Venice has long been a city to capture the hearts of travellers and is considered a “must see” visit destination. I visited Venice in my early 20’s on a solo trip around Europe and was captivated. Flood waters had just receded and I’ll never forget walking along elevated planks of wood to keep my feet dry.
My husband and I travelled around the world for a year in 2002. We spent a month in Italy but never made it to Venice. So unless we wait another 20 years, it seems his first experience of Venice will be with kids in tow.
We’re planning a trip to Europe next year with our 3 young children and there are plenty of great family friendly hotels in Venice with great reviews from other Expedia travellers. Try the Hotel Spagna, Hotel Dei Dragomanni and Residenza Ca Foscolo.
The San Marco area is the most popular – you’re right in the heart of the action but it can be expensive. Expedia’s Aussie travellers usually spend 2-3 days in Venice and that’s enough to get a taste of the city.
Here’s why I think Venice will be a great kid-friendly destination to add to our itinerary:
No cars, buses or taxis in Venice. Always wonderful when travelling with children. Note: if you have a young child, consider taking a backpack instead of a stroller. Venice is full of bridges with stairs on either side. They’re not stroller-friendly.
Venice feels like a magical maze of canals, cobbled paths and bridges all wrapped around each other. It’s a place where you can follow your nose and see where it leads you. If you’d like some help getting orientated, book a Venice Walking Tour.
Cruise the Canals
Gondolas are an iconic part of Venice but better suited for couples than kids. Instead you can pre-purchase a 24 hour or 72 hour Venice Public Transport card for unlimited travel on a Vaporetto (ferry) . You can also use the Vaporetto to get to Lido, Venice’s beach, or head across to the island of Murano to watch the famous Venetian glass blowers in action. The ticket also includes a free Venetian Islands Tour.