Adventure parks (parchi avventura) are a fairly new phenomenon in Italy, but there are quite a few that are really worth visiting. Apart from being great places where everybody, children and grown ups can have fun, they will give you the chance to see Italy in a different light. Have lots of fun, feel the adrenaline, share the excitement and achieve goals you would have never expected. Here is a short selection of adventure parks from which to pick.
NB: We do our best to provide accurate information, but it is always a good idea to check the venue for ticket prices and opening hours.
Parco avventura Mont Blanc, Pré-Saint-Didier, Valle d’Aosta
A couple of hours drive from Milan you’ll find yourself walking on a breathtaking suspension bridge right in front of Mont Blanc. For an extra 13€ you can Zipline above the “Orrido” (Mont Blanc revine) and enjoy the rest of the day having fun at the foot of Europe’s tallest mountain, in the biggest and oldest Parco Avventura of Italy, climbing up and down 7 different trails.
Inside there’s a lovely restaurant that looks just like a chalet where you can have your lunch or drink a coffee. There’s also a picnic area.
Zipline over the Mont Blanc revine
9.30 – 18.30 (20.00 in July and August) every day from May. Now open only on weekends.
Prices per day per person: adults 25€, young adults 21€, children (below 1.40 cm) 15€
Parco avventura Resinelli, Lecco
Only one hour and a half drive from Milan, set at the foot of the famous Grignetta (favorite climbing spot of the great Walter Bonatti, K2, Italian Expedition, 1954 first ever on the K2) a great place for kids. Simple but rich in activities led by a professional team.
You can climb up and down the trails but you can also go canoeing and paragliding. Just ask them.
If you get tired or caught in bad weather, you can have a look at the old mines which are located next to the park.
Prices are by the hour, average: 15€.
Miniere Resinelli, Lecco
Antique iron mines open to the public. A great day for kids to learn about history and geology.
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Parco avventura Genova-Righi, Genova
Should you prefer the sea rather than a mountain setting, Genoa (about one hour and half drive from Milan, but train is highly recommend because of the parking difficulties and the traffic back to Milan) offers a very nice place where to have fun.
The website details the trails and difficulties; in addition, this park offers night-time Zipline rides.
Afterwards stroll in the charming old “Caruggi” (streets) of Genoa and taste the most delicious gelato or Genoa’s famous focaccia. Genoa is also home to Europe’s largest aquarium.
Prices: daily and about 18€
Acquario di Genova, Genova
The Acquario di Genova is the largest aquarium in Italy located in the old harbor area of Genoa. It was built for the Genoa Expo ’92 to celebrate 500 years since the Genoan Christopher Columbus discovered the “new” world.
There are 15,000 animals of 400 different species of fish, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
Don’t miss the Triple Attraction Maritime Experience; visit the Aquarium of Genoa, the Galata Museum and the Submarine S518 Nazario Sauro.
The Acquario di Genova, once a month, hosts 35 kids (7-13 years old) in “Notte con gli Squali” – A night with Sharks giving kids an unforgettable experience to study sharks’ behavior and sleep in the shark gallery.
Prices: Adults 25€; Children (4-12 years) 15€; Infants (0-3 years) are free.
Article by Clara Mazzi
Updated June 2020 – We do our best to provide accurate information, but it is always a good idea to check the venue for ticket prices and opening hours.