10 Best Places to Visit with kids and family in Venice
Experience the Glory of Italy. Here Are Ten Best Places to Visit with Kids in Venice, Italy.
Italy can be justifiably seen as the rightful inheritor of the Roman Empire. It has preserved the Latin language in the form of modern Italian, the people are almost the same, local traditions followed nationwide originate from the Roman era, and most importantly, Italians are proud of their Roman heritage.
However, the end of the Roman Empire also brought with it some obvious changes such as the influx of a significant amount of Germanic DNA into the local populace, making modern Italians a mix of Levantine-Mediterranean and Germanics. But largely, the nation has been able to preserve its cultural core despite accepting Christianity as the state religion.
During the Middle Ages, Italy was divided into various independent nation states that realized too late that their collective benefit lies in a political union. Venice used to be one of them and the most important of all. From both a cultural and commercial perspective, Venice held the top position in the totem pole of Italian state hierarchy. During the Timurid invasion of Western Anatolia or modern-day Turkey, Venetians merchants ferried Ottoman soldiers to their shores so that the Ottoman strength could be conserved and Timur could be prevented from spreading havoc into Europe.
Today, Venice is known for so many things that it almost represents the whole Italian nation. When one talks of Venice, one is usually reminded of the city’s non-existent roads, replaced by waterways and Gondoliers ferrying people on their Gondolas. However, Venice is much more than that.
So, let us check out the city with ten best places to visit with kids in Venice.
- Piazza San Marco:
Translated into English as St Mark’s Square, this is the central most square of the city. Given that the city was well planned, this was modeled as its city-center. During the 14th century, the square used to sport a statue of four horses which was considered as the symbol of Venetian power and was one of the reasons for contention between the Venetians and the Genoese. It wasn’t until the invasion of Napoleon that these four horses were removed and taken to Paris. The central square is home to many ornate and Romanesque monuments that were built right from the late Middle Ages to the time of Renaissance. Piazza San Marco has always held political importance for the city.
- The Bridge of Sighs:
Completed between the years 1600 and 1603, the Bridge of Sighs are bound by a unique tradition which though outdated but has been in practice for centuries prior. It is believed that during the Medieval Times, prisoners who were to be executed, were held in the chambers under the bridge and given the last chance to see the magnificent city of Venice before their days. However, this belief as untrue since the religiously ordered executions known as ‘Inquisitions’ was abolished by the late 16th century and the chambers housed on petty criminals inside it.
The bridge is only 11 meters long and is made from limestone with windows made from stone bars.
- The Venice Grand Canal:
The Grand Canal is like an arterial road running through the center of a big city, only that the ‘canal’ is like a river that meanders its way like a serpent through Venice. The Grand Canal is lined with almost 170 buildings on its shores, most of them dating from the period between 13th and 18th century. Therefore, tourists who choose to take a cruise tour on the Grand Canal have the most likely chance as compared to other tourists to see Venice’s Medieval and early modern heritage.
Most interesting fact about the Grand Canal route is that the buildings lining up its shores come in various architectural styles ranging from the Medieval Gothic to the Renaissance, to the early modern Baroque and the nineteenth century Neoclassical. The ‘bank area’ as it can be called has also been settled historically by Byzantines, which gave rise to the Byzantine-Venetian architectural style.
- Murano Glass Museum:
The whole city of Venice is a delicate but extremely eye-catching and beautiful glassware that will make feel anyone scared that it may drop and shatter. And what could be a better way to represent this fragile beauty of the city than the Murano Glass Museum?
Although the Glass Museum was founded in the year 1861, it was built in the year 1659 and was the residence of Bishop Marco Guistinian. The museum has glass exhibits right from the Roman Era to the Venetian times and the modern age. You can say that these glass exhibits are the glass equivalents of the stone statues found in the city.
- Jewish Museum of Venice:
Almost every major European city has a history of Jews that goes as far back as at least seven hundred years. Venice, being no exception to the rule, has been home to Jews since Roman times since it fell in native Roman lands and many Jews from the Levant settled here as permanent traders.
Over the course of centuries, the Jewish community of Venice evolved according to the changing times and became as Venetian and as Italian as other natives. The museum commemorates Venice’s Jewish heritage by displaying objects of everyday use belonging to Venetian Jews to their religious items such as the Horn, copies of Torah, the Menorah, and Kippas.
- Venetian Arsenal:
As the name gives it away, this was where the Venetians used to not only store their weapons but also manufacture them. Also, this place used to be the naval dockyard of Venice during the Middle Ages. In effect, this was the place where the Venetians manufactured their weapons, stored them, built and docked their naval boats. According to historians, the Venetian Arsenal was Europe’s biggest industrial complex before the advent of the Industrial Revolution.
The Winged Stone Lion that lies on the top arch of the entrance of this complex is the symbol of the strength of the Venetian Arsenal. Galileo too contributed greatly to the arsenal, for which in his memory a statue of Galileo has also been erected in one of the corners.
- Doge Palace:
The Doge’s Palace is one of the few buildings in the city of Venice that were constructed in the Gothic style of architecture, given that it was built in the mid-fourteenth century. Doge’s Palace was built by Doge Agnello Participazio. The word Doge seems like some kind of a Venetian title of nobility just like the Portuguese Don.
Unfortunately, like most other Medieval buildings in Europe, the Doge’s Palace had gone through numerous fires, most notably in the year 1570 when a huge fire engulfed most of the palace and destroyed its rooms. It was only in the late nineteenth century that the Italian government started taking a clue of the decaying building of the Doge Palace and took remedial measures to fix the building.
- San Zaccaria:
This 15th-century church is dedicated to St. Zechariah, the father of St John the Baptist and was constructed on the ruins of the original one that was built in the 11th century. The church before this, was built in a Gothic style as it was built in the 11th century. However, even a church could not be saved by God from a major fire that destroyed most of its ramparts and hence the 15th-century building was built upon its ruins.
The church had a tradition of Venetian Doges paying a visit to it annually for four hundred years which ended when Napoleon captured Venice during his conquest of Italy. The church has remains of several dead doges buried beneath it.
- Fortuny Museum:
This museum is unique in its character given that it was established in the year 1956 and is dedicated to the modern marvels of industrial inventions. The museum is divided mainly into four categories, mainly paintings, lights, photography, and fabrics, all of which have been changed significantly since the 19th century.
The items exhibited in this museum are related to each other in some or the other way. Now think about it this way that all the four categories have affected each other in a significant manner. You can say that the museum is dedicated to the invention of modern visuals.
- Santa Maria Della Salute:
Translated into English as St Mary Our Lady of Health, this is a minor basilica that is dedicated to St Mary and was completed in the year 1681. The church was said to be built as a response to a wave of a deadly plague that swept through Venice and wiped off nearly one-third of its population. Since other ways of quelling the plague, especially praying to other saints did not pay off, praying to St Mary was taken as the last resort which worked. Since then, St Mary has been considered as the protector and patron saint of Venice.
This was all about the amazing Venice that you could discover when you tour this magnificent historic city. Although, you can visit later and see the rest.