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Campervan hire Venice

Emerging from the waters like some kind of mesmerizing, miraculous mirage, defying all norms as it goes, it’s Venice’s confident swagger that makes it so seductive.

 

Venice is a city that needs little introduction. Synonymous with stately grandeur and artistic splendour, the city overwhelms: palaces and churches, marble and gold, ancient frescoes, contemporary sculptures, picturesque canals, handsome bridges, narrow alleys and sunny piazzas — it has it all. With its lavish opulence, Venice shouts confidence. Its bold style is unrivalled across Italy and Europe — even across the world. Because nothing says spirit and daring like a city built on top of water. And while a waterlogged city isn’t enough reason to rent a campervan in Venice –– because, hey, a campervan won’t stay afloat on the Venetian canals –– sticking to bobbing gondolas is to miss much of what the Veneto region has to offer –– from small towns beyond the reach of the lagoon to Verona and the Garda Lake.

 

Practical Information

Depot + Transfer

Our depot is located in the Marcon Zona Industriale, a 20-minute journey from Venice city-centre and a 9-minute drive from Venice Airport Marco Polo (VCE).

Are you starting a road trip in Venice? If you arrive by airplane, we’ll pick you up at Venice Airport Marco Polo (VCE) and take you to our depot where we’ll get you familiar with your campervan. After returning your RV to the depot at the end of your trip, we’ll drive you back to the airport. Free of charge in regular hours, of course.

Parking in the city

Erm...did we not mention the canals? This is a car-free city and that includes your hired campervan. Instead, leave your RV in a garage or lot, which generally cost between €24 and €29 a day. We recommend you try the public garage on Piazzale Roma, then take the vaporetto (waterbus) into the city. Otherwise, you can check out the private garage on Tronchetto, or the public lot at S. Giuliano, which is the cheapest option at €12 a day, although slightly further from the centre.

Camping grounds nearby

The Veneto region has lots of splendid camping options, making hiring a campervan a great choice. Camping Fusina is a 20-minute drive in your RV from Venice and has views across the water to the city. There’s Camping Rialto, also close to the city, as well as Camping Serenissima where you can leave your campervan at the campsite and take the 20-minute public shuttle service into Venice.  

 

About Venice

Venice was founded in the 5th century, built upon 118 tiny islands peeking out of the Adriatic Sea. The city became a flourishing hub of trade and culture and a major maritime power by the 10th century, a trend which continued during the Renaissance when its role as social, economic and cultural powerhouse reached staggering heights. Its influence on the rest of Europe can still be seen today.

Spend one day in Venice and you’ll not begin to scratch the surface. Spend three days here and you’ll start to have an idea. It would take a week or more to truly appreciate the city’s endless glories. From landmark architecture, such as the Basilica di San Marco, The Bridge of Sighs or the Palazzo Ducale, to the romance of the gondoliers, from the modern art of the Guggenheim Collection to Galleria dell’Accademia’s classics, the city’s inimitable style and brilliance emerges from every corner. And churches upon churches upon churches. There’s a danger they might cease to seem spectacular — although when so many house Renaissance masterpieces, that’s unlikely to happen. But it’s in the middle of narrow alleys behind the scenes that you really get a sense of authentic Venice — and what the locals call la bella vita. Find a secluded campi — or square — and enjoy some Venetian culinary works of art. The city is known for its innovative cuisine and with the huge spread of treats known as chiccheti, you risk not fitting back in the campervan you hired. Not to mention the prosecco, sipped everywhere from dimly-lit backstreet bars to luxurious 5-star hotels.

Towards the end of the summer, the glitterati arrive on the banks of the city for the Venice Film Festival, while at the beginning of March, Carnival overruns the streets. But it’s in winter that Venice can feel most enigmatic. Trade swarms of tourists for the empty streets of a misty November walk through the city — and, with the Venetians returning during this season, you might actually meet a local.

Author Truman Capote said: “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.” Hire a campervan in Venice and dive into this delicious selection.

 

What to discover

In and around the city

Piazza San Marco

Just another piazza, you might be thinking. In fact, no: only San Marco earns the status of piazza, the others are merely campi. When you arrive, you’ll see why. Napoleon called Piazza San Marco the “drawing room of Europe”, alluding to the square’s role as both the nucleus of the city of life and a meeting point of people, ideas and influences from around Europe. San Marco is also home to some of the city’s greatest monuments including the Basilica di San Marco, with its chaotic assembly of dome and arches, and Doge’s palace, a pink and white Gothic marvel.

The Campanile

The Campanile is Venice’s tallest building at 99m. It is said that the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III rode his horse to the top of the tower but you’ll have to take the elevator. From the top, you can enjoy stunning vistas that encompass the whole lagoon on clear days —- and occasionally you can spy the Dolomites in the distance. The tower is tall enough that it was used by ships to guide them into port, while during the Middle Ages punishment for wrongdoing involved imprisonment in a cage and being dangled halfway up the tower - for several weeks sometimes.

The Grand Canal 

The equivalent of Venice’s main road is the Grand Canal. The city’s major thoroughfare, stretching to 3,800 metres long, at one time every important family in the city owned a palazzo here. It was a major trading route and home to ‘fondaci’: warehouses and inns for merchants from around the world. The Grand Canal is best experienced aboard a vaporetto, or waterbus, which will also allow you to see another of the city’s most important attractions: the striking Rialto Bridge.

 

Recommended locations

Udine

Hire a campervan and drive an hour and a half north to reach Udine, ringed by mountains and perching close to the Slovenian border. If you haven’t had your fill of stunning architecture in Venice, you’re in luck. Udine also boasts a Duomo, a Castle, and the gorgeous pastel-pink Loggia del Lionello. While the influence of Venice is clear in the majestic buildings, as part of the Austrian Empire from 1797 to 1866, Udine feels distinct: a sharp air of organisation and efficiency contrasts with Venice’s chaotic irreverence. Nevertheless, Udine is still an easy-going city, thanks in part to the ribolla gialla, the sparkling wine that everyone here drinks. What’s more, the city draws far less visitors than Venice so you’ll be able to appreciate its charms without having to negotiate crowds of other tourists.

Treviso

Although often a transit-town for those visiting Venice, Treviso is much more than an airport terminal. It’s a town full of history, with ancient churches, opulent palaces, elegant squares —- and even a couple of canals. In fact, with its tiny waterways and miniature gardens —- not to mention the wealth of artwork hidden away in its stately edifices —- it’s like a pint-sized Venice. But Venice without the hoards of people. Instead, enjoy peaceful riverside walks, indulge in some prosecco tasting, for which the area is famous, and look out for the radicchio rosso di Treviso, a type of radish only found here. Relax in this city of laid-back, leisurely charm and friendly people, and wonder if Venice is worth visiting after all.

Vicenza

Under an hour from Venice in the campervan is Vicenza, situated in the flatlands of the Veneto region. This is where the famous architect Andrea Palladio first revealed his skills, going on to create a revolution in architecture across Europe with designs that combined opulence and simplicity, tradition and innovation. The most striking example of Palladio’s talent is found in Vicenza in the temple-like La Rotonda, considered his finest work. Stroll around the pedestrianised city-centre, take in city’s handsome architecture and discover beautiful artwork in its many elegant buildings. But the delights of Vicenza are not all visual. There are also bars and restaurants to rival Venice, tiny trattorie serving local dishes such as baccalà alla vicentina, dried cod served with polenta —- best enjoyed with a glass of local grappa.

 

Depot Contacts

Phone: +351308 809 080

Email: [email protected]

Address: Via Venier, 27 - 30020 Marcon, Venezia, Italy

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