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Top Attractions In Venice For Free

Venice is one of the most visited places all over the world and it's easy to see why – it's surrounded by miles of canals with many interesting sights and architectures on the side. And if you're trying to save money on your trip, you can check out the many cheap things to do in Venice. In fact, by simply walking along the Grand Canal, you'll already be amazed by the beautiful sceneries you'll see.

Venice may not be cheap, but there are lots of free things to do in Venice that you can be guaranteed to have a good time even when your budget is limited. If you are into museums, you can visit some of the free museums in Venice on the first Sunday of each month are Giorgio Franchetti Gallery at the Ca' d'Oro, Accademia Galleries of Venice, Archaeological Museum of Venice, Oriental Art Museum at Ca' Pesaro, Grimani Palace Museum in Santa Maria Formosa, National Museum of Villa Pisani, Archeological Museum of Quarto d'Altino, and Archeological Museum Concordiese.

There are also a number or free attractions in Venice that you'll surely find entertaining, such as the Saint Mark's Basilica, Piazza San Marco, Santa Maria della Salute, San Giorgio Maggiore, San Zaccaria, and more!

Regardless of the time of your visit, Venice will always have something to entertain you. For instance, one of the free things to do in Venice this summer is to explore the piazzas or squares, such as the Campo Santa Margherita and St. Mark's Square. If you're traveling to Venice with kids, one of the free things to do in Venice with kids is to walk along the Rialto Bridge at the Grand Canal. Better yet, pay a minimal fee to ride the Vaporetto, a public waterbus that travels along the canal.

So if you are planning for a budget trip to Venice, here's a list of the free things to do in Venice to help you get started.

Free Attractions in Venice

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Saint Mark's Basilica

Saint Mark’s Basilica one of the famous historical places present in Venice, which was consecrated in 832 AD as a religious kind of building in order to house the relics of St. Mark the Evangelist. The design of this building is a mixture of both eastern and western architectural styles that makes it a unique architectural structure in the city of Venice.

Saint Mark’s Basilica is considered as one of the best examples of Byzantine...

Day Boat Trip to Glimpse of Murano, Torcello and Burano Islands

clock Duration: 4 hours 30 m
  • What you may not know is that Venice is more than just one piece of land, in fact the city of Venice is made up of many small islands located on the lagoon.
  • This is a half-day tour to visit 3 of these islands.
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St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)

This is another free attraction found in the city of Venice that is most popularly known for activities like dining, shopping and city walk sight-seeing. Napoleon himself called San Marco as “the drawing room of Europe”. St Mark’s Square has been a long lure for a large amount of pigeons that draw a massive number of tourists to this place who readily feed them.

Piazza San Marco was initially constructed as a small square dotted...

St Mark's Basilica And Doge's Palace Skip line Tour

clock Duration: 2 hours
  • St. Mark's Basilica the one of the most photographed cathedrals in all of Italy.
  • Built on a series of islands on a muddy lagoon, the construction is a work of architectural genius.
  • Next door is the equally remarkable Doge's...
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San Giorgio Maggiore

San Giorgio Maggiore is an island present in the city of Venice mainly famous because of a 16th Century Benedictine monastery or church present on it. This church’s facade is scaled in a way to present a public face to the city of Venice. This architecturally influential church was designed in 1566 by Andrea Palladio and later finished in 1610 by Vincenzo Scamozzi and located in the opposite of San Marco Basilica monumental.

San...

Day Trip Lake Garda to Venice by Coach

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  • The historic city of Venice is a stark contrast to the traditional towns on the banks of Lake Guarda and this is an opportunity to appreciate both landscapes in one day.
  • This full-day tour will take you into the heart of the "Floating...
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Rialto Bridge:

Rialto Bridge is considered as the true heart of Venice. This bridge is a landmark in this city characterized by 24-foot arch and is built on more than 12,000 pilings that provide a support to the bridge. This bridge is the first of only four bridges that span the Grand Canal. Rialto Bridge is lined with a number of shops that provide a gateway to the famous Rialto Market.

This bridge becomes an attraction for a number of tourists...

