My husband and I would love to plan a romantic trip to Venice but it’s tricky to decide whether to take our teenage children with us. We get so little time together as a family that we don’t want to waste our opportunities. So can Mum and Dad find romance in Venice with kids in tow?
Arriving and Staying in Venice
Getting around Venice will be easier now the children are older. As it’s a city without cars we will have to walk or take a boat. Older kids with longer legs can cope with a bit more walking, and will wheel their own suitcases. So that’s one problem solved. We should be able to make it to our hotel without drama. I’ve been looking again at the accommodation choices on Destination 2, you can visit their site.
Messing about in boats
The Gondola ride is more of a problem. These pretty little boats are the ultimate romantic excursion. I would love to soak up the beauty of the little canals as well as the wider horizons. Squeezing all four of us into one gondola is not my idea of romance. I think that would kill the mood and possibly sink the boat! I think either the teenagers can stick around the hotel for a while when we have our ride, or we will have to do the trip twice. Once with them and once without. It’s sounding expensive but maybe I can bribe them to take our photo!
Walking around Venice with kids in tow
Many iconic Venice sights are best seen on foot. I know our children will get bored of walks really quickly but I have a cunning plan. We can walk all over Venice with kids in tow because of the numerous Italian gelato ice cream shops which we can explore. We also enjoy exploring chocolate shops and buying fridge magnet souvenirs. With plenty of stop-offs and treats, we should be able to cover the distance.
Venice out of season
My husband was once in Venice for work in January. Even out of season, the city was really busy. Night time views of Venice in winter are special, with all the lights reflecting off the water. It does get cold but it’s still possible to sit outdoors at many restaurants with canopies and heaters to keep diners comfortable. It’s still crowded, and a drink at a bar in the iconic St Mark’s square is still pricey. To take in all the top romantic scenery and treats, be prepared to shell out the cash.
Tips from other parent travellers
I asked some other parent bloggers if they chose to travel to Venice with kids in tow or not. Here they share their tips for experiencing the romance of this unique city:
Jen from My Mummy’s Pennies: “We visited Venice when I’d just found out I was pregnant with my eldest child. It was a lovely romantic break and we did all the usual tourist spots but even though it was quite busy, the beauty of the place made us feel like it was just the two of us. We ate Gelato walking through Piazza San Marco, went for a drink in Harrys and of course enjoyed a beautiful Gondola ride while being serenaded by the Gondolier.”
Jo from A Rose Tinted World: “I will always think of Venice as being the most romantic city, even more so than Paris. We never walked the same way twice, and were constantly laughing over getting lost. But you don’t mind, as just around the corner may be another gorgeous piazza or a busy coffee bar full of locals. I would recommend going up the Campanile as long as you are ok with heights and crowds. The views of the city are amazing, but it can be very busy and a long queue.”
Suzy from Our Bucket List Lives: “We took our 4 year old to Venice last year. We loved our ride on a gondola. It doesn’t have to just be for couples as our son was completely taken with the experience. One minute you’d be going along a quiet canal and the next minute we’d be stuck in a gondola traffic jam alongside all sorts of different people.”
Joy from Pinkoddy: “We went on a gondola ride under the bridge of sighs and as we shared a kiss everyone on the bridge clapped and cheered. Was such an amazing experience to share together.”
Louise from Pink Pear Bear: “My husband proposed in Venice and we recently went back with the children to show them the exact spot! We love visiting the glass factories on Murano and marvelling at the creations being made.”
Eva from Captain Bobcat: “We went this March as a romantic getaway only me and my husband. We stayed on the Lido and we took the little boats everywhere. It was definitely romantic and to be honest – I would not take small children as there are only museums (Peggy Guggenheim is the best!) and lovely buildings to visit, eat lots of good food and drinking is to do. I would have been scared most of the time that they will run off, fall into the water etc. But for couples it’s a perfect place. Oh and we booked a private boat from and to the airport. That was fantastic when we arrived, first time in Venice having champagne on the way to the hotel!”
Beccy from Raucus By Nature: “We went when I was pregnant with The Biggest and I highly recommend checking out the Musica De Palazzo, its Opera in an intimate setting for those who already love Opera or like us, had never experienced it before. It’s in some hidden away Venetian Palace, which is slightly shabby now but adds to the charm, each act is held in a different room so you move around the palace! It was such a romantic evening.”
Would you visit Venice with kids in tow or leave them behind for a more a romantic trip? Do comment below.
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