Stay in a Family-Friendly Hotel in Genoa
If you're travelling to Genoa with children, book a room at a family-friendly hotel, where you can enjoy soundproofed family rooms, babysitting services and cots. High-end family hotels even have kids’ clubs, swimming pools for children and bicycle hire.
Whatever your budget and taste, you'll find child-friendly accommodation in Genoa to suit your family’s needs. From apartments and guesthouses to chain hotels and upmarket spa resorts, Genoa has a huge range of family-friendly places to stay.
Family Attractions in Genoa
Many of Genoa's family-friendly attractions are around Porto Antico – the old port. Here, you'll find the Galata Maritime Museum, the Mediterranean's largest seafaring museum, with four floors of interactive exhibits.
Kids will love the reconstruction of a 17th-century galley ship, complete with sound and light effects. Don a hard hat and take a peek inside a real submarine, the S518 Nazurio Sauro, which is moored in the port. There’s also a fascinating section dedicated to the Genoa-born navigator Christopher Columbus, who discovered America.
Another nautical-themed attraction is the Neptune, a replica of a 17th-century Spanish galleon that was built for Roman Polanski's film Pirates and you can now explore for a small fee.
Popular with children of all ages is the Aquarium of Genoa, the largest aquarium in Italy and the second largest in Europe. On display are more than 500 different species of marine life across 71 floor-to-ceiling tanks. Among the creatures here are sharks, dolphins, seals, penguins, reptiles and manatees. Make sure you’re able to check out the daily dolphin and seal shows.
Take a ride up the Bigo Lift, a panoramic elevator that offers fabulous views of the harbour and Genoa's historic quarter.
The old port is also home to gelato shops, waterfront restaurants and friendly cafes, all of which happily welcome families.
Exploring Genoa with Children
If you are visiting Genoa with older children, hire bicycles or Segways to explore the city with ease. See the city from the water by enjoying a sightseeing boat trip, or join a whale-watching trip, which also depart from the old port before heading back to your family-friendly hotel for a good sleep before the next exciting day.