Venice Walking Tour with Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica Skip-the-line

clock Duration: 3 hours 30 m
  • San Marco District is the most popular area in Venice but few tourists actually leave the main square.
  • This is an opportunity to tour the streets around San Marco Square as well as visiting the cities top 2 attractions.
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Santa Maria della Salute:

Santa Maria della Salute (English: Saint Mary of Health), commonly known simply as the Salute, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica located in the Dorsoduro sestiere of the Italian city of Venice. It stands on a narrow finger of land between the Grand Canal and the Bacino di San Marco making the church visible when entering the Piazza San Marco from the water. The Salute is part of the parish of the Gesuati and is the most recent of...

Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Skip the line Tour

clock Duration: 2 hours
  • An opportunity to visit the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica in just a few hours.
  • A comprehensive sightseeing tour which will teach you about city's most significant buildings.
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San Zaccaria

Home to an amazing collection of artwork by some of Italy's best artists, Chiesa di San Zaccaria is one of the most photographed ecclesiastic buildings in Venice. Named for the father of St. John the Baptist, St. Zacharias Church (San Zaccaria) is situated at a quiet square not far from the waterfront, just east of St. Mark's Square. The church supposedly contains the body of Zacharias.

The original church, which sat at the same site,...

Best Walking Tour of Hidden Venice and Gondola Ride

clock Duration: 2 hours
  • An opportunity to get off the main tourist track and discover why locals love the famous floating city.
  • This tour will cover the neighbourhoods and sights which a standard walking tour wont.
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Campo Santa Margherita

Campo Santa Margherita is a popular piazza present in Venice’s Dorsoduro district. This is one of the busiest courtyards located in the Italy that is surrounded by bars, shops, cafes and a public market that is made in buildings that date back to the 14th century.

Campo Santa Margherita is considered as the social heart of Dorsoduro district. Historical buildings with markets that encircle the area are a home to mixture of private...

Venice Public Transportation Ticket

clock Duration: 1 day
  • Unlike a normal city Venice's public transport operates mostly on water instead of overland.
  • This is convenient public transport pass for the mainland Venice, the Venetian Island's and Mestre.
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Rialto Market

Rialto market is a type of flea or street market mainly famous because of shopping and dining activities. This market is one of the most popular free attractions found in the strange and beautiful city of Venice.

This market is rich with sea food as it befits Venice’s ocean perch. Venetian locals as well as international tourists love to visit this centuries old market of Venice for delicious fruit, fish and vegetables. Like many...

St. Mark's Basilica Skip the Line Tour

clock Duration: 1 hour
  • Have you ever seen the hordes of people who descend upon St. Mark's Basilica, waiting for hours to enter the sacred site?
  • This magic ticket saves you the trouble of waiting in a very long line.
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Chiesa di San Vidal

Chiesa di San Vidal (The church of San Vidal) was founded in the Eleventh Century during the rule of Doge Vital Falier and was rebuilt in 18th century by Andrea Tirali. Since this church has been deconsecrated, this classic style (Palladio style) building is now a day’s used as a concert hall and a popular site to hear the works by Vivaldi on historical instruments. It also provides its services as a chief venue for arts exhibitions as well...

Skip the Line Doge's Palace Tour

clock Duration: 1 hour
  • The Doge's Palace was once the home of Venetian politics and it was in this very building that the richest merchants of Venice lived.
  • This is a compact tour which will introduce you to the history of this building.
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Jewish Ghetto

Jewish ghettos in Europe existed because Jews were viewed as foreigners due to their non-Christian beliefs and Middle-Eastern origins in a Renaissance Christian environment. As a result, Jews were placed under strict regulations throughout many European cities. The character of ghettos varied through times. In some cases, they comprised a Jewish quarter, the area of a city traditionally inhabited by Jews. In many instances, ghettos were...

Best Venice Walking Tour and Grand Canal Cruise

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • A combination of sightseeing over land and over water.
  • This is an opportunity to see all the of the best parts of the Floating City in a compact half-day tour.
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There are many things you can do for free in Venice like booking free entry into some Venice museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.

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