Family holidays: 6 activities to do in Venice

Venice is a beautiful destination for a family break, filled with history, art, and culture.


Here are six activities to do with your family in Venice:


The Doge's Palace

Visit the Doge’s Palace: One of the symbols of Venice, explore the rooms and salons with the Palace with a Tale to Tell tour, an interactive visit of about two hours.


The tour is structured in stages, between games, clues to discover, stories, myths, deductions, and emotions, with the help of an active notebook that will remain for the participants to continue playing at home. The tour costs €80 and reservations are required.


See the Secret Itineraries at Palazzo Ducale: This tour takes you to the Pozzi, the terrible places of detention, the small wet cells, just illuminated by oil lamps.


You then enter the Office of the Grand Chancellor, the Secret Chancellery Room, and the Torture Room, also called the Chamber of Torment. From the Torture Room, you pass to the Piombi, the Venetian prisons.


The tour costs €15 for children from 6 to 14 years old and €28 for adults. Reservations are required.

A kayak tour of Venice not only is possible, but it's highly recommended

Take a kayak tour or bike ride: Escape the crowds and explore Venice’s canals or ride your bike along the Brenta river. Venice Kayak offers itineraries for Venice and its lagoon, accompanied by a kayak expert.


Children must be at least 8 years old and all minors under 18 years old must do the tour in a double kayak with a parent.


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Visit a Murano furnace

You can satisfy your curiosity by seeing a master glassmaker at work. Many furnaces organise free demonstrations to show tourists the techniques of processing this precious material.


We recommend Ellegi Glass, which organises daily 15-minute demonstrations, and the Vetreria Murano Arte, which has an entrance fee of €3 per person, discounted if you buy a souvenir in their shop.

“Kids Day” at the Peggy Guggenheim

This educational program introduces children to modern and contemporary art. The subject of the activities varies at each meeting to allow, in the long term, the analysis of all the works in the collection from different points of view and to stimulate the continuous participation of children.


The visit and laboratory are mainly held in Italian, but there is the possibility to enjoy the KIDS DAY program in other languages.

Best views of Venice for free

On the top floor of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, there is a panoramic terrace offering a spectacular 360° view over the roofs of San Marco and the Grand Canal.


To book your visit, you can go directly to the top floor of the building and use the tablets that you will find at the entrance to the waiting room, or you can do it online.

Feeling active? why not cycling from Padova to Venice

If you’re feeling active, you can also cycle from Padova to Venice, which takes you along a well-marked cycle route about 35 km long.


Magnificent villas, enchanting gardens, and harmonious nature await you along the way.

Stay Here

The hotel’s six rooms are well-suited for families, with two rooms on each floor and the option to book adjoining rooms for more space. Each room is uniquely decorated with eye-catching color combinations and neo-Baroque touches, and features a stylish and well-equipped bathroom with organic toiletries.


Families can enjoy the convenience of having their own floor to themselves, with each floor boasting a dedicated breakfast room where a simple continental breakfast is served.


Additionally, the hotel offers complimentary prosecco in the top-floor reading room and on the stunning roof terrace, perfect for enjoying with loved ones while taking in the gorgeous views of Venice.

Do you spare extra nights? Why not combining Venice with the River Mincio