Choosing the right accommodation is important to enjoy your visit in Venice.

When you are planning your trip in Venice, the first question about the accommodation could be:

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Inside or outside Venice?

If it is your first time in Venice, maybe to stay inside the city is better to enjoy a full experience of Venice, because you would have more time to visit the city and you could explore it more easily by night too, without depending on trains or buses or tram.

Note: it isn’t impossible to visit Venice by night if your accommodation is outside. There are few night buses for example (more information in the next item 🙂 ).

If you arrive by car (as you know, you can’t drive your car in Venice 🙂 ) to stay outside could be better. To park the car in Piazzale Roma could be a little expensive.

So, for example you could find your accommodation in Mestre, Quarto d’Altino… and go to Venice by train. The last train is at 00:20 (check on!

You have to know that outside Venice there are a lot of hidden places where you can see the quiet and the beauty of the lagoon and in our opinion these places deserve a visit.

Some examples are:

  • Lio Piccolo
  • Lio Maggiore
  • Treporti
  • Tessera
  • and others …

Anyway, we advise you to stay in Mestre, which is directly connected to Venice, or somewhere along the railroad, which is by far the best way to reach the center of Venice.

So, talking about the choice to stay inside Venice, we need to talk about the best areas to housing in Venice:

I Sestieri


Two easygoing areas are Cannaregio and Santa Croce. They are just beside the train station, which make them easily accessible arriving from Mestre and a good starting point for your visit of Venice.

Castello is a very quite and relaxing area of Venice, but it is a long walk from the train station. You could take the ferry boats but there aren’t a lot of races to arrive there.

  • tourists can take advantage of temporary subscriptions to public transport, we will discuss this opportunity in the section about transportation in Venice –

San Marco is the real heart of Venice, crowded of tourists, there is a good atmosphere with Cafès and classical music. However, generally speaking, it is an expensive area.

The symbol of San Polo is Rialto bridge. This area of Venice is a good balance between tourists and venetians, half way between the train station and San Marco, it’s famous for the good food and the many artisans with their little workshops. It is a vital area of Venice and during the evening it is easy to finds crowds of students or venetians around the many bacari (little bars) around Rialto.

Dorsoduro is a vibrant part of the city, famous for Campo Santa Margherita and Le Zattere, hosts the Guggenheim Collection and Punta della Dogana. Here, it’s easy to find venetians and students, you can enjoy the nightlife and a more relaxing side of Venice.

Anyway, these six areas (Cannareggio, San Marco, San Polo, Castello, Dorsoduro, Santa Croce) are called Sestieri, but it is another story.

Ideas for accommodation

Aiming to help you finding your best accommodation, we have researched three solutions for each range of price:


  • Hotel Mignon – in Venice, near Rialto
  • Hotel Montepiana – in Mestre, near the train Station.
  • B&B venice house noale – good if you are coming by car. Well connected to hoter major cities in Veneto.


  • B&B Ca luisa – in Venice center
  • B&B Domus Orsoni – in Cannaregio
  • B&B Rialto – in Venice Center
  • Hotel Domina Home – Giudecca


  • Danieli – fabulous location
  • Hilton Molino Stucky – Giudecca, it hosted Obama’s family visiting Venice
  • Hotel Cipriani – Giudecca

We have chosen only based on reviews available on Internet. We would be happy to share your experiences with accommodations or include other hotels among them.

In case you want to spend few days or even some weeks at the sea, check Cavallino, a town nearby, which offers many camping and hotels in front of the beach and is also well connected with Venice by public transport.