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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...

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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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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...

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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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...

Leonardo da Vinci Museum Venice Scuola di San Rocco

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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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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...

Ca D'oro - Franchetti Gallery Admission Ticket

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  • Visit one of the most beautiful palazzi of the Canal Grande – the rightfully named “house of gold”, or Ca d'Oro. The ancient patrician 15th century residence is home to the art collection Baron Giorgio Franchetti, which he donated to the Italian state. The palazzo is decorated in the Venetian Gothic style and has been lovingly restored and...read more
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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...

The Murano Glass Museum

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  • The Murano Glass Museum was founded in 1861 when the darkest period in the history of Murano glassmaking had been overcome, following the fall of the Republic of San Marco ( 1797) and the subsequent years of foreign rule.

    The Murano Glass Museum collection is laid out chronologically on the first floor of the museum. Starting from an...read more
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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,...

Skip the Line Correr Museum Private Tour

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  • Enjoy a 2.5 hour private tour of one of the most interesting museums of Venice taken by the hand of a local top-rated expert guide.

    You will explore the sumptuous rooms where Sissi, Empress of Austria, used to live, the Procuratie Nuove, the old house of the city's most important ruling authorities, the "wonder rooms" and a spectacular...read more

Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade with Dinner

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  • Enjoy a 30 minute gondola ride before sitting down to an Italian dinner.
  • The gondola ride is serenaded so you\'ll be able to take in the delights of Venice whilst listening to an opera singer and accordion player.
  • Afterwards, make your way to the restaurant for a delicious 3 course meal.
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Private Murano and Burano VIP Venice Boat Tour

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  • A boat cruise around the two most charming islands of the city.
  • A spell binding trip to the Murano and Burano islands.
  • It is an insight into the history of various lagoons.
  • It is a private water taxi tour.
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Venice for Kids: Family-Friendly Small-Group Walking Tour

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  • An interesting itinerary for children that introduces Venetian culture and history.
  • A 2-hour family tour that not only attracts adults but also grabs and holds kids " attention and interest.
  • The well-informed guide ensures to narrate the Venetian history and culture that is understandable to both children and adults.
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Secret Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride/ t5-t4/t4-t8

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  • 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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Prosecco wine tour. Half-day

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  • An unforgettable walk-through the aromatic vineyards, medieval villages and historic sites along the road between Conegliano to Valdobbiadene.
  • Experiencing the gorgeous abundance of white grapes and the making of the bubbly Prosecco.
  • Visiting a wine cellar with an expert guide, where wine is made with family traditions and
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Venice Lido Bike Tour

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  • It is a 4-hour tour which would be traversed in 1 hr 30 mins by boat and 2 hrs 30 mins on bicycle.
  • The tour offers to show the rich culture and major attractions of the "mirror and mirage city.
  • Visit to the lesser known places and famous historical places, places of tourist interest and smaller islands which offer untouched
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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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