• Posted:Tuesday, January 5, 2010
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Venice through the eyes of a child

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Venice through the eyes of a child
Family holidays may often, particularly for those without children, seem like a bit too much like hard work and not enough like a vacation. However, if you're planning a trip to Europe soon and are intending to stay in a hostel in Venice, getting your kids their own guide book could be an excellent idea.

Lucky it is then that such a product exists. This magical tome was brought to my attention by the Tribune and was written by father and daughter team Keith and Sydney Svagerko. It's called Sydney Travels to Venice: A Guide for Kids and may very well prove to be a lifesaver for any mums and dads heading to the region on holiday in the near future.

Apparently, young Sydney - who's in the third grade - found the gondolas, the Basilica and St Mark's Square to be the most interesting sights and experiences in the Italian city. Her book contains lots of drawings, pictures, puzzles and suggestions on what there is to do in Venice, as well as providing some Italian phrases that can be learned and used while on the trip.

But if you're not travelling to Venice, don't despair. The clever duo are also working on another guidebook about Florence, which will concentrate on the Renaissance period, as well as famous residents such as Da Vinci, Galileo, Brunelleschi and Michelangelo.

What's more, Wendy Holden of the Daily Mail recently observed that Venice is a great place to go if you have kids, noting that there's lots of stuff that's "free [and] off-the-cuff" to do and see, like the Rialto fish market.

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