Explore with Us: Venice Edition

Explore with Us: Venice Edition
Venice is unique and it is a treat to visit and expose children to. It seems as if you are stepping back in time to see the architecture of a different era. Due to it’s rich historical background, Venice is a must-see place to visit. With its colorful canals, beautiful streets, and delicious foods, it is a unique experience.
Here are some things to know before visiting Venice:
Explore with Us: Venice Edition

History for Kids:

There was a group of people called the Venti in Italy. They kept getting trouble from a wild tribe to the North.  So, in order to protect themselves they moved out to a series of islands where they would be left alone.
To built their homes they cut posts of cedar wood which doesn’t easily rot and on top of the posts they built their houses. The Venti lived on the water and so they became masters at fishing and trade. Trading with the northern Europeans, the Ottoman Muslims, and Byzantine Christians was a common occurrence. Some of the objects they traded and obtained were silks, spices and jewels from the East. As a result, they became Europe’s richest city. The influence from these cultures can be seen in the architecture of the city. They used their money to build beautiful palaces along the canals.
Explore with Us: Venice Edition

Fun Facts for Kids: 

Venice is a city with no roads. It is a walking only city that is shaped like a fish. The Grand Canal winds through the fish. When you visit, you start at the mouth of the fish. Due to how small the city is, you can walk across it in an hour.
Another interesting fact about Venice is that there are no streets in Venice for cars to drive on. The streets are small rivers. The taxis pick up people on the water and move them around. The garbage goes out on a garbage boat. As you walk along the sidewalks you see the UPS guy bringing the packages on the boat. Because there are no roads, everything that is brought into Venice has to come in by boat. Kids will be fascinated by this city.
Explore with Us: Venice Edition

Where to Stay/How to Get There: 

We stayed at Camping Fusina. (Website is here.) It is a short walk to the small ferry that takes you into Venice. Therefore, it is really convenient to get to the city. I would recommend getting into Venice as early as possible since it gets more crowded as the day goes on. A highlight is sitting on top of the ferry and watching the city come into view.
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Explore with Us: Venice Edition

Top Things to Do in Venice: 

Spending the day in Venice is a a grand adventure. While visiting, you should make sure to see St. Marks, St. Mark’s Square, and the Dodge’s Palace. Make sure to have some delicious pizza on the road or some yummy gelato. Of course these things are amazing, but the real experience of visiting Venice is being in the city itself. Walking over the bridges, hearing the gondolas sing, and walking through the streets and seeing the beauty of the architecture is the real treat. Best of all, it costs nothing!

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Venice is a city that unlike no other and has consequently captured our hearts. We love wandering all over the streets and taking in all the beauty it has to offer. We hope your next trip to Venice is enjoyable and memorable. Happy travels!

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