We need a big villa that’s close to Venice View PDF article - My husband turns 60 at the end of May next year. He loves Italy and would like to celebrate there by renting a large villa with five double bedrooms for our family. We would like to fly to Venice and stay somewhere within an hour or so’s drive that has restaurants within walking distance. …Alternatively, try elegant Villa Michiel, which was built in the 17th century as a country retreat for a Venetian family. It sleeps up to 11 in six bedrooms, has an outdoor pool and is within walking distance of Mirano, a small town with plenty of shops and restaurants. Mira, on the Brenta Canal and renowned for its Palladian villas, is five minutes’ drive; Venice is 12 miles away. A week at the end of May 2019 would cost £3,292 through Tuscany Now & More.