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Aquarium of Genoa: Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Aquarium of Genoa: Skip-the-Line 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. Now, it 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, including sea cows. 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.

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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.

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Genoa: Biosfera Entrance Ticket

3. Genoa: Biosfera Entrance Ticket

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and spend the day in nature at the Genoa Biosfera. Head to the Old Port of Genoa, where you can witness the unique architecture of this steel and glass structure, designed by architect Renzo Piano. Inside the Biosphere, learn more about the fauna and flora of tropical forests, delicate ecosystems that are threatened by human exploitation. Observe more than 150 species closely, admire their fragile beauty and understand how their survival depends on you too. During your visit, get the opportunity to witness several rare specimens of tropical plants. In addition to the tree ferns, the tallest in the world, you can see plants such as the chewing gum tree, the coffee plant, the banana tree, and cinnamon.

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Aquarium of Genoa: Entry Ticket and Aperitif

4. 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.

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From Montecatini: Full-Day Excursion to Cinque Terre

5. 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.

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Genoa: Aquarium and FantaCinema Combined Ticket

6. 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.

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Genoa: FantaCinema Museum Entry Ticket

7. Genoa: FantaCinema Museum Entry Ticket

Book your entry ticket to FantaCinema Museum and immerse yourself in original pieces, memorabilia, statues, articles, and posters from your favorite films while learning how fantasy cinema was born and how it developed. Discover cult objects such as the famous DeLorean, the original time machine by Zemeckis in “Back to the Future” and the original costumes from “Alien” and “Star Wars.” Enter other worlds as you explore sections dedicated to the Harry Potter films and the section featuring the sword fight between the medieval-fantasy warriors of “Game of Kings.” Feel the magic of mythical scenes with the help of popular films' soundtracks. See what it would be like to be the protagonist. Stop at the section dedicated to shooting, editing, and projection tools and an engaging section dedicated to entertainment to get a glimpse of what takes place behind the scenes.

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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.

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What people are saying about Liguria

We saw a curious sperm whale, a school of striped dolphins leaping out of the water in our wake and 2 schools of tuna jumping in the waves. It was an exciting experience!

Saw a whale and lots of dolphins. The crew was perfect. Much told about the animals and driven carefully. Leave the dolphins after 20 minutes.

Try it even if you are never sure of spotting cetaceans. In this case dolphins and dolphins showed up and played in the waves.

E stato bellissimo. Sempre volevo vedere Acquario e tutto era come in descrizione sul sito :)

Excellent trip, very nice landscapes...Also very good food sea foid in Monteroso..