GREAT FOR KIDS
Are you wondering how to keep your kids entertained during your stay in Venice? Where® has prepared a pick of attractions that will keep them entertained even now that it's autumn.
Where® has prepared a pick of attractions that will keep your kids entertained…
Take the vaporetto and head to Murano: throughout this island, renowned for its production of glass, you'll find furnaces offering demonstrations on how to create glass objects and figures, including the famous Murano glass horse. The master glassblowers are usually kind and patient and often encourage children to participate by allowing them to blow into the long blowpipes used to make the glass.
Plan a trip to Burano, the island of coloured houses and have fun taking lots of photos. Ask your kids to pick their favourite colour from among the island's best-hidden houses.
Visit the Island of Torcello and learn more about the history of the throne of Attila. After reading up on the subject, take a photo of your kids sitting on the throne of the cruel conqueror. Another worthwhile attraction is the Ponte del Diavolo (Devil's Bridge), one of the few remaining examples of a bridge without parapets.
Do your children enjoy taking photographs? If the day is clear, take them to the top of the Campanile di San Giorgio offering a fabulous view stretching from the sea to the mountains. However, be warned,
you'll probably have trouble getting them back down again.
With so much to do and see you're likely to be in need of a break. Just steps from
St. Mark's Square at Ca' Giustinian (the headquarters of the fringe events of the Venice Biennale) there's a children's space equipped with toys where children can stay and play for as long as they want. Just a few steps away, you'll find a cafè where you can indulge in a coffee break while keeping an eye on your young ones.
How about a mini-ride on a gondola?
The Grand Canal is lined with stations (stazi) where you can hop on a gondola: for just 2€ you can ask the gondolier to ferry you to the other side of the canal. One of these stations is located right at the Rialto Fish Market whose stalls are well worth a visit.
If you're fond of animals, make sure to take a photo with the marble lions standing at the entrance to the Arsenale. They're all different, they come from far-off places and each one has an interesting story.
While strolling through the Arsenale neighbourhood, make sure to visit the Padiglione delle Navi (Ship's Pavilion) (Castello 2162). One of the city's lesser-known attractions, this picturesque location showcases several of the city's most historic craft.
Children aged eight and upwards can explore a different side of Venice while paddling on a kayak through the canals (www.venicekayak.it). The kayak experience begins on the Isola della Certosa, a beautiful Marine Resort and the city's public park, where amidst boats small and large you will encounter goats and hares wandering undisturbed around the island.
For fans of natural history, an absolute must is a visit to the Museum of Natural History housed in the beautiful Fondaco dei Turchi. In the section devoted to whales you'll be amazed to find the skeleton of a blue whale and a young sperm whale.