Traveling to Venice with Kids
Kids themselves are often the ones requesting Venice as a site to visit during a family holiday in Italy–the idea of the city on the water is exciting and new! Full of mystery, intrigue, elegance, and civic pride, the art and architecture of Venice speak to all generations of visitors. For parents planning a Venice Italy family trip, considering certain logistics such as location or type of lodging and where to eat can make a big difference when planning your holiday.
We have rounded up some of our most essential tips for family travel to Venice from years of family travel and parent input.
Where to Stay in Venice with Kids
Whether you prefer a hotel, B & B, or holiday apartment, these recommendations will ensure you find a comfortable stay with value for family-friendly lodging in Venice. We like Venice family hotels that are small and owner operated by locals as this typically means a higher level of customer service and adds to your cultural experience of the city. You can also browse various trusted airlines for cheap airfare, hotels and last-minute travel deals for less at VoucherBin.
If you prefer a family-friendly holiday apartment in Venice be sure to consider carefully whether you will be comfortable navigating the city without the assistance of a hotel concierge. Location, accessibility, and safety are other considerations when renting a holiday apartment with children in Venice. Be sure to evaluate whether stairs, internal or external or internal, are doable for your family. Prontopia is a convenient service for families that provides pre-vetted Locals upon request to help you and your belongings get from place to place while answering questions and offering local insider tips along the way. The Pronto Porter locals are also helpful for families as they can point out the nearest grocery store, ATM, pharmacy, where to eat nearby and so on, and assist you with purchasing the best vaporetto pass option and understanding how to navigate the canals on your own for your stay. See our video travel tip on How to Get around in Venice.
We are big fans of canal views, but in Venice you can pay a premium for Grand Canal views. The inner canals in the quieter neighborhoods of Dorsoduro and San Polo are just as charming, and quieter! For example, this Venice holiday apartment from DolceVita Apartments offers a lot of value as it has both a canal view and a beautiful view over Venice’s rooftops, and, while very central, it is across the Grand Canal from St. Mark’s Square, just minutes from the San Toma waterstop. In this area the kids can run around an play in Campo San Polo, maybe making some friends, you will find a grocery store a few minutes away, and less touristy dining options. The decor is simple and updated, also a plus for families traveling with kids.
What to Do in Venice with Kids
Venice in the high season can be very crowded, which can overwhelm and fatigue children. Striking a careful balance between seeing the main sites, and exploring “hidden Venice” together will result in more meaningful memories. Let little imaginations run wild with these suggestions for the Exploring Venice with Kids , or consider these hands-on activities for kids in Venice, which allow kids to recreate and immerse themselves in the lagoon’s fascinating history. Feed the kids imagination in advance and prep them in advance with some information about the city by reading some of the wonderful Venice Kids books available for a range of reading levels.
Where to Eat for Family Dining in Venice
Venetian food is not that inviting typically for kids as it is quite “fishy,” naturally. And restaurants serving non-Venetian dishes are not often quality food as they cater toward heavy tourist volumes. When traveling with kids in Venice, it’s best to keep it simple, and save money, by eating a panini for lunch or street food such as cicchetti or local pasta and risotto dishes. See our restaurant recommendations here Family Restaurants Venice. In general, dining out in Venice can be very expensive for families for food that is not excellent. I suggest dining in as much as possible if you have rented a holiday apartment, and sticking with fun sweets and snacks while on the go. Kids also enjoy the newness of grocery shopping in places like Venice, where you will see fruit and vegetable “stands” on boats along the inner canals. Watch our Video Tip on How to Grocery Shop in Italy before you go!
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