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Updated: January 18, 2023
Venice with Kids – Tips & Recommendations
- The best sestieri (neighborhoods) in Venice for families are Castello and Giudecca. Both areas are quieter than the more central neighborhoods while remaining easily accessible to Venice’s breathtaking sights. Castello is situated around the Arsenale di Venezia (a 12th-century Byzantine shipyard) and has a huge public garden at its southeastern end, a handful of significant churches, and is walking distance to most of Venice’s attractions. Giudecca sits on the south side of the Venetian Lagoon, just a short vaporetto ride to San Marco or Dorsoduro. This low-key neighborhood offers lovely views of the city from its waterfront trattorie, artist studios, art-filled churches, and a rich history.
- This Family-Friendly Sightseeing Tour for Kids is a wonderful, interactive walking tour of Venetian landmarks and canals with stories, challenges, and prizes to keep little ones entertained and learning.
- Smoking is still allowed in some hotels in Venice, though usually confined to a particular floor in the hotel. If you or your kids are sensitive to smoke, request a non-smoking room or non-smoking hotel.
The 8 Best Hotels for Families in Venice
1. Bisanzio – Castello
Hotel phone: +39 041 520 3100
Conveniently located hotel in the heart of Venice, a short walk from Saint Mark’s Square, set in a delightful 16th century Venetian palazzo with charming loft suites (family of 5) with parquet floors, open beams, living rooms, bunk beds and mini-bars. Superior rooms have private terraces and lovely city views. Also has quaint apartments (sleeps family of 4) a few meters from the hotel with full kitchens (dishwashers and washing machines). Located on a quiet side street off the canal and close to water taxis and many top attractions. (This is where we stayed on our most-recent visit.)
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2. American Dinesen – Dorsoduro
Hotel phone: +39 041 520 4733
Steps away from the Grand Canal, this centrally located, elegant boutique hotel has tasteful junior suites (up to 4 people) with Venetian decor, coffee/tea facilities, complimentary breakfast, bathtubs, mini-bars, and street views. Within walking distance of St Mark’s square, shops, and attractions.
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3. Olimpia – Santa Croce
Hotel phone: +39 041 711041
Well-located close to the train station and the Piazzale Roma, this pretty and traditional hotel overlooking a canal, has beautiful quadruple rooms (family of 4) with 18th-century Venetian-style furnishings, sofa beds, mini-bars, coffee/tea facilities (on request). Has a little garden. Also close to the port and cruise terminal. Boutique-vibe, perhaps not for all families, but some will love the atmosphere.
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4. Al Redentore Di Venezia – Giudecca
Hotel phone: +39 041 522 9402
Fantastic luxury apartments set in a quiet location on Giudecca island, a short water bus ride from Venice, with immaculate, spacious 2-bedroom apartments (family of 6 or 7) with modern and traditional touches, designer furniture, exposed beams, parquet floors, sofa beds, fully equipped kitchenettes (stoves, fridges, dishwashers, ovens, washing machines) and canal views. Area has many supermarkets and restaurants.
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5. Pensione Accademia – Dorsoduro
Hotel phone: +39 041 521 0188
Family-run hotel with old-fashioned charm, close to the museums, and a short walk away from the Grand canal, having comfortable Venetian-style family suites and quadruple rooms (family of 4) with garden/canal views, mini-bars, refrigerators, and complimentary buffet breakfasts. Has no elevator. Tranquil location with 2 gardens flanked by canals.
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6. Splendid – San Marco
Hotel phone: +39 041 520 0755
Quiet boutique hotel within easy walking distance of San Marco square and key sights, with elegant family rooms (group of 4 people) with Nintendo, puzzles, books, mini-bars, and espresso coffee machines. Also has luxurious suites (family of 4) with marble bathrooms, and hydrotherapy bathtubs, and private terraces – some with Venice skyline views. Hotel has a roof terrace and there are plenty of shops and restaurants nearby.
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7. Saturnia & International – San Marco
Hotel phone: +39 041 520 8377
Top-notch family-run hotel, a short walk away from St Mark’s square, museums, and galleries with soundproofed, split-level quadruple rooms (for up to 4) with complimentary breakfast, parquet floors, and mini-bars. Has a restaurant, and a terrace-solarium with lovely city views. Close to major sights and water taxis.
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8. Palazzo Vitturi – San Marco
Hotel phone: +39 041 241 0856
Exceptional, restored 16-room, historic old palazzo with plenty of atmosphere, having spacious, stunning junior suites (family of 5) with partially frescoed walls/ceilings, high ceilings, complimentary breakfast, coffee/tea facilities, and mini-bars. Has no elevator. Minutes away from St Mark’s Square.
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HI planning a trip for 7 (mom, dad, & 5 boys – 18, 16, 14, 12, 8) looking at traveling as much as we can by train, bus or foot through Italy this summer. Great travelers. Any suggestions for budget housing? Looking at Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples, Tuscany but open to suggestions. Not open to renting a car. Thanks!
AirBnb has many good budget-friendly places that exist on the outskirts of those cities. You are rolling the dice a little but there are certainly plenty of family-friendly places to find as long as you’re not picky about location.
We have 2 nights and 1 full day in Venice with 2 children (ages 10 and 14). We are happy to walk around and explore on our own but could you recommend one thing to do that everyone will enjoy. Perhaps a good tour???
I highly recommend the Free Walking Tour in Venice. It’s not really free – a donation is expected – but it does have great guides with wonderful stories of Venice’s history.
We are in Venice with our 2 kids in July. We have booked the quadruple room at the Bisanzio Hotel. Is this a good location? And does the quadruple have separate sleeping areas (i.e. a separate rooms for adults and children)?
Bisanzio has a great location right on a quieter canal (taxi boats can pull up very close to the hotel and take you straight to the airport or train station). It’s an easy walk to San Marco and lots of shops and restaurants. The quadruple is great for families. Every room has a different layout but the one we were in did have the 2 single beds in a different room from the adults’ room – but it did not have a door between the two rooms.