Travelling around Europe can be pretty expensive. You have to be prepared to spend a bag full of Euros in countries such as Spain, France, and Italy with exceptionally pricey big cities like London, Paris, Rome or Venice. Fortunately in all those Europeans cities, there are things tourists can see without splashing their cash. In Venice there are a few things to do without paying any fee. It is also cheaper to rent one of the self catering apartments in Venice rather than spend much more on a hotel.
In Venice, there is no shortage of urban markets, and most are near the Rialto Bridge. Fair Rialto is the perfect place to mingle with the crowd. The very abundance of colourful flowers, fruits and vegetables is a real attraction.
St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco)
St Mark’s Square remains the very centre of Venice. Here, you can admire the most picturesque sights of Venice including famous Basilica and Bell Tower.
Basilica of St Mary of Health (Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute)
Venetian basilica Santa Maria della Salute was built in the seventeenth century and is one of the best examples of the Venetian Baroque. It is a characteristic element of the landscape of Venice and it stands on the Grand Canal.
The Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri)
There are about 400 bridges in Venice. They are a beautiful part of the landscape. If you are limited in time you need to see at least two of them. Rialto Bridge and Bridge of Sighs, which is a passage connecting the Ducale palace with the prison. Apparently lovers, who kiss under the bridge, get married soon.
The former Jewish Ghetto
Venetian Jewish Ghetto is the oldest of this kind in Europe. It has already been created in the early sixteenth century. To this day, the ghetto retains a distinctive look and feel. Here you can admire the unusual architecture and culture traces of this nation. There are several synagogues, museums, kosher restaurants and Campo del Ghetto Nuovo – a square with memorable sculptures dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust.
Campo Santa Maria Formosa
It is one of the largest squares in Venice. The buildings surrounded the square are appreciated especially by architecture lovers. The beautiful buildings were created at various times creating an extraordinary mosaic of styles. The square is a host of numerous festivals as well as a daily market.
Venice hosts the most popular carnival in Europe. It lasts ten days but the lively and colourful masked balls and street parties drag on for months. During the carnival, Venice’s squares and streets are filled with a carnival Maschere – people dressed in colourful masks and costumes. Participation in the street celebrations during the carnival is free.