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

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 ...

Residenza Corsocangrande25 - Cansignorio apartment , 90 squared meters

The Residence Corsocangrande 25 is located in the historical centre of Lazise, a lovely town on the shores of Garda lake, just a few metres from the Scaliger walls, Cansignorio Gate and from the beautiful Lakeside. Its privileged location allows r...

apartment in a quiet

"Comfortable apartment, quiet and bright first floor of a building of four tree-lined garden with fenced pool. Located next to the bus stop in 15-20 minutes can reach Venice (cost of ticket € 1.30 - First free tickets ) and in less than 10 minutes...

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...

Nice Apartment Within A Recently Built Complex With Shared Pool

Casa Elia is a nice apartment that belongs to a recently built complex of about 30 apartments with shared pool. The apartments are in an ideal location being about 1km to the lake and the pretty town of Lazise. The grounds are well maintained wit...


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...

Lovely private vacation apartment, few steps from San Marco Square

Lovely, charming private apartment, Venetian style furnished, really close to St. Marco Square (few steps), in an internal private court. Typical “Venetian terrace” made floors, timber-beam roofs, dressy furniture and canal's view large bright win...

Charming Venetian Apartment

The apartment The apartment is 60 m². It is comprises of: kitchen - dining-room (20 m².) with table and chairs, fridge, freezer, gas stove with 2 rings, sink. All equipment necessary for cooking is provided. There is a large living-room with 4 bed...

'VENICE Old Town' - NEW Romantic Luxury APARTMENT-V

In the heart of Venice, between Rialto and San Marco. In the most central and prestigious Venice. (Link) http://www. common-Italian. en / map /? ll = 45. 43633.12. 341992 & z = 20 & t = h & xm = 45. 436359.12. 342209 The apartment is on the first ...

A Highly Enjoyable Apartment For Guests Seeking A Central But Quiet Position

Strategically located in the heart of the city, close to the famous Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo, the charming “Ca' de la Testa” Venice apartment is located at the ground floor. Newly restored and furnished with elegance, this accommodation featur...

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