Altan’s Cities at play guides are just brilliant.
city at play is, in fact, a fun and creative way of turning a visit to a city into an interactive game for children, using Pimpa and his friends as protagonists.
But what does it consist of?
City at play is a printed guide that takes children on a discovery tour of various Italian cities through cartoon stories and puzzles to be solved in the booklet and around the city.
It is really well made, with lots of games, curious notions and nice thick pages for even the handiest children.
This guide definitely makes the experience more engaging for a child and encourages them to explore and learn more about the city in question in a fun way.
We went on a discovery tour of Genoa with the Pimpa goes to Genoa guide in hand, as if we were tourists in our own city, and below you will find our impressions.
▶ Genoa is just one of the cities in the Città in gioco series. You can discover the others by reading this article.
Pimpa’s guide goes to Genoa: City at play
Pimpa‘s guide to Genoa illustrates the city’s most important attractions, telling its stories, legends and curiosities.
At the end of the description of the monument, the guide includes drawings to colour in, rebuses, riddles, related to the topic just described, which the children can complete, learning in a playful way.
Lantern of Genoa
Pimpa‘s guide to Genoa begins with its symbol, the Lantern, which Pimpa calls ‘the highest light’.
The coat of arms that stands out on the tower recalls St George defeating the Dragon, and the guidebook could not lack a beautiful vignette with the terrible dragon, to be coloured.
▶ If you want useful information on visiting the Genoa Lanterna, such as directions and where to buy tickets, you can read this article.
Genoa’s historical centre
The guide continues into the historical centre of Genoa, which, as Pimpa claims, with its rich maze of alleys resembles, indeed, a ‘tangled ball of yarn’.
One could talk about Genoa’s historical centre for hours.
Unmistakable is the smell of spices from ethnic shops mingling with that of fried fish and focaccia.
And then the majestic monuments that you don’t expect to find around thecorner, perhaps in a seemingly shabby alley.
The children will also have to help Pimpa , who got lost in the labyrinth of alleys, to reach the famous Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the most important church in Genoa as it houses the ashes of the patron saint, St John the Baptist.
▶ If you want more information about the historic centre of Genoa, you can read this article.
Pimpa’s guide: Porto Antico
We continue on to Genoa’s Porto Antico, a former port area restored in ’92 where there are a variety of attractions for the whole family.
Among others, the Bigo, the panoramic lift, the Galata Museo del Mare, the Galeone, and the unmissable Aquarium, called the ‘blue treasure’ by Pimpa, with its 70 tanks housing some 10,000 animals of 200 different species.
Children will also love the open-air playground, the flooring of which has been created by recycling the unused sneakers of the Genoese. And La Città dei Bambini e dei Ragazzi, the first Experience Museum in Italy.
▶ If you want more information on the Porto Antico, you can read this article.
Pimpa’s guide goes to Genoa: city at play
In Pimpa’s guidebook Pimpa goes to Genoa, it was impossible not to mention Spianata Castelletto, the belvedere over the city of Genoa, and the Forts of Genoa, which can be reached by funicular railway.
And again, the wonderful fishermen’s village of Boccadasse, called by Pimpa the ‘coloured village’, anoasis of peace where time seems to have stopped, and Nervi with its seaside promenade and well-kept parks where there is also a wonderful children’s playground.
Pimpa’s guide: conclusions
We really like Pimpa’s Città in Gioco guides because they are colourful, fun, instructive for children, and keep an eye on the price (which as good Genoese people, never hurts).
They are good both to intrigue the child before visiting the city in question and to entertain them during the trip.
The indicated age is 6 years , i.e. from when the child is independent in reading, but they can also be good for younger children, helped by their parents.
At the end of the booklet, you will also find two nice postcards to send to friends or to keep as travel souvenirs!
▶ You can buy Pimpa’s guides on the Franco Cosimo Panini shop or on Amazon ➝PIMPA