Venice Italy

Apartments Around the World: Renting in Venice, Italy

September 16, 2011 | Best Cities, Best Cities and Neighborhoods

Venice is often known for its many names: the “City of Masks,” the “City of Canals” and even the “Floating City.” However, to anyone who’s ever visited, Venice is universally regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the world. The food, the shopping, the architecture—who wouldn’t want to call this place home?

The city of Venice stretches across 118 small islands and is divided into boroughs—the most famous of these areas include Cannaregio, Castello, Dorsoduro, San Polo, Santa Croce and San Marco. San Marco, by far the most famous borough, is home to sites such as St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.

However, with all of these different areas to choose from, it can sometimes be difficult to decide which neighborhood might be the best for renting in Venice, Italy. Typically, this decision comes down to what you are able (or willing) to pay. A one-bedroom apartment in the City Centre costs an average of $713 per month, while a three-bedroom rental is going to be an average of $1,426.70 per month. If these prices look a little steep for your budget, there is also the option of renting a less expensive place outside of the City Centre. Here, a one-bedroom costs an average of $535 per month.

Since Venice is an ancient city, there are a few additional things to keep an eye out for when considering an apartment for rent. Most people suggest avoiding living on the ground floor of a building because the fall and winter seasons often bring high water into the canals, and can cause flooding to an apartment on the first floor. Before signing a lease, it’s also important to thoroughly check and see if the gas, heat and electricity are all in working order within the building. Older buildings in Venice can sometimes have inadequate wiring, so this is something that should be confirmed in advance of signing a binding agreement.

Transportation is another interesting aspect of living that should be considered—especially within a city that is completely immersed in water! Thankfully, walking is not such a bad idea when you’re crossing beautiful streets and bridges. However, if walking seems too much of a chore, there is always the option of a water bus or water taxi. And of course, if you have friends or family in town (or if you simply want to spoil yourself with a real treat), you can always take one of those legendary gondola rides that weave through the tiny canals of the city.

Finding that perfect apartment can sometimes seem like a daunting task. However, when you’re searching in Venice, it can be considered as part of the exciting adventure!

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