Short Term Rentals in Venice

The beautiful city of Venice is divided into six districts, or ‘sestiere,’ the most famous of which is San Marco. Full of luxurious apartments and right in the heart of Venice, a stay here will be significantly more expensive than in the outlying districts, but if money is no object and you want to be close to the main historical sights, this area is perfect. A residential area to the north of the Grand Canal provides the ideal base for longer stays of one month or two months. You’ll get a feel for ‘traditional’ Venetian life here in Cannaregio, with restaurants and cafes geared towards locals more than tourists, which is great if you are travelling on a budget. Short term rentals here include apartments and flats of varying sizes.

  1. Short Term Rentals for Families

    If you are visiting Venice for an extended trip of more than a couple of weeks, you might like to try the Santa Croce district. This lies to the far west of Venice close to the bus station, and includes some lovely apartments, some of which have a garden or patio space. For longer visits, a family villa might be more comfortable. Some properties provide access to a swimming pool, which can be a huge advantage if you’re visiting during the summer period. HomeAway offers a good selection of holiday rentals in Santa Croce, and the proximity to public transport links opens up the opportunity to go further afield.


    San Polo would be a good compromise between distance from the centre, and the higher rates of San Marco. It’s the sestiere with the Rialto market, which provides a colourful display of food and drink, as well as lots of souvenir shops. You can find a reasonably priced one or two bedroom apartment here and take advantage of the cooking facilities with the local produce.

  2. Short Term Rentals on a Budget

    The area of Dorsoduro provides a characterful setting for a budget self catering stay. To the south of San Marco, it is an arty area that attracts a lot of students. Studio flats and apartments here, often with complimentary internet access, provide easy access to the famous Accademia Art Gallery and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.


    Cannaregio is also a good budget base, being to the far north of the island. Here you can take advantage of cheaper local restaurants and shops, rather than those whose price is driven by the tourist trade. There’s also a ferry stop that takes you to the lovely islands of Murano and Burano.

  3. Luxury Short Term Rentals

    There’s really no shortage of luxury rentals in Venice, with much of this type of accommodation centring around the San Marco and San Polo areas. Beautiful and spacious apartments within historic buildings offer rooftop views of Venice and the lagoon. You’ll be a short step from all the main sights too, with some excellent restaurants nearby.


    If you want to experience a quieter luxury stay, try Venice Lido. It’s a beach resort to the south with a very relaxed atmosphere, and is a great place to return to after a busy day. There are lovely self catering houses for rent here, situated on leafy avenues, making it an idyllic setting for family holidays.

  4. Short Term Rentals for Business

    San Marco is the commercial heart of the city. If money is not a problem, you’ll be able to find a small studio apartment here for a short overnight stay or for a longer period of one or two weeks.


    Staying slightly further away in the San Polo area might save you a little money, and is still within easy walking distance of the main business areas. Self catering lets here may also offer you more space.

  5. Alternative Short Term Rentals

    Plus Camping Jolly in Mestre offers clean and comfortable accommodation, as well as a pool, bar, club and a free shuttle service into Venice. It’s a great spot for backpackers visiting Venice, and provides cheap self catering accommodation for those on a budget.


    Another lovely alternative for a short break in Venice is to stay in a monastery. Monastery Stays offer several rooms in Venice which are run by nuns and monks, with bed and breakfast included, plus a private bathroom.

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