Venice with Kids
I’m often asked how to best spend your time in Venice when travelling with kids. It’s not the easiest of asks because there is a lot of walking in any Venetian itinerary, made so much better by regular cicchetti stops. None of which is appreciated by small children.
However, there are some amazing things to do that all the family can enjoy and the magic of being in Venice is really something to share with children because their unbounded imagination makes even more of a wonder of this incredible city.
Here are some of our suggestions for how to spend your time in Venice with kids.
Some places to run around:
– Nice Piazza for a spritz and the kids can run around: Campo Santa Margherita or Campo San Giacomo dell’Orio.
– Playground: Parco Savorgnan in Cannaregio
– Serra dei Giardini. A kind of plant shop/cafe/bistro in a garden so the kids can run.
Some great activities:
– Borges Labyrinth – maze on the island in front of San Marco. Good for kids and adults alike!
– Orsoni Venezia 1888 – mosaic workshop. If you can get inside it’s a pretty amazing place to see real artisans at work.
– The Peggy Guggenheim Collection. It’s a small collection, so you can whizz around it in half an hour and the kids don’t get too bored. Really worth visiting.
– A gondola ride…. of course!
– Fondaco dei Tedeschi – This is a rooftop bar on the top of a department store v close to the Rialto Bridge. You need to book I think because they only let limited people up there.
– Libreria dell’ acqua alta. A magical bookshop!
– An organised treasure hunt for kids around Venice. I hear this is good. We never did it, but by all accounts it’s fun
Some family friendly Restaurants:
– Burano Island, I’m suggesting this because the city might be quite crowded and if you just want to get away from the crowds, you can take the vaporetto to Burano (lovely colourful houses) and then walk over to Venissa for a good lunch or dinner, it is heavenly.
– Torcello island, Taverna Tipica Veneziana. Very low key restaurant but with a large outdoor eating area, fun stuff for the kids and some animals (rabbits etc.)
– Around Rialto, a must for Cicchetti. All’Arco is the best in our opinion. Near there, Caffe del Doge is also a good breakfast stop.
– San Trovaso in Dorsoduro. Has a nice garden, family friendly.
– La Colonna, Cannareggio – has an outdoor seating area in a nice piazza.