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While you're there

Venice for children

Venice isn’t for art lovers and hopeless romantics alone. The city is varied enough to keep even the most recalcitrant juniors interested. Some of the stuff grown-ups like, such as gondola and vaporetto rides, taking time out on a beach, or a good gelato, will also appeal to kids.

Some museums should work too. Kids might get a kick out of the boats and model ships at the Museo Storico Navale. The sculpture garden at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection may prove an educational distraction while you indulge your modern-art needs.

Climbing towers is usually a winner. Try the Campanile or Torre dell’Orologio in Piazza San Marco or the bell tower at San Giorgio Maggiore.

Parco Savorgnan (part of Palazzo Savorgnan) and the Giardini Pubblici have swings and the like.

Just kicking back and watching the boats go by along the Canale della Giudecca, or hanging out at the top of Ponte del Rialto doing the same thing will keep many children enthralled.

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Police station (041 270 55 11; Fondamenta di San Lorenzo, Castello 5053) Head here if you have been robbed. There’s a handy branch at Piazza San Marco 67.

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Medical services

Information on late-night pharmacies is listed in Un Ospite di Venezia (A Guest in Venice; available in many hotels) and daily newspapers such as Il Gazzettino and La Nuova Venezia.

Ospedale Civile (041 529 41 11; Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo 6777) This is the main hospital. For emergency treatment, go straight to the pronto soccorso (casualty) section, where you can also get emergency dental treatment.

Ospedale Umberto I (041 260 71 11; Via Circonvallazione 50) A modern mainland hospital.

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