“Adults think Venice is for them; kids know better,” says Lonely Planet. “This is where fairy tales come to life, prisoners escape through the roof of a palace, Murano glass-blowers breathe life into pocket-sized sea dragons, and spellbound Pescaria fish balance on their tails.” This pedestrian-friendly city is the ultimate playground for any child -- “there are endless things for a toddler to do,” writes travel writer and mum Emiko Davies on her blog -- “we were never in one place long enough for her to get bored; we were always outdoors, perched on a bench or on the steps of a bridge and being that there was mostly finger food, it was ready straight away and easy to find something child friendly.”
“Venetians welcome children everywhere,” says Daisy Finer in Condé Nast Traveller, who recommends some excellent child-friendly eateries, lido beaches and family activities such as tours with Ilaria Rizzardi at Tour Guide Venice and cooking classes with Contessa Erica Roc Ultimately, “Venice is the attraction in Venice,” says Gabrielle Blair in her blog post We Took 6 Kids to Venice and Nobody Fell in a Canal ... “really, just show up and walk around and take photos. Walk until you’re hungry. Then eat. Then repeat. That’s all it takes…”
Where to stay with kids? Renting an apartment is the best option, says Pamela Berry at Travel & Leisure, who concludes that “of all the places we’ve been, Venice is one of the most magical, especially for children.” And here’s a video for parents planning to take the tribe to Vencie: Venice Italy With Kids: Travel with Kids Italy
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