26 June 2018

Hi, I'm Roberto Bortolotto from northern Italy, and I help people just like you save money. Do you have a dream..? I can help, if you like travelling, art & culture. Find out more at this blog. For real. Really..! For free. The Mona Lisa or La Gioconda (in italian) is a portrait of a woman by the italian artist Leonardo da Vinci. The painting (about 1503-1506) is on permanent display at the Louvre museum in Paris since 1797. If you admire such italian art, happy to offer you a FREE guided tour in my area, and perhaps you can discover other italian art for FREE. More details at this link www.freeitaliantours.blogspot.com or at this other www.visititalyforfree.blogspot.com

Venice, Italy: View on Grand Canal, from Ponte degli Scalzi (Bridge of the Barefoot), near the railway station.
Free attractions in Venice, Italy.
Venice is one of the most unique cities in Italy and holds many free sights and attractions for the tourist. One of the best things to do in Venice is just walk around, strolling along the canals and admiring beautiful squares and buildings.
In the sestiere of Santa Croce:
Near the railway station:
Piazza San Marco or Saint Mark's Square is the main tourist destination in Venice. Around it are important monuments, elegant historic buildings and expensive cafes, some with live music in the evening. You can hear the music for free as you walk around but sitting at a table is very expensive. Saint Mark's Basilica, the greatest of Venice's churches, is free to enter. The terrace, museum and chapels have entrance fees.
Rialto Bridge and Rialto market. The picturesque and crowded Rialto Bridge has been the main bridge crossing Venice's Grand Canal since 1591. On the bridge are covered arches and shops and on one side is the Rialto market, a good place to visit in the morning. Go early to see fresh fish being unloaded from the boats.
Churches. Many of Venice's fine churches charge an admission fee to cover their costs of upkeep. Other, however, are free to enter. Venice is thronged with churches covering whole centuries of architectural styles, offering great lessons in the history of architecture. They also contain glorious monuments, tombs and paintings by some of history's greatest artists. Below, inspired by the Palladian style, the Church of Tolentini (XVI-XVII century), in the sestiere of Santa Croce, near Piazzale Roma.
Save money on admission fees. There are lots of ways to save money on "paying" tourist attractions. There are a range of tourist discount cards, and there are various combined tickets for museums and churches. Since July 2014 new rules by MiBAC (the Culture Ministry of the Italian Republic): the National Museums and Archaeological Sites have free admission one day a month (the first Sunday). During Heritage Week, which is usually in May, State Museums are free to enter. The Gallerie dell'Accademia contains masterpieces of Venetian painting up to the 18th century.
Concerts and events. Free events in Venice are not always well-publicised, but keep an eye on posters around town. Occasionally you'll just stuble across free live music in a Piazza or Bar. During Heritage Week in May there are free events organised in museums, and by scrutinising the "What's On" leaflet or the "Venice Magazine", available for free, from the tourist office, you might find more cultural initiatives that don't cost anything. Below, during the Carnival there are lots of free entertainments in Saint Mark's Square, as well as lots of costumes to admire.
An other free publication, available from the main tourist office, is "Un Ospite di Venezia - A Guest in Venice" (monthly city guide): Events, Museums, Water Transport, Religious Services, Timetables, Theatres & Cinemas, Venice by Night, Hotels, What to Do and How, etc. www.unospitedivenezia.it 
Advice for a cheap holiday. Venice itself, its canals, bridges, architecture, lagoon and lanes, can be explored and admired totally free. If you want a cheap holiday, I recommend you concentrate your budget on two essentials: accomodation and boat travel. Money can be saved elsewhere, but these are two elements of your holiday that will be crucial to your enjoyment and comfort. You can see Venice on foot but it's tiring and time-consuming and you'll miss some of the city's greatest experiences. Equally, you can save money by staying outside Venice but it simply won't be the same. Cut your spending on eating: restaurants in Venice are more expensive than in the rest of Italy. If you're prepared to eat snacks and budget meals you'll save lots of money without missing much. Buy picnics and snacks in supermarkets; eat take-away slices of pizza. Below, view on Fondamenta dei Tolentini.
Almost free Venice. Ride on vaporetto. For the price of a vaporetto ticket, you can hop on the slow boat either at the San Marco stop or the stop in front of the train station and take a leisurely "cruise" on the Grand Canal. Bring a sweetheart to snuggle with and it's the best mass transit trip you'll ever take. Below, view on Grand Canal with public service by Actv (vaporetto).
Historic Regatta, for free, on September 2023 (the first sunday). It is a unique sport and has been practised for more than a thousand years in the Venetian lagoon. In modern times it has become more spectacular due to famous water pageant held before the races: dozens and dozens of multicolours 16th century-style boats, all with oarsmen in period costume, carry the Doge and all the highest ranking Venetian officials, as a true and faithful reconstruction of the glorious past of one of the Mediterranean's most powerful and influential Maritime Republics.
Venice and Veneto Region: unique experience. Please consider for your next holiday..!
Postage stamps are art & culture ..! Why should young people care about stamps..? Education, adventure, passion, fun, etc.  
Can you help ..? Wanted used postage stamps for philately promotion to kids (stamp collecting offers a world of interest). All kinds, in duplicates, on paper, are welcome. This is a permanent appeal, so stamps can be sent at any time of the year. Thank you. Ask gift-offer or visit the blog at https://italyfreegift.wordpress.com
Suggestions to stamp collecting. How do you start collecting postage stamps..? Where to get used stamps from..? It's easy. You can save the stamps from the envelopes & postcards & packages that comes to your place. You can ask your friends and relatives to save the stamps from their mail for you. The one thing I must ask is if stamps could be left on the envelope and cut off leaving about two cm of paper surrounding the stamp, to prevent damage. Trim the excess from around the stamp, but be careful not to cut the stamp. Never pull the stamps from the paper. Many thanks for your support to my project.
Did you know ..? Italy north-east, a land of history, art, and nature. Monselice, just south of Padua, has an enchanting historical centre. Discover this medieval walled town with my free guided tour. Practice italian language for free. Visit my blogsites for other details and pictures. Thank you.
Below, Monselice landscapes and inside the medieval castle:

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About me:
Hi, greetings, and welcome to my blog. Let me introduce about myself. My name is Roberto Bortolotto, and I live in Monselice, just south of Padova, Italy. Arts and entertainment are my passion and I especially love tourism, philately & postal history, movies, photography, museums, music. I can help with whatever you need regarding my area, as public transportation, language, accomodation, lowest cost, etc. Thanks for reading and be sure to take advantage of my free service.
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Below, Michelangelo art on 1961 italian postage stamp:

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