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Venice - what would your perfect two days be?

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Hi, we are at the end of our 18 day trip through Italy as a family and thanks to the many wonderful suggestions from Fodor's and a lot of detailed research we have had a fantastic time in Rome, Naples and Florence and are now in Venice! However I have run out of 'steam' to organise my family over the two days we have left and just thought that maybe some of you would like to help us decide how to spend this time! Our children are between 16 and 7 and are happy to walk long distances!

We arrived yesterday (Wednesday) and had a lovely afternoon/early evening exploring the San Polo and San Croc area - finding the most delicious gelato (Alaska), exploring an original print shop with its Heidelberg offset letterpress and stopping every few minutes to go wow! We really are overwhelmed with the beauty of the place...

This morning we had a private tour with a lovely guide whose passion for Venice was evident and a joy to listen to. She took us through the tiny streets, shared the history and the problems Venice faces and generally gave us a wonderful insight into the place - we were entranced. She led us to St Mark's Square which was was of course incredible but by 11am was starting to be shall we say crowded and apart from a quick look we retreated to the square outside the beautiful hospital for coffee. After fresh vegetables and fruit from the markets we retired to our apartment for lunch and unfortunately have had to work most of the afternoon. Although we are about to leave now and explore the area around the Ghetto and perhaps ride the water bus down the Grand Canal.

So what to do with the two days we have ahead...(such a lovely 'problem' to have!)

The children are a little bit shall we say saturated with churches and art and I would be struggling to engage them to muster much enthusiasm to see more of these things, although we are all quite keen on the Gugguenheim Museum. We also plan to head back to St Mark's Square and if anyone would like to suggest what we really shouldn't miss we are all ears! We see Venice as a place we will return to so don't feel we must tick off the must sees on this trip especially considering how busy it is.

We are also keen to visit one of the outlying islands - Burano perhaps tomorrow.

We will eat out again with the children but my husband and I would also like one night out on our own - so any recommendations especially a restaurant that specialises in fish would be great. We are staying in the Santa Croce area so it would be good to be close to there.

If anyone is kind enough to share their personal pleasures of Venice, I would be delighted. Thank you.

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