Forte Marghera is a beautiful spot just at the end of the bridge that connects Venice the old city – to Mestre – its mainland. From May to September it’s perhaps one of the places most visited by locals, and even in winter it offers something special.
The biggest former military fort of the area, with buildings dating back to the Napoleonic and Austrian period, Forte Marghera is now a large public space that brings together associations of the city of Venice. It is a perfect place for a walk, to have a drink with friends, to dine in conviviality, but also to listen to a free concert and see exhibits of local artists.
I love this place because you can feel the passion of all the people of the associations, the artists and the people who live it every day with their ideas and hard work.
Among others, Forte Marghera hosts three different restaurants (Gatto Rosso, La Dispensa and il Bagolaro), managed by a cooperative of local youngsters ControVento, where you can have good and reasonable local food, and it also houses two associations for the protection of cats, which make this place even more magical.
In other words, be brave, cross the bridge, Venice is also the mainland!