Our most recommended Venice Family-friendly Activities
1. Venice: Create Your Own Carnival Mask Workshop
Create your own unique keepsake of Venice at a Carinval mask-making workshop. Choose from 2 different options on the day of the workshop and learn about the ancient techniques of creating masks from papier-mâché. Get interesting information about the use of masks in Venice during previous centuries. Then, return to the laboratory after a few hours to collect your unadorned mask once it has had time to dry off. Alternatively, discover how to paint and decorate your own mask with an experienced instructor. Choose a mask to decorate and to keep as a very special souvenir.
Een kleinschalig familie bedrijf (ouders en zoon) die al generaties lang maskers maken op de ambachtelijke manier. Een mooie introductie tot de geschiedenis achter de maskers, voor onze 2 dochters (9 en 10) was het erg fijn om creatief bezig te zijn. Het resultaat is echt heel mooi, ook omdat de maskermaker mee helpt. We hebben nog een extra masker gekocht voor onze zoon van 12, die niet mee kon doen door Covid restricties. En daarop krijg je dan weer korting omdat je de workshop hebt gedaan. :-)
2. Venice: City Walking Tour for Families
Experience a unique and fun family-friendly tour of Venice. Follow a specialist guide and enjoy interactive activities and games that teach your kids about the rich history of the city built on water. Take a walk through marketplaces and interact with friendly locals. See the best the city has to offer and discover hidden gems. Walk along the famous canals and visit the historic St. Mark’s Square and the Bridge of Sighs as well as other popular Venetian landmarks. Let your kids be entertained as they learn about the culture, history, and art of Venice on a one-of-a-kind tour that’s sure to be enjoyable for the whole family.
3. The Best of Venice: Family-Friendly Private Tour
Escape the busy streets and follow your local guide around small alleyways that you wouldn’t imagine finding on your own including Marco Polo’s house. Get off the beaten path and marvel at the city views from above on a panoramic terrace with 360-degree views over Venice. Try an authentic pastry at a local pastry house. Every mouthwatering treat is fresh and home baked in the large workshop. Take a look at the sweets of all kinds, from Italian chocolate to many pizzas and aperitif snacks that the locals love. Visit one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world which keeps its precious books in gondolas, bathtubs and waterproof bins to avoid the flood waters. Along the way, take part in fun games, quizzes, and a treasure hunt.
We loved our guide, Roko. Very friendly and sharing stories that the kids and grownups enjoy equally.
4. Venice: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class
During this private lesson, you will learn how to prepare 2 pasta recipes and the tiramisu dessert from scratch. Your Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of these iconic recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family once home with an Italian meal! This experience is suitable for families with children of all ages.
My 13 year old daughter and I attended this pasta and tiramisu making course this week and thoroughly enjoyed it. We spent time with our tutor/host and her family in their home and it was one of the best experiences of my life. We learned things you would never know from following a recipe. Absolutely recommend and a 10 out of 10 from us.
5. Venetian Ships Pavilion and Castello: Private Walking Tour
Visit the Castello area and tour the historic Venetian Ships Pavilion on a 2-hour walking tour. Make your way through the labyrinth of alleyways into the heart of Castello, the largest residential area of Venice. Walk along Calle Della Morte, where your guide will tell you about the people sentenced to death by the Venetian Council of Ten. Continue to the School of San Giorgio Degli Schiavoni, and the Church of San Francesco Della Vigna. Cross the Ponte Del Cristo to the eastern side of the city. At the Ships Pavilion, skip the lines waiting to enter, and follow your guide to see historic Venetian boats, including the funeral Gondola of Venetian doges and several war ships.
Our tour through Castello & Arsenale was fabulous & so serene after all the crowds of San Marco....very informative & great stories of the area.....definitely one of the best tours we have had!
6. Venice: Ghost Tour to Rialto and San Marco Square
Discover the mysteries of Venice, complete with unsolved enigmas, compelling legends, and thrilling stories handed down to the Venetians from generation to generation. See Venice after dark, and learn its even darker history. On this tour, visit San Marco Square and Rialto and be lead through an evocative itinerary somewhere between myth and reality, which will introduce you to the most obscure and fascinating side of the city. An expert guide will take you through silent hallways and desert squares, telling stories along the way and highlighting all of the places that have been the scene of curious stories and unexplained events. Join this tour for the chance to discover the most compelling details of Venetian history, described in a different and interesting way. This tour is particularly suitable for families with children.
Such a great experience hearing all about Venice and it’s secrets and legends! Was brilliant to step into a whole complete different side of Venice (the night time) and Julia - our guide; was fantastic! She was lovely and such a character! 100% recommend
7. Venice: 2-Hour Masks & Puppets Tour for Children
You will start from Goldoni's house, where you will get to know his work and his reform of the theatre. Meet his characters and the main sceneries of his works. Above all, see the puppet theatre of the 18th century. In Goldoni's house, you will discover the rooms and his life through the vision of objects of his time, and you will also learn about the way of life in the 18th century. See on the stage of the puppet theatre a scene from the comedy ‘Arlecchino servitore di due padroni’, a Goldoni pièce which is famous all over the world. Get to know the main characters of the ‘Art Comedy,’ Arlecchino, Brighella, Balanzone, Colombina and Pantalone. Learn how the puppets were built, and how they were activated. Finish the visit in an atelier located close to Goldoni's house, where you will use brushes and paintings to decorate your own mask, choosing among over 60 models all handmade in pap...
8. Venice: Fresh Pasta Making in Private Venetian Apartment
This class will be dedicated exclusively to learning the art of making fresh pasta, the ultimate Italian tradition. Make three different types of pasta like spaghetti, tagliolini, gnocchi or ravioli and three sauces made with seasonal meat, fish and vegetables to pair them perfectly. Enjoy the labors of your hard work eating your delicious creations and celebrating with prosecco over a magnificent, private view of Venice. This fun class is suited for children and adults alike. Rest assured, you will be buying a pasta making machine as soon as you get back home to practice your new skills over and over again. Once you learn how to make fresh pasta from scratch, you will never want to go back.
9. Venice: 2-Hour Family or Engagement Photo Shoot
Capture beautiful memories with your loved ones in the gorgeous city of Venice with the help of a professional photographer. Wander through the hidden corners of Venice, which will make for unique backgrounds and settings. This activity can be tailored to your preferences, if there's a certain part of Venice you would like to capture. Work with a professional photographer to create magical moments, and memorialize your travels in a contemporary and candid style. The photographers are hand-picked and highly experienced local experts who will share their knowledge of the city like an old friend. Within 5 days you'll receive a link to your own password-protected online gallery to download your professionally edited images.
10. Venice: Bike Tour on Lido Island
This easy tour will give you the possibility to enjoy a beautiful and unforgettable day on the island of Lido, famous all over the world for its amazing beaches and the Venice International Film Festival. Cycle along a breathtaking sea and lagoon, and soak in its wonderful landscapes. While riding your bikes, admire the most prestigious art nouveau buildings situated in the historical center of the island and (why not?) go for a swim. There are many different kinds of bikes available for your tour: men and women frames, child bike seats, bicycle for children, tandems, sport bikes and rickshaws.
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Many popular tours center around the locations for blockbuster movies like Harry Potter, James Bond and Braveheart. Quite often the tours are the first group allowed into historic sites each day, so their guests are always at the front of the queue. Some packages even include insider passes to packed hot spots like the Eye of London Ferris Wheel or Madame Tussaud's world-famous hot-spot where you can rub elbows with London's hip crowd. Bus tours allow you to truly enjoy the wonders of England.
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