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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.
For budget Venice apartments, check out our selection of studios and rentals throughout the city, which includes many options in the places listed above.
Canal-side hotels are hot property in Venice, where tourists flock to step back in time and experience a whimsical world that seems to have been taken straight from a storybook. Venice accommodation is equally as charming, with high, rustic hotels rising up out of the water and backstreet guesthouses that dig deep into Italy’s past. There is something for everyone in this magical city, whether you’re looking to stay in a cheap and stylish holiday home or trying to find a luxurious hostel that’s easy on the eye and the wallet.
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.
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.
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.
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.