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Aquarium of Genoa: Timeslot Ticket

1. Aquarium of Genoa: Timeslot Ticket

Make your way to the Aquarium of Genoa to see more than 15,000 animals from 400 species at Italy's largest aquatic zoo. Skip the line, and learn how the aquarium was built for the Genoa Expo '92. Enjoy a venue that is home to the biggest display of aquatic biodiversity in Europe. Venture into the fascinating waters of the world as you explore more than 70 tanks of critters. Marvel at animals from the Antarctic, such as penguins, and see sharks, seals, jellyfish, and the colorful fish of the coral barriers. Go to the Cetacean Pavilion, designed by Renzo Piano, and laugh along with the bottlenose dolphins at 4 open-air pools.

Savona: Pelagos Sanctuary Guided Cetacean Watching Tour

2. Savona: Pelagos Sanctuary Guided Cetacean Watching Tour

Explore the beautiful Pelagos Sanctuary, and see some of the sanctuary's marine species, including fin whales, sperm whales, bottlenose dolphins, and more. Enjoy the atmosphere of the sanctuary and learn from a marine biologist guide. Arrive on the boat and receive an introductory briefing about the Pelagos Sanctuary from your expert marine biologist guide. Learn more about the sanctuary's history and conservation programs and the cetacean species that populate it, including fin whales, sperm whales, Cuvier’s beaked whales, bottlenose dolphins, and more. Set sail on the open sea and reach some of the most favorable locations to spot various species of marine mammals in their natural habitat. Wait in anticipation of spotting a distant breach, or a jump that announces the arrival of a pod of dolphins. Approach the aquatic mammals by boat (In full compliance with the directives aimed at not causing disturbance to the inhabitants) and catch amazing sights of them frolicking in their natural habitat. Learn more about the curiosities of the species with your expert guide. Appreciate the sights of these beautiful creatures while the biologists explain more about the diet and behavior of the observed species. Go in search of other marine species within the sanctuary. Feel free to ask the guides plenty of questions and learn about the vital work undertaken to protect native marine life.

La Spezia: Full-Day Cinque Terre Sailing Tour

3. La Spezia: Full-Day Cinque Terre Sailing Tour

Admire the dynamic cliffs, beaches, and towns of the Cinque Terre on this sailing tour from La Spezia. Cruise past the picturesque villages of Portovenere and Lerici and the islands Palmaria and Tino. Relax as you sip on water and wine as you sail. Meet your skipper at the dock in La Spezia. Hop aboard and feel the wind in your hair as you sail away in a modern sailboat. Cross the Gulf of Poets and see the vibrantly colored houses that hug the hills and shores of the villages of Portovenere and Lerici. Admire the rocky landscapes of the small islands of Palmaria and Tino. Make your way along the villages of the Cinque Terre with a stop in front of Vernazza where you can see the Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church from the water. Take a refreshing dip in the sea in the waters of a pristine marine protected area. If you want to learn how to captain a sailboat, your skipper can give you a sailing lesson. Return to dock in La Spezia at the end of your tour.

From Montecatini: Full-Day Excursion to Cinque Terre

4. From Montecatini: Full-Day Excursion to Cinque Terre

Enjoy a day of paradise, exploration, and discovery in Cinque Terre, one of the most beautiful, colorful coastal towns in the world, on this full-day excursion. Travel by luxury bus to and from Cinque Terre, a fast train between the towns, and by boat to the last town. Depart early in the morning to ensure a full day of exploration. Get dropped off via bus at the first village of Cinque Terre National Park or in the town of La Spezia. Travel alongside an expert tour leader as you hop between towns. First, stop in Manarola. You may recognize it since it has gained fame from its incredible views. Spend plenty of time exploring the old town, taking photos at the panoramic viewpoints, and dipping your toes into the sparkling water. Next, take a 10-minute train ride to Vernazza. The harbor feels like a step back in time, where you can enjoy views of the emerald water, colorful buildings, and children playing. Take a stroll through the alleyways and artisanal stores before heading to the next town. Stop in Monterosso, about another 10 minutes away by train. Spend some time relaxing under the sun, swimming in the crystal blue water, and exploring the old town. After enjoying lunch in a typical restaurant (optional), head toward the last stop of the day, Riomaggiore, on a scenic cruise along the Cinque Terre coastline. Admire the unique perspective of the high cliffs, blue water, and brightly colored villages from the sea. Explore the local streets and shops before heading back to Montecatini via bus.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour

5. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour

The boat tour starts from the mirabello port of La Spezia and lasts 7 hours. The first village that will be discovered is that of Portovenere, after we will enter the park of the 5 terre.On the return we will sail in the gulf of poets, the tour will always end at the Mirabello port of La Spezia. During the tour there will be stops for swimming and for lunch. Our skipper will be present on the boat, an English-speaking person who will explain and answer all your questions. The price includes everything and there will be no extra prices.

Aquarium of Genoa: Entry Ticket and Aperitif

6. Aquarium of Genoa: Entry Ticket and Aperitif

Book your Aquarium Happy open ticket and enter the Aquarium of Genoa without any reservation. Take a break with a glass of wine or sparkling wine at the Tender Bar inside the aquarium with a spectacular view of the Old Port. Visit the Aquarium of Genoa after 4:00 PM, the quietest moment of the day, and enjoy the flexibility of an open ticket. In between your visit, sit down and relax at Tender Bar. To experience your visit in the best way, it’s recommended you schedule your entrance between 4 PM and 5 PM.

Genoa: Aquarium and FantaCinema Combined Ticket

7. 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.

La Spezia: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

8. La Spezia: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

During this private lesson, you will learn how to prepare 2 pasta recipes and the tiramisu dessert from scratch. Your Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of these iconic recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family once home with an Italian meal! This experience is suitable for families with children of all ages.

Levanto: Pesto-Making Class

9. Levanto: Pesto-Making Class

Learn how to make your very own pesto following local traditions in this pesto-making class. Join your instructor in Levanto’s historical center, where the “Laboratory of Pesto” has been preparing this famous, ancient sauce since 1976. After tasting a glass of sparkling wine accompanied with a local extra virgin olive oil on bruschetta, taste pesto made using the modern method. Then, make pesto the traditional way with a mortar. Wash and dry the basil leaves, pounding them together with salt, pine nuts, and garlic. Add the Parmigiano cheese and the extra virgin olive oil and enjoy your thick and fragrant pesto. Taste your own homemade pesto together with a glass of white wine and some local products, such as olives, bruschetta with anchovies, and a typical pastry with limoncino.

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What people are saying about Liguria

Constanza hosted us in her beautiful family home. The view alone was worth it. She taught us to make pesto, ravioli, and tiramisu. It was easily the best meal we had in Italy. While cooking, she taught us more about her culture and the area she grew up in. We can’t say enough great things about Constanza and this experience. Couldn’t recommend more and we wished we could have done this every night!

It was the first time I went to the Genoa aquarium. I loved it, I was very excited. Even the FantaCinema was gorgeous, although it wasn't very big it was full of reproductions and original pieces from various films, from Star Wars costumes to models from various films. there was also an alien used in the movies ready to attack ... it was great

Week end a Genova. Acquario bellissimo. Ci siamo divertiti molto. Poi abbiamo finito la nostra mattinata al Fantacinema. I bimbi hanno apprezzato molto la mostra. Tutto ok. Lo consiglio tantissimo.

Everything's fine. Immediate admission even if you arrive early even if you can enter early only in the 30 minutes preceding the booked time slot. All perfect.

So fun and not very difficult for beginners. We enjoyed it!!