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Sightseeing on a Budget in Venice

Sightseeing on a Budget in Venice

Venice’s achingly romantic canals and High Renaissance aesthetics often come with a hefty price tag to match. But there are ways to visit one of Italy's most beautiful cities that won’t break your budget. Read on for our wallet-friendly tips. 

 

View Artistic Treasures—for Free

Many of Venice’s most cherished works of art are on display to the public for little or no charge at the city’s churches. There's no entry fee at all for the most dazzling of them all—St. Mark’s Basilica. Admire glittering gold mosaics, frescoes by Titian and Tintoretto, and jeweled altarpieces at this and other standout basilicas such as Santa Maria della Salute and Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.  

 

Cruise the Canals in a Water Taxi

In a city built on the water, thevaporetto is the Venetian answer to public transit. These public “water buses” dock at regular intervals along the Grand Canal and smaller waterways, so you can travel to major landmarks while enjoying a low-cost sightseeing cruise along the way.

 

Book a Combo Tour

Package tours may cost a bit more at the outset, but they often add up to significant savings versus booking attractions individually. Especially if you’re short on time, these “grand tours” can be a great way to experience Venice’s canals, churches, and mazelike backstreets in a single day and at a discount. 

 

Share a Gondola

For many visitors, a ride in a traditional wooden gondola is a quintessential Venice experience. You can cross this off your bucket list without paying the hefty price tag of a private voyage by booking a shared ride. If you don't mind sitting next to a handful of other travelers, you can glide through the city’s legendary canals for less than half the price. 

 

Fill Up on Cicchetti

As with other tourist hot spots, restaurants in Venice tend to be crowded and expensive. When dining out, save by eating like locals do at the backstreet enotecas that serve up cheap glasses of wine and simple but delicious Venetian tapas known ascicchetti. Get help finding your new favorite spot and ordering with confidence on a wine-and-cicchetti food tour.

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Classic 30-Minute Gondola Ride in Venice

Classic 30-Minute Gondola Ride in Venice

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Explore Venice's famous canals on a guided gondola ride through the city. Meander beneath bridges and along quiet, peaceful stretches in a traditional Venetian boat, taking in sights such as the Rialto Bridge and Campo Manin as you go. Join up to five others—along with your expert gondolier—in enjoying one of Venice's most leisurely and original pastimes, and don't miss this chance to experience the Grand Canal from the water.
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  • 25 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$38.31
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$38.31
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Venice Super-Saver: Doge’s Palace, Walking Tour & Grand Canal Boat Tour

Venice Super-Saver: Doge’s Palace, Walking Tour & Grand Canal Boat Tour

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Explore the best of Venice at a 10% discount with this Super Saver combo of three popular tours. Skip the line at the Doge’s Palace, where you can wander through ornate public rooms and across the notorious Bridge of Sighs. You’ll also head to the front of the long queue at St Mark’s Basilica to tour the dazzling interior of this Byzantine masterpiece including Pala d'Oro and enjoy a guided walking tour of Venice’s hidden gems. Finally, cruise down the Grand Canal aboard a motorboat and soak in the majestic passing scenery.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$171.78
Price varies by group size
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$171.78
Price varies by group size
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Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

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Explore the famous sites and hidden charms of Venice on this walking tour, followed by a ride through the city’s canals on an iconic gondola. Follow your local guide through a romantic maze of surrounding backstreets to discover some of Venice’s lesser-known gems. Learn the fascinating history of Venice as you wander through narrow alleys and over stone footbridges, and then hop aboard a Venetian gondola for a leisurely ride along the Grand Canal.
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  • 2 hours 9 minutes to 2 hours 27 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$55.61
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$55.61
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Venice Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Venice Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide

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Explore the hidden corners of Venice on this walking tour and benefit from local knowledge. Stroll with a small group to the city square of Campo Santa Margherita, see the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and visit the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Then cross the Rialto Bridge and walk past the Marco Polo House to St. Mark's Square. Upgrade for a private tour.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$18.54
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$18.54
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Venice Must-Sees: St Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Fast Track Tour

Venice Must-Sees: St Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Fast Track Tour

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See two of Venice's top sights in one tour of St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. Enjoy skip-the-line access to avoid the long lines that typically form outside these important attractions. Marvel at the golden mosaics that adorn the interior of St. Mark's Basilica, one of the finest masterpiece of Byzantine art. Walk through the ornately-decorated halls of the Doge's Palace and imagine life during the Venetian golden age. Immerse yourself in the history of Venice through two of its most important buildings.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$97.63
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$97.63
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Semi Private Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour

Semi Private Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour

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Experience the beauty of Venice by boat on this Grand Canal tour of the city built on water. Glide through the placid waters past palaces, churches, gardens, and bridges as you make your way along the iconic waterway. Then journey into some of the minor canals on this luxury motorboat. Bring the magic of these liquid streets to life on a tour that’s ideal for lovers, photographers, and travelers!
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$67.97
Price varies by group size
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$67.97
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Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour

Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour

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See two of Venice’s most iconic attractions and save 10% when you book them together with this Super Saver. Head to the front of the long queues with skip-the-line access to the famed Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica. Learn the history behind these architectural wonders from your local guide, and explore some of Venice’s lesser-known sights on a walking tour. Complete both tours in the same day with a break in between to spend at your leisure, depending on the operational schedule.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$109.99
Price varies by group size
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$109.99
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Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro

Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro

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Discover the awe-inspiring St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice without the headache of long lines. Head to the front of the queue with your expert guide and step inside to admire the cathedral’s glittering gold mosaics, Pala d'Oro and embellished domes. Explore other architectural highlights of St. Mark’s Square and learn about Venice’s history as a seafaring superpower and Italian cultural capital. You also escape to quieter backstreets of Hidden Venice to visit lesser-known attractions and gain insight into daily Venetian life.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.84
Price varies by group size
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$35.84
Price varies by group size
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Venice Walking Tour plus Skip the Lines Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tours

Venice Walking Tour plus Skip the Lines Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tours

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Enjoy the best of Venice on this guided walking tour plus skip-the-line entry to the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica. Explore the best that the canal city has to offer, winding your way through narrow alleys, and see Venice's top attractions.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$131.00
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$131.00
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