If spending two weeks traveling with the family through Italy's top cities and historic sites sounds perfect, then this packed itinerary is for you. Start in Venice to see ornate palaces and ride a gondola on city canals, then continue to Florence for amazing food, kid-friendly museums, and the rolling Tuscan landscape. End in Rome where the kids can follow Percy Jackson's adventures through Ancient Roman ruins.
Suggested Family Activities:
- Visit the main sights around San Marco Square and the Doge’s Palace early in the morning. For older kids and teens, secret passages in Doge’s palace are interesting, but they can be scary for the younger.
- Kids will love the Rialto Market and buying souvenirs from the shops close to the Rialto Bridge!
- Take advantage of the canals on a boat tour in the Grand Canal or a gondola ride in the smaller canals. For teenagers, a rowing lesson is fun and eco-friendly! Gondola tours depart almost everywhere. If you take a boat near the Rialto Bridge, you can pass underneath it and explore some of the smaller canals behind Rialto. Others choose to take off near Piazza San Marco and ask to go under the Bridge of Sighs.
- Watch craftspeople work on the gondolas at Squero San Trovaso in the Dorsoduro neighborhood. Grab some Cicchetti (Venetian tapas) and watch the workshop activity from Osteria al Squero on the opposite bank of the canal.
- In the district of Dorsoduro, the Peggy Guggenheim Museum is a great spot for young kids, whereas the Accademia is good for older kids and teens. You can eat in Zattere and then go for ice cream in Gelateria Nico.
- In Campo Santa Margherita, kids can play and enjoy a delicious gelato from Gelateria il Doge!
- In the Cannareggio area, Sulla Luna Bookstore is a charming, family-friendly place.
- In Castello, you'll find a playground and a nice area for a picnic in Giardini della Biennale. There are actually only three playgrounds in Venice. Apart from this one, you'll find another in Burano and one in the Canareggio district inside Parco Savorgnan.
- Test your skills in the most difficult garden maze outside of Venice in nearby Strà, on the Brenta Canal, close to Padua. Built to connect Venice to Padua, the Brenta Canal is also known as the Venetian Riviera since noble families built extravagant summer palaces to escape the city. A boat still takes tourists from Venice to Padua, stopping at Villa Pisani (you can return by train). The boat also stops at two other villas, and it can be a long day for children, so you might prefer to take the bus from Piazzale Roma.
Itineraries with Explore Venice with Kids
Families with teens who want to get out and explore (and find the perfect backdrop for their photos) should give this two-week itinerary through the Veneto and Tuscany a try. You'll start in Venice, where you can explore secret passages, craft your own masks, and paddle a gondola. Then head to Verona and Lake Garda, biking through both urban and natural attractions. Wrap up in the Tuscan cities of Siena and Florence with a hot air balloon ride, gelato-making, and more.
This week-long Italian excursion is ideal for families, with plenty of interactive activities. Start by cruising the canals in Venice, where you'll learn how to craft your own Carnival mask and explore the halls of the Doge's Palace and islands within the lagoon. Then head to Rome, where you'll visit top sites by golf cart, taste your way through the markets, and learn the hidden secrets of the Vatican's museums. With activities specially designed for families with kids aged 5-12, you'll hit the highlights of Italy while keeping the little ones entertained.