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Beyond Venice: treasures on the mainland

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Venice is not only its historical centre and the mainland too offers visitors many interesting places to visit: without the need of getting too far, just a few minutes away from Venice, there's a whole world do discover! Starting from Mestre, just on the other side of the bridge connecting Venice to the mainland, and going a little further, everywhere one can find churches, ancient fortresses, beautiful squares enlived by markets and fairs. Going back into the past, one can follow the ancient routes built by the Romans, who left an indelible sign on the countryside, with the typical Roman grid characterising the area of the Decumano.


Torre Civica di Mestre

The most outstanding monument in Mestre - a largely modern city, offspring of the building boom - is its civic tower. This is a bell and clock tower clearly and squarely marking the north entrance to the main piazza and the old town centre.

The line of forts

Mestre, Forte Marghera

There is a fortified Venice that few are aware of; or rather, there used to be one. Today only a part of the city's huge and complex defensive system has survived. This valuable group of buildings for decades had been designated exclusively for military purposes and was little known. Now that the military authorities have ceded a good many of these forts, it has been possible to convert them into cultural sites and places of tourist interest. They are now part of the new historical naturalist itineraries between the lagoon and its hinterland, winding along a very extensive and most picturesque route.