Venezia per i Bambini
When: 20 March 2015, 17:09
<blockquote><em>It is always assumed that Venice is the ideal place for a honeymoon. This is a grave error. To live in Venice or even to visit it means that you fall in love with the city itself. There is nothing left over in your heart for anyone else.</em> (Peggy Guggenheim)</blockquote>
To see Venice with your kids might be an unforgettable experience, as long as you plan your visit carefully, with the children’s needs in mind.
Somebody says it is the ideal city to visit with children since there is no traffic, no pollution, no noise and you can walk around freely and safely. But, Venice is also the city with 150 canals (with no protection) and 409 bridges and staircases! Definitely not an easy destination, especially if you have very young kids, and are maybe still using a stroller.
This downside is, though, counterbalanced by the unique charme of this city, which Peggy Guggenheim’s words express so well. (As you might know, Peggy Guggenhein, whose uncle Solomon Guggenheim founded the Guggenheim Museum in New York, was herself a brilliant art lover, creating a wonderful collection of modern art that today can be seen at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, her former home.)
If you have never been to Venice, and your kids are old enough to walk independently, do not hesitate to go, you will not be disappointed. If you have already been there, go back with your kids. They will love to spend a few days in such a unique and amazing city. It will be like living in a fairytale to them!
When travelling with kids, the best thing to do is to rent a little apartment with an equipped kitchen, so as to be able to cook dinner for your children after an intense day of walking around.
The best time of the year to go is no doubt Spring, when the city is neither too cold or too hot, and not too crowded. Remember, Venice is invaded by thousands of people on particular events, such as: the Carnival in February, the opening of the Art Biennale in June, the Film Festival at the end August, the Architecture Biennale in September.
Unfortunately, Venice does not offer a great number of museum activities to foreign kids, since most of the workshops and tours are given in Italian. If you can, try to include a weekend in your stay, because most museum activities for children take place on weekends.
<a href=”http://www.comune.venezia.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/EN/IDPagina/1?4f7026281c529″ target=”_blank”>www.comune.venezia.it</a> Official website of the City of Venice
<a href=”http://en.turismovenezia.it/” target=”_blank”>www.turismovenezia.it</a> Touristic services and information
<a href=”http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g187870-i57-k166987-Venice_for_children-Venice_Veneto.html” target=”_blank”>www.tripadvisor.it</a> Tripdavisor forum on “Venice for children”
Following is a list of suggestions that KAT has selected for you and your kids, to help them find out about art and architecture having fun at the same time.