Spend an enjoyable time in Venice with the kids searching for images of lions. The lion of St. Mark is everywhere in the city. As your private guide takes you to top attractions you’ll hear about the history of the city and how the lion became its symbol.
What to Expect
Have some fun with the kids on this 2-hour activity in Venice, and learn a little history while searching for some of Venice's many lion images and statues. The stone face of the lion of St. Mark glares, scowls, or gazes benignly from public buildings and monuments all over the city.
In addition to stone and bronze lions, the lion image is printed on fine silk scarves and tooled into leather. Rings in brass lion noses serve as doorknockers.
Kids can be kept endlessly amused and occupied by spotting these lions, entering the sightings in a notebook or taking pictures of them.
St. Mark’s symbol, the winged lion, became Venice’s symbol at the same time that Mark became its patron saint in 828 A.D.
One secret the lions tell is whether Venice was at war or peace when the lion image or statue was installed. If the book in his paw is open, Venice was at peace. If the book is closed, Venice was at war.
The best place to begin is in St. Mark’s Square, where sharp-eyed kids can fill pages in their notebooks. See how many they can spot when standing in one place. Around the piazza are many lions: on the clock tower, the basilica, the Doge’s Palace, and atop a pillar.
- Family activity
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