Travelling to Venice with teenagers is only as exhilarating or as exhausting as you make it be, so you would be wise to plan ahead! Do you want to roam carefree in town? Book a connection with a Prontopia local and get fun in-person help from a friendly local in Venice, and experience teenagers will find super cool.
The MuVe or Musei Civici di Venezia comprises a group of museums belonging to the Municipality and has put together several special events for children in Venice of all ages. These events can be booked and some are free if you have a paid ticket (the price is different according to the museum). Teens can visit the Doge’s Palace and then build a 3D model of it to bring home. Captivating is also the secret itineraries tour: it includes the prison in which Giacomo Casanova was confined, the chamber of the much-feared Inquisitors, and hidden passageways that were shortcuts for the men of the establishment.
The Ca’ Rezzonico keeps the painting Il Mondo Novo (The New World) by GB Tiepolo: sign your kids up for the workshop of the same name and they could build their own diorama.
When traveling to Venice with teenagers, climbing the Campanile is a must do: the bell tower is almost 100 metres high and from there the view is breathtaking. As good as San Marco’s, the bell tower in San Giorgio is also less crowded and cheaper. The Clock Tower, that marks the beginning of the Mercerie, is a fascinating place where its clockwork mechanism is visible and on the roof, you can get quite close to the Moors tolling the bells every 15 minutes.
The Natural History Museum is another very popular museum which besides displaying over 2 million archaeological finds spanning 700 million years with “celebrities” like a dinosaur, a giant crocodile and an Egyptian mummy, also offers a variety of educational activities.
You can’t say you’ve seen Venice if you haven’t taken a boat tour. If a gondola is not within your range, take line 1. It glides over the waters of the whole Grand Canal in about one hour.
Getting lost in Venice is pure fun. Throw away your map for one day and let your children be in charge. It will be like finding out your way through the maze of alleys that make up this magical city.