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Recent Venice reviews

  • Excellent location and excellent landlord

    "My wife and I stayed for a week in Paolo's apartment in Venice. The apartment is on the 2d floor(to an Italian it is the 1st floor). Bottom line is that it was only up one flight of stairs to get to get there. The apartment overlooks a very small Venetian canal where small power boats with outboards are tied up next to the sidewalk(fondamenta). During the week that we were there I never saw or heard any boat moving on the canal. The place was exceptionally quiet, which is a definite priority for us. The apt is a short walk from the train station where you arrive in Venice, hence easily accessible even if you are rolling 2 heavy suitcases as we were. There are outdoor fresh am produce and seafood markets on the next canal over if you are so inclined. Our cooking in the apartment was minimal so we didn't take advantage of these markets. The variety of seafood available at the outdoor seafood market was beyond outstanding. There is a vaporetto stop conveniently also on the next canal over, which in light of Venice's sometimes/oftentimes confusing street arrangement was nice. We bought a 7 day vaporetto pass which allows you to hop on and off the vaps at will. This turned out to be an excellent decision. There is also a true supermarket pretty nearby and definitely findable. We used this resource several times for essentials such as tp and wine. The apt is in an old ethnic part of the city, which is a boon for several nearby uncrowded(with the exception of Friday night dinner time) good restaurants. The Cannaregio district seems to be totally residential. We saw no other tourists on our canal or in our building. The apartment is not luxurious, but is very comfortable. Everything in the apartment worked. The front door locks required some jiggling on occasion to open. The main bed(sofa bed), although comfortable enough, could be improved by replacing it with a regular bed that doesn't stick out on the bottom. Paolo was very responsive within hours to any email I sent him. Wireless connection was seamless. Bottom line - great quiet apartment off the beaten tourist track."
    Guest: Mike Date of Stay: September 2013 Review Submitted: October 28, 2013
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  • Ideal location. Enchanting views

    "The spacious apartment is directly accessible by water taxi from the airport.(a huge plus even if you are traveling light).The views of the Grand Canal are addictive. Both the 1 & 2 vaporetto stops are near by plus the canal crossing gondola. The main attractions can also be easily reached on foot. The owner and assistants were available. The owner called from Paris to inquire of any needs or questions. The apartment is well appointed and comfortable. We were very pleased and satisfied with our stay."
    Guest: Donetta J. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 27, 2014
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  • Very Venetian

    "I hesitate to comment on the directions I received via email from Nina. Frankly, I got lost and it was the start of a beautiful love affair with Venice. If you don't want to get as lost, keep reading. Where she says, go 'over the statute', draw a straight line from where you enter the piazza and find the portal to the next part of the directions on the opposite wall (there was a green neon sign above it when I was there). Do NOT go down either of the walkways at the very end of the square or you will wander around for 45 minutes like I did. Nina's word 'subway' means the mini walkway-bridges over the water. Besides the rocky start, the rest of the stay was fabulous! I loved the location of the place - so close to Rialto and St Mark's but just far enough away that you almost feel like one of the locals. The bed was comfy, the kitchen included olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the counter - a true sign that you're in Italia! All the rest of the quirks to this place are part of it's charm. I'm still trying to decide what "DO NOT BLINK THE GATE" means on the sign on the back of the alleyway gate. (don't change it Nina - it's part of the mystery of Venice!) Which brings me to the lovely landlady Nina. So supportive and thorough. She made it easy to imagine that my first vrbo experience wasn't going to be my last!"
    Guest: Rita K. Date of Stay: September 2013 Review Submitted: October 11, 2013
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  • Quaint apartment in a fantastic location

