Where to Stay in Venice with Kids: An Expert Guide

Planning a trip with all the family? Here's our expert guide to where to stay in Venice with kids.

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Venice, the 'City of Canals'

A dream city break for many, Venice is often called “the city of love”, as if it only appealed to couples. With its beautiful art, scenery, and food, however, the city is the perfect destination for families, couples, and solo travellers. Read on to find out Plum Guide’s expert advice on where to stay in Venice with kids.

Famous all over the world, Venice is incredibly picturesque and charming. Every couple’s dream, the city holds a reputation for being the ideal destination for a honeymoon or even Valentine’s Day. It’s important to note, however, that Venice has much more to offer than a pretty background to a love story. The city has character, art, mouth-watering food and many forms of entertainment, making it the perfect city break for a family.

Your kids will love its enticing history, from the spooky prisons of the Doge’s Palace to the liveliness of the Rialto market. Take them on a vaporetto tour, Venice’s palazzos will run before their eyes in a kaleidoscope of colours.

Follow the Plum Guide’s advice as we’ll lead you through where to stay in Venice with kids and prepare yourselves for some great family time.

Mestre

If you’re looking for a stay with all the comforts of a modern city and the benefit of being extremely close to Venice City Centre, Mestre is your best option. With its beautiful Piazza Ferretto and homely restaurants, Mestre offers a peek into the everyday Italian life away from the touristy spots of Venice.

The city is located just a short ride away from the main Venetian landmarks. Jump on a train, bus or tram and you’ll be ready to wander around one of the most beautiful places on earth. Or, if you want to explore a bit further, Mestre is also a good base to visit other cities, such as Verona, Vicenza, Bologna or areas like the Prosecco region.

Santa Croce

One of the six sestieri (districts) of Venice, Santa Croce is an area rife with history. Being the hub of all public transport, Santa Croce is a perfect area to stay in for families with younger children or family members that struggle walking.

A Gondola moving through Santa Croce, Venice

A Gondola moving through Santa Croce, Venice

Why not book one of Plum Guide's remarkable homes, just a few steps from the main train and bus stations? If you want to get the most out of this area, take a vaporetto ride. Line 1 and 2 will lead you through Venice, sailing along the Grand Canal to jump off St Mark’s Square.

Cannaregio

Cannaregio is located just a few minutes from the Venezia Santa Lucia train station. The area is genuinely family-friendly with its wide streets and loads of souvenirs stalls where your kids can find the best memory to take home.

Cannaregio Neighbourhood, Venice, Italy

Cannaregio Neighbourhood, Venice, Italy

Staying in Plum Guide’s Cannaregio homes means waking up in a lively and colourful neighbourhood and having the chance to shop in Teatro Italia, a former theatre now converted to a supermarket. Its high ceilings and frescoed walls will surely make for a different grocery shopping experience.

Dorsoduro

With its picturesque squares and charming colors, Dorsoduro often tops lists of where to stay in Venice with kids for families in search of a quiet and residential neighbourhood.

Children will love the local gelato and the pastries at Pasticceria Tonolo. Remember: if you’re visiting during Carnival time, try its unforgettable frittelle. As for the parents, we recommend spending your evening in Campo Santa Margherita. Heart of student life but also loved by locals, we’re confident that you’ll love its drink and food scene.

Last but not least, why not take a scenic stroll all the way to Punta della Dogana? The whole family will just love walking alongside the Giudecca Canal. Stop at Gelateria Nico for a quick gianduiotto, a chocolate hazelnut ice cream served with loads of whipped cream - just irresistible.

San Polo

Home to the Rialto Bridge, San Polo is one of the most touristy popular neighbourhoods in Venice. The area is perfect if you want to be close to all the most famous spots of the city, including Rialto’s Market and Piazza San Marco.

Experience the local culture by taking part in a mask decoration workshop at Tragicomica Masks Shop. Your children will be enthusiastic at the idea of making their own Venetian mask and so will you. If you don’t feel like decorating masks, why not try their treasure hunt? If you’re all too tired at the end of the day, you can always pop in the Disney store to relax.

Castello

If you’re a family of art buffs, you’ve probably heard of the Venice Biennale and can’t wait to visit. An attraction for thousands of visitors, the exhibition is held in two venues: Arsenale and Giardini, which are both located in the traditional district of Castello. Stay in this off-the-beaten-track area to experience authentic Venetian life. Get lost among its cobbled streets and charming corners.

Stay in one of our trusted vacation Venice homes to be the first to see the Biennale’s wonders - you won’t need to wake up early. Plum Guide is the definitive collection of the world's best homes – and we're coming to Venice very soon. Independent home critics personally inspect each home for quality –from the convenience of each property's location right down to the art on the walls– so your high standards are always met.

San Marco

Looking for a place just a few steps from all Venice’s most iconic monuments? The sestiere of San Marco is waiting for you with is majestic Piazza San Marco, Basilica and Doge’s Palace.

This area is particularly handy if you’re afraid of getting lost among the many calli (streets) of Venice, as you’ll need a short stroll to see the city’s main landmarks and there’s plenty of imbarcaderi (water bus stops) to take a vaporetto and reach your destinations.

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