On the Way to Venice
Are you planning a trip with your little one (0-4 years old), but you have a headache trying to decide what baby equipment you should bring with you? Here are some tips for traveling light and staying stress free to have fun in Venice with your baby!
In order to see the city, you will need to walk a lot. Packing a hiking backpack, baby carrier, or renting a stroller will help you. A light stroller might be the perfect solution for you, because your child can have a comfortable nap while you enjoy the city or a meal.
In Venice, there will be plenty of bridges, cobblestones, steps, and narrow streets to maneuver. But on the bright side, you won’t have to worry about cars! Walk freely, and just pay attention to channels!
MamaRent offers strollers perfectly suited for Venice, and they can even be easily maneuvered with one hand. Additionally, these strollers are simple to board on and off of water taxis and to push up and down bridges.
Be sure that your accommodation has a travel crib or bassinet for your child. A Prontopia local can help you navigate your accommodation options and find your way around the city. It’s also perfect for single parents! Schedule time with a Prontopia local today.
Parks and Playgrounds in Venice for Sunny Weather
Garden Park Savorgnan (Parco Ca’ Savorgnan) is located in the Canaregio district, between the Santa Lucia train station and the Guglie Bridge (Ponte delle Guglie). It is a green, clean, and very well-maintained park. There is an area for children equipped with swings, a wooden house, a climbing gym, see-saws, monkey bars, and a ping-pong table (but you should bring your own ping-pong ball and paddle). Children can play ball, ride bikes, play with other children, and enjoy the refreshing shade under oaks, linden trees, chestnut trees, evergreen oaks, and yew trees. This is also a great place for a picnic, with lots of benches in the shade and a drinking fountain.
Garden Park Giardini della Biennale is just a 20-minute walk to St. Mark Square. The playground area is perfect for younger or older kids. There is also a wooden playground structure with a wooden house, slides, swings, climbing frames, an obstacle course, and many other play structures. It is a very beautiful and peaceful park in the heart of Venice, along the shores of the Venetian Lagoon. You can reach it by water bus (vaporetto) lines 1 and 4.1.
Gardens of Sant’Elena (Giardini di Sant’Elena)
This is by far the greenest public area of Venice. It is immersed in the beautiful pine forest of the island of St. Elena, which is also home to the football stadium. There are large areas for picnics, playing basketball, tossing footballs, playing volleyball, and skating. There is also a very nice playground area with equipment for everyone from toddlers to teenagers. You can also enjoy a spectacular view of the south lagoon.
A Rainy Day in Venice with Your Baby!
Wooow, a rainy day?! Don’t worry! Venice is full of surprises and has thousands of secrets. A rainy day is actually the perfect moment to discover them!
Gallery of Academy (Le Gallerie dell’Academia) is a museum gallery displaying pre-19th-century art in Venice, Italy. It is located in the school named ‘Scuola della Carità’ on the south bank of the Grand Canal, within the Dorsoduro district. The Gallery contains masterpieces of Venetian paintings up to the 18th century, generally arranged chronologically.
There is also a very rich collection of Venetian paintings from Veneto as well, from the Bizantine and Gothic fourteenth century to the artists of the Renaissance, Bellini, Carpaccio, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto and Tiziano until Gianbattista Tiepolo and the Vedutisti of the eighteenth century, Canaletto, Guardi, Bellotto, Longhi. These artists influenced the whole history of European painting.
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is located inside the Palace Ca’ Venier dei Leoni, in the Dorsoduro district on the Grand Canal. For European and American art of the first half of the 20th century, it is among the most important museums in Italy. It presents Peggy Guggenheim’s personal collection, masterpieces from the Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof collection, a sculpture garden, and a variety of temporary exhibitions. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is owned and operated by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. It also operates the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
The Museum of Natural History in the Fontego dei Turchi in the district Santa Croce.
Is it possible to find a dinosaur skeleton in Venice?1 Of course, in the museum of natural history!!! There is an Ouranosaurus Nigeriensis, 7 meters long and 3,6 meters tall. You will also find an ancestor of the crocodile, a Saracosuchus Imperator! Come to see it and have fun in Venice with your baby!
The Museum of the 18th Century Venice (Museo del Settecento Veneziano) is housed in the palace Ca’ Rezzonico on the Grand Canal in Dorsoduro district. There you can find out the real way of living in Venice during the ‘700. It is a real Venetian palace from the Baroque period.
Gallery Giorgio Franchetti is located in the palace Ca’ d’Oro, one of the most prestigious late Gothic palaces in Venice, houses the important art collection of the Baron Giorgio Franchetti (1865-1927). In 1916, Franchetti donated his collections and the building itself to the Italian State, after having made it magnificent as in the past with some restorations.
School of St. George degli Schiavoni or Dalmatian School of St. George and Tryphon was one of the city’s historical schools (confraternity houses). Externally, over the entrance is a relief with St. George Killing the Dragon (1552), by Pietro di Salò and, above it, a “Virgin Enthroned with Saints” (mid-14th century) by a Venetian sculptor. The ground hall has four walls with the paintings commissioned to Carpaccio, inspired by Jacopo from Varagine’s Golden Legend.