Venice conjures up images of gondolas and canals, of glassblowers and masquerades masks. The Venetians were a maritime republic in northeastern Italy, which existed for a millennium between the 8th century and 1797. Today Venice relies on its tourist trade to survive, and survive it does as tourists arrive in hoards day after day. We have selected some interesting adventurous, cultural, and historic things to see in Venice with teenagers
We are going to pull the curtain back on great things to do on a vacation with teens in Venice Italy.
Know before you go. Our top Venice travel tips
There are some things that you really need to know before you travel to Venice with teenagers. Here are the top things you need to plan for your family vacation to Venice.
Where to stay in Venice with teenagers
You’ll never be short of options for your accommodation in Venice Italy. In Venice, you find a range of hotels, apartments and hostels. You will be sure to be able to find something to fit singles, couples, families and groups on every budget. If you’re not keen on any of our picks below or have specific needs, we recommend using Booking.com and Hotels.com to find the best prices in York.
- Luxury: Located in the city centre of Venice with views of the Grand Canal is the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice. Featuring 4-bed family suites, ideal for travelling with teenagers. Featuring free wifi, outdoor pool, spa, 3 restaurants and a buffet breakfast.
- Mid-Range: A 3-star hotel with bar/lounge, near St. Mark’s Square. Hotel Locanda Canal has family rooms sleeping up to four people. The Grand Canal and all the major sites are under a 10-minute walk from this hotel
- Budget: Located just 100 m from the Grand Canal and 2 minutes’ walk from Santa Lucia Train Station, Venice Maggior Consiglio offers comfortable family rooms for your stay. Featuring satellite flat-screen TV, air conditioning private bathrooms.
Airbnb alternative for your stay in Venice
If you prefer a home away from home-style accommodation in Venice then Air BnB is the best choice for you. There are so many options for singles, families and budget-friendly options as well. Check out the map below to find the perfect Venice Airbnb.
How to get to Venice
- Venice is located in North-East Italy on the Adriatic Sea. Travel to Venice is via Marco Polo. Treviso Airport is also located nearby and only services budget airlines. The airport is 25 minutes from Venice. 12 million people travelled through Marco Polo Venice Airport airport in 2018. Search your flights to Iceland with Kiwi.com
- You can book an airport transfer from Venice Airport to your hotel
- High-Speed Trains service Venice Santa Lucia station and Venezia Mestre. Trains to Venice from Rome (Roma Termini railway station) taking 3 hours 45 minutes, from Milan (Milano Centrale) 2 hours 25 minutes and from Florence (Firenze Santa Maria Novella) just 2 hours. You can search and book train tickets to Venice with Omio
- Piazzale Roma offers one very large open bus and coach station where all buses, both local, airport and inter-city coaches all terminate. The bus station is the opposite side of the Grand Canal to Santa Lucia Railway Station You can research all bus options to Venice with Busbud
How to get around Venice
- For your vacation with teenagers in Venice, you have 2 options to get around, walk or by water. If you don’t want to walk, the water bus service is an affordable way to get around.
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Here are the best things to do in Venice with teenagers
These Venice activities will have the whole family happy while you are on holiday in Venice.
Doge’s Palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Venetian Republic. It was founded in 1340 and became a museum in 1923. To explore the ‘secret’ side of the Doge’s Palace, you need to take a guided tour. It is interesting for teenagers to get an insight into the history of the city. The palace gets interesting when you are led to the prisoners’ dungeons, the torture rooms and Casanova’s daring escape! Of course, one of the highlights is when you cross the famous Bridge of Sighs. The bridge connects the interrogation rooms of the palace with the new prison.
Take to the water in Venice with teenagers
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. A standard gondola ride in Venice has a fixed cost of 80 euros for a private 25-30 minutes tour. At night, however, the cost of a gondola ride is 120 euros for a private 25-30 minutes tour!
A cheaper way to see the city by water is to take a “Vaporetto” (water bus, public transportation) 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. 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!
Venice for kids can be amazing – watch glassblowers
Well worth seeing is the glassblowers’ demonstration on Murano island. Learn about techniques that are century-old, and have made Venetian handmade glass famous worldwide. The skilled craftsmen work is really impressive when the tiny glass object appears where it was a blob. You will see a Murano glass in the form of chandeliers and more in many of the historic building of Venice! Many shops around are selling stained glass figurines and strings of beads. Free tours during the morning in several glass factories in Murano.
