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The 10 best Airbnbs in Venice

For comfort, affordability and those gorgeous water-side views, check out our picks for the very best Airbnbs in Venice

Rose Johnstone
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Rose Johnstone
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Venice is one of the most magical destinations on the planet. It has been said before, and it will be repeated again, but it is never anything less than gorgeously true. The famous city is packed with famous attractions, romantic restaurants and character-filled bars, but deciding where to stay isn’t the easiest thing to do. After all, hotels are ten-a-penny here; how to know you aren’t getting ripped off?

Airbnb has changed the way we travel, and this is as true in Venice as anywhere else on the planet. The best Airbnbs in Venice are the stuff of dreams, from starlit apartments overlooking the terracotta rooftops to historic structures on the canals. Simply pick your favourite and let the magic begin,

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Best Airbnbs in Venice

Huge double room near Santa Lucia station

The recently done up double room comfortably sleeps two. It’s well-located – just an eight-minute stroll from Santa Lucia Train station, and the tourist tax is included in the price. So fear not: you won’t have to fish around for spare euros upon arrival. Save them for gelato and prosecco!

Cosy two-bed apartment in Cannaregio

The decor won’t blow you away, but in terms of pure location, space, and price, this apartment hits the spot. It’s easy to reach – just a ten-minute walk from the boat you catch to the airport, and it easily sleeps four (though you might end up squabbling over who gets the double bed).

One-bed penthouse (sleeps four) with terrace near the Grand Canal

As far as convenient locations go, it doesn't get much better than this one-bedroom apartment situated just 25 metres from a Vaporetto stop on the Grand Canal. The split-level space includes one bedroom and an extra sofa bed, and a spacious living room. Another bonus is its cute little terrace overlooking Venice's terracotta rooftops. The city tax is included in the price, too.

A two-bed apartment overlooking the canal

Located on a buzzy bar and restaurant-lined street near the church of Madonna dell Orto, this small but perfectly formed apartment would suit both couples by themselves or a small family. You’ll have the full run of the place, plus access to a private courtyard – the perfect spot for canal-side lounging. 

Eclectic ground floor two-bed in San Marco

This artfully renovated ground floor flat is excellently located for exploring Venice. St. Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge are just a short walk away, but you’ll have to pull yourself away from the magnificent views through those large arched windows, where you can sit and watch the gondolas float by with your morning cup of joe. There are two double bedrooms, but this former Venetian palace can easily accommodate up to five guests.


Charming two-bed apartment with rooftop terrace in San Marco

Want to stay right in the heart of the action? Wake up to Venetian bells ringing from the nearby San Marco bell tower in your very own apartment. Furnished with lovely vintage furniture and lots of art, the flat also boasts a sunny terrace perfect for drinking wine as the sun sets. There's a spacious living room, kitchenette, balcony and bedroom (although there's no door between this and the kitchen).

Modern two-bed with garden in Cannaregio

For a spacious and quiet base away from the crowds, this two-bedroom ground apartment is exactly what you're looking for. The home includes a king bed and a bunk bed, with a fully equipped kitchen and living room. A real drawcard is the cute little garden, perfect for sunny breakfasts or relaxing in the evening with a glass of wine.

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