Family holidays and camping near Venice
If you are on holiday on the Adriatic coast of Venice, a trip to the lagoon city is almost "obligatory" - an obligation that families also like to fulfil. Because in Venice there is a lot to discover, and not just for big culture and art fans. With our tips, you can enjoy a day in Venice with children, relaxed and guaranteed without searching for a parking space.
The journey to the island city of Venice is an experience in itself
If you are on holiday at a campsite on Lido di Jesolo, for example in Treporti, take the pedestrian ferry from Punta Sabbioni. Line 14 takes you across the lagoon directly to St Mark's Square, the centre of Venice, in about three quarters of an hour. If your campsite in Venice is not too far from Punta Sabbioni, it is advisable to take a (rental) bike to the ferry terminal. The only continuous road on the peninsula, the SP42, is often quite crowded.
Discover Venice on a family holiday and cross over by ferry from Fusina
If your holiday accommodation is south or west of Venice, we recommend driving to the Fusina terminal. Here you can park in the shade and take the ferry across the southern lagoon. After about 20 minutes you will reach Zattere. From there it's a fifteen-minute walk over bridges and through the alleys of Venice to the almost 100-metre-high St Mark's Tower. Near the Piazza San Marco you will see the Bridge of Sighs. On the bridge, prisoners are said to have once heaved a sigh at the last sight of Venice.
Most of the streets in Venice are canals
Tip for Venice with children: Save the gondola ride for the romantic tour if you are in Venice as a couple and in low season. This is because the gondola ride is often very expensive during holiday periods. The kids will be just as thrilled if you buy a cheaper day ticket for the Venetian regular boats, the vaporettos.
Inexpensive, eventful sightseeing in Venice - by water bus and on foot
The boats don't go into the very narrow alleys as the gondoliers do. But you can also admire the Palazzo Grassi, the Pesaro Palace and other palazzi on the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge and the Doge's Palace from the boat or water taxi.
Discover Venice with children
Travel bloggers who have visited Venice with small children recommend taking a baby or toddler carrier instead of a stroller. This way you will be relaxed and safe on the many pavements, steps, stairs and in the narrow alleys of the city. Getting on and off the boats is also easier.
Aquarium, dinoskeleton and much more - explore the Natural History Museum in Venice
At the Museo di Storia Naturale di Venezia, you'll discover the Tegnùe Aquarium. In its recreated rocky landscape, you can marvel at numerous inhabitants of the Adriatic Sea. The museum palace also houses two impressive whale skeletons, a dinosaur skeleton, thousands of animal and plant exhibits as well as exciting themed exhibitions. Also exciting is the bridge without railings in the Fondamenta San Felice. And in the maze of Venetian alleys, you're sure to find a quaint cappuccino and sandwich bar or pizzeria that doesn't charge tourist prices. Of course, you can also get a colourful gelato there!