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Where to Stay in Venice, Italy in 2024: 5 Best Areas for First-Time Visitors

Best places to Stay in Venice Italy

Everyone dreams of visiting Venice at one point in their life, and you’re incredibly lucky if your time has come. The sinking city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy, with more than 30 million visitors every year. But most of those tourists come to Venice for the day, and less than 3 million actually spend a night in the city. We visited the city twice, and both times, we stayed for 3 days, which was the perfect amount of time, in our opinion. If you’re planning to stay in Venice for more than 24 hours, this guide to the best Venice hotels will help you find the best accommodation! 

Venice is not a very big city, so you can stay anywhere on the island in terms of just the location. You’ll be a 30-minute walk from the top attractions at most, and you can get around quicker in water buses and taxis. But some areas are better than others, especially for first-time visitors, and that’s what I’ll mainly focus on in this guide to the best areas to stay in Venice. 

Best Places To Stay In Venice, Italy

I want to mention that I’ve only focused on the central island of the Venetian Lagoon, and that’s because it’s undoubtedly the best part of the city for a first visit. We have chosen to stay in two different areas during both our visits to Venice. San Marco, the first time, as it is really central and we wanted to be in the middle of the action, and San Croce the next time, as we wanted to be closer to the train station yet still have good access to the main sights.

While Lido and Murano have a lot to offer, they shouldn’t be your top priority if you’ve never visited this magical city before. Save something for the next time you’re here, and then you have the perfect excuse to return to Venice! 

1. San Marco

Where to stay in Venice Italy San Marco

San Marco is the central neighborhood of Venice. It’s home to all this floating city’s most iconic tourist sights, including the Rialto Bridge, Saint Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, Piazza San Marco, Campo Santo Stefano, and many others. Stay in this part of Venice if you want easy walking access to all the best-known landmarks. This is why this area appealed to us so much.

But keep in mind that hotels in San Marco are some of the most expensive in Venice. Even the two-star hotels aren’t cheap, and I wouldn’t recommend a hotel room in San Marco to travelers on a very tight budget. On the other hand, this district has some of Venice’s best palazzos, several of which have been converted into…

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