Car Hire in Venice
This information is correct as of July 2015.
The Grand Canal can be a wonderful place to be, with the glory of Venetian architecture reflecting on the waterways of the city. From neighbourhood churches lined with the Veronese and priceless marbles, you will also find here garden islands and lagoon aquaculture. Going around here with rental cars will let you check out the Palazzo Ducale, Gallerie dell'Accademia, Basilica di San Marco, and many other landmarks.
Where to hire a car in Venice
There are only a small number of car rental companies which you will find in Venice. Avis, Budget, Europcar, and Hertz are only some of the agencies to check out here. They can be found near the end of Ponte della Liberta, the road leading from the mainland. They each provide a selection of different car models you can think of renting for your trip.
Pre-booking in advance should be the norm when going to Italy, so you can find an available car with an automatic transmission. The usual mode in Europe is manual transmission, making it hard to find and more expensive to find automatic cars. Enquire with your provider about reserving a specific vehicle for your needs. Other than that, you will have to prepare your documents, such as your local driver's licence. If you are from outside European Union and the European Economic Area, you will have to get an International Driver's Permit (IDP) and/or an official translation of your licence to Italian, depending on the policy of your provider.
What to expect when hiring a car from Venice
Since driving is impossible in Venice, you will have to get your rented car after you spend your vacation there. From here, you will traverse the main roads of Italy, such as Via della Liberta/SS11. From here, you can connect to various cities in the area such as Mogliano Veneto, Marcon, Treviso, Noale, Mirano, Padua, and many others. Generally, the rush hour hits in the commuting times, such as 8:00AM to 9:30AM and 5:30PM to 7:00PM.
The autostrada, also the major highways or motorways, are toll roads. You take a ticket when you enter the autostrada and pay when you exit. You should prepare cash, as it the main denomination for booths. You will know that the road you will be taking is an autostrada if there are green signs indicating the way. The further left you are on the lane, the faster you should go. Pay attention to the speed limit when driving (60 km/h to 110 km/h, depending on the lane where you are). Monitor it always, as there are cameras on the highways. Tickets are issued automatically and sent to drivers in the mail. Car rental agencies will add their own processing fee to any ticket you receive. Congestion charges apply to the major cities, which you should take note of, when going on day trips.
One-way systems usually occur on old towns and the historic quarters of big cities. There are a number of bicycle lanes in different parts of the country, which makes it necessary to watch out for passing cyclists. Parking can be hard to manage, even in big cities so be sure to arrange for a space in hotels and other accommodations in the area.
Getting to your destination
With old marketplaces, Fascist-era structures, and one of the oldest universities in the country, Padua seems like a world apart from other Italian cities. You will find here the remarkable Capella degli Scrovegni, Scoletta del Santo, and the Museo del Risorgimento e dell'Eta Contemporanea.
When going here, get on A57 from Via della Libertà. Follow A57 and A4/E70 to Via Sergio Fraccalanza in Padova. Take exit Padova Est from A4/E70. Take Via S. Marco, Via Venezia, Via Ludovico Ariosto and Via Gattamelata to Via S. Francesco. This route has tolls, with some parts of the way with restricted usage or private roads. If the traffic flows smoothly, you can get to this area from Venice in around 45 minutes.
Said to be the home of the Benetton fashion industry, travellers going to Treviso will not just find a fashion industry. There is also a pretty historic centre, where you can check out various structures.
Get on A57/E55 in Gazzera from Via della Libertà. Continue on A57/E55. Take A27 to Via Treviso Mare/SR89 in Silea. Take exit Treviso Sud from A27. Continue on Via Treviso Mare/SR89. Take Via Adige/Strada Regionale 53 and SS13 to Piazza Duomo in Treviso. This route has tolls, with an estimated travel time of 40 minutes.
Declared as a grand UNESCO World Heritage site, Vicenza makes one of the most popular cities in Italy in terms of architecture. You will find here the Teatro Olimpico, Palazzo Leoni Montanari, Palazzo Thiene, and Basilica Palladiana, to name a few. All of them make interesting sights, which can be wonderful to view.
Get on A57 from Via della Libertà. Take A4/E70 and A31 to Via Valdastico in Dueville. Take exit Dueville from A31. Follow SP 248 and SP V to Via Galilei in Breganze. Tolls will have to be paid along the way, with the drive taking around an hour or so.