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Venice is famous for its car-free environment, made up as it is of gondolas sailing a network of canals. While the city may be carless, exploring the surrounding area of Veneto with a hire car offers a rewarding way to discover this part of Italy.

Lake Garda, Italy’s iconic largest lake, is a two-hour drive from Venice. Fancy an unforgettable and educational day out? Visit the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vicenza – just a 20 minute drive from the south of the region. With so many attractions, there’s no shortage of places to discover near Veneto. Hiring a car in Venice is straight-forward, and an enjoyable way to experience Italy’s cultural and scenic landmarks.

Hire a Car From Marco Polo Airport (VCE)

You won’t find any car hire facilities in Venice itself, so if you’re looking to rent a vehicle do so at the airport. Venice’s Marco Polo Airport takes a vast range of international flights, and is around four miles north of the city. Car hire agencies such as Firefly, Hertz, Thrifty EU and Sixt all operate here, leaving you with a wide choice of vehicles to hire. To get an idea of prices and car models, you can use the Expedia search tool.

Driving in Italy

To get your Venetian road trip started, motorways such as the SS14 and the A57 take you through Veneto and wider Italy. These have higher than average speed limits, allowing drivers to travel at up to 80 miles per hour. If you’re planning on travelling on a Sunday afternoon, it’s worth noting that some smaller service stations close between 13:00 and 15:30. However, there are many self-service pumps where you can top up the tank unassisted.

Exploring Veneto by Car

The great thing about discovering Veneto by car is the immense choice of attractions you’ll come across. The ancient Roman city of Aquileia sits at the head of the Adriatic coast. Here, visitors can step back into the Roman era through its historic architecture. It’s located an hour and a half’s car journey from the city – the perfect day out which gets you back in time for a delicious Venetian dinner.

Equally charming, the city of Verona draws in thousands of tourists each year thanks to its enriching cathedrals and world-famous Arena. On summer nights, the opera is held here. If you’re lucky enough to visit this time of year, then enjoy an unmissable evening. Take the Austrada, a northern Italian motorway, on your way here. Fast and enjoyable, its only 70 miles from Venice via this route.

Driving the Adriatic Coast

Venice is the perfect base for drivers looking to explore the Adriatic coastline. Parco San Bartolo, home to the highest sea cliffs of the Italian Adriatic, is a three-hour drive from Venice. Relaxing and secluded, you’ll be rewarded with a rare and unrivalled view of the coastal waters.

A short drive north from here is the idyllic port of Cesenatico. For anyone looking to unwind to the tranquil charms of a fishing village, there is no better location. The capital of Veneto, Venice makes the perfect starting point for those exploring the wonders of the region and beyond.

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