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Oltremare

Oltremare is an aquatic theme park in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. The park is a fun way for both adults and children to explore nature and science mixed with adventure. Visitors can learn about dolphins at the dolphin lagoon where experts teach about the life, behavior, and biology of the dolphins. In the butterfly garden, visitors can walk around in a greenhouse where local butterflies fly freely. In the Pianeta Mare (Planet Sea) section, there are six tanks representing different ecosystems. Visitors can learn about the different marine species that live in various seas, including the Mediterranean Sea.

The Pianeta Terra (Planet Earth) section focuses on Earth's journey from the Big Bang to the evolution of life. In other sections of the park, visitors can learn about fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. The exciting Adventure Island has rope courses, suspended bridges, ladders, boat rides on a river, and water cannons. The park also has special programs, which must be booked ahead of time, including ones that focus on dolphins, birds of prey, farm animals, and dog ownership.

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Fiabilandia

Not far from the Adriatic beaches of Rimini is Fiabilandia, a large Italian amusement park with lots of rides and attractions for all ages.

Opened in 1965, Fiabilandia is one of the country's oldest theme parks, and it has evolved and changed over the decades. Today, Fiabilandia is centered on Lake Bernardo and features a large Wild West-themed area. There are many amusement park rides – including roller coasters and water rides – and a section loosely called the “Medieval” area, with an attraction called Merlin's Castle.

While there are family-friendly attractions and activities designed to appeal to children of all ages, Fiabilandia is particularly geared toward a younger audience – the roller coasters aren't especially scary, for instance. There are some areas specifically for the youngest members of the family, such as the Valley of Gnomes and Magic Village. There is also a 4D Cinema facility and live shows of “The Little Mermaid” and “Buffalo Bill” staged at the park.

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Marconi Museum (Museo Marconi)

Step into the world of Nobel Prize winner and radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi at Bologna’s fascinating Marconi Museum (Museo Marconi). Housed in the imposing Villa Griffone, Marconi’s former home and the site of many of his scientific experiments and discoveries, the museum is devoted to Marconi’s life and works.

Inside the museum, a series of interactive, multi-media exhibitions allow visitors to discover the physicist’s groundbreaking work in electricity and radio communication, which included early experiments in wireless telegraphy and the first transmission of radio signals across the Atlantic Ocean. Highlights include film clips, a notable collection of historic equipment and scientific instruments (including a working spark gap transmitter), and a recreation of Marconi’s laboratory. Visitors can also stroll the villa grounds and beautiful gardens, where Marconi’s tomb and memorial can be seen.

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Barozzi Palace (Palazzo Barozzi)

Home to one of the most dazzling spiral staircases in Italy, the 16th-century Barozzi Palace (Palazzo Barozzi) is by far the main attraction of sleepy Vignola—a town just outside Modena. Take a jaunt through the area’s famed cherry orchards and admire the elegant structure, created by Renaissance architect Jacopo Barozzi.

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Cattolica Aquarium (Acquario di Cattolica)

The Cattolica Aquarium is the largest on the Adriatic coast, with 400 species of fish and marine animals. Admire penguins, otters, chameleons, and jellyfish, among other creatures, housed in more than 100 tanks and in the interactive mangrove forest and deep-sea exhibit.

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Aquafan Riccione

Beat the summer heat at Aquafan, one of the most famous water parks in Italy. With almost 2 miles (3 km) of slides, as well as rapids, a wave pool, and kiddie areas, there are enough attractions to keep the entire family entertained for a few hours or a full day.

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Albergati Palace (Palazzo Albergati)

The elegant 16th-century Palazzo Albergati, believed to have been designed by Baldassarre Peruzzi, dominates Bologna’s Via Saragozza. The inner courtyard and the richly frescoed, stuccoed interiors are perfect backdrops for the cultural events hosted there.

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National Gallery of Bologna (Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna)

Many of Bologna’s most important works of art are gathered at city’s the National Gallery (Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna). The lion’s share of the collection comprises works by painters from the early Renaissance and baroque periods from the surrounding region and rest of Italy, including Giotto, El Greco, Titian, Raphael, and Tintoretto.

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