You can walk the whole city from one end to the other in about an hour. Such a small city, yet it offers countless choices about where to rent your room and here we list the best places to stay in Venice Italy.
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The choice depends on cost and proximity to specific areas. After the railway bridge was built in the 1840s, and the road bridge in the 1930s, most people get into Venice through the “backdoor”. Up to then, the arrival par excellence was in Saint Mark. Thus, visitors can find convenient to have accommodation near the terminals.
The area around Piazzale Roma – the bus and car terminal – is in the sestiere of Santa Croce, the smallest and a relatively quiet district. A bit further, in the university area of Santa Marta, the mood is livelier, especially at night.
Santa Lucia railway station, on the other bank of the Grand Canal, is in the sestiere of Cannaregio, the biggest of the city and still very popular. If you want to live your experience like a local, you must definitely get your room there or in the other popular district of Castello, at the opposite end of the city. It is very close to the Piazza San Marco and comprises the Arsenale and the Giardini, where the exhibitions of La Biennale are held. Furthermore, it also has public parks, at Giardini and especially on the island of Sant’Elena.
If you really want to stay in the middle of the action, book your room in San Marco: you’ll within a stone’s throw from the Rialto bridge or the Piazza. It is the least inhabited of the six sestieri so if you’re planning to buy your groceries, you’ll have to resort to supermarkets or the market over the Rialto bridge because very few shops survive.
The Rialto market is vital especially in the morning with the colourful stalls of fruit and vegetables and the yelling of the fishmongers under the loggia of the fish market. Decide to stay in the sestiere San Polo and also at night you can find excitement at the many bars and osterie.
Venice also means the many islands of the lagoon. The Lido is very attractive especially in summer: staying there implies a 15-minute vaporetto trip to get to San Marco. If you want to stay on an island but closer to the city, Giudecca is a good alternative. The vaporetto service is frequent and it takes 3 minutes to get to the Zattere. The smaller islands are very affable to stay but only if you desire serenity. Sant’Erasmo, Burano, and Torcello are about 40- minute boat trip away.
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