Romantic, idyllic, a fairytale far-flung from the hustle of everyday life – such features justify the popularity of the magical island of Venice, situated in the Venetian Lagoon of Northern Italy. Packed with historic churches, quaint buildings, and picturesque palaces, you can’t turn a single corner in the city without catching a glimpse of its turquoise canals, leaving no wonder of its unique charm as the ‘City of Water’.
Whether you’re here for a holiday, event, or staycation, there’s something for everyone in the vacation rentals of this city. Worry not if you’re looking for a home with a canal view – we’ve done the searching especially for you! Here are nine vivacious HomeAway and Vrbo vacation rentals in each sestiere (‘one-sixth’, or district) and the Lido of Venice, all with canal views for a wonderful Venetian stay:
Located in the heart of Venice, the sestiere of San Marco is named after the island’s patron saint. As the main place of Venice, it holds some of its most famous sights and sits alongside the island’s main water-traffic corridor, the Grand Canal.
Want to stay by the canal but not too far from the attractions? Stay in this verdant apartment, located by the Grand Canal and just ten minutes’ walk from St. Mark’s Basilica, the city’s most famous church! Upon entering this home, the first space that greets you is a unique one – a ‘winter garden’ where you can indulge in a summer tea party in spite of the wintry cold. Converse over coffee by the broad leaves of the house plant, or relax here in the mornings before the day ahead. With salmon hues, white walls, and leafy murals, the living room of this home exudes a similar atmosphere to the winter garden. Lounge in this unique space, reminiscent of the famous vineyards of the Venetian Lagoon, an area also known for its vegetables and a salty-tasting wine. Every evening, retreat to this peachy, peaceful bedroom with an en suite bathroom. Rest among sheets of regal design on the king-sized bed, and awaken to breakfast in bed with the lacquered lap tray. Freshen up in a chamber of gold with this bathroom, where white, wood, and marble come together with flowers and gold taps to bring you a glorious bathing experience. This apartment’s connection to the canal doesn’t just stop at its views! Hail a gondola from the water entrance of the home, a private dock for your very own use.
Winter garden apartment on Canal Grande
Address: 3391 Calle Crosera, Sestiere di S. Marco, 3366, 30124 Venezia, Italy (see map)
Price: from 192 USD
Number of Guests: 3
Places of Interest: Palazzo Mocenigo Casa Nuova (4-min walk), St. Mark’s Square (10-min walk + ferry)
San Polo may be the smallest sestiere in the city, but its size has no relation to its multitude of wonders. From the church that gave the sestiere its name to the largest campo (town square) in all of Venice, there’s just as much to explore in San Polo as there is in any other district.
If you’re looking to stay near the sights of San Marco yet away from the tourist hubbub of the area, why not opt for accommodation in San Polo? Try this aristocratic apartment, just off the canal of San Polo, where you’ll get to stay in an authentic Venetian air. Turn the keys in the door to this home and step into a foyer of opulence. While a tidy dining table rests beneath glass chandeliers, walls, doors, and archways are adorned with antique ornaments, from centuries-old paintings to vividly hued doors and gilded frames. Choose whether to relax on the plush, gilded furnishings of the living room … … In the cosy, low-ceilinged space of the pink tea room … … Or on the bone-like chairs, surrounded by ornate frescoes, of the chapel. Offering a break from the vibrant, stimulating art gallery of a home beyond their doors, the soothing, pastel-coloured bedrooms provide ample peace and quiet for a good night’s rest.
Fabulous & ample home (sleeps 6 , 3 Ba) central Venice -M0270423241
Top guest reviewsthe art (and the air conditioning) in this apartment were fantasticbeds were very comfortable with extra pillows and blankets provided in the armoiresthe apartment was gorgeous well-maintained and had everything we neededthis apartment was beautifully and eclectically decorated with artwork and antiquesthe apartment was a joy and felt very venetian five girlfriends celebrating my 60th birthday in a truly beautiful settingthis apartment is clean comfortable quiet and like living in an art gallery
Host:the owner was very helpful and responsivechristiana was responsive to our needs throughout the processand the owner was very efficient and responsivethe owner was very responsive to all our inquiries and requestscooking was a breeze on 5 burner gas range 2 refrigerators and a family friendly table within reachRead more reviewsthe location is idealclose to a good grocery store and restaurantsso all in all a near perfect locationa perfect location for a week in venice very central and a great base to explore fromthe area is safe and an easy walk to the water bus
Named after an offshore island, Castello is the largest sestiere in all of Venice. It sits at the eastern end of the island, its extensive reach providing an equally extensive range of sights and experiences. While it is largely comprised of residential areas, some of the island’s finest art, architecture, and monuments can be found here.
If you’re a modest individual who appreciates a simpler charm, reside in this homely apartment, nestled in Castello’s western end. This elegant apartment is peppered with furnishings of exquisite detail, giving you a taste of Venice’s regal climate while maintaining a modest, homely feel. Greeting you beyond this apartment’s windows is this charming panorama: a roofscape of townhouses and cathedral domes, below which flow the turquoise waters of San Lorenzo’s canal. With shelves full of antiques and refined wooden furniture, the dining area of this home makes for a quaint, quiet space for you to collect your thoughts and indulge in a stay-in meal. When night falls, fall into the rosy sheets of this lovely bedroom and doze off to a dulcet dream.
