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Venice

If northern Italy were a crown, Venice would surely be its central jewel. One of the country's most beautiful and historic destinations, it's characterised by canals and bridges, which connect 118 islands along the coast of the Adriatic. Venice is a place where you step back in time, travel by gondola and waterbus, and admire outstanding feats of architecture. Every street boasts its own magnificent church or palace: from the Piazza San Marco to the Doge's Palace, Venice is brimming with world-famous, spectacular sights.

But where to stay when considering a Venetian getaway? Well, there are six romantic sestieri (districts) to choose from, each boasting buildings which date back hundreds of years. Here at HomeAway, we have hundreds of Venice apartments which cover each and every corner of the city, so whatever your budget or desire, there's a HomeAway holiday rental to suit. Simply read on for our suggestions of where to call home for the holidays.


 

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Cannaregio Cannaregio

Cannaregio comprises the north-western area of Venice, and much of it has remained unchanged for centuries. Evidence of habitation here goes back over 1,000 years, so for lovers of history and heritage, there's surely no better place. There are dozens of traditional restaurants, nestled between ancient churches, and the neighbourhood affords you a peaceful place to call home. It's well within easy reach of the city's main attractions, but has a couple of its own to proffer too: why not spend an afternoon perusing the Wagner Museum, or try your luck in the Venice Casino in the evening?


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Dorsoduro Dorsoduro

Dorsoduro is one of the most vibrant Venetian neighbourhoods, and at its heart is the Campo Santa Margherita. A spot brimming with coffee shops, street markets and antique stalls, it boasts dozens of beautiful buildings, including the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and the Accademia, one of the city's greatest art galleries. If you'd rather peruse modern art than the works of the great Masters however, you'll find the Peggy Güggenheim Collection here too, which houses works by Picasso, Kandinsky and Dali. Afterwards, take a stroll along the Zattere to the Squero, filled with gondoliers' workshops.


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San Polo San Polo

San Polo may be the smallest of Venice's six sestieri, but it's famed for the Rialto Bridge, one of the city's most recognised landmarks. Completed in 1591 to replace a former bridge which fell, it's one of four which span the Grand Canal, but the oldest of them all. San Polo is also the site for Venice's main daily market, which has been taking place here since 1097. Leather handbags and gloves are found alongside fresh, local produce, but don't worry if you don't fancy cooking yourself: much of it is sold to nearby trattorias for their evening menu, which specialise in delicious and authentic seafood dishes.


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Castello Castello

Castello is the city's largest district, built around a naval dockyard which dates back to the 13th century. Here, you'll find some of Venice's main attractions, including the Scuola di San Marco, Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, and the Bienniale Gardens. The Scuola di San Marco was originally home to one of the six Catholic brotherhoods, as its elaborate decoration makes evident: the facade is adorned with intricately carved marble statues and reliefs. The Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, meanwhile, is one of the city's most impressive, Dominican churches, and housed all graves of Doges after the 15th century.


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San Marco San Marco

San Marco houses the most famous of Venice's attractions, including the Doge's Palace, La Fenice Theatre and the Piazza San Marco. The latter has been the centre of Venice for centuries, and houses the Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco, one of the most beautiful Byzantine buildings in the world. It's certainly the most impressive church in Venice: hundreds of tourists travel here to gaze up at its opulent design, characterised by gilded mosaics and intricate carvings. It's a truly amazing experience - the sheer abundance of precious stones and gold mosaics is breathtaking.


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San Marco

Santa Croce

Santa Croce may be the least known of Venice's districts, but it's home to a number of great Venetian churches, including the Churches of San Giacomo dell'Orio and San Nicolo da Tolentino. It also boasts a variety of excellent restaurants in its pretty, cobbled squares, which come alive in the evening with traditional music and street performances. The Ca Pesaro, one of the most important art galleries in Italy, is also here, and houses a wealth of contemporary artworks by International artists. If looking for a pretty place to call home during your stay in Venice, Santa Croce's Papadopuli Gardens make it the natural choice.

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More holiday accommodation in Venice

Caracteristic Apartment near San Marco Square and Biennale for 5 people

The apartment of 70 smq consists of large living room with one sofa bed for 2 person, kitchen with dining table, bathroom with shower, 2 bedrooms (one double bed and one with single sofabed), dining room and a small balcony The apartment can acco...

Modern stylish flat at the beginning of the Castello quarter, Salizada San Lio

The Lion's house is a newly restored set of apartments in Salizada San Lio, Castello. It has been furnished with design and modern taste. Just finished a complete restoration in September 2010. Very bright, the fourth apartment has an extra attic...

Three Bedroom Flat With 2 Bathrooms, Internet And Extremely Bright.

Framed in the physical centre of Venice, near many groceries, antique shops and restaurants, this apartment is a perfect solution for a family or a group of friends that wants to live near all amenities. 5 minutes’ walk from San Mark Square and ab...

Stunning apartments on the Grand Canal in a 17th century palazzo

The apartments S. Tomà 1 and s. Tomà 2 are on the first floor of a 17th century palace facing the Gran Canal and they share the same landing. The façade and the court yard as well as the roof of the palace have just been restored and the interiors...

Apartment Casa San Vio in Venice, Veneto - 6 persons, 2 bedroom(s)

Property details building and outdoor: Beautiful, comfortable house Casa San Vio. In the centre of Venezia, in the district Dorsoduro, excellent location: right in the centre but still quiet, directly by the canal. In the house: central heating s...

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