Venice with young kids – my 2017 travel wishlist
If you’re asked to name the most family-friendly destination you can think of, Italy is usually (deservedly) among the first suggestions. And yet in four years exploring the globe with my daughter, I still haven’t got there with her.
I love Italy, I interrailed around the country aged 20, I’ve been back on city breaks, on cruise ships, I’ve even zipwired across a mountain valley in the south – and while I might not try that with Minnie, a return trip to Venice is high on the list.
Because it’s hard to beat this as a city break with kids – even getting from A to B on the vaporetti is huge fun. I’d put it off during the toddler years until I could feel reasonably certain she wouldn’t fall into the first canal she saw, but this is why I think Venice with young kids is great.
1. The magic
Venice is magical, a proper fairytale city: where else would you hop on and off boats instead of a bus or metro (and under sixes are free), you can hunt for winged lions representing the city’s patron saint St Mark and while you might not want to share all the gory details of Venice’s glittering heyday, a few legends and the Doge’s Palace are fascinating for any age.
2. The food
My daughter’s favourite foods are pasta, pizza and ice-cream… So basically Italy should be perfect with gelato on every corner, not to mention ‘cicchetti’ to nibble as we wander. Plus some squid ink pasta for me along with the odd bellini. If your mouth isn’t already watering in anticipation, check out this post from Untold Morsels.
3. The quirky islands
Last time I visited Venice, we stayed on the Lido – we’d planned to find a hotel room when we arrived only to discover there was nothing in Venice itself in our price range. But it was a fabulous alternative: the atmosphere is far more chilled out and it’s only 7 miles long, so easy to hire bikes and explore.
I’d love to see the rainbow colours of Burano too, while the glass blowers of Murano would be fascinating for both of us to watch – I’ve read a few posts recently on the City Tripping linky, including My Lifelong Holiday and The Secret Life of an Actress which are tempting me hugely!
4. The beach
Ah, yes you didn’t expect that. The best beach is at Lido de Jesolo, a couple of kilometres – or a bus and boat journey – away. Knowing how busy the city can get, I love the idea of having a few days away from the bustle, plus there’s nothing like approaching Venice from the water on day trips in.
There’s some great child-friendly accommodation by the beach too .The Hotel Vidi Miramare & Delfino is right on the seafront, with three-bed rooms and family suites, as well as free wifi. Even better, there are apartments with cooking facilities and a washing machine which are perfect if you’ve got babies and younger children.
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Compiled in association with Hotel Vidi Miramare & Delfino*
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