Apartment by San Lorenzo Canal
Address: Calle Larga Brusà, 30122 Venezia, Italy (see map)
Price: from 152 USD
Number of Guests: 4
Places of Interest: Museo di Palazzo Grimani (5-min walk), St. Mark’s Square (10-min walk), Venetian Arsenal (11-min walk)
The northernmost and most populous sestiere of Venice might be overlooked by tourists as somewhat drab and suburban, but perhaps it is here that some of the island’s more obscure attractions are located. For example, did you know that the sestiere’s main artery and namesake, the Royal Canal, served as the main route into the city before the railway to the mainland was built? Or that the ashes of the last Doge of Venice are entombed in a church here? This is also the closest sestiere to Murano, an off-coast island renowned for its colourful glass masterpieces!
Explore this area with a stay in this bright apartment, located just by the confluence of the Royal Canal and Grand Canal. Wake up to bright mornings in this alabaster apartment, made more glamorous with extensive marble floors. Let the sunlight stream in through its many windows as you enjoy some fresh fruit at the dining table, or sneak a peek at some Italian television. Should there ever be insufficient space to accommodate the entirety of your travel group, the living room’s sofa conveniently folds out to a sleeper for two. While the thought of sleeping in the living room may seem unglamorous and uncomfortable, who can complain with such a breathtaking view? Mahogany and orient-influenced designs await you in the master bedroom of this apartment. By night, have a downy doze to dreamland in the comfort of its king-sized bed. Prepare for a day out in the morning with this ample marble bathroom. With twin sinks and a wide marble counter, never worry about waiting your turn if you’re in a rush to leave the house.
Bright Apartment in Historic Palace
Address: Calle Soranzo, 1575, 30121 Venezia, Italy (see map)
Price: from 192 USD
Number of Guests: 5
Places of Interest: Palazzo Labia (5-min walk), Venetian Ghetto (6-min walk), Santa Maria di Nazareth (8-min walk), Murano (34-min ferry from S. Alvise, arrives every 20 mins)
To get a taste of suburban life while staying close to the mainland, stay in Santa Croce, the transport hub of Venice. Bordered by the sestieres of Dorsoduro and San Polo, Santa Croce is one of the less-historic districts of Venice, and is your best bet for understanding the everyday life of modern Venetians.
Tourist attractions lie in this sestiere’s eastern parts but, if you’re feeling brave, it’s also from here that you can take a day trip down to Poveglia, supposedly the most haunted island in the world. If staying in Santa Croce appeals to you, book this luminous apartment. Not only is it situated near a filming location of the 2003 film, The Italian Job, it’s also central to the neighbouring sestieres of Dorsoduro, San Polo, and Cannaregio. By now you’re probably thinking I’ve run out of synonyms for ‘beautiful’, 'cosy’, and 'spacious’ to the point where I’d had to resort to using 'luminous’ to describe an apartment. Right? Wrong! With soft rays of sunlight streaming in to illuminate pastel-hued walls, this residence is an abode of light, and truly luminous indeed! You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to slumbering in this home! Choose between the scenic balcony and antique furnishings of the Blue Room (named by your host, as were the rest of the rooms), the flowery, feminine atmosphere of the Lilac Room, or the canopied viridescence of the Green Room. The home’s luminous nature extends to its exteriors too. By day, step out to this apartment’s balcony for a picturesque view of the waterway’s pink homes, and by night, admire a dazzling view of lights reflected upon the canal.
Amazing view on the canal, bright, sunny apartment
Top guest reviewsall the rooms had ac and everyone loved the locationvery comfortable for a family with lots of roomvery clean and well maintainedluca is extremely well organized and his appartment is spotless
Host:they were the perfect hostswhat is misrepresented is the superior service and attention of the owner/managerluca was a great hostluca was the perfect hostluca was a great hostRead more reviewseasy walk from train stationnice place close to everythingit is easy to walk to the main attractions and convenient for the main station/vaporetto stopsluca did recommend using porters located at the train stationwe enjoyed having a place located in a neighborhood with less noise
The highest land areas in all of Venice lie in Dorsoduro, the southernmost sestiere of the island. Sure, it’s no San Marco, but this district is a favourite among both locals and visitors alike for its picturesque canals and palazzi (without the flashy marketing of tourist traps!), as well as numerous art showcases and late-night bars.
Coming here for the youthful, artistic atmosphere? Bunk in this regal apartment, complete with your very own canal-side courtyard! Sleep like royalty on this elegant king-sized bed, lined with sheets of burgundy-coloured velvet and a frame of exquisite mahogany. If you’re here with friends and aren’t too keen on the thought of sharing a bed, head to the second bedroom, where ivory walls and aquatic shades of blue provide a homely air. A quaint living space awaits beyond the bedroom doors. Find your fancy in the multitude of activities available, such as radio, television, and the library of music, DVDs, and books. There’s even a Nintendo game console here! When evening comes and the day is done, immerse in the everlasting enchantment of Venice by the water entrance of the courtyard. Sip on the region’s signature wine as you watch gondolas row past – who knows, you may even hear a beautiful song or two.
