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Susan
Manhattan Beach

Venice

Toddlers take on Venice ;)

I'm traveling to Venice in July for 3 days. I'll be traveling with my 3.5 year old, my 6 month old, husband, and nanny.  We like all tips - fancy, not fancy, off the beaten path, you name it. Anything cool. We've never been to Venice, so a top 10 (or 5) sites to see would be great.

1. What are some must-see places? I honestly know nothing about Venice other than St. Marks Square.

2. Where should we stay? general area is good enough.

3. restaurants? My Italian consists of mozzarella, bruschetta, and chianti...so I think I'm in good shape for eating.

4. Other tips and tricks for getting around Venice? We'll have strollers and baby carriers -- so we move slow and with a lot of equipment.

Anything will help! Thanks in advance :)


2 Answers

top answer by
Gianluigi

Venice in July is very busy. There are groups everywhere in the city center.

A visit to Venice is just walking. There are no cars.

Water transportations are very expensive so walking is better and amazing.

Here is the website where buy tickets: http://www.veneziaunica.it/en/ecommerce/composer

>1. What are some must-see places? I honestly know nothing about Venice other than St. Marks Square.

I suggest you the main attractions:

Rialto Bridge http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rialto_Bridge

Gallerie dell'Accademia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallerie_dell%27Accademia

Grand Canal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canal_(Venice)

and off the beaten path I suggest:

Arsenale di Venezia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venetian_Arsenal

>2. Where should we stay? general area is good enough.

Accomodations are very expensive.

Try this site:

http://www.venere.com/it/italia/venezia/?fwdrf=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.it%2F

>3. restaurants? My Italian consists of mozzarella, bruschetta, and chianti...so I think I'm in good shape for eating.

In Venice you must eat fish :) But not in resturants (they are overly expensive). You must eat in 'bacari' or 'osterie' where you can find 'cicchetti' a sort of piece of food like spanish 'tapas'.

http://venicewiki.org/wiki/Mappa_delle_Osterie_e_bacari

4. Other tips and tricks for getting around Venice? We'll have strollers and baby carriers -- so we move slow and with a lot of equipment.

Venice is a very slow and little town. Enjoy.

p.s. try also this Flipboard magazine: http://flip.it/qv1yR


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Rialto Bridge (attraction)
  2. Gallerie dell'Accademia (attraction)
  3. Grand Canal (attraction)
  4. Arsenale di Venezia (attraction)
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answered first by
David from Birmingham, United Kingdom


So of course you'll want to see inside the Basilica di San Marco 

and I recommend going up the Campanile di San Marco 

(there's an elevator). I suggest you get there early before the crowds. Before it opens. There'll already be a queue.

I think Cannaregio is a good place to stay if you can find a hotel there. It's on the main group of islands but it's away from the hustle and bustle of the central area.

I suggest you take a 'traghetto' across the Grand Canal - it's a public-service gondola that will ferry you across for about 1 euro - locals stand up in them, often. The traghetto stops should be marked on maps - usually you'll see dotted lines crossing the Grand Canal. They just go back and forth all day.

Try getting across to the Rialto Market early to see the display of fish and other produce. You may want to give the horsemeat butcher a miss. 

There is so much to see but as Christopher Wren's epitaph says, 'if you seek a monument, look around you'. After the tourists leave (and the place gets incredibly packed and busy), and it grows quieter, it's the loveliest place I've ever been. The sound hits you...no cars, just echoes of water lapping off the walls of buildings. It's magical.


As for other things to see - well, what all the guide books tell you. I was taken with 'The Friari' - Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari - where Monteverdi's buried.

 You might want to take a vaporetto (water bus) ride down the Grand Canal, it's relatively cheap.


I've never yet made it out to the Cimitero di San Michele cemetery island, where Stravinsky and Ezra Pound are buried 

- might try next time.

Venice doesn't have a good reputation for its food but I've found good places to eat when I've been there - away from the main tourist drags. 

Lunchtime, buy a picnic, a sandwich or a panini, 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Basilica di San Marco (attraction)
  2. Campanile di San Marco (attraction)
  3. Cannaregio (attraction)
  4. Grand Canal (attraction)
  5. Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (attraction)
  6. Cimitero di San Michele (attraction)
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