Even churches can be interesting for teens 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”. Your teens in Venice will 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
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One can always do Gelato in Venice with kids
When in Italy one must have a gelato. One of the best places to have a gelato is at Fondamenta Delle Zattere (in Dorsoduro) Fondamenta Zattere. It is a great spot In front of the Giudecca island featuring broad quays offering scenic views. 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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Venice Ghost and legends walking tour
Teenagers love anything a bit left of centre. A ghost tour of Venice is just such a thing to keep teenagers engaged on their Italy vacation. As dark falls you will explore narrow laneways, abandoned building and vacant canals to learn about Venice’s dark past. Your ghost-hunter guide will enthral you with tales about the ghastly deeds and tragic ends to people who once walked the streets. These same people who still wander the streets as restless spirits. Myths, ghosts and legends are alive and real in Venice.
Read more about Venice Ghost and Legends Walking Tour 2020
The Dragon Bones of Venice
The Basilica of Santa Maria de San Donato dates to the seventh century. A time when Venice was just a few islands populated by a few communities that traded between each other.
The ribs hanging in this medieval church are no ordinary bones. According to legend, they once belonged to a fierce dragon who was killed by a saint. Yes dragons and saints, sound like something out of Game of Thrones. Such things are sure to keep teenagers enthralled. Venetian Doge Domenico Michiel, allegedly acquired the bones while looting Byzantine Greece on his way to join the Crusades in the Holy Lands.
The dragon bones now hang behind the churches altar. There is no directions or signs, the bones are accessible but remain mostly out of sight for anyone who’s not looking for them. The church is open for visiting from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
Houses of Burano
Burano is made up of a group of four small islands linked together by a series of bridges in the Venice lagoon. Burano is made famous by the eye-catching colour scheme that the locals started a few decades ago. Burano’s houses shine with bright colours that make the house look like they could be edit pictures. The colours stay bright and popping due to being repainted every two years. Each house has to be re-painted a different colour from the next to keep the neighbourhood looking attractive to tourists.
To get to Burano, you’ll have to take the Vaporetto (number 12) from the Fundament Nove in Venice
Free walking tour in Venice
For anyone not familiar with Free city walking tours they go like this. Yes, the tour is free and yes the tour will most likely be better than many paying tours. What happens is the guides work on tips, so if you enjoy your tour please leave a tip. This scenario means the guides work really hard to keep you informed and entertained so they will get a tip at the end of the tour.
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Day trips from Venice
A day trip from Venice Italy can both rewarding and exciting. You will find many attractions for teenagers within a short drive from the city.
Caribe Bay is located just 46 kilometers or around an hour’s drive from Venice. Water Parks are popular with teenagers during the hot Italain summers. The site boasts 80,000 square metres of slides, pools, green areas, dining areas and Caribbean beaches. Some of the highlights of Aqualandia include:
Peter Pan Show
The story of Peter Pan and his fight against Capitan Hook. This stage show on the central galleon features jumps, chases, duels and great acrobatic performances in the pool. This is the most popular performers in the park.
The highest Bungee Jumping tower in Europe (60 m) is waiting for you! Fly head first for the water in this ultimate thrill-seeker activity. Walk away with the experience of a lifetime in your memory and preserved on film for you.
The children’s area has six different slides which offer the same features as the slides for adults. We don’t want the kids left out of the enjoyment. This area is perfect for the smallest guests!
Music on the Beach
Music and entertainment at this themed area of Caribe Bay – Aqualandia hosts live radio shows and famous DJs throughout the summer.
The park is currently closed during the summer 2020 and will reopen for the summer of 2021 with many new facilities and upgrades to attractions
Travel teens day trip to Verona
Verona was made famous by Shakespeare and his tale of love and death Romeo and Juliet. And yes the highlight of any visit is spotting the balcony from which Juliet wondered ‘wherefore art thou Romeo?’ The city though cannot just thrive on one attraction only.
Head into the historical centre Verona to explore its many picturesque piazzas and the famed historical houses. Visit the Verona Arena which is a huge 1st-century Roman amphitheatre, that these days hosts concerts and large-scale opera performances. A walk along the river and stop by the Basilica and Verona’s Duomo to marvel at its medieval architecture. Direct trains from Verona to Venice are Regionale trains, which take about 1.5 hours
Where to go shopping in Venice with teenagers
Teens love shopping, and Venice is a city for shopping. Most shops in Venice are designer labels selling goods that will cost you a fortune. You will find a number of shopping malls and designer outlets on the mainland. The following places make great places for some retail therapy.
