Top 5 free things to do in Venice, Italy

Top 5 things to do in Venice, the latest in our free things to do series, was written by Jolene and Andrzej  of Wanderlust Storytellers.

Teleport yourself to a magical place: Venice, the city on the lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. A city where there are no roads or cars, just boats. Venice is one of the most historically significant cities in Europe, filled with renaissance and Gothic palaces. There are loads of pathways, corridors and walking tracks. Even with an offline app to help us navigate we still managed to get lost quite a lot. Venice can be expensive but there are plenty of interesting free things to do. Here are our picks for the top five free things to do in Venice.

Piazza San Marco

Free things to do in Venice - Piazza San Marco, photo Wanderlust Storytellers

Piazza San Marco, photo/Wanderlust Storytellers

Close your eyes and imagine Piazza San Marco in the past: people clad in beautiful and colorful costumes going about their business. This was the social, religious and political center of Venice. These days it is a center for architectural marvels and socializing in the many restaurants. The piazza is an amazing place where you can spend hours surrounded by happy people listening to live music coming from the restaurants. There multitude of local birds around this area create an even more magical atmosphere.

Rialto Bridge

Free things to do in Venice - The Rialto Bridge, photo Wanderlust Storytellers

The Rialto Bridge, photo/Wanderlust Storytellers

When you’re in the romance capital of Italy you must spend a few hours on the Rialto Bridge. The view over the Grand Canal is simply spectacular. It’s so beautiful that photographers from all around the world spend hours here, trying to get that perfect photo… especially of the sunsets. If you’re romantics like us you will love this bridge. Many restaurants where you can have a romantic dinner with your partner line the footpaths of the Grand Canal near the bridge.

Take a Free Walk in Venice tour

Free things to do in Venice - A quiet plaza spotted on the Walk in Venice Tour, photo Wanderlust Storytellers

A quiet plaza spotted on the Walk in Venice Tour, photo/Wanderlust Storytellers

The Free Walk in Venice tour is one of the best ways to explore the city. You can learn unexpected secrets of this amazing city from the guides, all locals. You’ll hear the many fascinating stories behind the symbols of Venice. Check out the pathways that are off the usual tourist track. Free Walks of Venice offers a variety of two-hour tours exploring different areas of the city. Although they are free, advance reservations are required. Book one; you will love it!

Visit the markets at San Polo, Campo de la Pescaria

Free things to do in Venice - A mushroom vendor at the San Polo, Campo della Pescaria Market photo Wanderlust Storytellers -

A mushroom vendor at the San Polo, Campo della Pescaria Market photo/Wanderlust Storytellers

Italian food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world, don’t you agree?  It is definitely high on my list and I eat it at least once a week. All this beautiful food starts off at the markets of course. At San Polo, Campo della Pescaria Market, you’ll find masses of color; a magnitude of fish, fresh fruit and veggies. Get there early in the morning when the locals shop and absorb the hustle and bustle of a busy market atmosphere.

Stand on the Bridge of Sighs

Free things to do in Venice - Jolene and Andrzej with the Bridge of sighs in the background, photo/Wanderlust Storytellers

Jolene and Andrzej pose with the Bridge of Sighs in the background, photo/Wanderlust Storytellers

The Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) is one of the most famous and most photographed bridges in Venice. It’s simply a must see when you are visiting. Why is it called the Bridge of Sighs? There are two stories as to how this famous Venetian bridge has got its name. The first suggests that prisoners would sigh as they walked across this bridge realizing that they would never see the outside world again. The other, more romantic, tale suggests that if two lovers kiss under the bridge at sunset, their love will be eternal. The sighs come from the lovers overwhelmed by the romantic atmosphere. You probably noticed we are romantics, so of course the second story is more attractive to us. What about you? Nonetheless, this is a beautiful bridge and it’s worth taking the maze of footpaths and checking it out.

We absolutely loved Venice; it will forever shine in our memory as one of the best places to see in the world. I have been there twice and will definitely go there again and again. Besides all the romance, I love that there are so many free things to do in Venice.

If you’ve been to the Queen of the Adriatic, do you agree with our picks for the top 5 free things to do in Venice. If not, what are yours?

Jolene and Andrzej are living their dream. The duo is behind Wanderlust Storytellers their widely successful family travel blog. They love sharing their passion for travel with people all around the globe. The couple says that they have found their purpose in life: “the question and the never-ending search for what we are here for or what we are meant to do with our lives was answered when we created our family travel blog.” You can also follow their adventures on Instagram and Facebook.

Read more posts in our Free things to do series:

Free things to do in Santa Fe
Free things to do in San Diego
8 free things to do in Melbourne
5 free things to do in Seattle
5 free things to do in London
Free things to do in Ipoh, Malaysia
Free things to do in Budapest
11 free things to do in Edinburgh
Free things to do in Lisbon
Free things to do in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Free things to do in Ottawa
7 Free things to do in Rome
5 free things to do in Copenhagen

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “Top 5 free things to do in Venice, Italy”

  1. Raj
    April 26, 2017 at 10:35 pm #

    Thank you for your great advice. this give a nice insight for those who is will to travel to Italy like me.

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