The journey from the airport on the mainland to Venice itself takes around 20 minutes via the SS11. You'll travel over a connecting bridge, the Ponte della Libertà ("Bridge of Liberty"). Once you’ve arrived park up and explore this glorious city by foot or boat.
One of the most beautiful and unique cities in the world, Venice is built on a group of 118 smaller islands separated by canals and linked by bridges.
While in Venice, be sure to visit the San Marco piazza, the central square in Venice and home to some of the city’s most impressive buildings including St Mark’s basilica (Basilica di San Marco); the former home of the city’s judiciary system, the Doge’s Palace and Torre dell’Orologio, a clock tower built back in 1496.
Road trips from Venice
If you’re keen to explore a little further afield there are a host of scenic road trips available to you from your start at Venice Marco Polo Airport.
Venice to Rome The trip from Venice to Rome takes just over five hours depending on traffic but is well worth the journey. The route takes you through the heart of Italy, where you’ll see small towns and cosy villages throughout this scenic drive.
Travel the A1 onto the E35 and you’ll go through Florence, one of the most important and culturally rich cities in all of Italy. Florence was at the heart of the Italian renaissance movement, architectural wonders are on show throughout this gorgeous town including works by the likes of Brunelleschi and Michelangelo.
In Florence, you should make time to visit the magnificent Uffizi Gallery, one of the greatest art galleries in the world, housing works by Leonardo Da Vinci, Giotto Botticelli and Michaelangelo.
Venice to Bologna Less than two hours from Venice in your Avis hire car lies Bologna, a charming student town with some of the best architectural wonders, museums and art galleries in Italy.
Your trip will take your through small villages and towns. One we’d particularly recommend taking time to stop off in is Rovigo, a lovely town that houses the ruins of a 10th century castle.
Once you arrive in Bologna you’ll see the two impressive and imposing historic towers that rise high above the city. Much of the city is built under porticoes (covered walkways) giving the city a secretive and hidden feel.
Bologna has some of the most revered and interesting art galleries and museums in Italy, including the Palazzo Pepoli, the museum of the history of Bologna; MAMBO, Bologna’s modern art museum; and the Palazzo Poggi, a quirky museum located in the university containing treasures such as ship models from the 17th and 18th centuries, and anatomically correct wax models of humans from the 18th century.
Driving rules in Italy
Which side of the road? In Italy, please drive on the right side of the road.
Country driving laws
Mobile phones may only be used with a hands-free device
Dipped headlights must be used in poor daylight visibility when driving on motorways, dual carriageways, and rural roads
Use the outside lane to overtake on motorways and dual carriageways
Do not use the horn in a built up area unless in danger
There are historical areas in which you cannot drive. Look out for “Zona traffico limitato”
All speed signs will be in km/h.
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
Urban roads: 50 km/h (31 mph)
Urban highways: 70 km/h (44 mph)
Secondary extra-urban roads: 90 km/h (56 mph)
Main extra-urban roads (Expressways): 110 km/h (68 mph)
Motorways: 130 km/h (80mph)
Unless indicated by road signs.
Be aware of changes to speed limits displayed on road signs due to adverse weather conditions.
Child safety / Seatbelt laws
It is compulsory for the driver and all passengers to wear a seatbelt
Children aged under 12 and less than 150cm tall must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size
Children weighing up to 9kg must be seated in a rear-facing child restraint, in the back of the car only
Please note - It is the child’s parent / guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.
This road rules information is for provided for general guidance only. We endeavour to keep the information up to date and accurate, but any reliance you place on this information is at your own risk.