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VISITING NORTHERN ITALY WITH KIDS – great ideas for your family holiday near Venice

We started travelling with our son when he was two months old and so far we have visited three different continents with him. It didn’t take much to make him happy: just some new experiences and mummy and daddy all to himself. Instead as parents all we need are some essential amenities for families, a little bit of patience and lots of ideas about what to do.
To help you plan your family holidays in Italy we have made a list of child-friendly activities in the area around Venice, personally tested by our son. Monica has also written a game-book about Marostica, with nice stories, curious facts and games to play on rainy days. Don't tell your kids about the book, it will be a surprise present for them when you will arrive here.

FAMILY HOLIDAYS IN NORTHERN ITALY

– There are many things to do with children in Veneto, like spending a day in Gardaland and other close-by amusement parks, going on child-friendly excursions to the Dolomites, practicing outdoor sports or enjoying the educational activities that many museums offer.
Here we have listed the family-friendly activities that can be enjoyed in Marostica and the surrounding area, with the time needed to reach them by car in brackets. We have put our son's favorite activities in bold and we have described some of them on our family travel blog.

HAVING FUN WITH ANIMALS:

  • hiking with donkeys in the hills of Marostica
  • watching a falconry display at Marostica's Upper Castle
  • visiting farms with cows, hens, sheep, rabbits and goats
  • the Capeller Zoo in Cartigliano (10 min.)
  • Natural History Museum in Palazzo Bonaguro (10 min.)
  • the Butterflies Garden in Santorso (40 min.)

HAVING FUN WITH WATER:

  • indoor swimming pool in Marostica, with a children’s pool and outdoor area
  • outdoor swimming pool in Rosŕ, with a nice kid’s area (15 min.)
  • rafting on the Brenta River, possible even for children from the age of 5 (25 min.)
  • visiting the Oliero Caves and having a pic nic on the Brenta river banks (25 min.)
  • a rowing boat trip on the moat surrounding the walls of Cittadella
  • canoeing and hydrospeeding, for teenagers (25 min.)
  • the Adventure Park and the small lake in Roana (45 min.)

FOR YOUNG EXPLORERS:

  • visiting the Lower Castle in Marostica and walking up to the Upper Castle
  • archery practice, clay pottery and weaving at the Archeological Village in Lusiana (25 min.)
  • walking along the patrol path in Cittadella, like real knights (30 min.)
  • the Dwarfs Village in Asiago, for very little children (45 min.)
  • forts and trenches of the Great War on the Asiago Plateau (45 min.)

ART ATTACK:

  • an educational visit to the Lower Castle of Marostica
  • Gothic script and fresco technique workshops in Cittadella (30 min.)
  • visiting the Museum of Bassano del Grappa with an educational guide book (10 min.)
  • creative activities at Palazzo Leoni Montanari in Vicenza (30 min.)
  • “From early cinema to cartoons” at the Parco degli Alberi Parlanti in Treviso (1 h and 15 minutes)

OLD TIME JOBS:

  • straw craftsmanship at the Straw Museum in Marostica
  • ceramic decorating techniques in an pottery workshop in Marostica
  • iron smithing with a 16th century trip hammer (15 min.)
  • woodcutter works at the Ecomuseum in Lusiana (25 min.)

BIKING:

  • the cycle path in Marostica
  • the Brenta River cycle path (35 min.)
  • the Berica Riviera cycle path (40 min.)
  • the Sile river cycle path (60 min.)

GETTING LOST IN A REAL MAZE:

  • at Villa Pisani in Stra (60 min.)
  • in the Castle of San Pelagio (60 min.)
  • in the Garden of Valsanzibio (1 h and 15 minutes)


Many of these activities have to be booked in advance and some of them take place on precise dates and periods of the year. If you let us know what you would like to do when making the reservation, it will be a pleasure for us to help you.

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