Virtuoso Traveler - February/March 2018 - 40
Fun for all (clockwise from top):
The Grand Canal, gelato, and
exploring via gondola.
Venice is a guaranteed memory
of a lifetime, and it starts the
moment you and yours first
glimpse the Grand Canal.
"With such a rich history, so much
character, and those glittering 'streets'
of water, it's a place that kids especially
don't forget," says Laurel Perry, a Virtuoso
travel advisor from Clearwater, Florida,
who lives half the year in Italy with her
husband and three children.
Two to three nights are plenty, but the
key is to have a plan. For families, here's
an approach that won't leave you screaming "Mamma mia!"
Stir Some Excitement
For family fun and cultural immersion, the "Floating City"
makes a serious splash. By David Hochman
40 V I R T U O S O T R A V E L E R
Since anticipation is half the joy of travel,
build enthusiasm at home with stories
and books about the magical water
world. For younger children, pick up
This is Venice, a classic picture book that
introduces the major sites. Zoe Sophia's
Scrapbook: An Adventure in Venice
follows a 9-year-old and her dachshund
as they tour museums, shop for masks,
and ride a gondola. Daughter of Venice
is a historical novel set in 1592 for young
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