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Without doubt, Genova is one of Italy's most interesting cities thanks to its history and culture. Large numbers of tourists go there and the city has an active commercial centre. The City hotel is in the most central part of the city. It is in the perfect place to go for a wander and find all the most important corners of the city. For example there is Via Aurea with its palazzos and piazza De Ferrari with the Carlo Felice theatre and the Duchy palace, and the oldest city centre in Europe. The hotel has three suites available. These have Hydromassage, sitting rooms and terraces.
Hidden away in an alley dotted with specialty boutiques, delis and restaurants, Milla in Bicicletta has carved a niche for itself when it comes to organic clothing for kids. Opened in 2008, this cute store decked up in bright colors and attractive decorative elements will beckon you in, to a world of lovely natural fibers and cotton clothing, shoes and soft toys. You will find neatly arranged displays for newborns to twelve years old in this shop. Shop at leisure where the affable staff will guide you to their collection. Carefully chosen by the owner itself, their selection may not be duplicated anywhere else in the city.
This hotel is located in the commercial and historical heart of the city, not far from the Opera House and the Palazzo Dicale, the art galleries in Via Garibaldi and the characteristic antique shops. The new Aquarium is easy to reach by foot. This three star hotel has recently been renovated with a welcoming entrance hall that is divided into two elegant lounges. The rooms are all well furnished keeping in mind your comforts and luxury.
This public park, with views ranging over the Bisagno valley, covers the area where the sixteenth century fortifications, linked with Saint Catherine, once stood. It lies over the pits where the victims of the plague which raged through the city in 1656-7 are buried. The remains of ten or perhaps fifteen thousand victims are still visible today during underground explorations. A group of investigators ventured within the walls in 1989 and found themselves, in what might have been a scene from a horror film, face to face with a mountain of perfectly conserved skeletons. The park was established in 1821 by C. Barabino, as an area for strolling and sporting competitions. The park is adorned with tree-lined walkways and a central lake where swans and ducks are to be found. As well as a children's play park, there are areas for skating and cycling, football pitches, table tennis tables, bowling greens and even an athletics track.
Located in the Area del Porto Antico, in the Millo quarter, Museo Nazionale dell'Antartide was built in 1876 and is today home to both business activities and restoration work. The newly built exhibition wing houses a display of adventurous exploration, of life pushed to the very limits of survival in the polar regions. Next to the panels illustrating the history of Italian exploration in the Arctic and Antarctic, there are accurate reconstructions of the polar environment, examples of animal and marine life, means of transport and base camp equipment. The visitor can join in the thrilling discoveries of the explorers and experience the difficulties they faced in an extreme, mysterious and fascinating natural environment.
La Befana Giocattoli has been selling amazing, interactive toys since 1926. The store has got some really nice games, modelling sets, railway modelling games, science games, and so much more. The store is great for all ages to pick something, so even if you feel you're too old for it, you're going to end up feeling otherwise once inside. Take your little ones for sure-they're going to have a great time with the merchandise.
This aquarium/marine park, one of the main tourist attractions in Italy, welcomes millions of visitors each year. Built between 1989 and 1992, it reproduces a coastal atmosphere in 48 basins, four of which are oceanic and have two viewing levels. Continually changing, it also includes the Nave Italia, which was the seat of the Italian Pavilion during the Expo of 1992, and is now home to around 500 different species of fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds and invertebrates.
Located within the Porta Siberia, the Museo Luzzati a Porta Siberia is a grand museum dedicated to Genoa's most popular illustrator and set designer, Emanuele Luzzati. The museum houses grandiose sets used in famous plays, an extensive collection of illustrations, tapestries and other art work. Besides that, the museum also houses a bookshop and a few event spaces where workshops and temporary exhibitions take place.
Offering free WiFi and a modern fitness area, the Genova Marina is just 50 metres from Genoa Aquarium and near the Maritime Museum. It is in the old harbour, 5 minutes’ walk from the centre. Rooms at NH Collection Genova Marina include a private bathroom, air conditioning and an electric kettle to prepare tea/coffee. Some rooms have a balcony. The restaurant serves Ligurian seafood dishes, modern cuisine, and traditional Italian recipes. It has 2 outdoor terraces with a charming view of the port and of Genoa's symbolic landmark, La Lanterna. Including healthy food, coffee and fresh fruit, breakfast is buffet style. NH Collection Genova Marina is located 100 metres from La Città dei Bambini children's museum. Genoa Principe Train Station is 1.5 km away.
This museum was founded in 1867 by Giacomo Doria, it is housed in a building built specifically for it. It contains important zoological, paleontological, botanical, an mineralogical collection from all over the world - these collections are continually growing. It is estimated that there are more than 3.5 million exhibits today. The museum houses a Library and and Education Center with a multimedia laboratory. It often hosts temporary exhibitions, conventions, and conferences. The most interesting features for the many school children who visit every year are without doubt the large, ancient Italian, elephant skeleton, and the African Savana room which is enlivened with light and sound effects. School children are free, as are under 18's, and over 60's.
Città dei Bambini is the only organization in Italy which provides games and teaching activities and which is open to visitors from 3-14 years old. The Children's city is divided into various sections. It was inspired by the Citè des Sciences at Villette in Paris. There is an area which is dedicated to pre-school children. It has two sections: building a house and discovery. Here, children can let their imagination run wild and all work together in the building yard or experiment with physical phenomenon, using different sensory devices.(listening to the wind, recognizing smells and flavors) There is an unconventional way of introducing children to computers by allowing them to interact creatively with the machine. For the bigger children, there three other sections: techniques of communication, with a production studio for the TV news, the living world which shows the ways of life of different animals, You and Others which looks at the reality of those around us. The store is open on Mondays in the months of April, May and August and public holidays, please check the website for more information.
Genoa was Christopher Columbus' hometown, and it maintained a reputation as a major port for those traveling across the seas and to the New World. Housed in one of the oldest buildings that still survives from the Genoa Republic, the Galata Museo del Mare focuses primarily on the theme of the sea voyage and examines the methods of transportation and life of sailors aboard historic vessels. Right next to Genoa's aquarium and overlooking the sea, Galata is spread out on four levels and in more than twenty rooms.