Destination guide

Waterfront charm at holiday homes to rent in Venice

Between 2 rivers on Italy's Adriatic coast, Venice is a charming, historic city that's best known for its wonderful canals, an intricate network of waterways lined with iconic Gothic and Renaissance architecture. The city boasts loads of art and culture museums, too, and you can easily get around the city by hopping on a water taxi – they're called 'vaporetti' – or hiring one of the more leisurely gondolas. With so much to see, you won't have any trouble finding Venice vacation rentals with killer views of the city's waterways, palaces or other local landmarks.

History

History and culture near holiday rentals in Venice

Venice has an array of historic sites for history buffs. Holiday homes are available near places like Torcello, a small, inhabited island with the seventh-century Church of Santa Maria Assunta, and Teatro la Fenice, a grand opera house with high-profile performances. You could also visit the Museo Correr, an opulent museum with Venetian artwork and antiquities dating back to the 13th century.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near holiday homes in Venice

Art lover? With a bounty of museums and galleries throughout the city, you'll have your work cut out for you in Venice – the only question is where to start. The Collezione Peggy Guggenheim is as good a place as any, a heavy hitter loaded with works by modern masters like Rene Magritte, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, all housed in a former mansion dating from the 18th century. You can see more traditional works at the Gallerie dell'Accademia, or explore local history at Ca' Rezzonico, an opulent palazzo and history museum along the Grand Canal.

Activities

Things to do near holiday rentals in Venice

A city of epic cathedrals, palaces and piazzas, Venice is a sightseer's dream come true. You can cruise the city on foot, or get a taste of that old Venetian charm in a private gondola. Either way, you can scope landmarks like the Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and the Rialto Bridge. Festivals are a big draw – depending on the season, you can catch happenings like the dazzling Carnival or the Venice Film Festival, the oldest event of its kind in the world. Fashionistas will find plenty to love, too, with everything from local craftsmen to major designer brands throughout the city.

Weather

Local weather near Venice holiday homes

Venice has a humid subtropical climate, with warm to hot summers, cool winters and more than enough humidity throughout the year. Summer highs peak around 28 degrees in July and August, while milder winter temperatures range from 0 to 7 degrees in December and January. Spring and autumn are generally cool to warm, and rainfall is fairly common all year round. A popular summer destination, you'll usually have the best luck scoring great deals on Venice vacation rentals during the slower off-season months between September and May.

Natural highlights

Islands in the stream – Venice's legendary landscape

Venice is made up of 118 individual islands within the Venetian Lagoon, a protected bay on the Adriatic Sea between the Po and Piave rivers. Instead of streets, the city's built on an elaborate network of canals, and Venice's pedestrian walkways are connected by more than 400 bridges. Venice itself is a dense, historic city, with iconic architecture and a number of centuries-old stone buildings. A short drive from most Venice vacation rentals, the Parco Regionale Veneto del Delta del Po features preserved wetlands along the Po River, where you can spot countless species of birds and other animals.

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.

Good for couples

Romantic holiday homes in Venice

Venice is a romantic place with numerous attractions for couples. Holiday homes are available near places like the Grand Canal, beautiful channel with gondola rides past iconic landmarks, and Burano, a fishing island with colourful homes and a lace museum. You’ll also like Murano, an island with artisanal glass shops and studios.

Where to stay near Venice?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 4,075 holiday rentals near Venice. From 3,088 Condos/Apartments to 88 Villas, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Venice for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

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 rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Venice:

  • San Marco: 1,534 holiday homes
  • Cannaregio: 1,535 holiday homes
  • Dorsoduro: 1,453 holiday homes
  • Mestre: 1,671 holiday homes
  • Castello: 1,302 holiday homes

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

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

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

  • Palazzo Venier dei Leoni: 3,374 holiday rentals
  • Campo Santa Margherita: 3,386 holiday rentals
  • Venice Santa Lucia Station: 3,368 holiday rentals
  • Ca' Foscari University of Venice: 3,394 holiday rentals
  • San Salvador Church: 3,398 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Venice listed on HomeAway 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 Condos/Apartments in Venice?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 3,088 Condos/Apartments in Venice. Our other popular types of Venice holiday rentals include:

  • Villas: 88 holiday houses
  • Houses: 631 holiday houses
  • Studios: 3,098 holiday houses

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Venice?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 661 holiday homes with pool available in Venice. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.