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A Family Tour of Venice



Located in northern Italy, the historic romance of Venice Italy draws thousands of couples every tourist season, but Venice is not only for romance. Venice attractions are not limited to enjoyment by lovers. There are many sights and events that may be enjoyed by families. If you know where to go, your family’s vacation to Venice will be remembered with awe and excitement for years to come.

The Grand Canal

Venice is most well-known for the winding waterways down which gondolas glide. No matter your age, a trip down the Grand Canal will be the highlight of your vacation in Venice. Adults and children alike will experience awesome views of renaissance palaces and other architectural and historical wonders. The Grand Canal has an otherworldly magnetism and no matter how far away visitors go, they will never quite shake the draw of Venice’s watery streets.

Squero di San Trovaso

After taking a cruise down the Grand Canal, take the family to the famous boatyard to see how the gondola was built. Watch master craftsmen as they create gondolas and then take in some of the splendid sights close by.

Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square)

This center of Venetian and tourist activity contains a fabulous mix of European and Islamic architecture. Home to such landmarks as the Basilica di San Marco (St. Mark’s Basilica), the Palazzo Ducale, the 500 year old Torre dell’Orologio (clock tower), and dozens of cafes, there is much to be seen and done in this area of Venice. Enjoy a day filled with sight-seeing interspersed with fine dining and souvenir shopping.

Campanile di San Marco (Bell Tower)

Reaching 325 feet into the air, Venice’s Bell Tower is impressive when seen from the ground, but even more impressive are the views you will experience from the top of the tower. Look out over the islands, letting your eyes take in palaces, churches and architectural wonders. When the skies are clear, you can even catch a glimpse of the nearby Dolomite mountain range.

Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs)

This historic covered pedestrian bridge spans over the Rio di Palazzo, connecting the old prisons to past Doge’s rooms of interrogation. Legend has it this was the last place a prisoner would stand and see the city before being locked away in a prison cell. It is also said that kissing your loved one in a gondola underneath the bridge at sunset will ensure an everlasting love.

Carnevale (Carnival)

Enjoy music, comedy, dance and more at the famous festival of Carnevale. If you wish to experience Carnevale, you must visit Venice in February. This annual event spans several days and includes pageants, concerts, theater, and masked balls. Carnival goers often dress in costume throughout the entire length of Carnevale.

The islands of Venice are a proud testament to the grand history, art, and architecture of Italy, yet the experience is a world apart from the typical family vacation. Expose your children to culture and entertainment by taking a trip to northern Italy and exploring the islands that make up the unmatched city of Venice.



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