Travel to Venice? Check out the 11 Best Things to do in Venice on a Budget!

Travel to Venice? Check out the 11 Best Things to do in Venice on a budget!


Planning your next travel to Venice? check out the 11 Best things to do in Venice on a budget in this Ultimate Venice Travel Guide.

You cannot skip a visit at Saint Mark Basilica when in Venice, the symbol of Venice city, testimonial of a millennial tradition, gathering altogether Byzantine and Catholic culture remains, with the Doge’s palace adjacent to the Church.

The Basilica has free entry. Nevertheless, in peak seasons the church can get massively deluged with tourists queuing to enter the church. Find below a couple of tips to skip the line:

Buy a tourist pass

Buy the ticket online in advance for €3 euros. Check on the official Basilica website first, as this skip-the-line service is only active from November to April basilicasanmarco.it.

Once in there, you’ll be most likely tempted to get up to the tower bell.

The ticket fare is € 8,00, but rest assured that the terrific view waiting for you up there over the square and the lagoon totally pays off.  

You can find a list of the most popular museums on the Civitatis website, along with an accurate description of every highlight and practical information and opening hours to public visits and costs.

THE JEWISH MUSEUM AND THE SINAGOGUE


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If you want to escape the bustle and hustle of Venice tourist crowd, you can better make your way towards the Cannaregio District, housing  the centenary Jewish Ghetto. This area is named after ‘’Ghetto NUOVO’’, where throughout 4 centuries (16th -19th) the Jewish community was forced to live in.

Wander off a little there. For a deeper understanding of Jewish community historic roots in Venice, you can visit the Jewish small museum focusing on the city’s Jewish history, with guided synagogue tours & a kosher cafe.

For the ferry timetable, go to the ACTV timetable page, though only an Italian version is available. Note that the departure schedule can change, this is why you better check the up-to-date schedule at every stop.

VENICE NAVAL HISTORICAL MUSEUM


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The entry ticket to the Venice Naval Historical Museum amounts to € 10,00, but you can benefit from a discount off the ticket full-rate if this museum falls in the lists of attractions granting special rates.

Check out the website of Venezia Unica or Rolling Venice Card. Check out the site of Civitatis to know if this attraction benefits from a special rate.

MUSIC MUSEUM


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This museum collects music instruments dating back to the XVIII century –olden Age for Venice Visits are only admitted in guided tours formed by max 6 people. The global tour price is €60,00, split into 6.

DAY TOURS IN VENICE


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If you are more likely to take a budget-friendly guided tour in Venice, consider joining one of these averagely cheaper tours.

Otherwise, ask a tourist office for specifics. Occasionally the museum itself provides internal guided tour services at a lower fee than if you bought it via the classic online booking platforms that notably apply a supplement on every purchase.

And when in Venice, and don’t forget to take a camera with you.

THE BRIDGE OF SIGHS


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The Bridge of Sighs

Allegedly, the bridge of sights was the last bridge that prisoners had to cross over before reaching their jail, hence the name of the bridge (of sights). Indeed the bridge is located at mid-way between the Doge’s Palace, where preliminary interrogation occurred, and the New Prison. It’s filled with white limestone and offers a fairy-tale view over the canal. Seeing never-ending rides of coming back and forth is a joy and a photo is a MUST.

GRAND CANAL


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Grand Canal

There’s plenty of offers for guided tours along the Grand Canal, but you can save some cash by purchasing a ticket at one of the cruise terminals in front of the train station and take a ride on your own. Regarding ticket cost, special rates, and other useful resources, you can better buy a tourist card, as mentioned above, choosing the option that best fits your needs. Ferry rides along Grand Canal are very frequent.

Grand Canal is the most important channel in Venice, stretching across the city, where hundreds of boats and gondolas’ everyday go along or cross its watercourse.

Its notoriety is partly associated with 4 historic bridges spanning the river, all of them preserve a very rich historic heritage and offer a tremendous view over the canal: Ponte Degli ScalziPonte di Rialto (the oldest bridge and one of the biggest attraction of Venice); Ponte dell’Accademia and Ponte della Costituzione.