Ca' Venexiana, quiet 2 bedroom with private canalside courtyard ~ no extra fees
Top guest reviewsthe small patio was a nice place to relax and enjoy a drink or eat breakfasti enjoyed eating my breakfast on the patio while watching fish eat seaweed off the walls of the canalthings are clearly marked in the apartment and there is a book with instructions for everythingthree of us stayed in this great apartment for 5 nightswas clean quaint and quietexceptionally clean and well-appointed apartment
Host:the staff was helpfuljackie is a wonderful hostyou can tell that the owners love venicewhat a great hostthe host could not have been more helpfulRead more reviewsthe location was great from being close to sgood restaurants close by as well as a market for whatever you needthis place is as close to flawless as you can geteasy and wonderful walk 20 mins or so to just about anywherejust a great place
Lido may not be a sestiere of Venice, but it’s still part of the city and a popular haunt for both locals and tourists. Not only is it home to the city’s main beach, it’s also the venue of the annual Venice Film Festival, the oldest film festival in the world. You can also catch a glimpse of abandoned and reportedly haunted Poveglia from here; unless you’re ready for lots of searching and spending though, this is the closest you’ll ever get to it. If you’re opting for an unconventional Venetian holiday, stay at this artistic loft in Malamocco, the original home of the Doge of Venice. As you enter this apartment, an interior as sunny as the island’s beaches greets you. Admire the quirky mix of decor, from the multicoloured artworks to disarming antiques (notice the witch doctor’s mask?). Within the living room, a compact, carpeted living area waits for everyone to gather and have a good time. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not bunk in the loft overlooking this space? If you wish for a more conventional sleeping method, this twin bedroom comes with a view of the neighbouring canal. Borrow a fluffy friend from the shelf and snuggle up for a slumber in this home away from home! Enjoy your breakfast on this patio, where you can soak up the best of Lido’s sunshine. If you’re thirsty, why not indulge in some iced lemon tea? After all, look at the lemon plants – they’re fresh and ready for picking!
Artistic apartment in Malamocco
Address: Fondamenta della Madonna, 30126 Lido VE, Italy (see map)
Price: from 173 USD
Number of Guests: 6
Places of Interest: Riva Giuseppe Mazzariol (7-min bus ride; arrives every 10 mins), Palazzo del Cinema (16-min bus ride; arrives every 10 mins), beach (17-min bus journey; arrives every 10 mins)
A great option for families of up to four or couples on a romantic break, this superbly-rated apartment is located within an easy walking distance of the world-famous Rialto Bridge. It is also well placed for a wide array of bars, shops, and restaurants - including a range of pizzerias for that authentic Italian feast. The apartment itself comes equipped with a kitchen of its own, should you prefer to eat in rather than tantalize those taste buds at the local restaurants, and the amenities include air conditioning, TV, and internet access. Those who simply cannot wait to get out and explore this magnificent city will also appreciate the flat’s range of detailed maps and visitor guides
Cozy apartment, a short walk from the Rialto Bridge
Top guest reviewsac kept rooms coolclean and nicely managedthis is a very nice apartment extremely clean spaciousit was equipped with everything we needed was spotlessly clean and the beds were very comfortableeverything in the apartment was neat clean and well-prepared for travelersthe location of the place was perfect clean and the recomendation by the host was outstanding
Host:rosa was a great hostowner gave great advice on restaurants & sightsrosa has been a great hostrosa was very lovely and helpfulowner is very helpful and made sure our stay is memorableRead more reviewsthe location is great near everything with lots of lovely restaurants nearbyvery comfortable location close to most of the key locationsthe apartment is in a perfect location and ideal for a few days staymost importantly the apartment was super quiet yet so close to everythingwe only stayed one night but were impressed with the decor size of the room and the location/neighborhood
Enjoying panoramic views and boasting a central location just five minutes away from the Rialto Bridge on foot, it’s little wonder that this two-bedroom apartment scored exceptional reviews from impressed former guests. Located within an historic 16th century building, and home to a host of charming historic touches and decor, this property is sure to appeal to those who love to feel they are close to the past. But, despite the historic setting, the property enjoys a number of nice modern touches, such as air conditioning and internet access, to help you feel at home. It also comes with its own kitchen - perfect for conjuring up a tasty treat to enjoy on the wooden terrace while gazing at the view.
Stylish apartment 5 min walk from Rialto 360 degree panoramic viewvenice, veneto, IT
Variety in Venice
Why settle for the corporate comfort of a hotel when you can truly immerse yourself in this enchanting city, a land lifted straight out of a fairytale? Capture a photograph of a church or palace, sip on some sparkling, salty wine, and call a place along the canals your home with these accommodations. Sail away to the Venetian Lagoon and book one of these HomeAway vaction rentals today!
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