Venice, Italy - Where to Stay

Italy Lodging Travel Tips Venice

1.  We rented this apartment in April of 2016 for 7 people (4 grownups and 3 teenagers). Use the link to see the pics...this place was as advertised!

Here's my TripAdvisor review from the 2016 trip:

We stayed for 3 nights and this place was perfect. It was very Venetian, spacious, short, everything we'd hoped it would be.

There were 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms
1 bathroom had a shower, 1 bathroom had a tub and shower, 1 bathroom had only a tub
1 bedroom had two twin beds (this is the bedrooms with the two small balconies overlooking quiet canals)
1 bedroom had what felt like a king sized bed
1 bedroom had a full or queen sofa bed, already made up when we arrived
1 bedroom had what looked to be another king or queen sized bed

There was a good sized kitchen with everything we needed (plenty of dishes, dishwasher, fridge, stove, etc.) as well as a good sized living room and library type with room a computer for our use.

The apartment was very clean and located in a quiet area of the Cannareggio neighborhood. The vaporetto stop is called Fondamente Nove and it's about a 5-7 minute walk to the apartment from that stop. There was a Coop grocery store about a 10 minute walk from there. A rolling suitcase or trolley was there in case you wanted to haul back things from the grocery which we didn't use but should have!

There were also boots in case of acqua alta, plenty of extra blankets, air conditioning (which we didn't need) and a small terrace that looked out over the inner courtyard so no view but still nice to sit outside with a glass of wine.

I would stay here again in a heartbeat if I head back to Venice. The owner, Aline, was wonderful to deal with. Very responsive, lots of great suggestions of places to go, couldn't have been more helpful. I was able to text her during our stay if I had questions and she was readily available. She is a long time Venetian and it felt like seeing an old friend again.

If you need a larger space, this is the perfect place to pretend you live in Venice!

 venetian apartment in cannaregio

2.  So we were back in Venice in November of 2020.  We liked the large apartment above so much that we reached out to check availability (even though we only had 2 traveling, thinking maybe since it was off season, it might be reasonable for such a small group) but it was booked.  However, the owner said she had a friend who had a small one bedroom apartment in the same building and put us in touch with her which is where we ended up staying.

We stayed in this apartment for 2 people and were happy with it.  Again, felt very Venetian with wooden beams on the ceiling, some exposed brick, a window onto a small canal, etc.

Although it says it can hold 4 people, I'd only do that if the other two were children.  That sofa bed didn't seem well suited for adults to sleep on and even if it were, the space would be cramped with that many grownups running around.  It was perfect for the two of us.  

We went to the market nearby to get a few provisions and made coffee in the moka pot each morning before heading out.

We were in touch with owner Francesca via WhatsApp upon our arrival at the Venice airport, she met us at the apartment.  

Below is the gondola we say stored on the bottom level of the building.  Beppe saw someone taking it out one morning but on that same level, there was a table and chairs where you could have your coffee if the weather was nice.

venetian gondola with blue tarp

Both times we hit up a Vino Sfuso place across from the Coop grocery store.  It's basically bulk wine where you go in and they have a bunch of casks of wine with spouts and empty bottles so you can choose how much (how big of a bottle) and which kind of wine (maybe about 10 local wines, mix of red and white and sparkling).  This is a must!

vino sfuso shop in venice italy in the cannaregio area 

Feel free to ask questions if you're thinking about either of these spots!

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