Destination guide

Experience the City of Water from Venice vacation rentals

Its reputation as the most beautiful city in the world lures millions of people from all over the planet to visit Venice. The 'Floating City' has inspired innumerable poets and artists throughout the centuries, enthralled by its Gothic and Renaissance palaces, ethereal canals, and rich history. On your Venetian holiday, you can go for a romantic gondola ride on the Grand Canal, take the kids to mask-making classes in Dorsoduro, or marvel at classic Venetian architecture in Piazza San Marco. Book one of the many Venice vacation rentals like cute apartments and elegant houses, and see what it means to live 'la bea vita' (the beautiful life).

History

There's bound to be tangible reminders of Venice's storied past everywhere you look. You could even find yourself sleeping in one of them, since many vacation rentals in Venice were once palazzi (palaces) built by wealthy families when Venice was at its most prosperous during the 13th and 14th centuries. The magnificent Doge's Palace – established in 1340 – is a must-see for any history buff, as is the opulent Saint Mark's Basilica, just a few steps away. Consecrated in 1117, it's famous for its gold ground mosaics. Head to the San Polo sestiere (neighbourhood) and you'll see the Rialto Bridge, the oldest pedestrian bridge crossing the Grand Canal.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Venice

Do you want to find things to do during your stay? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that Venice has to offer. Here are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Sea Life Jesolo (15.2 mi / 24.5 km)
  • Zattere (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Venissa Vineyard (5.2 mi / 8.3 km)
  • Circolo Golf Venezia Alberoni (6.2 mi / 10 km)
  • Golf Club Villa Condulmer (10.6 mi / 17.1 km)
  • Ca' della Nave Golf Club (11.8 mi / 19.1 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Venice

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Venice is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are a few of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Giardini dell'Arena (22.3 mi / 35.9 km)
  • Bacino San Marco (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Grand Canal (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • San Giorgio Maggiore (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • La Giudecca (0.8 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Papadopoli Gardens (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Venice

The nearest airport is in Venice (VCE-Marco Polo), located 4.9 mi (7.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Treviso (TSF), which is 16.5 mi (26.6 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Venice Santa Lucia Station, Porto Marghera Station and Venice-Mestre Station are the main stations that serve the city. Catch a ride on the metro at Mestre Centro B1 for ease of access to the rest of the city.

How to get around

Travelling around Venice from your vacation rental

You won't be needing your driver's licence since cars, buses, and scooters aren't allowed in Venice. What you need to bring are comfy and sturdy walking shoes, since you'll be navigating the city's maze of alleys on foot. Helpful signs all around Venice will point you to major attractions, and there are quick routes between the most-visited areas like the Piazza San Marco and the Rialto bridge. Travelling on water is another reality here. Sure, you can hire a gondola for a romantic ride under the Bridge of Sighs, but for a more budget-friendly option, hop on a vaporetto. This public water bus serves locales within Venice and nearby islands.

Food & drink 

Seafood takes the spotlight in Venice's foodie scene

Surrounded as it is by water, it's no surprise that seafood takes centre stage at many of Venice's restaurants and bars. Try risotto or spaghetti doused in squid's ink, munch on crispy, fried tiny crabs called moeche, or sample a sandwich filled with baby octopus. If you fancy cooking a meal in your Venice vacation rental, head over to the 700-year-old Rialto Fish Market, where you can buy fresh seafood caught from the Venetian Lagoon. You should also try cicchetti, the Venetian version of tapas, which are staples at bacari or cicchetti bars. And don't forget to make a toast with spritz or bubbly prosecco as you say 'Buon appetito!'

Essential info

Essential facts for your Venice vacation rental holiday

More than 260,000 people live in Venice – about 55,000 in the historic city centre. Venice covers almost 2,500 sq km and is composed of 6 sestieri: San Marco, San Polo, Cannaregio, Santa Croce, Dorsoduro, and Castello. Italian and Venetian are the main languages; however, English is also spoken in many shops and restaurants. Venice has a reputation for being expensive, but you can stretch your euros by booking in the off-peak season. It's one of Europe's safest cities, but like all major destinations, Venice has its share of pickpockets and petty thieves. Call 112, the local emergency number, if you run into trouble.

Where to stay near Venice?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 3,929 house rentals near Venice. From 3,062 Condos/Apartments to 583 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Venice for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Venice?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Venice:

  • San Marco: 1,550 vacation rentals
  • Cannaregio: 1,564 vacation rentals
  • Mestre: 1,722 vacation rentals
  • Castello: 1,304 vacation rentals
  • Santa Croce: 1,402 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Venice?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Venice. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • St. Mark's Square: 3,347 home rentals
  • Piazzale Roma: 3,369 home rentals
  • Palazzo Venier dei Leoni: 3,377 home rentals
  • Venice Santa Lucia Station: 3,349 home rentals
  • I Gesuati: 3,370 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Venice listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Venice?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 3,062 Condos/Apartments in Venice. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Venice include:

  • Houses: 583 lodging choices
  • Villas: 94 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 16 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Venice?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 521 vacation homes with pool available in Venice.