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FAMILY TRAVEL: Adventure in Venice

By Jackie Burrell
Sunday, October 12th, 2008 at 5:54 am in Family Travel.

The Dupuis Family in Venice
What could be more fabulous than an Italian jaunt? One that includes Venice, of course. The Dupuis family tells us how they did it, from gelato to dueling orchestras…
THE TRAVELERS: Aida and Tim Dupuis, and their children, Zach, 12, and Maia, 10, of Antioch.

THE TREK: After a 12-day Mediterranean cruise from Spain to Italy, the Dupuis family spent two perfect days in Venice.

BEST BEDS: The Corte Grimani Residence “We stayed in a one-bedroom apartment/hotel complete with a kitchen. It is located in the heart of Venice, a two-minute walk to St. Mark’s Square and a five-minute walk to the Rialto Bridge. It is centrally located — right on one of the canals where you can actually get off with your luggage coming from the airport or the cruise terminal — yet away from the crowd. You could hear some of the gondoliers serenading their passengers.”

BEST EATS: “The Al Teatro Goldonii Venezia, right across the Theatre Square. For tourists like us who did not speak or understand much Italian, it was a relief to see a menu with pictures of the food they served. It was a casual restaurant, perfect for a family with children.”

OUT & ABOUT: “Hanging out in St. Mark’s Square. My daughter just couldn’t get enough of feeding the birds in St. Mark’s. My son’s favorite thing to do was listening to the ‘dueling orchestras.’ At night in St. Mark’s Square, three or four orchestras would take turns playing and clamoring for the audience’s attention and applause. While other people would sit in the outdoor cafe and pay 15 euros for their espresso, we opted to stand and follow where the next orchestra played. People would sing and dance while lovers kissed. It was truly a magical moment.

“We all enjoyed the Doge’s Palace with its magnificent architecture and paintings by Veronese and Tintoretto. The children enjoyed seeing the dungeon and the armories. We finished our vacation with a beautiful evening gondola ride. The evening ride was a little pricier than the day ride, but the experience was more memorable. The temperature was more pleasant and the view of the Grand Canal was more spectacular with the palaces lit and aglow. We enjoyed the narration of our gondolier with his thick Italian accent.”

WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
1. Avoid the lines at the Doge’s Palace by getting your ticket at the Correr Museum, directly across from the Doge’s Palace.
2. Ride the vaporetti and fast water taxis.
3. Climb the El Campanil Tower.
4. When visiting St. Mark’s Basilica it is worth the extra few euros to go up to the Basilica Museum. Here you will see the original four bronze horses and have a spectacular view of the square.
5. Watch the statues on the Clock Tower move and strike the bell at the top of every hour.
6. Eat a lot of gelato.”
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Looking for more family travel tips? Check out the family travel archives and these blog posts too:

U.S.A. DESTINATIONS
Luges and Presidents on Mt. Rushmore
Kauai with a Toddler
Colonial Williamsburg with the Kids
New York City and DC with a Theater-Going Family
New York City with a Baseball-Loving Family
California Beach Towns
A Midwestern Road Trip with Rollercoasters
Yosemite with the Kids
The Big Island & Volcanoes
Puka Dogs & Ice Cream in Kauai
Lakes & Glaciers in Yosemite

THE REST OF THE AMERICAS
Vancouver with the Kids
Cancun Family Adventures
Penguins in Patagonia

EUROPE
Backpacking to Pompeii with Teens
Hogwarts & London
Greek Islands with Teens
Rome with the Bambino
London with Teens
Paris avec le bebe
Sweden & Norway with Teens
The Cote d’Azur with Teens
Off the Beaten Path in Paris

ASIA
China with Children
Myanmar with Philanthropically-Minded Teens

AFRICA
An African Safari with the Family
A Moroccan Adventure

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