Apartments in Venice – Best Holiday Rentals
Step back in time amongst the winding canals and narrow streets of Venice, dipping into aromatic patisseries, knickknack shops filled with intricate masks, and intimate bars serving Italian specialities. The city is humming with elaborate charm, harking back to the days of the aristocratic elite and world-class artisans, and you can breeze down the intricate network of canals on a classic gondola ride admiring the ornate architecture and the pockets of culture that characterise the city. Whatever story you’re looking to unravel, we have a huge selection of apartments in Venice for you to choose from, whether you’re interested in spacious flats with canal views, short term rentals in the cobbled streets of the old town, or boutique apartments that sit shoulder to shoulder with regal architecture. Have a look through our selection of Venice lodgings to find the perfect place to stay.
Bridges and Basilicas - Things to do in Venice
- Piazza San Marco – The main square in Venice is a thriving hub of elaborate architecture, elite coffee shops, and plenty of spots to sit and watch the world go by.
- Saint Mark’s Basilica – Situated in the Piazza San Marco, this exquisite example of Venetian design is a hotspot for any visitor. It is the most iconic landmark in the city with gold-studded domes and impressive stained-glass windows.
- Grand Canal – This is the main vein of water that carves through the city, forming a major waterway that takes in many of the top sights.
- Doge’s Palace – An impressive example of Venice’s Gothic architectural style, Doge’s Palace lies on the water’s edge, cutting a breath-taking silhouette against the Italian sky.
- Rialto Bridge – The oldest bridge in Venice, the Rialto cuts across the Grand Canal, dividing the districts of San Marco and San Polo with eye-catching, iconic style.
- Teatro La Fenice – Culture lovers should make a point of visiting this famous opera house which is a bastion of Italian theatre and a major part of European operatic history.
- San Giorgio Maggiore – Lying to the south of Venice’s main island group, San Giorgio Maggiore is an independent island boasting fine architecture and an intricate network of lively alleyways.
- Gallerie dell’Accademia – Nestled on the south bank of the Grand Canal, this classic museum houses a huge collection of pre 19th Century art spanning from all over Italy and beyond.
- Murano – Popping with colour and cute houses, Murano is a series of islands joined together by an elaborate selection of bridges.
- Scuola Grande di San Rocco – Located in the heart of the city centre, this is a grand example of Venetian architecture, displaying ornate detailing and impressive design.
- Dorsoduro – Making up one of the six sestieri of Venice, this collection of islands is home to the highest point in the city, including Guidecca Island and Isola Sacca Fisola.
- Santa Maria della Salute – Also known simply as the Salute, this Roman Catholic church boasts imposing domed architecture and an impressive high-ceilinged interior.
- Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari – Usually called just Frari, this is another church in Venice that epitomises the lavish design that’s so evident throughout the city.
- Bridge of Sighs – Another of Venice’s well-known bridges, the Bridge of Sighs is made uniquely of limestone and offers great views up and down the canal.
- Museo Correr – Set amongst regal surroundings in St. Mark’s Square, this civic museum houses a wide range of classic Italian art and artefacts.
For budget Venice apartments, check out our selection of studios and rentals throughout the city, which includes many options in the places listed above.
Unique Artisan Activities in Venice
Aside from the major tourist attractions in Venice, there are also a huge amount of once-in-a-lifetime experiences to be had throughout the city, from participating in an elaborate masked ball at one of the Palazzos to learning how to cook with an experienced Italian chef. Art and culture lovers will be in their element, too, with trips to the nearby islands of Burano and Murano to learn about the local glass-blowing craft.
Arrive in Venice in Style
Venice is mainly served by the Marco Polo Airport, which is situated 12km outside of Venice, but there’s also the smaller San Giuseppe Airport which sits 30km from the city centre and is frequented by low-cost carriers.
Both airports provide good connections into the centre of Venice, with regular, reliable buses that link up to the Piazzale Roma bus station and Mestre, plus there is a fast ferry from Marco Polo airport into the heart of Venice.
As it’s surrounded by water, Venice is often reached by boat, and there are regular ferries that sail from surrounding countries including Greece, Croatia, and Slovenia.
Vaporettos and Gondolas – How to Get Around Venice
Venice is such a unique city because it has very few land-based vehicles. The main mode of transport for getting around the city is Vaporetto, or water taxis, which expertly traverse the canals. There are numerous lines, routes, and stops throughout the city, which link up all of the major hotspots as well as the islands that sit further out.
For a more classic form of getting around grab a gondola ride which will provide a much more intimate experience, though it’s slightly pricier than other public options.
The vast majority of sights in Venice are within walking distance of each other, so it’s highly recommended that you wander the streets on your own two feet – a great way to discover hidden gems and really get to know this ancient city.
Live like a local in lesser-known Venice
Exploring Venice like a local means getting lost in the winding labyrinth of streets and ducking into cute curiosity shops and intimate bars. Head to the Quattro Fontane on a Tuesday for the local market which sells all manner of goods, from clothes and shoes to food and household items, wander through lesser-known neighbourhoods like Canneregio and Castello where kids play in parks and elderly Venetians catch up on gossip, and visit the Rialto Market early before the crowds draw in to pick up the best fish and freshly picked vegetables.
If you’re looking to live like a local in Venice, book one of our boutique apartments that can be found in the lesser-known parts of the city.