Rebecca’s picks: Venice museums for kids
Venice is divided into six sestieri, or neighbourhoods, four of which are home to the museums recommended here:
San Marco: This is the heart of both the city of Venice and its tourist traffic, as Piazza San Marco holds the Basilica of Saint Mark, the Doge’s Palace, and the Campanile (bell tower). Though the crowds can get thick, the wide open piazza is a good place for some pigeon chasing and a climb to the top of the bell tower is always a hit.
Dorsoduro: Where you will find both the Guggenheim and Punta della Dogana collections, this neighbourhood has the Giudecca Canal on one side and the Grand Canal on much of the other. For some outdoor fun, have a walk through the Campo Santa Margherita market and pick up some fresh fruit to snack on during the day.
Santa Croce: This quiet, largely residential sestiere is off the tourist track and thus a great place for a family to wander. The Natural History and Palazzo Mocenigo museums are both here, as are a number of small, neighbourhood piazzas including Campo San Giacomo dell’Orio, where you’ll find the wonderful Majer bakery for a snack.
Castello: Tail to the “fish-shaped” city of Venice, Castello is a large neighbourhood where the Naval Museum (near the historic shipyard) is located. This is also one of the spots to hop a boat to the island of Murano and the glass factory.
The two additional sestiere are San Polo (home to the bustling morning fish market) and Cannaregio (where the historic Jewish Ghetto is located).