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Recent Venice reviews

  • Convenient location

    "I have been to Venice many times, so I was aware of the area, and it suited out needs. When I called Elisa because it took us a little longer to get to the apartment than we anticipated, and we were afraid we had missed her, she was a little unpleasant because she though I was criticizing her, but she turned out to be very charming in person. Mario and Laura were very easy to work with as we planned the trip. As in all of Venice, the main street, San Lio, was overcrowded, but when we stepped off 2 "blocks" to the apartment, it was another world with very little foot traffic. The apartment is large, and, although there is only a central air wall unit for the whole apartment, it kept the whole apartment very, very cool!! Everything was exactly like the pictures. Our only problem was that the windows face other apartment windows right across the tiny calle--think 6 feet away. Their televisions could have been in our rooms with us, even with the windows closed. Thus is the nature of staying in a neighborhood which is what we prefer, but do note that if you need peace and quiet at all times. The apartment was very easy to find, but the door is not green as stated in the directions; it is brown. It was a quick walk across Campo Bartelemeo to the Hotel Rialto dock where we met our water taxi at 4AM!"
    Guest: Marty Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 1, 2014
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  • Perfect place to stay in Venice

    "My husband and I found this apartment perfectly suited for us. It was very clean, quiet, and comfortable. The location was next to everything one would need including fresh produce, grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, and the vaporetto. Rita and Federico were wonderful to work with and helpful from the very beginning. If we are fortunate to come to Venice again, we will be sure to stay in this apartment."
    Guest: Kendra H. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 4, 2014
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  • 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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  • Best Place To Stay In Venice

    "We arrived for four nights stay pre cruise. I would definitely stay here again and have recommended to family in the UK. It is just a nice distance from the tourist attractions. I definitely suggest taking both the water front walk to St Marks and the "back way" through all the alleys! Great restaurants down the street, all reasonably priced and you get a taste of the "Real Venice"! Wake up early and stay up late. This place has it all! I suppose I should say something more then just the great location! Marta is very hospitable and gives you any info you may need. The beds are spacious and comfortable and the shower hot with good power behind it. Everything was very clean and tidy. Chocolates on arrival and great space to hang out your washing! The Italian Way :)"
    Guest: Hannah C. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: July 14, 2014
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Venice Travel Tips

Getting to Venice

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 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. 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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