Venice is an assortment of hundreds of islands connected by bridges with boats meandering around the canals with ease. Your flight lands at Marco Polo International Airport, where your private transfer awaits the family’s arrival. You have tempted the kids with images of palaces and knights, remarkable naval battles and captivating history. The image of the city comes to you from the shores of the lagoon. The family boards a private vaporetto (ship) with a skipper ready to guide you to the hotel in the heart of the Venice.
The kids point out the gondolas drifting down the narrow canals. You notice the charming cafes lining the cobbled walkways. The vaporetto travels beneath arching bridges and alongside marbled facades, bringing you to the private dock of your hotel, situated in what was once a luxurious palace. The opulence of the palatial structure remains, filling the lobby with period furniture accentuated with modern amenities. After the family settles in, your guide meets you in the lobby, eager to lead you on an introductory tour of the maze-like streets.
Your guide gives the kids the challenge of lion hunting, which means picking out each lion, and winged lions filling the city. The animal is the symbol of St. Mark; it also became the symbol of the city in the 9th century AD. The kids go one step further on their scavenger hunt, connoting whether the book in the paw of the winged lions is closed or open, signifying when the Republic was either at peace or war respectively.