The series of aristocratic families-own Palaces is another major attraction of the Grand Canal. There are more than 170, designed in lavish Baroque style, standing out on both sides of the river bank. Each Palace is named after the noble family name who owned it.

Just to mention a few: Palazzo Barbaro, Ca’ Rezzonico, Ca’d’ Oro, Palazzo Dario, Ca’Foscari, Palazzo Barbarigo, and Palazzo Venier Dei Leoni that house the famous Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Many of these Palaces today are open for public visits.

To check the ferry timetable,  ACTV has a dedicated section, although it seems that only the Italian version is available. Note that the departure schedule can variate, this is why you better check the up-to-date schedule at each stop.

BIENNALE GARDEN, SANT’ELENA, AND VENICE LIDO


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Especially when your body is ‘’boiling’’ as you’ve picked the hottest time of the year for your holiday in Venice (or your wedding), consider catching a ferry at Le Zattere for Venice Lido.

Lido belongs to the main Venice islands group. It’s one ferry stop after Sant’ Elena. It’s sandy coastline washed by the Adriatic sea houses numerous beaches (both private and public) equipped with all facilities for sunbathers.

Venice doesn’t stand out in Italy for its beaches and crystal sea, compared to many other seaside places, but at least you can cool a little down and recharge your battery for your next tour in the city.

For the ferry timetable, check the site of ACTV. Note that that departing schedule can variate, this is why you better check the up-to-date schedule at every stop.

VENICE LIDO


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Especially when your body is ‘’boiling’’ as you’ve picked the hottest time of the year for your holiday in Venice (or your wedding), consider catching a ferry at Le Zattere for Venice Lido.

Lido belongs to the main Venice islands group. It’s one ferry stop after Sant’ Elena. It’s sandy coastline washed by the Adriatic sea houses numerous beaches (both private and public) equipped with all facilities for sunbathers.

Venice doesn’t stand out in Italy for its beaches and crystal sea, compared to many other seaside places, but at least you can cool a little down and recharge your battery for your next tour in the city.

For the ferry timetable, check the site of ACTV. Note that that departing schedule can variate, this is why you better check the up-to-date schedule at every stop.

BURANO


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Burano is definitely the island I like most. So tiny and cozy, sheltered from the rest of the city (and m tourists who are nothing but a bunch here).

Burano encloses a group of islands connected with each other through a bridge. It can be reached from various cruise terminals in Venice by ferry via a 40-minute ride.

Burano boasts a long lace tradition represented by the numerous lace artisans shops producing and selling their finely embroidered cloths. Aside from lace, Burano impresses for its row of colored fishermen houses looking like a postcard. If you love urban art photography, rest assured that Burano is the ideal location for memorable shots.

Concerning the timetable, visit the ACTV timetable page. Note that that departing schedule can change, this is why you better check the up-to-date schedule at each stop.

TORCELLO


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Another island that is worth stopping by to wander a bit off is Torcello. Torcello is famous for its Basilica interior Byzantine mosaic, for the view over the lagoon and Burano as well as for the Diavolo bridge, which is a bridge without a rail.

Torcello amazes for its quiet ambiance away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. Moreover, Torcello is home to a historic and stylish restaurant, fringed by a beautiful and elegant garden: Locanda Cipriani.

This restaurant was fund by a former early XX-century waiter, Giuseppe Cipriani (the one who invented the world-famous Bellini cocktail).

The history behind the origin of Locanda Cipriani is definitely worth a deeper reading. Over centuries this restaurant hosted several XX-century VIPs including some British royal members internationally famed like Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

This restaurant is naturally more pricey compared to other restaurants’ average cost in Venice, but when in Venice dropping by this place just to admire its garden and the exteriors are recommended.

For the ferry timetable, check the ACTV timetable page. Note departing schedule can change, this is why you better check the up-to-date schedule at every stop.

SAN GIORGIO MAGGIORE ISLAND


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San Giorgio Maggiore Island is one of the Venice islands, standing opposite to Saint Mark Square. It’s best known for its charming cathedral and bell tower that you should definitely visit, also thanks to the enchanting view offered from the bell tower over the lagoon and the city of Venice.

For the ferry timetable, check the ACTV timetable page. Note that that departing schedule can change, this is why you better check the up-to-date schedule at every stop.

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