During the summer our family would like to visit Venice and probably other parts of Italy during July or August. We are also travelling with two teenagers, aged 16 and 14. How many days should we be there for? Does anyone have ideas about good activities for both adults and teens? For accomodation, we are looking at the Residence Corte Grimani. Has anyone stayed there? Is the weather better in July or August? We will probably be in Italy for about 2 weeks.
Thanks for you help.
During the summer our family would like to visit Venice and probably other parts of Italy during July or August. We are also travelling with two teenagers, aged 16 and 14. How many days should we be there for? Does anyone have ideas about good activities for both adults and teens?
With the exception of Venice, you could do a cycle tour. It's a great way to see the country, to enjoy the warm weather, get into shape and to be free. The teens can power ahead, you can eat as much as you want, and everyone will sleep well at night.
The weather in July or August would be quite warm (go for July), but that's not so bad when on a bike. I would recommend looking at a tour that starts in the Alps and descends into northern Italy. If you enter "cycling Italy" into Google, you will find dozens of useful sites. [I also see that Lonely Planet and others offer cycling guides to Italy.]
The one place you can't easily cycle to is Venice, itself. But you can easily get to a mainland hotel and then take the bus over.
[ Edit: Edited at Nov 20, 2006 1:50 PM by pfeiffer ]
In my opinion, you don't need a ton of time in Venice. 2-3 days is definately enough. I would definately try to go to Florence and Rome as well. Florence, 3-4 days, Rome 5-7 days. Stop in Pisa (for an hour or two to take some cheesy tourist pictures!) and San Giomagiano for some beautiful views. The nice thing about these cities is they are very historical and age isn't really an issue in experiencing them. As long as your teens can appreciate the wonderful art, architecture, and museums, you'll all have a great time.
living in Padova just 30 km away form Venice.. I cannot avoid to reply to you!!!
First: avoid, if you can, August: all italians are on holidays..
if you wish to go to the moountains or to the sea it will be super crowded and prices are very high!! except from Rome for example were hostels/ hotels rates are very convenient as all citizens escape from the city and go to the tirrenian coast!
but be aware it's melting hot!
wITH 2 KIDS... WELL CYCLING, IF YOU LIKE IT IS VERY NICE.. there is a path that leads PAdova to Venice...along the brenta river and house boats also available!!
Padova is one of the northern cities... that I would highly recommned.. jewish ghetto, univeristies, pedestrian path, many many nice trattorie and restaurants, hills around with nice mountain bikes path among wineyards... and nice shops... Museums. S. Antony cathedral, the first univ. in the world, galileo's univ. hall and the astronomical tower..and prato della valle the largest sqaure in europe ( after red square in moscow...) I definitely recommend!
Venice: there is a site that has very good deals for reservations cheack for flashbooking! maybe villa grimani is there and they have better rates.
don't miss to go to the lido beach when you are there.. it's the venicians beaches not too touristic because are not well served for whom coming form out side!! but very renoomated since 900s ... with the guys.. maybe a tour to the cimitery could be interesting (many important intellectual, painter, philosopher.. out of the touristic path!! )and to Murano / for glass workshops...
for now is everything! if you are passing by padova drop a line!! for other info.. i'll do my best to help you! ciao!
what about sailing in a week end??
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please... ]
A friend of mine visited Italy from Venice to Sicily in August, and she said she'd never experienced that kind of heat in her life. It was bearable, and she loved her trip, but when we went back last May she said it was a relief to walk around without feeling like you're going to melt.
Three or four days in Venice should be enough - save some time for Rome and Tuscany, as others have mentioned. I particularly liked the Amalfi coast, but you'll have to calculate your driving time and if it's worth heading that far south. Although, we went for 15 days and saw Rome, Venice, Tuscany and Amalfi without ever feeling rushed.