Cheap Venice holidays

Visit the Queen of the Adriatic on a shoestring

Helen Twigg

Helen Twigg
HomeAway travel expert

Casa AllegraFor holidaymakers already acquainted with Italy’s staggering history and colourful culture, the beautiful city of Venice is a brilliant alternative to the country’s capital. Coined the ‘Queen of the Adriatic’, as well as the ‘Bride of the Sea’, the city is adored by both Italians and visitors alike. The series of canals running through the city separate over a hundred marooned islands, interlinked by romantic bridges where holidaymakers can enjoy serene evening strolls over the stretches of water, before an authentic Italian dinner. For proactive travellers, meanwhile, Venice has an array of museums, art galleries and exhibitions, and a myriad of stunning buildings to explore.

With HomeAway, travellers can cater their search to find an idyllic Venetian apartment overlooking the water, or a studio flat with a terrace, minutes away from some of the city’s famed streets. If it's important that you're just minutes away from the historical centre, which has influenced the literature and art scene for centuries, simply refine your search to find a rental adjacent to your ideal location! For those visiting the city on a shoestring, we've compiled a list of attractions you can enjoy on cheap holidays in Venice.


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Piazza San Marco Piazza San Marco

The Piazza San Marco, or Saint Mark's Square, is home to Saint Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, and the St Mark's Campanile. And as if that wasn't enough, the Museo Correr and the Procuratie are also located within the square's parameters! Visitors wishing to immerse themselves in Venice's historical and religious development can visit the museum located in Saint Mark's Basillica, and embark on a guided tour, as well as experience the dynamic and interactive exhibition, 'Virtual Basilica'. For visitors travelling on a budget, the colourful, energetic and creative ambience characteristic of Venice can simply be enjoyed by by eating lunch in the square itself!

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Canal Grande Canal Grande

A pinnacle area for trade during the tenth century, Grand Canal was once a dynamic, bustling port. Today, visitors can discover Venice by boarding a traditional ‘water taxi’, joining locals and holidaymakers on the stretch of water which coils around the city. The canal offers all holidaymakers a unique exploration, but for those fascinated by architectural history, the buildings bordering the water are an exemplar of Byzantine and Renaissance design. Furthermore, reasonably priced gondola tours are often delivered on the water, both educating and entertaining holidaymakers interested in the formation of the neighbourhoods surrounding the canal.

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Palazzo Ducale Palazzo Ducale

When in Venice, you simply must discover the Palazzo Ducale, or Doge's Palace, a symbol of Italy's medieval history. An iconic building, Palazzo Ducale represents the numerous developments in architecture, as well as culture, reflected in the restoration and combination of differing structural designs and art inside the building. If you choose to follow an itinerary, you will be lead through the ornate halls and stairways, the serene courtyard, and on to the Loggias. Bordering the stretch of water, the building is an ideal sight to explore, before dining at one of the many eateries that line the Grande Canal, or dining alfresco in the Italian sunshine.

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Santi Giovanni e Paolo Santi Giovanni e Paolo

Visit Santi Giovanni e Paolo, a Dominican church, for awe-inspiring tours of some of Venice's spectacular artworks. As visitors approach the basilica, the minute detail of the external Italian Gothic architecture serves to symbolise the interior masterpieces held inside. The church is one of the largest religious buildings in the city, and is home to eminent paintings, sculptures and monuments. The building is not only a haven for art historians. The stunning paintings of Giovanni Bellini’s Renaissance depictions of religious scenes, the baroque style of Guido Reni, and the striking detail of Alessandro Vittoria’s sculptures, continues to enthral a diverse selection of holidaymakers.

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Giardini della Biennale Giardini della Biennale

Holidaymakers can enjoy a tranquil afternoon in The Giardini, the celebrated gardens located in the east of the city. The spectacular green space provides an alternative walk along the waterside, and is an idyllic picnic stop for holidaymakers travelling on a shoestring. The garden is home to over 25 pavilions, some of which were designed by prominent architects, including the twentieth century Austrian architect, Josef Hoffmann, as well as designs by Alvar Aalto, and Gerrit Thomas Rietveld. The space is a platform for the eminent ‘Venice Biennale Art Festival’ which unites locals and travellers from across the world to celebrate Venice’s phenomenal contributions to art.

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Venice Holiday Apartments

Sognando Venezia....

This brand new apartment in the quiet and authentic Cannaregio District is just a 5-minute walk from Santa Lucia Train Station. Piazzale Roma Square is just a 10-minute walk away. The modern air-conditioned apartment includes a spacious double be...


The house 'MADDY'S HOUSE' is located on the outskirts of the city of Padua, about 30 minutes from the city of Venice, located in the center of the village with all amenities. The house consists of an apartment in residence completely independently...

Romantic Apartment overlooking the Dolomites 80km from Venice!

This apartment is an annex to the main house, Casa Rosetta. Il can provide extra accommodation for a large party renting both accommodation or a totally independent apartment for a couple or a family of 3.

Romantic & Family Holidays: B&B & Self-catering between Venice and Dolomites

Villa Rosa offers comfortable double and triple B&B rooms with own bathrooms, a 2 Bed country Cottage and 1 Bed Apartment, all set in a prominent position overlooking the medieval frescoed town of Feltre, the valley and the XI century Sanctuary on...

Holiday apartment in the heart of Venice near Rialto Bridge - San Marco

Our properties are located in the same building, we offer two large and bright apartments and a wonderfull typical venitian penthouse with terrace, 30 meters distance from the famous Rialto Bridge and a 4 minute walk from the beautiful Piazza San ...

Apartment with garden

Located in the Castello district, this cozy studio of 53 m2, on the first floor of a building of the thirteenth century, offers an oasis of relaxation just minutes away from San Marco and Rialto. It consists of a kitchen, a bathroom with shower an...

Villa La Contenta - superb villa with private pool an breakfast service!

This historical estate reveals its delights slowly and elegantly. Leaving the bustling Venetian activities behind you, the drive leads you on a simple country road through fields which melt into the natural park of the Eugenean hills. You will soo...

Traditional apartments in medieval 'palazzetto'

Ca’ Badoer dei barbacani is a private 'palazzetto' located at the very heart of Venice. It offers a few self-catering apartments for rent on a weekly basis. The apartments are on the second 'piano nobile' and floors above, and enjoy open views - s...

Venice S.Polo cosy 1 bedroom + 1 sofabed apartment in the Rialto area.

This lovely apartment is located 5 minutes from the Rialto bridge and the fish and vegetable market. It is part of the Palazzo Albrizzi historical complex and belongs to the Albrizzi family since the 18th century. Its windows overlook the 'Rio de ...

Apartment/ flat - Mirano

The apartment Mael is located in Mirano Ideally located in a very quiet area. Beautifully decorated to make your stay the most comfortable. All new building finished in 2011, and furnished always 2011.Con Washing machine, dishwasher, microwave a...

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