At the height of summer the temperatures can be hot to hot and with them sometimes the mood also becomes a little less pleasant. At times like these, a water park can be a wonderful and joyful option for spending time with family or friends, young and old, extreme enthusiasts and those who just want to sunbathe (or lie in the shade, we don’t judge…). As a service to the public traveling in Italy, we have compiled all the essential information so that you can get the most out of such a day, plus some essential advice that is important to know.
General tips about water parks in Italy
- Buying tickets in advance may significantly reduce the cost of entry or at the very least save you from standing in long queues during the tourist seasons which can be quite long. Don’t forget to check if you need to print the tickets (if so, they will surely be happy to do it for you at the hotel) or if you can show a screenshot on your mobile phone. In addition, sometimes there is a discount when purchasing through the hotel or the Facebook page, or in combination with the purchase of tickets for other attractions. Worth checking out.
- The entry time is extremely important, so we will dwell on it for a moment. There are websites that offer discounted prices for late entry, usually after 2:00 p.m. However, entering when the park opens will allow you more time to enjoy the facilities, shorter queues and you can settle in a shady and pleasant place.
- “Golden tickets” – for those who are not familiar with the field of attractions, gold tickets are tickets that will buy you a quick passage between the facilities thanks to the option of shortening the line they give. It is true that they are more expensive, but sometimes they are worth every shekel, or euro. Before you purchase them, it is recommended to check whether the site is known to be busy and of course take into account the season, the day of the week and even the time you will visit the place – some times are significantly less busy than others and in this case a gold ticket would be a waste of money.
- Check the weather and prepare accordingly. Some parks will be closed on rainy days even if it is the peak of the season, but even on hot and dry days you should prepare accordingly and be equipped with sunscreen.
- If we are talking about protection from the sun, there is additional equipment that is recommended to take with you in order to spend the day pleasantly and with a minimum of injuries or displeasure: water (note that some sites do not allow the introduction of glass bottles), a towel, flip flops (the floor is hot and the lines can be long), snacks And most importantly – little money. Some places do not honor credit and you will probably need some cash to purchase food, parking, sunbeds or pay for storing valuables.
- Of course, you can find parking near each park, sometimes for a nominal fee and sometimes for free. It is important to check costs in advance, but it is equally important to read opinions of previous visitors regarding safety. It sucks to come back from a fun day and find that the car has been broken into. In this context, you should take care of appropriate insurance or simply arrive by public transportation.
- Last but not least and most important – the family composition. Be sure to choose wisely a place that will allow the whole family to have fun but also to rest, and when you arrive at the place, keep in mind that you may have to split up. In this case it is recommended to predetermine meeting points, schedules and also summarize what to do in case someone loses his way.
A large water park that is part of the even larger park complex – Canevaworld, with water slides for all ages and all types and even a more relaxed jacuzzi and pool complex for the adults in the group. Extreme enthusiasts will be happy to hear that in 2017 a water slide with an upward-tilting edge was opened there – so that before falling into the water you will feel like you are floating in the air for a few seconds of terror. The place itself is clean and well maintained, but during rush hours there aren’t enough places shaded from the sun and the long queues don’t do the visitors any favors, so it’s better to rent an umbrella and be patient.
- Address: Via Fossalta, 56, 37017 Lazise
- Opening hours in season: 10:00-18:00/19:00
- Prices: adult (including a child over 1.40 m) – 28 euros Child – 22 euros For a child under 1 m tall, the entrance is free
- Our word: Book tickets in advance through the hotel to receive a discount or purchase a combined ticket for the water park and the adjacent park.
A huge water park suitable for adults and children of all ages. You will be able to enjoy water slides, wave pools, a sea sand complex, children’s complexes and diverse activity areas that include, among other things, a show for the little ones and more. The place itself is clean and tidy, the queues are reasonable and the food is standard – definitely a good place to spend a few hours on a hot day in the arms of the family.
- Address: Via Michelangelo Buonarroti, 15/A, 30016 Lido di Jesolo VE
- Opening hours in season: 10:00-18:00
- Prices: adult (including a child over 1.40 m) – 35 euros Child – 31 euros For a child under 1 m tall, the entrance is free
- Our word: The place is definitely recommended, but the Hi-Lite is the way to go. Spend some time before or after the visit for a drive in the nearby villages – the locals claim that the scenery is beautiful.
A small and modest water park which will enjoy the time of the visitors in Milan during the hot summer days. The park’s facilities include 10 water slides (3 of which are extreme slides, including the “kamikaze” slide), waterfalls, a wave pool, tubing facilities, a sandy area for volleyball games and children’s areas. Although the park is less new than others, even during the tourist seasons the queues are not long and it will undoubtedly provide families with children with a few hours of fun.
- Address: Via Gaetano Airaghi 61, 20153 Milano
- Opening hours in season: 10:00-19:00
- Prices: adult (including a child over 1.40 m) – 19 euros, after 14:30 – 16 euros | Child – 13 euros, after 14:30 – 11 euros On holidays, ticket prices may reach up to 23 euros
- Our word: food prices are expensive so it is recommended to stock up on food in advance.
Parco Acquatico Hydromania
A water park that is located in Rome itself and is full of water slides, pools and facilities for all ages. Despite the long queues, this is a wonderful place to enjoy, but in Rome behave like Romans and in hydromania it is important to follow the rules as the place is managed very carefully, at least as far as safety procedures are concerned. In terms of getting to the place, public transportation will not make it easy for you and the locals recommend taking a taxi or Uber because the trip is not too long from the city center.
