Fun Things to Do In Venice without Spending a Dime

Fun Things to Do In Venice without Spending a Dime

Venice is one of the unique cities in the world. Spread over 118 tiny islands in the Adriatic Sea, it is a city like no other. Its majestic canals, the narrow alleys, the secret squares, the sumptuous basilicas, the galleries, the charming coffee shops, the exquisite restaurants, they all contribute to an unforgettable experience.

However, visiting Venice comes with a pretty big price tag. Everything from a slice of pizza to one short gondola ride comes with an unforgettable price tag as well. Venice is one of the most expensive cities to visit. 

There is a way to have a great time and visit plenty of cool places in Venice without spending a small fortune or any money at all. Here’s a list of fun things to do in Venice for free. 

Visit Basilica di San Marco

This is one of the finest examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. Conveniently located on the Piazza San Marco, it is an excellent reminder of the city’s vivid past. Its impeccable exterior is impressive, but its interior will take your breath away. The golden mosaics, the jewels, the artwork, everything is exceptionally beautiful. 

Tour The Rialto Market

The market is in the San Polo district, along the Grand Canal. Rialto Market is one of the oldest medieval markets in Europe, standing strong for over seven centuries. Most of the locals use it to buy and sell seafood, fresh meat, vegetables, and seasonal fruits. The market is open from Tuesday to Saturday and offers a great insight into the daily lives of the Venetians and their food culture. 

Visit Galleria dell’Accademia

Fans of Renaissance art will find this gallery fascinating as it contains masterpieces from the 14th and to the 18th century. Entrance is free every first Sunday of every month. The gallery has paintings from artists such as Veronese, Titian, and Bellini. 

Hang out at Piazza San Marco

Napoleon famously once said: “Piazza San Marco is the drawing room of Europe.” The square is surrounded by the city’s most prominent buildings like Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica, and Campanile. In between, there are plenty of super expensive boutiques and coffee shops, making the best and most costly espresso in the world. However, you are not obligated to purchase any of it. Simply being there, enjoying the architecture, and absorbing all that beauty can be highly enjoyable. 

Visit Rialto Bridge

This iconic bridge is entirely made of marble and is the perfect place to watch gondolas in the Grand Canal. It was built in the 16th century and is an ideal example of Renaissance architecture. Walking the bridge is free all year long. 

Transport from Venice Airport to the city

Venice airport transfers are possible via taxi, bus, or via welcome pickups. Whatever one chooses, all motorized transport stops at the Piazzale Roma terminal. From there you can go on foot or catch a waterbus. In average, taxi from the airport to the Piazzale Roma terminal costs 35€, and it takes 20 minutes. The airport bus costs 8€, and the ride takes 20 minutes as well. Welcome Pickups offer fixed rate, same as the taxi, but you get an English speaking driver that will be waiting for you at your gateway exit. He will be there even if your flight is late. 

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