Educational places where learning is fun

Science, technology, astronomy, geography and zoology: in the right places with the right ideas, children really can learn many useful things while enjoying interesting and extremely valuable experiences. Here are 5 highly recommended places for unforgettable family trips.

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An extraordinary collection of projects and inventions that have made the world increasingly technological in fields such as telecommunications, food, transport, space, energy and materials. There are exhibitions, multimedia exhibits, interactive workshops, virtual reality experiences and special activities such as evocative, animated nights at the museum for families with children, staying in sleeping bags. The New Leonardo da Vinci Galleries host a permanent exhibition dedicated to Leonardo as engineer and humanist, with 170 historical models, artwork, ancient books and installations. And don't miss an on-board visit to the historic Enrico Toti S506 submarine.

Find out more: museoscienza.org

The Cornedo all'Isarco area in Alto Adige offers a chance to discover the secrets of the cosmos. The planetarium, astronomical observatory, solar observatory and the Path of the Planets in San Valentino in Campo ensure an exciting journey into the universe. Specialized accommodation in Collepietra include rooms equipped with telescopes, reproductions of the constellations, windows wide open on starry skies and even a space shuttle. There are also many special events organized literally under the stars for exciting and evocative nights. 

Find out more: eggental.com

Aquarium of Genoa. Photo by: BGStock72 / Shutterstock
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More than seventy settings with 12,000 specimens covering 600 species from all the world's seas, from the best known to the rarest, for a virtually complete picture of marine biodiversity. Furthermore, visitors can get to know the daily habits and needs of penguins and dolphins first hand and close up, dine in the depths with emotional and sensory experiences and even spend a night side by side with sharks. It is also well worth visiting the Galata Museum of the Sea dedicated to the centuries-old relationship between mankind and the sea.

Find out more: acquariodigenova.it

St. Peter's Basilica in miniature- Photo by: Natalia Svistunova / Shutterstock.com
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This completely renovated park takes visitors on a stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage sites and the artistic and architectural beauties of our wonderful country reproduced in miniature. Around three hundred monuments and environments famous all over the world are surrounded by more than 5,000 real miniature trees. Visitors can easily move on from a gondola ride in the Venice lagoon to climbing the Leaning Tower of Pisa, from St. Peter's in the Vatican to Milan Cathedral, from the Arena in Verona to the Mole Antonelliana in Turin.

Find out more: italiainminiatura.com

Giraffes, Fasano Safari Zoo
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A genuine car safari among 3,000 animals representing 200 different species, including lions, tigers, giraffes, elephants, zebras, bison, ostriches, llamas, Tibetan bears, camels and dromedaries. A second route for pedestrians offers the chance to observe gorillas, chimpanzees, baboons, gibbons and lemurs very close up. Metrozoo is a lake for large mammals between islets and waterfalls with seals, rhinos, hippos and brown and polar bears. There is also a tropical aquarium-reptile room with air-conditioned display cases with reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, tropical fish and butterflies.

Find out more: zoosafari.it