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Destination guide

Island hopping through the city of Venice

Made up of a series of islands connected by canals and bridges, Venice is a unique city that's full of grand Italian architecture. Booking a Venice holiday rental allows you to explore the city, getting around by water taxi or gondola, and appreciating the opulent museums and beautifully preserved historic buildings. Food is a huge part of Venetian life, and you can splash out in a traditional restaurant with decadent surroundings or stop at a rustic osteria for pasta with freshly-caught seafood. Book tickets to an opera or Baroque concert for an authentic Venetian experience, with vast theatres and music venues hosting lavish productions.

History

Heritage sites near holiday rentals in Venice

Venice is filled with unique historic sites to delight the history buff. Holiday homes can be found near fascinating places like Doge’s Palace, a Gothic palace with exhibitions in the duke’s rooms and prison and armoury tours, and the Bridge of Sighs, an arched bridge named for the sighs of the prisoners crossing it from the palace. There’s also St. Mark’s Campanile, a landmark 16th-century square cathedral tower with a dramatic spire and belfry.

Things to do

Explore Venice the classic way – by gondola

Venice is defined by its canals, so the classic way to tour is in the back of a gondola. If you're staying in a Venice holiday rental, gliding along the water is an excellent way to get around, with many gondoliers offering guided tours or even serenading their passengers. You can book short gondola tours of around 30 minutes to see the Grand Canal, giving you a new perspective on sights such as the Rialto Bridge. Alternatively, book a half-day tour that will take you to spots such as the Doge's Palace, letting you see the best of the city in a day.

Activities

Discover Venice's iconic Piazza San Marco

Most first-time visitors head for Piazza San Marco on their first day, which is an excellent spot to start exploring the city. The gilded St Mark's Basilica with its dramatic Gothic architecture is at the heart of the square, and when you step inside you'll see golden domes covered in frescoes, with every inch seemingly taken up with intricate decorations. On the opposite side of the square is Museo Correr, a palatial art gallery full of paintings and statues set among opulent surroundings. Once you've finished exploring, the square is full of cafes with pavement tables, so you can sip an espresso and enjoy the sights.

Weather

Climate during your stay in holiday homes in Venice

Venice's proximity to so much water means that the weather can get humid, especially during the summer months. Often reaching the high 20s, July and August are peak times for Venice holiday rentals, which means the city is busy, and there is a risk of thunderstorms on the hottest days. September to November are milder and more comfortable in terms of weather, and spring is also a pleasant time to explore the city. Winter is the cheapest time to visit, and although it can be foggy and rainy, the museums and indoor attractions are nice and quiet.

Natural features

Relax on the Venice Lido

Visiting Venice can be a full-on experience, but just a short vaparetto ride from the city is Venice Lido, a stylish coastal area swathed with sandy beaches. Stretching along the calm waters of the Adriatic, there are several miles of coastline which range from the busy and lively, to quiet spots surrounded by trees. There are lots of bike rental stands, so you can zip along the promenade, enjoying the sea breeze and finding spots off the beaten track.

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 centre. 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.

Family friendly

Family fun near holiday homes in Venice

Kids will love the many fun and interesting attractions in Venice. Holiday homes are available near places like Murano, an island with artisanal glass studios, demonstrations and souvenirs, and Lido di Venezia, a sandbar with sandy beaches, lagoons and seaside amenities. Kids will also like Libreria Acqua Alta, a quaint bookshop with vintage titles, unique displays and a resident glaring of cats.

How many holiday rentals are available around Venice?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,641 holiday lettings around Venice. From 2,779 flats & apartments to 59 villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

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

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Venice:

  • Cannaregio: 1,375 holiday homes
  • San Marco: 1,358 holiday homes
  • Castello: 1,150 holiday homes
  • Dorsoduro: 1,279 holiday homes
  • San Polo: 1,257 holiday homes

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

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Venice?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Venice. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Guglie Bridge: 2,924 holiday lettings
  • Venetian Ghetto: 2,928 holiday lettings
  • Campo San Polo: 2,934 holiday lettings
  • Madonna dell'Orto: 2,929 holiday lettings
  • Venetian Arsenal: 3,022 holiday lettings

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

Can I rent Flats in Venice?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 2,779 Flats in Venice. Our other popular types of Venice holiday rentals include:

  • Villas: 59 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 572 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 16 self catering accommodations

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Venice?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 658 holiday homes with pool available in Venice. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.