Liguria Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Liguria Family-friendly activities

Aquarium of Genoa: Timeslot Ticket

1. Aquarium of Genoa: Timeslot Ticket

Make your way to the Aquarium of Genoa to see more than 5,000 animals from 400 species at Italy's largest aquatic zoo. 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.

Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa with Lunch

2. Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa with Lunch

Immerse yourself in the largest aquatic biodiversity exhibition in Europe. Stroll through the world's most fascinating seas and waters as you discover the ocean and enjoy an unforgettable experience. In spectacular settings, enjoy new thematic itineraries to get to know all the secrets, curiosities, and details of a place that never ceases to surprise and excite. Enrich your visit with lunch at the Tender Cafè, which is a fast food bar inside the Aquarium of Genoa which has a splendid terrace overlooking the port of Genoa. It will be there that you can taste and discover Ligurian and Genoese specialties. Lunch is Genoese focaccia with burrata cheese, cherry tomatoes, chips, or a salad. Lunch also includes 1 drink of your choice.

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.

Genoa: Cetacean Watching Cruise with Marine Biologist Guide

4. Genoa: Cetacean Watching Cruise with Marine Biologist Guide

Join a cetacean-watching boat tour in the Pelagos Sanctuary with a marine biologist guide. See the marine animals in their natural habitat and learn about their species, habits, behavior, and more. Upon arrival, receive an introductory briefing about the Pelagos Sanctuary from your expert marine biologist guide. Learn more about its history, conservation programs, and the species that populate it, including fin whales, sperm whales, Cuvier’s beaked whales, bottlenose dolphins, and many 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. In full compliance with non-disturbance directives, approach the aquatic mammals by boat and see them frolicking in their natural habitat. Learn more about the curiosities of the species from your expert biologist guide, including their diet and mannerisms. After admiring the jumps or breaches, go in search of other marine species within the sanctuary. Feel free to ask the guides plenty of questions and learn about the important work being undertaken to protect native marine life.

1-Hour Snorkeling Tour in Paraggi Bay, Portofino

5. 1-Hour Snorkeling Tour in Paraggi Bay, Portofino

Meet your guide in Niasca, a sandy beach nestled in the vegetation of the Mediterranean Sea, next to Paraggi Bay, famous for its  crystal clear blue water. After you're supplied with the necessary snorkeling equipment (all sizes available), you'll be introduced to your guide. Comfortably sitting on the terrace, you will be briefed with pictures on the great variety of fish species and marine plants you'll come across while snorkeling. After a quick explanation on how to use thew equipment, you'll be ready to dive. This bay, forbidden to boat traffic is completely safe for swimming.  Your guide will lead you underwater searching for hidden treasures in Portofino’s Marine Protected Area. During the first part of the excursion inside Niasca’s bay, you will swim above one of the most extended posidonia meadows in the area, which together with the near cliff, hosts many species, such as tube-worms, starfish, pinna nobilis, posidonia, sponges and mollusks. Then you will head to the second part of the journey, swimming towards Portofino, amidst a cross section of fish species, such as sea breams, gilt-head bream, sea bass, moray eel, damsel and many more. Crossing the bay, you’ll swim above different habitats, such as posidonia meadow and sandy seabed, housing many different species.

Levanto: Pesto-Making Class

6. 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.

Aquarium of Genoa: Entry Ticket and Aperitif

7. 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. With this ticket you can make your entrance only between 4 PM and 5 PM to visit the Aquarium and enjoy Your Aperitif.

From Montecatini: Full-Day Excursion to Cinque Terre

8. 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.

La Spezia: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

9. 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.

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What people are saying about Liguria

What a delightful experience! Before this class we were just mild fans of pesto, but now we can’t wait to make this for friends and family! Now we know what quality pesto is supposed to taste like, not the jarred things at grocery stores or the mess that we’d whip together in our blender. Our host was so sweet and the pesto bites and wine tastings were so delectable. A highlight of our trip to that area, even better than our time in Cinque Terre!

I had a nice time seeing all the different creatures. My niece enjoyed the touch experience. It is very dark inside and it would be helpful to have arrows or something on the floor to follow. Finding the exit was very difficult and had to go to the back of the museum to speak to someone then go back to the front to leave. Needs more signs.

The aquarium and FantaCinema were both great. I was shocked at how big the aquarium is, and the diversity of marine life they have there. I really didn't know what to exited from the FantaCinema, however, it is a great collection of movie memorabilia and my kids loved it.

quick entry to the aquarium and lunch at the fast-food Tender inside the aquarium quite satisfying. Lots of people and a bit of a queue to get a free table.

Great course and very tasty! The 1 hour is worth it!