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Free Activities for Kids in Venice

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

One of the loveliest and most interesting cities in the entire world is Venice, Italy.  It was constructed on a lagoon some 600 years ago and has remained virtually unchanged since that point in time.  The city has decayed somewhat since then but its fascinating character, heavy tourist traffic, and romantic charm remains the same as it has always been.  However, what if you are vacationing with your children? If there is one thing you can say about the city of Venice, it is definitely not a place where they will get bored.

This labyrinth-like story appears like a setting that is fresh out of a fantasy movie with its many ancient mansions, boats, canals, islands, and mysterious alleyways.  There are no cars or scooters to make noise and pollute the air so you can relax and enjoy this time with your children.  Here are some ideas for free activities for kids in Venice:

Basilica di San Marco (Saint Mark’s Basilica) – located on the Piazza San Marco, this is a must-see attraction that families with children should visit before exploring the rest of the city.  Remember to dress appropriately meaning no bare shoulders and skirts as well as not being allowed to carry large bags or rucksacks.  Additionally, be aware that filming and photos is strictly forbidden.

Pigeons at St. Mark’s Square – the square is continually flocked if not infested with thousands of pigeons throughout the day.  It’s a great place to take your kids so they can feed them or scare them away for fun.  Many children have enjoyed posing extremely still like scarecrows while the pigeons take roost on their extended arms.  One way of the other, kids love playing among them.

Watch how a gondola is constructed – take your kids to see how Venice’s #1 form or transportation are made at the gondola workshop known as Squero San Trovaso.  It is one of only three workshops that are still standing and operating where gondolas are built as well as repaired.  Your children will enjoy watching craftsmen construct these vessels from woods such as cherry, elm, fir, mahogany, and walnut.

Rialto Fish Market – if there is one place that your kids will find fascinating it is the Rialto Fish Market which is open every Tuesday through Saturday morning.  The huge variety of fish and other sea creatures will hold their attention.  Make sure you get there first thing in the morning right after they open before everything is sold out.


Hotels in Venice:

Canal & Walter Hotel - roomCanal & Walter Hotel
Average Price:  €40
Average Rating: 7.3

Rio Alto Venice - room Rio Alto Venice
Average Price: €60
Average Rating: 8.5

Hotel Locanda Ovidius - roomHotel Locanda Ovidius
Average Price: €45
Average Rating: 8

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Venere Travel Blog writer will joce

Will Joce is a recent graduate from the London School of Economics who has a morbid fear of working in an office. As well as travelling and writing he has worked in the UK Parliament and as a press monitor. Refusing to follow advice and get a real job he will soon be beginning a Masters degree at St Petersburg State University

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  1. Venecijaner says:
    January 26th, 2012 at 15:44

    Great ideas. Thanks!

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