When it comes to Italy, people normally think of pizza, pasta, art, and basically anything else that’s associated with its culture. Italy boasts numerous historic and natural landmarks, but all of that can seem less appealing, especially if your travel companions are more interested in interactive experiences. It’s good to soak in all the heritage that the nation has to offer, although it is worth your while adding some variety to your itinerary. If your purpose of travel is to look for interesting adventures, why not check out some of the country’s theme parks?
Italy is sprawling with all kinds of adventures, and even though Why Go Italy explains that their roller coasters and dark rides haven’t taken off to the same extent as in the UK and Germany, some of Europe’s most popular theme parks are located in this beautiful country.
The main images that pop into our head when theme parks are mentioned are cotton candy, Ferris wheels and balloon animals, which are often highlighted in the media and through various technological platforms, as evident in Facebook games such as Happy Park as well as the uber popular digital game Theme Park: Tickets of Fortune that’s currently hosted on the same entertainment hub that recently launched the Slingo Boom title. However, regardless of the popularity of the aforementioned games, you would be hard pressed saying that any were as exciting as the theme parks we are about to talk about.
Perhaps the best one of the bunch is Gardaland. Voted as one of best theme parks in the continent, Gardaland opened back in 1975 on the shores of Lake Garda, and it sees millions of visitors every year. It’s home to Oblivion – The Black Hole, Italy’s first dive coaster. With an abundance of rides, a waterpark, aquarium and resorts, there’s a little something for everyone at Gardaland.
Parco Natura Viva
Who doesn’t love animals? If you have a car (or don’t mind renting one on site), you can take your family to Parco Natura Viva, located between Bussolengo and Pastrengo. According to Italy Magazine, there are over 200 different species and more than 1500 animals. The park is divided into three sections: the safari park that you can drive through, the fauna park that you explore on foot, and the tropical greenhouse which is where the lizards, alligators and snakes are situated.
If you aren’t afraid of heights, then you will definitely enjoy Mirabilandia. It houses the second tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, Eurowheel, at 90 meters. Other than the panoramic wheel, the park has land-based rides as well as a massive water park.
Have you been to any other theme parks in Italy? Feel free to share your favorite experience below.
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