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About Venice

The Queen of the Adriatic is an unlikely cityscape of stone palaces that appear to float on water, remaining virtually unchanged for six centuries. Built on a lagoon in the north of Italy, Venice is composed of different boroughs, the most famous of which is a group of 118 islands in the main districts (sestieri). With no cars permitted, the city is easily navigable by foot, but a speedier mode of transport is via the vaporetti (public boats).

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Wonderful time in Italy. Cheapest rates and great service..always a pleasure hiring with Nova

Alan Glynn, Jul-2012

Had very positive experience - good car, efficient service plus transport links worked well many thanks

Audrey Pearson, May-2012

Thank you for an excellent service during our anniversary trip to Italy. We were pleasantly surprised with all services offered - including the price.

Willie & Cheryl Du Toit, Apr-2011

This rental with Budget was entirely satisfactory. I have rented once before with Budget at Fiumicino and they have always been helpful and co-operative. I much prefer this provider to Europa which has been your normal provider at Fiumicino. As always your service has been excellent.

Robert Rueter, Jan-2010

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Venice for Foodies

Hi! My name is Joanna and I'm the Head of Car Hire at Nova. I love travelling, dogs, classical music, reading, and making sure all our customers have the best car rental experience!

The price of a good meal in almost every other city in Italy might get you a mediocre one in Venice, so you need to know where you are going to avoid an expensive dining mistake. Take your pick from some of the restaurants we like:

Vini da Gigio

Vini da Gigio at Cannaregio is a family-run restaurant with a wonderful Venetian menu and wine list. Don’t even think about arriving without a reservation as the restaurant is extremely popular. The setting is idyllic, overlooking one the city's many canals, and the interior is warm and welcoming. Choose from either a fish and seafood menu or a meat and vegetarian option. Deep-fried baby razor clams accompanied by Prosecco make a good starter, with a standout main being the braised ossobuco of veal, which is slow-cooked in an unctuous tomato sauce on a bed of polenta.

Gelateria Grom

Venice is famous for the quality of its gelato, but even based on Venetian standards, the ice cream at Gelateria Grom is outstanding. Grom is a chain that uses exclusively natural Italian ingredients, including Sicilian pistachios, nougat from Asti, and fruit from the company’s farm at Mura Mura. The ice cream manages to fuse intense flavours with a sublimely creamy texture.

Arte della Pizza

Quality food tends to be expensive in Venice, but Arte della Pizza is a major exception. This hugely popular hole-in-the-wall on Calle dell’Aseo, off the Strada Nova (the main thoroughfare between the train station and Rialto) contains only a handful of stools, so it’s always full to capacity. Pizzas are top notch and ridiculously cheap for both full pizzas and slices.

Bacaro Lounge

Finding a restaurant near Piazza San Marco that serves decent food without fleecing its customers may seem a tall order - until you find the Bacaro Lounge. This hip establishment, tucked away in an old cinema owned by the Benetton family, is the haunt of both designer-clad fashionistas and rugged gondoliers, creating an interesting and eclectic atmosphere. Come here at noon for the piatto del giorno, a reasonably priced dish of anything from spaghetti with pomodoro or roast pork.

Ai Mercanti

At the other end of the dining scale is Ai Mercanti, on Corte Coppo. The ambience here is very formal, but the food is spectacular, highly inventive, and very expensive. Sit in the courtyard and enjoy a succession of culinary masterpieces from the tasting menu. Highlights include the snails bathed in a creamy garlic sauce, an unctuous lobster ravioli, and an unmissable deconstructed tiramisu.

Da Fiore

Another expensive fine dining destination in Venice is Da Fiore, at Calle del Scaleter. The service is impeccable and the attention to detail is meticulous, resulting in dishes that are as wonderful to look at as they are to eat. Menu standouts include the bacon shrimp toast with tomato and fried rosemary and a Sicilian dessert wine and pumpkin tiramisu.