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Free Things To Do In Venice

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...

Scala Contarini del Bovolo Ticket

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  • Entry to the most renowned staircase of Venice, the Scala Contarini del Bovolo.
  • A treasured spiral staircase that in Venetian dialect is called a snail shell " for its resemblance.
  • A precious architectural masterpiece that entwines the flavours of Renaissance, Gothic and Byzatine style.
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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...

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  • The Accademia Gallery was opened as an art school in 1970, it now hosts one of the most comprehensive collections of Italian art in the world.
  • This is a chance to see the masterpieces of revered artists including Molin, Bellini, Tiziano, Manfrin and more.
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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.


72-Hour Venice Transportation Pass

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  • You'll experience to ride water taxis to explore Venice and get from one attraction to another.
  • This pass will give you the chance to see the former residence of The Venetian Dukes at Venetian dukes at Doge's Palace.
  • With this pass, you can customize your tour at your own pace; you are allowed to tour up to 72 hours.
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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...

Leonardo da Vinci Museum Venice in Scuola di San Rocco Ticket

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  • It is a journey into the lives and works of Leonardo da Vinci.
  • A direct entry to the inventions by Leonardo da Vinci based on his understanding of the human body.
  • Description of the medical and artistic work in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, and Russian languages.
  • The museum is organised in four sections
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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...

Venice City Pass: Free admission to Venice's top attractions & airport transfer!

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  • A ticket that helps you explore all that is best in the City of Venice, including the renowned Doge's Palace.
  • Participation in the Canal Grande Tour or ride through the canals of Venice in a Classic Gondola".
  • Travel around the adjacent islands of Venice, Murano, Burano and Torcello.
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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,...

Venice Chorus Pass

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  • Explore the different Venetian Churches in the Chorus Museum Circuit with this thrilling pass around the city
  • On this tour, travelers are able to observe Venetian artwork at your own pace. Go through each venue and enjoy the quality of the artwork on display
  • You may then choose to attend an optional evening concert at the
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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...

Mocenigo Palace, Museum of Textiles and Costumes Ticket

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  • An entry ticket to the fascinating exploration of the historical life's of Venetian nobility- outfits, perfumes, furnishes and door cravings.
  • Skipping the long lines and diving straight to the mesmerizing g ahistorical lives Mocenigo family.
  • An insight to the intricate art and culture of 17th and 18th costumes and drapes
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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...

Venice Card

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  • Have you heard about the beauty of Venice? This Venice pass will make it easier to go through the historic and beautiful city
  • It offers an advantage which lets travelers visit the top attractions in the city
  • It helps to save your time and money on the trip as you explore major parts of the city including the National
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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...

Venice Museum Pass

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  • Nobody likes to waste so much time before they gain entrance into their favorite action attractions
  • Venice is one of the most visited locations in the world and its attractions are usually crowded. Enjoy the skip-the-line access to 10 museums to enjoy the most of your stay in the city
  • This pass is good enough to grant you
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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...

 Scuola Grande di San Rocco Ticket

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  • The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is the only one of the old Great Schools to have survived the fall of the Venetian Republic. It is an exceptional place where over 60 paintings, the Granparte of Tintoretto and then Tiziano, Tiepolo and other extraordinary artists, are preserved in their original location in a building that, from its construction,...read more
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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.