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Our picks for a memorable Venice visit.
Doge's Palace, and Murano's glass-
Each of Virtuoso's ten hotels in the
works. Additional highlights include
city will make your family feel at
battling Roman gladiators in mock
home, including this worthy option:
combat and crafting handmade
pasta in Bologna. Departures: June
With its own private dock off Saint
26, July 17, and August 7, 2018; from
Mark's, Baglioni Hotel Luna is an
$7,995 (minimum age is 6).
oasis from the bustling city. Its views
to San Giorgio Island and the San
Marco Basin are among Venice's
on a boat. You'll feel like a local on the
public water-buses known as vaporetti,
though it's worth noting that they can
be hot and crowded. Private water taxis
aren't cheap, but they almost double
as guided tours since most drivers will
point out the sights. The ultimate thrill, of
course, is a gondola ride, but buyer beware, Perry advises: A popular bait-andswitch is for a charismatic pitchman to
lure you into the vessel, only to pass you
off to someone less experienced, whose
personality and language skills aren't
as great for kids. "It's better to have your
travel advisor book a gondola with a city
tour - perhaps even a spooky ghost tour of
'haunted' sites - in advance to avoid that
common but expensive mistake," she says.
Get Out of Town
The nearby island of Murano is a world
unto itself, with a thousand-year-old
glassblowing heritage (and, at some
shops, pressured sales spiels nearly as
old - just walk away). The Murano Glass
Museum (Fondamenta Marco Giustinian 8) there tends to be a hit with teens.
Venice's classic seaside resort, the Lido, is
a narrow, seven-mile-long barrier island
just south of the city. Bikes are the ride of
choice, and families love pedaling along
the seafront promenade, or lungomare.
Just west of Venice, off-the-tourist-path
Villa Pisani (Via Doge Pisani 7) has what
some consider to be the world's most
challenging garden maze - a trip highlight for many families.
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Princess Cruises' 13-day Classic
also well cared for. A weekend family
Italy cruise-tour commences with
package in the Goldoni Family Suite
a two-night stay in Venice and a
(for up to two adults and two chil-
guided half-day walking tour of the
dren) includes tickets for the Natural
city. Following additional over-
History Museum and the Peggy Gug-
nights in Florence and Rome, board
genheim Kids' Experience. Available
the Crown Princess for stops in
year-round; from $1,425 per night
Salerno, Montenegro, and Greece.
(based on a family of four). Doubles
The 3,080-passenger ship recently
from $370; family rooms (based on
reimagined its facilities for kids and
a family of four) from $950. Virtuoso
teens, with dance classes, competi-
travelers receive breakfast daily for
tions, an onboard beach house, and
two and a $100 dining credit.
plenty of mocktails. Guests ages 18
to 20 are invited to Club 1820 (no
parents, no siblings, please), where
a secret handshake is needed to get
Abercrombie & Kent's ten-day family
in. Departures: Multiple dates, June
tour of Italy, limited to 24 guests,
3 through August 26, 2018; from
spends two days in Venice to take
$3,599 (third and fourth guests in the
in Saint Mark's Basilica, the medieval
same stateroom from $3,449).
Comet Glass Star
shines on Murano.
(MAZE) ULLSTEIN BILD/GETTY IMAGES, (COMET GLASS STAR) M@RCEL/ALAMY
Great escape: Villa Pisani's garden maze.
most romantic, but young ones are