Venice is certainly not the most comfortable city to visit with infants and toddlers. Yet you can still enjoy its beauty with your baby by doing some planning in advance and getting prior knowledge. Take a look at these survival tips.
- Accommodation: I suggest finding an apartment with a kitchen in the historical center. So you can take a break at lunch or sleep time of the baby and have a rest before starting the second part of the day. Don’t forget to ask if a baby cot is provided before booking the apartment
- Food: Check if there is any supermarket close to where you stay to avoid carrying shopping bags and your baby through the whole city. The number of supermarkets is limited in the city center. Here below the addresses of 2 main chains:
- Str. Nuova, 3660 (Open until 23:30)
- Sestiere Dorsoduro, 1491 (Open until 23:00)
- Fondamenta Garzotti, 891 (Open until 21:00)
Coop (Open until 20:30)
- Piazzale Roma, 499
- Cannaregio, 1976
- Lido near the Vaporetto’s
- Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1798
If you are looking for a bio market, check these two:
- Naturalia Venezia – Sestiere Dorsoduro, 3525
- Bio Store Venice – Corte Coppo, 4350,
- Walking around: You should forget about the idea of walking around all day with a heavy stroller! Venice is full of steps and bridges and getting on and off the ferries with a heavy stroller is anything but easy. You can alternate baby carrier and a very light stroller based on the places you plan to see during the day. Find a local baby gear rental to rent these items instead of carrying them from your home.
- Museums: Not all museums are accessible to children. Check if there is any restriction about children under 6 before booking your ticket. If you can, take a guided tour so you can avoid long queues by doing the fast lane.
- Restaurants: Very few of them have high chairs, so bring your portable high chair with you or even better rent one from local baby gear rentals to keep yourself and your baby comfortable.
- Changing and breastfeeding: Public toilets in the city are quite rare, but most have baby changing facilities. The cost is €1.50 per visit. If you are looking for a space created for breastfeeding, you can find “Baby Pit Stops” in the following list of the museums:
- Palazzo Ducale
- Museo Correr
- Ca’ Rezzonico
- Museo del Settecento Veneziano
- Ca’ Pesaro – Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna
- Museo Fortuny
- Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo
- Museo di Storia Naturale
- Casa di Carlo Goldoni
- Museo del Vetro di Murano
- Museo del Merletto di Burano
- Local guides: Book a friendly local guide to help you plan your trip based on your needs to get the most out of Venice.