The mountains plunge into the blue sea, the colorful villages perched above the sea. Here is Liguria with children. Where to go for a trip out of town
If Disney-Pixar has also decided to give life to a cartoon set in Liguria, it means that it is the perfect destination for children! The animated film coming out this year will be called Luca and will be set on the Ligurian Riviera. The film tells the unforgettable experience of a little boy and his new friend during his holidays in a seaside town. An experience similar to that experienced many times by Enrico Casarosa, animator, screenwriter and director born in Genoa in 1970. His signature on many of the shorts that precede the most famous animated films, including the award-winning La Luna. The photo, revealed by Empire magazine and then also appeared on Instagram and on social networks, shows the two protagonists in one square of a village on the Riviera di Levante: reads in the background Focacceria. At his side, the Dairy San Giorgio, remembering the saint, symbol of Genoa. In another photo, the two boys are seen eating the trenette with pesto. So here’s where to go in Liguria with children!
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Liguria with children: the Aquarium of Genoa
The most famous and popular attraction for children is there‘Genova’s aquarium milestone of any visit to the city.
The Aquarium of Genoa, until a few years ago the largest in Europe – now surpassed only by the Aquarium of Valencia, is home to a great variety of aquatic creatures, from dolphins to sharks, from manatees to clownfish to penguins and fish of Antarctica.
The route to the Aquarium of Genoa it is made up of salt and fresh water tanks containing thousands of marine species. Each tank replicates the natural habitats of the species that inhabit it, from the high temperatures required by some tropical fish to the very low temperatures of the area dedicated to penguins. To really discover the Aquarium there are specific educational paths: “Aquarium Adventure”, dedicated to younger children (a trip inside the secret areas) e “Secret Aquarium”, dedicated to older children, which, guided by a specialized biologist, makes them discover everything about the reproduction of the animal species of the Aquarium.
Liguria with children: the historic center of Genoa
The historic center of Genoa is characterized by the famous caruggi, narrow alleys between the houses, with tiny squares overlooked by medieval buildings.
San Giorgio Palace
Opposite the Aquarium is located San Giorgio palace, the ancient prisons of the maritime republic in which Marco Polo, a prisoner, is said to have written “The million” A large fresco is painted on the façade of Palazzo San Giorgio which is very popular with children. It depicts a knight, St. George, intent on fighting a dragon.
The Cathedral of San Lorenzo
The undisputed stars are the two large marble lions placed on either side of the cathedral staircase. All the children are waiting for nothing more than to have a photo taken on the back of one of the two!
Ducal Palace it is one of the symbols of Genoa, a great maritime republic. Today it is the seat of important events such as the Science Festival, and prestigious art exhibitions. In 1300 it was the seat of the doge, center of power of the Republic. Palazzo Ducale also offers, upon reservation and for a fee, educational workshops for children aged 5 to 11.
Liguria with children: the 5 Terre
The 5 Terre are five villages – Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore – overlooking the sea. The rock that plunges into the water, the small fishermen boats dotting the horizon, the colorful houses of the villages, the terraces where the olive trees and the intense yellow lemons emerge from the dry stone walls.
Monterosso is perfect for children who want to play a little on the beach after a long walk along the promenade.
Vernazza it is a tiny but picturesque village with a small port that is wedged under the ancient tower that seems to act as a guard.
Very impressive and romantic is to wait for the sunset at the port. Go and see the fishermen that gather on the rocks, right at the end of the port.
Eat focaccia for breakfast!
No cappuccino brioches. In Liguria it is customary to eat focaccia. Really a dream!