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Genoa: The City of Children and Young Museum Entry Ticket

1. Genoa: The City of Children and Young Museum Entry Ticket

Enjoy an entry ticket to The City of Children and Young Museum in Genova. Walk through this museum and heighten your senses as you play and interact with art and colorful digital technology that will take you on a journey to discover yourself. Discover a world of pure imagination. Enter all interactive rooms any route you like. Marvel at the kaleidoscope of brightly colored, mind-blowing optical illusions and test your senses as you walk through this extraordinary museum.  Smell, see, touch, hear and taste your way through this exhibition. Listen to sound waves, see shapes, play with reflections and mirrors, find out all about taste buds, and touch the eye-catching displays. Walk around and take selfies at the 3D nose, the lollipop displays, or whatever tickles your fancy; these photos will surely get you lots of Instagram likes.  Experience an unforgettable, fun day out for all the family that will take over your imagination. 

Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa & City of Children and Youth Ticket

2. Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa & City of Children and Youth Ticket

Enjoy two of Genoa's top attractions with this combined entry ticket for the Aquarium of Genoa and the City of Children and Youth. Find the perfect entertainment for your whole family in Italy's largest aquarium, and explore a play area with over 3,000 square meters devoted to children's activities. At the City of Children and Youth, enter an exhibition that uses the "Five Senses" as a tool to transmit knowledge and have fun, guiding children and teenagers on a journey to discover themselves and the world through multisensory adventures. Enjoy a colorful environment with 5 rooms dedicated to the 5 senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Spend time in spaces dedicated to interactive experiences, with no set route — move from room to room as you please to explore your senses. Next, immerse yourself in the largest exhibition of aquatic biodiversity in Europe. Discover 600 animal species, from the rarest manatees to popular marine mammals like dolphins. Experience new thematic itineraries to learn about all the secrets of the underwater world. Witness a shark tank with holographic effects. See white lacquered walls designed to look like ice as you learn about the harsh conditions of the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic areas. Observe gentoo penguins and magellanic penguins in the Ice Kingdom that mimics the climate of the Falkland Islands. Visit 2 renovated areas in the Aquarium of Genoa dedicated to the conservation and recovery of animals in difficulty or rescued by the authorities from dangerous situations and entrusted to the aquarium.

Genoa: Aquarium and FantaCinema Combined Ticket

3. Genoa: Aquarium and FantaCinema Combined Ticket

See tanks with beautiful and strange aquatic life at the Genoa Aquarium. Discover creatures from the Ligurian Sea, the North Atlantic and Caribbean reefs. Watch dolphins, penguins, and sea cows play in their habitats. Visit the playful past of fantasy cinema at FantaCinema. View original pieces, memorabilia, statues, articles, and posters. Learn how the cinema of fantasy was born and how it developed. Listen to soundtracks of cult films as you tour the exhibits. Look at cult objects such as the famous "the machine of tempo” original used by Zemeckis in the movie Back to the Future, or the original costumes from Alien and Star Wars. Walk though the Harry Potter and Game of Kings sections.

Guided Tour of Rolli Palaces UNESCO Site, Genoa

4. Guided Tour of Rolli Palaces UNESCO Site, Genoa

Visit the wonderful Genoese residences of the XVI century and join this guided tour of the Rolli Palaces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A guided tour of some of the most sumptuous residences built by the aristocratic Genoese families during the so-called “ Secolo d’Oro“ (“The Golden Century”), between the 16th and 17th century. The System of the "Palazzi dei Rolli" includes splendid palaces with open staircases, courtyards and loggias overlooking gardens. The palaces, positioned at different levels, were part of a network of public hospitality houses for state visits, as decreed by the Senate of the Republic of Genoa in 1576. The “Rolli” (named from the parchment rolls in which the palaces were inscribed) were subdivided into three “bussoli”, balloting lists, where the palaces were registered according to their richness and dimension. Lots were drawn to decide which palace would have the privilege - and the duty - of playing host to visiting state dignitaries. The first “bussolo” was for cardinals, princes and viceroys, the second for large scale landowners and third for princes of lesser standing and ambassadors: the first example of hôtellerie in Europe. The “Rolli” were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006. These exclusive and elegantly decorated residences did not escape the eye of a fine artist as the great Flemish painter Rubens, who at the beginning of the 17th century published a book collecting the drawings of these buildings as a residential model for the Antwerp nobility. Experience a piece of Italy's extravagant Golden Century in Genoa.

From Milan: Genoa Private Tour

5. From Milan: Genoa Private Tour

Enjoy a private Genoa Tour from Milan for ten hours with a private tour guide for three hours and a private luxury vehicle with chauffeur that will pick you up and drop-off from your hotel in Milan or place of preference inside the city. Once your chauffeur has picked you up, you will go ahead to hour destination to meet with your private tour guide. In this tour you will have the opportunity to discover Genoa, a city located in the north of Italy and one of the most importants of the country. Thanks to your private tour guide you will discover the tourist attractions of Genoa like the Piazza de Ferrari located in the centre, Piazza Dante where you can find the house of Christopher Columbus, the Strade Nuove in the old city inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2006, the Mannerist palaces that includes the Palazzo Rosso, the Palazzo Reale and the Palazzo Bianco, the cathedral of San Lorenzo, the port of Genoa that contains an old lighthouse and much more To finish the tour, your private chauffeur will drop you off to your hotel in Milan or place of preference inside the city.

Florence: Full-Day Small-Group Tour by Train from Rome

6. Florence: Full-Day Small-Group Tour by Train from Rome

Enjoy a full-day excursion to Florence from Rome and a small-group tour of the Renaissance city (up to 6 persons on the tour). Florence is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments such as Palazzo Vecchio, the Church of San Lorenzo and Santa Maria del Fiore. The nearby Campanile and the Baptistery are highlights as well. Florence is also an important city for designer fashion, being one of the world’s 15 fashion capitals. It's possible to spend some of the day exploring the shops and seeing the sights. Stop to enjoy lunch at a typical local bar, restaurant or pizzeria. Be sure to ask the guide for recommendations about what to see and do.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 1,287 reviews

The aquarium was very interesting, it is advisable to go there early in the morning when there is not a lot of turnout, otherwise it is the chaos between children running and strollers everywhere. We took another very interesting 45 min guided tour. The FantaCinema, on the other hand, was a little disappointing. I imagined something bigger instead they are just showcases with models .. interesting for heaven's sake .. but not my thing.

5 stars. Anita who guided us from hotel in Rome, whole Florence and back to Rome was a friendly, flexible and professional guide. She is a lawyer but does this work for the love of Italy. Giovanni who guided us in Academy was also excellent. His explanation of David was quite impressive. Driver Adam was friendly and professional. Strongly recommend Anita for families with children and child-like husband.

Very thorough and informative guide with a pleasant manner. We particularly liked the fact that she gave the English speakers as much information and time as the Italian speakers, even though there were only 3 of us and lots of them! The app did take us to a building some yards away from the meeting point but we did manage to find it.

Barbara is a great guide, she does know a lot about the houses. In one of the places they were preparing a wedding but they still let us in. The time went by and I didn't feel the 2 and a half hours.

Interesting and stimulating visit for those who, like me, don't know the city and have little time.