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annabramb1 Feb 12th, 2016 01:39 AM

trip to Italy
 
I would like to take a trip to Italy with my family
I saw that in Romagna there are many theme parks for children
I want to know if some one has already visited this country
do you know a great family hotel where I can stay with my children?

bvlenci Feb 12th, 2016 03:36 AM

I live in Le Marche, just south of Emilia Romagna. I wouldn't need a hotel to visit there, but I would recommend using www.booking.com to find a hotel. If you want a family room, state that you want one room, and enter the number of adults and the number of children. (You have to choose "other options" to see this possibility.) I would enter the name of a town, perhaps Riccione or Rimini. Rimini is bigger and more touristy, while Riccione is smaller and more family-oriented. Cattolica is another popular destination for families.

I don't know how old your kids are, but we once (about five years ago) took our grandchildren to Fiabilandia. We got there just as the gates were opening, and had to drag them away in tears when they were closing. It might be boring or "babyish" for kids over about 8 or 9, though. Other amusement parks focus more on the adolescent age group, and it was nice to find a park so well adapted to little kids.

The amusement parks are all along the beach, and the beach in Emilia Romagna is very popular in the summer, so you may find lots of crowds in August. We were there in May.

Two other parks, that I've never visited, but that are very popular with kids near where I live, are Acquafan (a water park) and Oltremare, right next to Acquafan, and focused on nature and the environment; also Mirabilandia, an amusement park more for older kids than Fiabilandia.

Oltremare has dolphin shows, and for that reason I wouldn't go there.

tizianagrossi1 Feb 12th, 2016 04:19 AM

Hello,if you are looking for a great family hotel I suggest to you hotel Missouri In Bellaria Igea Marina, www.hotelmissouri.net
It's a new hotel with animation for children, close to sea with excellent Italian cuisine.
If you want to contact them these are the contact details
Hotel Missouri
Via Tibullo, 28
47814 Bellaria Igea Marina
Tel +39 0541 331730
[email protected]

annabramb1 Feb 12th, 2016 04:56 AM

Thanks for the information :)

TravelGep Mar 7th, 2016 08:07 AM

Other theme parks that are very popular and have not been mentioned are:
Italia in Miniatura, Rimini, http://www.italiainminiatura.com/en
Acquario di Cattolica, http://www.acquariodicattolica.it/
Mirabilandia, Ravenna, http://mirabilandia.it/en

I personally wouldn't say that Rimini is more touristy than Riccione. It's just much bigger so it has got nicer area and not so nice ones.
It is also a Roman town with some great monuments.
And it's easier for transport, since all the fast trains stop here.

There's also lots of other places that people prefer for different reasons like Cesenatico (still has got the small fishing village feeling), Gabicce (great views over the coast from the top of the hill), etc.

So really difficult to recommend one over the other.

bvlenci Mar 7th, 2016 08:42 AM

Actually, I did mention Mirabilandia.

Italia in Miniatura, a miniature landscape with famous Italian monuments and attractions, might have limited interest for a non-Italian child. I don't know if an acquarium is what Annabramb was looking for; I've never been there, so can't give an opinion on it.

TravelGep Mar 9th, 2016 01:11 AM

Sorry bvlenci, I missed the Mirabilandia reference.

I think Italia in Miniatura is great for kids of any nationality: there's a bit called Little Europe with miniatures of monuments from other parts of Europe.
But the main attraction for my nieces was the monorail that goes around the park, the ride through Little Venice and especially the water game, a ride on "wooden" logs (bring clothes change!)

The Acquario di Cattolica is very good as well especially since they changed management.


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