The 7 Best Airbnbs in Venice, Italy

Water channels, Venice, Italy
Water channels, Venice, Italy | © Jaroslaw Pawlak / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Rosie Benson
5 January 2021

As a popular tourist hotspot, Airbnb has enabled tourists to stay in the comfort of local homes and experience a more authentic side of Venice at a (relatively) more affordable cost. Here’s our pick of the best Airbnbs in Venice, where you can rest your head before and after checking out the best things to see and do in Venice.

Rialto Bridge Suite

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Suite Tower Rialto
Suite Tower Rialto, Venice | © Airbnb

This pocket-sized apartment is housed on the third floor of an 18th-century building, so you’re ticking off the historic box from the get-go. Inside, this Suite Tower Rialto has been thoroughly modernised with bright, wooden décor, and it’s also located in a prime position just minutes from the Rialto Bridge. The owner even offers private tours of the Venetian islands on the family boat during the summer months. And if you need any more convincing, it comes at a pretty decent price too.

Canal-side apartment

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Residence on the Laguna
Residence on the Laguna | © Airbnb

Have you come to Venice just so you can wake up and watch the gondolas drifting pass your window in the Venetian sun? Of course you have. And that’s exactly what you’ll get at this Residence on the Laguna, a first-floor, canal-side apartment. Hosts Dimitri and Valentina have thought of every small detail when decorating this traditional home, which sleeps up to four people (with two bathrooms) and is fully renovated in Venetian-style décor. You’ll be too busy gazing outside to notice that though. Talk about a room with a view.

Cheap & Charming B&B

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Chiocciola, Venice
Chiocciola, Venice | © Airbnb

If you’re on a budget, it’s worth considering an Airbnb based in one of Venice’s surrounding towns, like Venice Mestre (not to be confused with actual Venice), or Spinea, where this lovely little bed and breakfast, Chiocciola, is based. So why stay here? A continental spread is provided each morning, there’s parking on site (impossible to find, for obvious reasons, in Venice itself) and there’s an adorable house cat to give it an extra homely feel. The bus stop is located two minutes away where a regular service (another almost-impossible find in Italy) will transport you to the main stop for Venice (Santa Lucia) within 15 minutes. The rooms are charming, the bathrooms are clean, and at such a bargain price you won’t have any complaints.

Wake up on the Grand Canal

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Casa Zucchi, Venice
Casa Zucchi, Venice | © Airbnb

If you truly want to stay in the heart of Venice, it doesn’t get more central than this little apartment situated right on the Grand Canal in Venice’s most prestigious district, San Marco. Casa Zucchi is within easy reach of all the museums and famous sites that Venice has to offer, plus the best canal-side restaurants. Regularly reviewed as having one of the best views in Venice, it doesn’t come cheaply, but if you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime Airbnb experience, this certainly won’t disappoint.

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  • Private Balcony

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    Stunning views, Venice
    Stunning views, Venice | © Airbnb

    Venice is famous for its canals, but what many visitors aren’t prepared for are the picturesque terracotta-coloured rooftops that jostle for space across the island – and are best admired from San Marco Campanile, the bell tower of St. Mark’s Basilica. Unfortunately, that doesn’t come with a bed and breakfast onsite, but you can see the next best thing from the balconies of this gorgeous two-bedroom apartment, which offer panoramic views of the city, from the Campanile to the Molino Stucky hotel, and the ships in the harbour. It’s one of Airbnb’s best-kept secrets (until now).

    Scandi-style stay

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    Tra la Biennale e San Marco
    Tra la Biennale e San Marco | © Airbnb

    Italy’s (arguably) most famous city is a hectic one – even off-season – so if you’re spending more than 24 hours in Venice, it may be worth choosing some accommodation that will offer a little quiet-time at the end of the day. This bright, modern, Scandi-inspired apartment is surrounded by secluded gardens and sleeps up to five guests – the more the merrier to make the most of the large kitchen and breakfast table. It provides the perfect antidote to tired feet and hungry bellies after a day of sight-seeing.

    Rialto Bridge Penthouse with Terraces

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    Rialto Bridge Penthouse with Terraces
    Rialto Bridge Penthouse with Terraces | © Airbnb
    Less than a five-minute walk from Rialto Bridge, the oldest of the bridges across the canal, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more convenient base in Venice than Rialto Bridge Penthouse. This glamorous apartment, which houses five guests over three bedrooms, sits within a customary Venetian building, with rustic whitewashed beams, brightly coloured walls and Asian antiques. Elsewhere, the two terraces with city views are fantastic spots in which to enjoy an aperitif.

    Sheree Hooker contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on January 5, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.