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10 of the best activities to do in Venice with kids

A daytrip to Venice for the whole family
Did you know that  Venice can be easily reached by car or public transport from Peschiera del Garda? If you’ve never been there with your family today we are suggesting 10 of the best activities to do in Venice with kids! The daytrip to Venice will be an adventure for the whole family! 
 
1. Canal Grande by boat
Arriving at Tronchetto or Piazzale Roma instead of walking through the narrow side roads take the boat through Canal Grande. With the kids count how many bridges you will pass and see how many towers you can spot or who will first see St Mark’s bell tower! 



 
2. The Squero of San Trovaso
The word Squero in venetian means a boatyard where the typical small venetian boats such as gondolas are built. The squero of San Trovaso is one of the few left in Venice. In summer the kids will be able to peer through the open doors of the workshop and watch the master artisans at work or you can take a guided tour.

 


3. Murano glass making
Venice is famous all over the world for its glass making tradition and an activity not to miss is to observe the glassblowers at work. The kids will be fascinated as they magically mould molten glass into colourful vases.

 



4. Burano: lace making and multi-coloured houses
If you visit Murano why not ad a stop at Burano to see its rainbow houses and beautiful handmade lace. Tell your kids the most famous of Burano’s legends… they tell that once upon a time a fisherman who was engaged to a girl of Burano during a trip towards the orient was tempted by the song of mermaids. He resisted to the temptation and the queen of mermaids was so impressed that she chose to give him a gift. The mermaid hit the side of the fishing boat and out of the foam of the waves came a marvellous lace veil for the young spouse. On the day of the marriage the fisherman gave the veil to his fiancé, who was envied by all the girls of the island who started imitating the lace of her veil. They used always thinner threads and needles hoping to create an even better lace for their own wedding gown.
 
5. Lion hunt in Venice
The Lion is the symbol of Venice and you will find him all over town. Whether you are walking through St Marks square or the backstreets you will see lions on top of columns, on the front of palaces or used as a door knocker. As kids love treasure hunts why not make a little challenge and see who spots the biggest, the smallest and the strangest located lion!

 

6. Rialto fish market
Open from 7 to 12 from Tuesday to Saturday Rialto’s fish market is the place to find real sea treasures. From monkfish to swordfish, from soft shell crabs (moeche) to venus shells: if you love the sea and your kids are interested in cooking why not check out one of the world’s most famous open air fish markets.




7. St Mark's bell tower
If you want to experience a fantastic birds eye view over the city and the Lagoon climb on  St Mark’s bell tower! A lift makes it easy and quick and on beautiful and clear days you can see up to the Dolomites!




 
8. By bike on the lido
If you are an outdoor’s family and you love open air activities take Vaporetto nr 1 to the Lido and grab a bike in one of the bike hires just in front of the Vaporetto stop. Start pedalling and you will soon find yourself on a road in the sand dunes, bordered on one side by the Adriatic sea and on the other side by the Lagoon. Don’t’t forget to take a swim on one of the public beaches to cool off!



9. Try the ventian cicchetti
Last but not least… the venetian cuisine! Cicchetti are small snack sized nibbles, a bit like tapas including sea food, cheese, prosciutto ham, fried fish and fried mozarella. They are delicious so if you have adventurous youngsters happy to try new food, make sure to order some!



 
10. Boat spotting on Canal Grande
After lunch what better activity than sitting on the banks of Canal Grande letting your feet dangle over the water and observe the boats on the canal? Venice is built on  water and all daily life activities we are used making by car are made by boat. Try to see with your kids how many types of boats you can spot. A list to start with? Ambulance, fire boat, police, coast guard, vaporetto, gondola, taxi, dhl, removals barge, delivery barges, rowing boats…

 

Maybe it’s a long list for a daytrip, but let your kids guide and fun will be granted!
 
 
How to get to Venezia from Peschiera del Garda
 
By BUS with ATV: from may to october 2017 20 € one way / 35 € return.
Getting there: departure 8h20 from Peschiera arrival Venezia (Tronchetto) 10h30.
Way back: departure 17h15 from Venezia (Tronchetto) arrival Peschiera 19h25
(always check prices and timetable before leaving)
 
By TRAIN: timetable on www.trenitalia.com
 
By CAR highway A4, parking in Piazzale Roma or Tronchetto.
 
Suggested readings:
Venezia è un pesce by Tiziano Scarpa              
Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
POLPO: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts) by Russell Norman
 

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