is known, has been seen as a centre of excellence for both art and fashion, and today it is no different. Flamboyant and wonderful as ever, Venice is home to some excellent shopping, galleries, architecture, and even some of the most eccentric people around. Masquerade balls are almost commonplace, and the people of Venice, be they on gondolas, in restaurants or simply in the streets, really help to make the city the lively and exciting place it is today.
What you need to know
It almost goes without saying that Venice itself is perhaps not best tackled by car. After all, the canal system means that boats are more useful than most other vehicles. However, that's not to say that you should neglect the car altogether. Hiring a vehicle means you unlock the whole of the region and have access to some other brilliant cities such as Vicenza, Treviso and Rovigo, among many others, perfect for exploring and trying out something a little different while in Venice.
Before you go to Venice for your holiday, it's always a good idea to book a car hire in advance with Holiday Autos. Doing so means having access to our very best deals, and you will be able to pick out the ideal car for yourself at the best price through our simple to use booking tool. We also offer 24/7 support, so you know that if you have any problems with your car while you are holidaying in Venice, we will be there to solve your issues and get you back on the road in no time at all.
Where to pick up your car
When you have arrived at Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE), it is extremely easy to pick up your car keys from the rental companies and get out onto the roads to start your holiday in style. There will be a number of car hire companies dotted around the city, but it's always advisable to book in advance with Holiday Autos to allow you access to the best deals and prices, and make it extremely convenient to pick up your hire car on arrival.
When you get to the airport, you should come through the arrivals section and exit, collecting your luggage along the way, and head towards the covered walkway that will be signposted towards car park P1. Make your way up to the third floor of this car park and you will find all of the major car hire companies' desks located directly in front of you, making it easy to find them and get yourself out and about.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
When you have your keys and your car sorted, all that remains is to decide just where you want to go in Venice and how you want to spend your time, whether you're finding your own look in the fashionista's paradise, or enjoying some of the majestic cuisine available in Venice.
Car hire in Venice means that you are able to travel further afield than simply the city itself. You will be able to enjoy some wonderful Italian towns and cities that would otherwise seem locked away. For example, why not travel the hour and a half to Verona, something that is more stereotypically Italian than Venice? Here, you can find the city's arena, which is its own version of the Roman Colosseum, a beautiful sight to behold, or Juliet's Balcony, which, despite being only fictional characters dreamed up by Shakespeare, is said to be the sight of the famous interaction between the most famous lovers of all time.
Speaking of Shakespeare, why not travel the few short kilometres that will take you to the lovely Padova. Perhaps not as well known as other places in the region, Padova is best known as being the setting for the aforementioned playwright's The Taming of the Shrew. Here, you can see a number of lovely little settings, including Scrovegni Chapel, where you can see Giotto's famous frescoes.
Of course, hiring a car from Holiday Autos also means that you unlock the ability to see things further afield as well, allowing you to see more of what the areas around Venice has to offer. One good example of this is Lake Garda, located around two hours from Venice. Here, you can take to the water and enjoy paddling in the picturesque scenery, or just step back and soak up the majesty of the natural site. Instagram is just begging to be allowed to take a picture at Lake Garda.
Slightly further afield, you will be able to find the famous Dolomites. It will take around two and a half hours to get to this wonderful natural setting, the largest mountain range found anywhere in Italy. There, you can take in some fantastic walks to allow you to see the best of what the area has to offer. In winter, some of the regions around the Dolomites also offer you the chance to indulge in skiing and snowboarding, allowing adrenaline fans to really let their hair down on a day away from Venice.
Top attractions to visit in Venice
Within Venice itself, there's so much to see and do that you'll be totally spoilt for choice. With your hire car, you'll be able to fit as much as possible into the trip, giving you the best holiday you could dream of having.
Is there anything more Venetian than taking in a traditional gondola ride with a loved one? Perfect for couples, gondola rides allow you the chance to set out on the backstreet canals, cruising along the narrow walkways and past some of the most beautiful buildings that the city is home to. There's no more majestic nor romantic way to see the city, and it's well worth setting aside some time to experience what really is the most authentic side of the city built on water.
St Mark's Square
Probably best known for the seemingly endless numbers of pigeons that congregate there every day, St Mark's Square in the centre of Venice is one of the best places to just sit and soak up the atmosphere. Sure, it may be full of tourists, but is there a better place to kick back, welcome the sun and enjoy an authentic Italian ice cream? In short, no, St Mark's Square is a lovely place to come regardless of weather, but in summer it seems to really come alive.
Do you want to experience a little of what makes Venice's architecture unique, while also exploring the many shops and boutiques that the city is home to? If so, there's nowhere else better to head than to Rialto Bridge. This ornate marble bridge crosses the great canal and is fantastic in its own right, but for those who want to enjoy some of the best shops and retail therapy in the whole country, it's lined with so many perfect options.