From the Ca' Savio campsite, getting to the area of St Mark's is easy.
Here you will be captivated by the colours and architectural style of the Doge's Palace, which used to be the seat of government in ancient times when Venice was ruled by the Venetian Republic.
The great rectangular square spreads before St Mark's Basilica, with its gilded mosaics and domes.
Framed by the Procuratie Vecchie and Procuratie Nuove buildings, the square's wide porticoes are home to a number of longstanding cafés and shops.
On the northern side of the Square stands the fifteenth-century Clock Tower, which is famous for its bronze statues of two Moors, who sound the hour on a large bell.
If you step under the tower and walk down the street called Mercerie, you end up in Rialto at the foot of the famous bridge over the Grand Canal.
Visit the Doge's palace and the St. Mark’s Square Museums. Buy your Museum Pass ticket at the Customer Care Office of the campsite: you save and don't queue at the ticket office!
- The only way to get around Venice is on foot or by boat.
- Remember that in Venice you are not allowed to lie down on public property or sit down to eat packed lunches.
- You can enjoy a snack or a timeout in one of the gardens: the former royal gardens "Giardinetti Reali" (a short walk from St Mark's Square) or the "Giardini di Castello"
- If you're travelling with small children, you're more than welcome to take pushchairs with you on the motorships and water buses.
Venice with children
If you visit venice with children we suggest:
- A visit to Doge’s Palace and its armoury, to the Bridge of Sighs and the prisons. A visit of the secret itineraries must be booked in advance. On the website of the Musei civici Veneziani you can find all the information and details about the tickets’ prices.
- Kids Day: the Peggy Guggenheim Collection organizes on Sundays workshops and artistic activities for children from 4 till 10 years old.
- A ride in a gondola: price from 80 € onwards. A less expensive option is a ride on a gondola used by Venetians as unusual ferry to cross the Gran Canal (2.00 €). Departure from: San Tomà, San Samuele, Punta della Dogana – San Marco.
- Visit the Natural History Museum: aquarium, interactive games and a dinosaur’s skeleton!