Hotel Venezia Mestre Leisure
We would like to welcome you not only to our town but also to the greater Italian experience. Let me tell you about some of the marvelous Italian sights that can be found only a half hour train journey away. Many of our guests are drawn to the glory and fame of Italian art. In Padua you can see some of the renowned frescoes by Giotto. It is possible to glimpse the inimitable Italian style and daily life in the squares of the city of Treviso. Glorious examples of Italian architecture dating back to medieval times can be seen in Vicenza.
A litte more about Padua…
This large Italian town is home to one of the ancient universities in Italy. In fact Padua is famous for its university life and this is the reason why we like to compare it to the city of Oxford in Great Britain. The Scrovegni Chapel (Cappella degli Scrovegni), with its priceless frescoes by Giotto is a very popular destination. If you prefer slightly fewer fellow visitors head over to the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua (known simply as Il Santo). The rest of Padua is not on the tourism/pilgrimage circuit and you are more likely to encounter students and smartly-dressed business people than tourists.
A little more about Treviso…
The city centre of Treviso is only 5-10 minutes on foot from the railway station. Circled by the town wall and waterways it is famous for several attractions, all worthy of a day trip. The civic heart of Treviso is Piazza dei Signori, a pleasant square with a street running along one side and cafés with outdoor tables along the other. The dominant building here is the historic town hall; the Palazzo dei Trecento. Treviso also lends itself to exploring on foot, and it's many enticing bars, cafés and restaurants offer respite for wanderers wanting to sample the local cuisine and the famous Italian sparkling Prosecco.
A little more about Vicenza…
It was a prosperous town under Venetian rule, and its pride was expressed in the fine architecture, much of which survives to this day. Its unique appearance, largely owing to the work of influential sixteenth-century architect Andrea Palladio, has led to the town’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto. After Palladio, Vicenza is most famous for its trade in precious metals and is even known as the 'City of gold'. Piazza dei Signori is the heart of town, dominated by two of Vicenza's most striking landmarks, the Basilica Palladiana, the town's medieval law courts, and the adjacent Torre di Piazza, a tall and skinny tower. We can’t afford to forget the Teatro Olimpico, Palladio's last work, which was finished by his son and then by Vincenzo Scamozzi.
Guests with a generous schedule can venture further afield to experience the summer opera session of Verona and the glorious Brenta Riviera featuring the competitive architecture of the fifteenth century villas.
Verona has been an important town since Roman times and is rich in archaeological sites. The most famous Roman monument here is the Arena, which in the summer months hosts a high-profile opera season, occasional concerts and other public events. Verona is also famous for the legend of Romeo and Juliet, told by Shakespeare, in the celebrated tragedy. ‘Juliet’s balcony’, is one of the attractions visited by tourists from all over the world.
The Brenta Riviera is famous for its fifteenth century villas, built by rich Venetian landowners. The villas were originally utilized as the headquarters from where the owners oversaw their agricultural estates. Soon however the villas were put to popular use as summer residences. The villas offered rural respite from stuffy Venice although appearance remained very important even in the country! The nobility wished to entertain in style and indeed to compete with their neighbours. Architects and artists were brought in to decorate the villas and sometimes - as at the Barchessa Valmarana - former agricultural buildings were converted into luxurious accommodation or ballrooms. The most famous villas, located only 10-15 km from Mestre, are: Villa Foscari, known also as La Malcontenta, the Barchessa Valmarana, and Villa Pisani.