Venice has a lot to offer. Just strolling through its channels and enjoying its atmosphere, its architecture, its people or its gastronomy is already a delight, but also the most romantic city in the world is full of spectacular palazzos, picturesque bridges, magnificent basilicas and interesting mo
Venice has a lot to offer. Just strolling through its channels and enjoying its atmosphere, its architecture, its people or its gastronomy is already a delight, but also the most romantic city in the world is full of spectacular palazzos, picturesque bridges, magnificent basilicas and interesting monuments.
If your family trip to Venice is reduced to a few days, you will have to choose between the abundant cultural and artistic offer of Venice. Here we present the most representative and most attractive monuments for a trip with children.
Monuments in Venice
St. Mark's Square
The heart of Venice, the most visited and famous, is St. Mark's Square. It measures 180 meters long by 70 meters wide and was defined by Napoleon Bonaparte as "The Most Beautiful Hall in Europe".
Open on one of its sides to the Grand Canal, Piazza San Marco is the lowest point of the city so it is also the first place to flood. When this happens, walkways are placed on the square so that pedestrians can walk on San Marcos.
This beautiful square always full of people houses the Basilica of San Marcos and its Campanile, the Torre dell'Orologio, the Doge's Palace and the Correr Museum. Also worth mentioning are the Columns of San Marco and San Teodoro next to the entrance to the square.
Basilica of San Marcos
The Basilica of San Marcos, located in the homonymous square, is the cathedral of Venice and the most important religious temple of the city.
Although its construction began in the year 828, the basilica has undergone many changes and alterations with the passage of time. At the moment it shows a plant of Latin cross, five cupolas and more than 4.000 square meters of mosaics, some of the XIII century, and 500 columns of the III century.
Inside the Basilica, dominated by golden colors, rests the body of San Marcos, under the altar.
In addition to the Basilica itself, inside we can also enjoy the Treasure of San Marcos - the Byzantine treasure of gold and silver from the sack of Constantinople - the Golden Shoe - a medieval altarpiece of precious stones - and the Museum, where They can observe closely the ceilings and mosaics of the cathedral, as well as the original sculptures of the four bronze horses and bathed in gold of San Marcos, whose replicas look out onto the open balcony of the Plaza de San Marcos.
Keep in mind that you are not allowed to enter the Basilica of San Marcos with a backpack or bare shoulders.
The entrance to the Basilica is free, but to access the Museum it is necessary to pay 4 euros; 3 euros for the Treasury and 2 euros for the Pala de Oro.
The Basilica can be visited every day from 9:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Sundays only from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (until 5:00 p.m. in summer).
Campanile of San Marcos
The bell tower of the Basilica of San Marcos, known as the Campanile is 98.5 meters high, the tallest building in the city, so it is worth climbing to the top to enjoy of great views of Venice.
In 1902 the tower collapsed, but ten years later, it was rebuilt with the same shape.
The time to access the Campanile is from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., every day. During the months of July and August, the hours are extended until 9:00 p.m.
The entrance costs 8 euros for adults and 4 euros for students.
The Bridge of Sighs
Built in Baroque style in the seventeenth century, the Bridge of Sighs gives access to the dungeons of the Ducal Palace where the prison is located to which the death row inmates came, this bridge being the last thing they saw before entering prison. Hence its name.
The Bridge of Sighs is one of the most typical pictures of Venice.
The famous Rialto Bridge is the oldest of the four bridges that cross the Grand Canal in Venice. Built between 1588 and 1591, for years it was the most important economic center of the city.
Its particular design composed of two inclined ramps joined by a portico in the middle make up one of the typical images of Venice.
Crossing the Rialto Bridge from San Marcos you reach the lively Rialto Market, full of fruits, vegetables, tourists and residents.
The Rialto Bridge crosses over the Grand Canal, connecting the districts of San Marco and San Polo.
Church of San Barnaba
There are many churches and basilicas that can be visited in Venice for their architectural quality, their monumentality or the works they host inside, but the Church of San Barnaba has an extra attraction that will seduce children.
And that is that the façade of the church appears in the Indiana Jones movie and the Last Crusade, although in fiction its interior becomes the library where the father of Indiana Jones disappears.
The actual interior of the church, which dates back to the seventeenth century, is not very attractive, but it is worth it to walk around emulating the great Indiana Jones.
The Church of San Barnaba is located in Campo de San Barnaba, Dorsoduro 30123.
It can be visited every day from 7:30 to 12:00.
Santa María della Salute
The dome of the Basilica of Santa María Della Salute appears on most typical postcards of Venice.
Built between 1631 and 1687 to celebrate the eradication of the plague epidemic, Santa Maria Della Salute is one of the most important religious buildings in Venice.
Octagonal plant with small chapels on each side, the interior decoration is not abundant, however, has important paintings by Tiziano and Tintoretto, as 'Wedding of Cana' of the latter.
It is located in Campo della Salute.
You can visit every day from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
To access the sacristy it is necessary to pay an entrance fee of 2 euros.