Venice, Italy is dreamy and an ideal destination for visiting with the family. Arriving on this magical island city by boat is already a charming start! In order to get familiar with Venice, the best ways to get around are wandering on foot and also taking the public Vaperetto boats.
Together with the kids, Yoyo Mom spent a fabulous weekend exploring Venice and getting lost in this beautiful city. Some highlights included a visit to the Palazzo Grassi, the Peggy Guggenheim museum, the open air Rialto Farmer’s Market and simply getting wandering around the city from bridge to bridge and boat to boat.
In order to get the children enthusiastic about visiting Venice, I decided to create a scavenger hunt to make walking around and exploring more fun. This idea turned out very successful and therefore, I would like to share it with you!
The scavenger hunt can be done two ways: either by using a digital camera and/or just by using a simple checklist. Some main features on the scavenger hunt list include lions, pigeons, doorbells, bridges, gondola boat details, a venetian glass animal, and a mask. The possibilities are endless and because there are often so many of each item, I suggest adding multiples of each object such as 3 lions, 10 pigeons, etc.
Suddenly, visiting Venice seemed so much more interesting for my kids as they were looking up and down and all around the city. I hope this may inspire you during your travels!
You can download Yoyo Mom’s Scavenger hunt here. Otherwise you can also make your own. If you have younger kids that may be less patient, it’s also possible to do a Bingo style scavenger hunt to keep them busy.
Don’t forget to check out Yoyo Mom’s guest post by Chiara, a Italian Mom who offers her handy tips for visiting Venice in 24 hours.
Here are a few addresses we visited and also recommend.
Trattoria Antiche Carampane
Rio Terà de le Carampane 1911
30125 Sestiere San Polo, Venezia VE, Italy
This trattoria’s specialty is seafood. Everything we ate was simply delicious!
Riva degli Schiavoni
Phone: +39 041 522 6480
This very chic hotel offers a fancy Sunday brunch with an amazing view overlooking Venice.
Fondamenta de l’Osmarin Castello 4977
For artisanal ice cream using only natural and fresh ingredients.
Campo San Giacometto, 122, 30125 Rialto
Situated just near the Rialto bridge and ideal for having a drink with a view of the canal.
Dorsoduro, 3703, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy
One of my favorite churches in Venice is the San Pantalon. Tucked away behind a few buildings, if you happen to find it, just enter the church and look up. You’ll be amazed by the breathtaking ceiling painted by Giovanni Antonio Fumiani .
Musica a Palazzo
Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto
2504 San Marco
We experienced a travelling opera in a sumptuous 15th century palace. The singers and musicians perform up close and personal to the audience and the spectators change rooms for each act.
Pasticceria Dal Mas
Rio Terà Lista de Spagna, 150
30121 Cannaregio – Venezia
For delicious freshly made pastries perfect for an afternoon snack.
Vetreria Artistica Vivarini
Fondamenta Serenella, 5/6
30141 Murano Italy
tel +39 41 736077
We were able to witness a man blowing glass into the form of a horse. The kids were amazed!
Officina Profumo – Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella
Salizada S. Samuele, San Marco, 3149
Founded in 1221 by Dominican friars, this pharmacy sells perfume and beauty products with beautiful packaging.
There are severals shops selling masks scattered across Venice. Kids will love choosing their special mask. Otherwise, you can also opt for making one on your own when you get home.
– Gondola rides can be quite pricey, so why not hop on a traghetto boat which crosses the Grand Canal for only two euros. There are about half a dozen traghetto lines cross the Grand Canal, and most of them are very similar in style to the gondolas.
– If you arrive in Venice during an “acqua alta”, you may hear the sirens ringing to warn you. This is when the water rises and happens to cover the streets! We ended up walking around with trash bags on our feet and eating pastries in a bakery with knee high water! Rest assured, if you do not want to get wet, the acqua alta usually only lasts 2 hours.
– To escape all of the tourists, you can also enjoy walking around the Cannaregio neighbourhood or visiting one of the neighbour islands.
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