    "We were met and shown to our apartment as promised. Information including books, maps and good eating spots were really helpful. Complimentary bottle of Preseco an added bonus! The accommodation was suitable for our family of 4, however the couch looked cleaner than the pull out trundle underneath it. We only stayed 2 nights so hanging space / storage for clothes wasn't really an issue - but could be for longer stays. Washing machine and WI-FI worked great. We did not use the cooking facilities so cannot comment on their suitability. The air conditioner in the main bedroom leaked water needing a jug to catch it - so we turned it off and left a message - but received no response. I wouldn't recommend leaving the windows open at night due to mosquitos. Because 1 one of our daughters was sleeping on the sofa - we closed the blinds at night - these were difficult to open and close and have been damaged because of this - so we were worried they would come off / rip even more. The location of the accommodation was fantastic - in between Rialto bridge, St Marks and close to a supermarket and many restaurants. There were lots of visitors to the monument outside - but we were not in our apartment enough for it to be an issue."
    Guest: Elsa H. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 12, 2014
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Venice Travel Tips

Getting to Venice Vacation Rentals

Venice is a well-known European vacation destination located on the northwestern coast of Italy. Known for its waterways and magnificent architecture, it is a city that is easily accessible by land, air and sea. The Marco Polo International Airport is located approximately four miles outside the city center. The airport hosts most major European airlines as well as other international airlines on regularly scheduled daily flights. There are also several low-cost regional European airlines that have frequent flights into Venice.

If traveling from North America or other parts of the world, you may need to route via Rome, Milan, Frankfurt, London or one of the other major European hubs. If you are already in Europe, you may consider driving or traveling by train to Venice. There is good road access with a number of main highways and arterial roads. There is an extensive rail network that links Venice with the rest of Italy and Europe. High-speed intercity trains are a convenient way to travel and often more affordable than flying. Venice is a major European cruise port. Many cruise ships start and end their itineraries in Venice. Others simply stop off for a few days before moving down the coast to other Mediterranean destinations. Smaller private yachts often dock in Venice; if you have your own tender, you can independently explore some of the canals.

Benefits of Staying in Venice Apartments

Venice is the type of city you want to be able to explore at your own pace. There are so many different places of interest, including beautiful churches, canal-side cafés, museums and art galleries. Staying in a vacation home allows you to get a glimpse of the real Venice. Tucked away in side streets, above bakeries or bookshops, the apartments are often quite compact but still comfortable. Furnished in elegant Italian style, it’s like having your own private hotel suite, except it’s more affordable and has a kitchen so you can do your own catering. Shop for groceries at the local store and get freshly baked bread, cheeses and cold meats from the local deli. By the end of your stay, you may never want to leave.

Venice Travel Attractions

It’s difficult to take in all of Venice’s attractions unless you plan an extended stay in the city. There are a number of historic landmarks that are must-sees and some Venetian activities you must do. Most people associate Venice with romantic gondola rides through the canals. While they may seem a little touristy and they are quite expensive, they are still worth every cent, especially if you have that special person sitting next to you. The Piazza San Marco is a place where locals and tourists gather en mass during the warmer summer months. There are a number of expensive cafés and restaurants where you can enjoy a cup of coffee. The Basilica Di San Marco is a cathedral located just off the square and a magnificent example of Byzantine architecture. It is a place that houses many religious relics plundered during the Crusades. The Grande Canal is Venice’s main waterway. There are ferries and cruises that can take you up its 2.5-mile length. The ferries stop at various points on either side of the canal. There are a number of bridges that cross the canal. The most famous is the Ponte di Rialto which dates back to 1591. For more than two centuries, it was the only pedestrian bridge across the canal. This area houses many shops and food stores, and is great for browsing.

Visitors to Italy Vacation Apartments in Venice

Venice has a romantic reputation because of its beautiful architecture and rich cultural heritage. In truth, anyone who enjoys European history will love Venice. It is a destination that gets very busy in the peak summer months of June and July. If you don’t like crowds, plan your travels in spring or autumn.

Choose from our Venice vacation apartments and make your Italy vacation dream a reality. Go to the opera, take a gondola ride and experience Venice just steps from your holiday apartment rental or villa. Find Venice tours and Venice things to do from VRBO has an extensive selection of Italy villas and vacation rentals, you're sure to find the perfect accommodations for your dream Italy vacation.

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