Free Venice

Free Venice

   Tags: italy venice
   October 31, 2017
 For most tourists, a trip to Venice is not cheap. Therefore, today we will share some useful tips on how to arrange a budget and interesting vacation in one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. Here we go?

  • Island of san giorgio maggiore

One of the most famous and beautiful panoramas of Venice opens from here, as the island is located directly opposite the Doge’s Palace and the Grand Canal. It is also worth a glimpse into the Cathedral of San Giorgio Maggiore, designed by Andrea Palladio in italy holidays 1555 (entrance to the cathedral is free). Several canvases of the famous Tintoretto are stored here, including The Last Supper and The Collecting of Manna from Heaven..

Opening hours: daily from 9:30 to 18:30

Vaporetto stop: San Giorgio

  • Staircase of Contarini del Bovolo

This attraction is little known among tourists, and all because it is lost away from the hiking trails – not far from the Rialto Bridge. An arched staircase encircling the tower of the Palazzo Contarini ends with a viewing platform with a wonderful view of the city.

To get to it, you need to go from Campo San Bartolomeo Square, at the foot of the Rialto Bridge, following the yellow signs to Accademia, until you reach Campo Manin Square, and there on the small panel (carefully, do not miss!) The direction to the Staircase is indicated . Exact address: Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, 4299 Corte dei Risi, San Marco.

Opening hours: from April to October daily from 10:00 to 18:00, from November to March on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 16:00. Vaporetto stop: Rialto.

  • Church of Santa Maria Assunta (Jesuiti Cathedral)

This grandiose baroque cathedral is attractive not so much for not taking a cent from you, but for the fact that the Jesuiti Cathedral boasts a wonderful collection of paintings and sculptures. In the main hall of the church are the works of Titian and Tintoretto, and in the sacristy are two dozen paintings by Giacomo Palma the Younger.

Address: Campo dei Gesuiti, Cannaregio

Opening hours: daily from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 16:00 to 18:00

Vaporetto stop: Fondamente Nove.

  • Cathedral of Santa Maria della Salute

Who does not know this monumental cathedral, crowning the beginning of the Grand Canal, as the most recognizable figure of the Venetian panorama?

Here you should see the canvases of Titian, Tintoretto and other famous artists and, of course, admire the luxurious decoration and architecture of the temple itself, and in front of the entrance to the cathedral there is a pontoon bridge across the Grand Canal, through which thousands of pilgrims go to the cathedral on November 21 to celebrate the Festa della Salute ( Holiday of Health).

Address: Fondamenta della Salute, Dorsoduro

Opening hours: daily from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 17:30

Vaporetto stop: Salute

  • Orsoni Mosaici Color Library

This library (or rather, a flower garden) was lost among the lanes of Cannaregio, not far from the old Jewish ghetto. And she is famous for the fact that only here the only operating furnace in Venice has been preserved, in which smalt is still being created (a special colored mosaic of glass). It was also here that gold plates were produced, used in the construction of many world architectural masterpieces (for example, St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, Barcelona Sagrada Familia, Paris Sacre Coeur and, of course, the San Marco Basilica in Venice).

You can get to this factory-museum by ordering a free tour (just call first for this). During the tour, they will tell you how smalt is made, and take you to the Color Library – a collection of thousands of pieces of glass playing with all possible shades of color.

Address: 1045 Corte dei Vedei, Cannaregio. Phone: +39 041 2440002

Vaporetto stop: Guglie

  • Basilica of San Marco

It is worth seeing a fabulous facade and intricate mosaic panels that adorn the cathedral from the inside. Entrance to the basilica is free, but on one condition: they don’t pass inside with backpacks (but with bags or packages you can). However, for a tour of the San Marco Museum, the Treasury or the Golden Altar, Pala d’Oro will have to pay (about € 5, € 3 and € 2 respectively).

Opening hours: Basilica Monday – Saturday from 9:45 to 17:00, Sunday from 14:00 to 16:00

Museum: daily from 9:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Pala d’Oro and the Treasury: daily from 9:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Vaporetto stop: San Marco

Get acquainted with St. Mark’s Cathedral and the huge square on an inexpensive tour "St Mark’s Square up and down", where they will tell you why not a single Venetian will pass between the two columns at the “entrance” to the square and much more.

  • Inspection of the construction of the gondola

Have you long wanted to know how the famous Venetian boats do? Then welcome to the gondola shipyard in Piazza San Marco (Squero San Trovaso). This is one of the three Venetian docks that still operate – they repair and build gondolas there. This is a great place to visit with children: the kids will clearly be delighted with the opportunity to observe the work of the craftsmen and consider the materials from which these mini-boats are built. Well, adults can learn a lot about one of the symbols of Venice.

There are several places in Venice where you can have a great time with children and not pay a dime.

  • Astronomical show

In the Planetarium, on Lido, amateur astronomers organize entertaining and educational shows for all the little why-ages from the age of six. The event takes place every Sunday, from October to May, beginning at 16:00. Free admission.

  • Children’s Day at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Every Sunday, from 15:00 to 16:30, Peggy Guggenheim Museum hosts a Children’s Day, when young visitors can take a closer look at one of the works exhibited at the museum. Children’s workshops also work. For children 4-10 years old.

  • Free family beaches

Most of the beaches in Venice are paid, but some (for example, Blue Moon and Alberoni) are free to visit and perfectly adapted for the rest of the family. And Alberoni Beach is also a seabird sanctuary..

Both beaches are located on the sand spit Lido.

If you want to see the real Venice as it is seen by the Venetians themselves, you should definitely try a city tour from local enthusiast guides. They will take you completely free to new, “uninhabited” places unknown to most travelers, and in addition they will tell you all sorts of useful things that are known only to local.

The most popular free tours of Venice you can find here:

Free tour venice

Tour time: 10: 00-13: 00 and 15: 00-18: 00 daily (tour in English).

Group meeting place: Campo Santo Stefano (near the monument). To get to the square, follow the yellow signs to Accademia Bridge. Campo Santo Stefano will be right next to the bridge.

Venice Free Walking Tour

In order to get into the tour group, you must pre-book a place on the site (only in case of change of plans, be sure to notify by email or phone that you are canceling the reservation).

Yes, yes, you were not mistaken, in Venice you can go to such a concert! Most often, such events take place during the so-called “Culture Week” in May, but we advise you to look here to find out if something interesting is expected during your trip.

Have a nice rest!

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