- Address: Vicolo del Casale Lumbroso, 200, 00166 Rome
- Opening hours in season: 09:30-18:30 and on weekends (Saturday, Sunday and holidays) 09:30-19:00
- Prices: adult (including a child over 1.50 m) – 24 euros, after 14:00 – 19 euros | Child – 19 euros, after 14:00 – 17 euros Under 1 m height, entry is free and there is a discount for adults (over 75) and people with disabilities | A gold card can be purchased for an additional 5 euros to the stated price.
- Our word: if you are visiting the city for the first time, there are certainly more recommended attractions, but on days when the weather is too hot to enjoy a trip outside, this is a perfect time to go to the water park and spend time in the cool water.
A large, clean and well-maintained water park where you can enjoy water slides, waterfalls and many other facilities suitable for all ages, making the place a perfect day out with the whole family. Although the lines themselves are not long, you can find many grass mats to rest on or lay on a sun bed and soak up some vitamin D. The price of the beds, by the way, is included in the price of admission and those who don’t want to rest can jump to the music played by the entertainment team. The food also receives good reviews, both in terms of quality and variety, and in terms of an affordable price.
- Address: Via dell’Imprenditoria, 90015 Cefalù PA
- Opening hours in season: 09:30-18:30
- Prices: 16 euros, after 2:00 p.m. – 9 euros, on weekends – 18 euros
- Our word: Patience is the recipe for surviving this day. The park is maintained and the lines are not long, but rumors say that the staff there does not enforce the issue of discipline, so if you are not vigilant, you will probably be overtaken quite a few times.
A huge water park combined with an adjacent amusement park (with separate entrance) suitable for children of all ages and for those who are children at heart and anyone who likes water slides, extreme facilities and repeat the above again and again and again. The place itself is clean, the food prices are reasonable, the staff is friendly and speaks good English And when it’s not the peak of the season, the lines aren’t too long either. Families with children of any age – this is the place for you. Book a whole day and be in a good mood.
- Address: Contrada Agnelleria, 95032 Belpasso CT
- Opening hours in season: 09:30-18:30
- Prices (vary depending on the type of ticket): Adult (including a child over 1.40 m) – 22-26 euros | Child – 15 euros Free entry for children under 1 m tall You can purchase a combined ticket for both parks at a cost of 38 euros
- Our word: buy a combo ticket, arrive early, stay until closing and keep hanging out at the theme park that opens after the water park closes.
A water park located in Rome, which was recently renovated and renewed with new facilities for young and old. Visitors to the place will enjoy swimming pools, extreme facilities for adults (note: some of them are operated by an external company and therefore for an additional fee) and grassy areas for batting enthusiasts. The food courts in the place are relatively expensive and there are those who will also criticize the activities that involve animals and are held in the complex (dolphin shows, bird feeding and more), but those who survive the last two will be able to enjoy a boisterous foam party held at the end of each day near the exit.
- Address: Via dei Romagnoli, 00071 Torvaianica Rome
- Opening hours in season: 10:00-17:00/19:00
- Prices: officially the price of the ticket for an adult (including a child over 1.30 m) – 34 euros, but you can find cheaper tickets on the official website | Child – 33 euros, but see note regarding the price for an adult ticket which is also valid here For a child under 1 m tall, the entrance is free
- Our word: stock up on food from home and an uplifted mood and, if possible, come as a family in order to enjoy a discount at the entrance.
A mandatory park for vacationers in the Ritsuna area, large in size and offering many slides next to pools. Despite the many recommendations about the place, it is important to know that the queues in the park can be quite long, so it is recommended to arrive in the early hours, when the place opens, and that most of the facilities are intended for those over 1.40 m tall and at least 10 years old. The younger ones will be able to wade in a spacious wave pool and other pools with calm slides. From a culinary point of view, the park also receives good marks, perhaps due to the McDonald’s branch located among the various food stalls.
- Address: Viale Ascoli Piceno, 6, 47838 Riccione RN
- Opening hours in season: 10:00-18:30
- Prices: 32 euros, after 2:30 p.m. – 20 euros For an addition of 3 euros to the full price, you can purchase a ticket valid for two days
- Our word: The park is mainly suitable for teenagers and adults and it is recommended to arrive before 10:00 to avoid long queues at the entrance and facilities. The place itself and most of the facilities are wheelchair accessible.
This park is located in the area of Lake Garda and is considered a less crowded park, even during the tourist seasons and is therefore highly recommended for families with young children. The main reason for this may be that it offers fewer facilities, but in the eyes of visitors it is a great park, well maintained and very clean. Despite the limited amount of facilities, you can find facilities for all ages, from toddlers to extreme enthusiasts, and when those who want to rest next to them – they can relax in an oasis-like pool located in the center of the park, next to palm trees and white sand.
- Address: Località Ariano, 37067 Valeggio sul Mincio VR
- Opening hours in season: 10:00-19:00
- Prices: adult – 21 euros, after 14:30 – 15 euros Child up to the age of 10 – 15 euros, after 14:30 – 9 euros | Admission is free for children under 3 For people with disabilities, admission is free upon presentation of a certificate
- Our word: buy tickets in advance to avoid the lines at the box office and treat yourself to a whole day of fun.
Acqua Village Cecina
A small water park which, in the eyes of many, does not justify the price of admission, especially in light of the long waiting time for the surfing facilities. However, the park offers large grass areas where you can relax with all the equipment, the staff is welcoming, the food is varied and sold at a friendly price compared to similar places and the wave pool also gets compliments. In addition to slides and extreme facilities for adults, there are also shallow pools that will entertain the little ones in the group.
- Address: Via Tevere, 25, 57023 Cecina LI
- Opening hours in season: 10:00-18:00
- Prices: adult – 25 euros, after 14:30 – 19 euros Child – 19 euros Admission is free for children under the age of 3
- Our word: it is recommended to visit the place in the absence of another alternative or in seasons less crowded with tourists.