This week’s guest post comes for Virginie who writes at Travel with my kids. Virginie is a French expat living in Rome and travelling with her kids. Canals, palaces, gondolas and things to do in Venice with kids. Venice is so special and fascinating! Here are some of our favourites spots and activities not to be missed with children.
Things to do in Venice with kids – Doge’s Palace
To explore the ‘secret’ side of the Doge’s Palace, with a nearly one-hour special tour that leads you where people cannot usually have access. It is interesting for kids (from 7/8 years old) to get an insight into the history of the city. More of all, children are fascinated while discovering the prisoners’ dungeons, the tortures room and Casanova’s daring escape! Of course, you will cross the famous Bridge of Sighs –not romantic indeed, but no spoiling, you will learn there why!
English speaking tours must be pre-booked online. Palazzo Ducale, San Marco 1
When in Venice a Gondola ride is a must
To take a boat ride on the canals. You don’t have to choose between “Vaporetto” (water bus, public transportation) or gondola: do both with kids! The “Vaporetto” line N°1 takes you along the main canal, with the best views to admire the coloured palaces and candy-cane-like gondola’s mooring posts. Get seated outside, in the front or at the back. From Piazzale Roma to San Marco Square is about 45 minutes. Then you can do it again, in the opposite direction, to admire the reverse view! A gondola tour is definitely pricey and of course touristy, but it worth it! The “small tour”, leading you along the small peaceful canals, is lovely. An evening gondola ride, with a misty atmosphere, may also be dazzling for children!
Venice for kids can be amazing – watch glass blowers
To admire the glassblowers’ demonstration on Murano island the technique is century-old, and this handmade glass is worldwide famous. The skilled craftsmen work is almost alchemy. It’s really impressive when the tiny glass object appears where it was a blob a few minutes before. When you will see a Murano chandelier lighting a palace, remember it is all hand made and mouth blown! Many shops around are selling stained glass figurines and strings of beads, which children are crazy about. Free tours during the morning in several glass factories in Murano.
Even churches can be interesting for kids in Venice
To have a look at Scuola Grande de San Rocco (Confraternity of St. Roch) even with children, it would be a pity to be in Venice without seeing at least one church or museum! Scuola Grande offers the largest collection of the Venetian 16th century artist, Tintoretto. During 20 years, Tintoretto filled the two floors from walls to ceilings. This is why it is called the “Sistine Chapel of Venice”. The children enjoy looking at the painted ceilings into the provided hand-held mirrors. Turns in a game! Zone San Polo, Campo San Rocco, Vaporetto stop at San Tomà
One can always do gelato in Venice with kids
To have a “gelato” (ice-cream) at Fondamenta delle Zattere (in Dorsoduro) Fondamenta Zattere is an enchanting less crowded spot. In front of the Giudecca island, these broad quays offering a scenic view are the perfect place to rest a little. Try Gelateria Nico, famous for its “Gianduiotto”, a chocolate-hazelnut blend ice-cream with whipped cream. Is there anything better to do in Venice with kids than having ice cream.
Gelateria Nico – Fondamenta Zattere, 922
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