Our 2.5-hour Daily Life in Venice walk for families takes place largely within an area of Venice that tourists rarely visit, passing from the neighborhoods of Santa Croce and San Polo to Dorsoduro. The focus is the lives of Venetian families, both rich and poor, and their relationship to public and private urban space, touching both upon life for modern families and children, as well as looking at how families have functioned in the lagoon through history. Costume, games, processions, and traditions will be touched upon to draw comparison and contrast between our own lives and those of Venetian families.
Led by one of our family trained experts, some stops during our time together may include a visit to Venetian palace, now a museum of costumes and furniture from the early modern period, where families have the opportunity to view original period costumes, as well as public squares where bull fights and other public spectacle took place. We will discuss the way children and young people lived and studied, their activities and options, and in particular focus on the nature of work and play in the early modern city. Role playing, acting out stories, and visual observation are just some of the strategies that will be employed to create an interactive way for children to get a clearer picture of how families have lived in Venice.
In order to plan the best possible experience for children, it would be helpful for us know some background. Have they traveled to other countries in the past? If so, where? Have they studied any subjects in school that would relate to the walk? Are they interested in art, music, even food? The more we know, the better.
Due to the very interactive nature of this program and given the educational environment our docent aim to evoke, we adhere to a very strict maximum of 6 participants. Groups larger than 6 will need to book two separate walks that can run concurrently, but with different docents.