T Fondaco dei Tedeschi:
A part of the huge chain store group DFS. The store sells a range of duty-free goods including luggage, jewellery, perfumes and more. The shopping centre is located next to the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal. The best part of this shopping centre is that it has a stunning roof terrace boasting 360-degree views of the city.
Noventa di Piave Designer Outlet
This shopping centre on the mainland runs a shuttle bus twice daily to pick up customers in Venice. This outlet features 150+ stores include designer brands like Adidas, Boss and Calvin Klien. You will find a range of places to eat at the outlet.
Wandering the streets and laneways of Venice you will find many small designer stores selling everythimg from flags, to shoes, leather goods and glass products. Venice certainly has something for everyone when it comes to shopping.
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Fun vacations for teens – Escape rooms in Venice
For those new to Escape rooms, this is a quick run down.
An escape room, also known as an escape game, is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand.
Escape rooms may consist of a large, single room, or span multiple rooms. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms. If your teen likes this stuff it is definitely one of the top things to do in Venice with teenagers. There is only 1 escape room located in Venice.
- Escape Venice ASD – Escape Room Venezia
- Calle Seconda del Cristo, 2919, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy / website: https://www.escapevenice.it/
Cinemas in Venice for travel teens
Watching a movie is popular with teenagers anywhere in the world. Going to the cinema with teenagers in Venice is a great evening activity. With the unpredictable weather in Europe, the cinema is a great backup for your family vacation. You will find a state of the art screens and sound. When checking movie times, make sure to look for “v.o.” or version Originale (original version) which means the movie is playing in the language it was made in. The most popular cinema for English language movies is
- Multisala Rossini Movie Times
- Salita del teatro, 3997, 30124 San Marco, Venezia VE
10 Pin Bowling in Venice
There are no bowling alleys on the islands of Venice. On the mainland a short journey away will find a bowling alley in Venezia.
Going to the gym in Venice
Fitness is very important to a lot of teenagers these days. Working out is a big part of a healthy lifestyle. Just because one is travelling it does not mean you need to stop working out.
In Venice, you can go to a number of Gyms that sell passes ranging from a day to a week and a month. Day passes start at 16 euros a day while a week pass costs 45 euros. You can find a list of Gyms in Venice at the Trainaway fit website
Bike Riding in Venice
Venice bike riding is a popular family activity when travelling with teenagers. Bike riding allows you to experience your location either in town or out in the surrounding areas. You will find bike tours are the best way to go if you want to get an up-close and personal experience of the city. You will either have a guide to point out all the important attractions or a map to follow. The bike tours will take you on a Venice family vacation 2 wheeled adventure. Alternatively, you can find locations that hire bikes and let you explore on your own.
Cycling is strictly forbidden in the main city of Venice due to crowds and small streets, but the Lido and other parts of the Venetian lagoon are good for bicycles. The countryside around Venice is good for cycling.
Frequently Asked Questions about Venice Italy
People who work in the tourist trade generally speak enough English to communicate with visitors. In General, not many speak English. A travel translator such as the Langogo will help you ask and understand the locals
For Italy, there are three associated plug types, types C, F and L. You can buy a power adaptor before you leave home.
Euro is used in Italy. We suggest you get a Transferwise Money card prior to leaving to save on withdrawal fees. You can transfer money from your home country into Euros.
Dial 112 for Police
Italian restaurant bills normally include service, but if you’re at a sit-down restaurant, it won’t hurt to leave an extra 5 to 10 per cent on the table for good service.
The public tap water is safe, cold, and great-tasting. It’s piped in from deep wells on the Italian mainland,
Stay in Venice
At the top of the article we suggested some accommodation choices. If you are looking for a wider variety of choices please find below an interactive map from Booking.com for you ti find you perfect stay in Venice Italy
Weather in Venice Italy
The climate of Venice is moderate with cold, moist winters and hot, muggy summers, that are influenced by the Adriatic Sea.
Winter from December to February is cold, damp and grey, Snow is seen almost every year, but it’s mostly a light dusting. Summer is from June to August and is hot and muggy with temperatures up to 35 degrees. The time to visit Venice is in the spring and autumn, from mid-April to mid-June and in the month of September.
There are so many things to do in Venice with teenagers that you will be wanting to return over and over again. We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to visit Venice with teenagers. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Italy click through to our Italy Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.
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About the Author
Mark Wyld is a father, husband and traveller. Having been to over 30 countries worldwide I think I know a thing or 2 about travelling with kids. I have been writing about travel on our website for the last 4 years and have featured on numerous other websites. When I am not talking, dreaming and planning travel I can be found working in disability support .