Free things to do in Venice

Free things to do in Venice

Venice is known world-wide as one of the most beautiful and romantic tourist destinations. Although it is an expensive city to stay in, there are some things to do for free.

Here is a list of free activities in Venice.

  1. Getting Lost in Venice. Your time in the city is best spent wandering the area on foot. And this never costs you anything but time.
  2. St. Mark’s Basilica. Aside from just wandering through Venice you should visit this stunning Byzantine basilica. Though a few of the tiny museums inside the church have an entry fee, the main part of the church is completely free.
  3. St. Mark’s Square. Venice’s square in front of St. Mark’s Basilica, is a must-see for any visitor. It’s often crammed with tourists, but it’s a lovely piazza and great for people-watching.
  4. Rialto Bridge. The Rialto might be the most famous of Venice’s bridges, and it’s free to cross, gaze upon, and enjoy. The nearby Rialto market is also free to check out, provided you don’t buy anything.
  5. Attend a Concert. There are often free concerts going on in Venice. You’ll find more during “culture week” in May, but you should definitely check the Music in Venice site to see if there’s anything going on when you’re visiting.
  6. Campo Santa Margherita. This spacious piazza is much less visited than the busy St. Mark’s Square, but it’s excellent for people-watching and is home to a bustling fish market in the mornings.
  7. Free things to do in VeniceSan Giorgio Maggiore. The famous Italian architect Andrea Palladio designed this church, which is on (conveniently) San Giorgio Maggiore Island. The interior includes a few Tintoretto paintings. You can pay a small fee to take an elevator to the top of the campanile, but the church is a free.
  8. Santa Maria della Salute. This church (built by survivors to thank the Virgin Mary for sparing them from the plague) dates from the 17th century, and visiting the main part is free. There are occasionally organ vespers which are free as well.
  9. San Vidal. While the evening concerts held here usually charge admission, during the day it’s free to visit the church itself. The main attraction is the painting above the high altar.
  10. San Zaccaria. This church dates from the 9th century, and the art which draws the most attention is by Giovanni Bellini. There are several Bellini paintings in San Zaccaria.

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