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Agnes
New York City

Venice

what's the soho, west village or williamsburg of venice?

Heading to venice in the fall and can't narrow down which part of the city to stay in.  I love to wander and 'get lost' to explore a new city not just go from monument to museum.  Any recos on part of town or on specific hotels will be much appreciated


5 Answers

answered by
Jake from Los Angeles

Agree with the other posters - Venice is too small to have a hip district. When I studied there I lived in the Dorsoduro quarter, the University gives it a more student and less-touristy vibe. 

Location-wise, anything in the central quarters of Dorsoduro, San Poloand San Marco will be in walking distances to everything. Closer in parts of Cannaregio and Castello as well.  This includes most of the Grand Canal-view places as well. Only the outer islands like Giudecca and Lido require a ferry trip and more planning to see it all.

Since Venice is 100% walkable it comes down to price/view/amenities (also nice if the hotel offers pick-up from the train or taxi station.)


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  1. Dorsoduro (attraction)
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  5. Castello (attraction)


answered by
Carole

Venice is so small that anywhere is close to everywhere.  Personally, I like the Cannaregio sestiere (like a quarter except there are 6 in Venice, not 4).  If you stay in the Dorsoduro sestiere between the Zattere DXZattere dock and the Accademia DXAccademia Bridge, there are lots of tree-shaded streets and residential buildings which makes it a quiet part to stay in.

If you can afford it, choose a hotel that has canal view rooms.  A great choice is the Foscari PalaceFoscari Palace Hotel which is located in Cannaregio on the Grand Canal. The experience of being able to sit at the window of your room and watch boats go by is wonderful.   Even if you can't get a room with a view of the Grand Canal, you can sit in the rooftop lounge and watch boats on the Grand Canal.  It's a hotel that I always recommend to honeymooners.

For a less expensive canal view room, choose a hotel that has rooms facing small canals.  A good example is Hotel Locanda CanalLocanda Canal.  It's in the working class Castello sestiere not far from St. Mark's SquareSt. Mark's in distance but a world away in feeling.  The hotel is in a 13th c building on the Rio del Remedio (a small canal).  Ask for the room that has a small patio overlooking the Rio. If you like to get lost, Locanda Canal will have you lost lots.


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  5. St. Mark's Square (attraction)


answered by
Edna from Paris

Venice is about 3 miles wide x 2 miles, it's tiny -- so it doesn't have such sectioned off areas like NYC or London. Walk 10 minutes and you're already in a different part of town, they all blend together. 

There are six neighborhoods but I usually stay in San Polo or San Marco, for their central location, or Cannaregio which is a bit quieter and has a few more old grandmothers walking around.

My first couple years in Venice we stayed in a house in Zattere, on the edge of Castello, which was quieter and close to Arsenale. As for hotels, skip them and look at Airbnb or HomeAway, where you get to feel like a local.




answered by
Maria from Dublin

Hi Agnes, 

I always stay near the San Stae vaporetto stop. It's far enough away from Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square to have a little oasis away from the crowds. It's walkable to everywhere!


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answered first by
Amy from Cambridge, Massachusetts

Venice isn't that big. Find a hotel/Airbnb that you 

like/can afford that is on the island and then explore from there. Have fun!






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