Italia in Miniatura is a amusement park situated in Viserba. This is part of Rimini.
It is made of around 270 miniature replicas of many popular and other not so popular buildings located in various areas of Italy.
Besides the buildings there are mountains, waterways with boats, little trains, an airport and other things. The boats and trains moves now and then. This is a really nice things to see.
Other attractions have been added to this park; as a waterpark; an area resembling a small Canal Grande in Venice, where you can ride a small boat. There is also an area with various kinds of parrots.
Kids can find various attractions to amuse themselves here. For instance they can learn how to drive a (small) car and then get a driving licence. There is a small castle, a merry go round, or maybe more.
There are eateries, cafes and several toilets inside this park.
I liked a lot Italia in Miniatura even if I think some buildings should be restored.
A trip to Italia in Miniatura is a must for all the family. Easily reachable. Just take bus No 8 from the main central station. Ticket only 1.5 Euros which is valid for 120 minutes. Don't forget to validate ticket on board
Entrance ticket is only 16 Euros, considering the many miniature attractions one can admire. Don't miss the various shows. A ride on the boat to miniature Venezia is a must
This was a theatrical production depicting the 'History of Italia', complete with numerous costume and set changes, lots of singing and dancing, colourful lights and much appreciated seating, all taking place under the 'Big Top'. They even had an usher who sold really neat laser guns with an annoying whine...(mine broke after an hour, but Ma said she stepped on it accidently).
No charge, all part of the original admission fee. The story is told in Italian, but the story line is simplified, so interpretation is easy, even for the linguistically challenged. Good for about a forty minute snooze, with lots of smoke, noise, and laser lights, so the kids remain entertained while the adults doze.
Even with extreme temperatures outside, the area under the Big Top remained relatively cool. If you find it too hot, simply walk out. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
I caught these two ruffians on film moments after they were ordered off the childrens Merry-go-Round. Note the look of shame on their faces
Apparently they attempted to hop a ride, but the vigilant security team caught them after barely one quarter turn around. They were forcefully removed after receiving a stern warning from the pimply faced seventeen year old amusement ride operator.
Graziella argued that she met the 'No rider over this height' restriction, and that her partner in crime was simply an escort to help prevent her being flung violently from the whirling ride. This argument fell on deaf ears however.
Security is tight, and decorum is maintained at all times. No funny business in this park.
We stopped at an amusement park called 'Italia in Miniature', approximately 10 minutes away from the beach resort of Rimini.
Admission price is a hefty 16 euro per head, but it allows unlimited access to all rides and amusements throughout the park. The main attraction is a pedestrian walkway around a huge map of Italy, containing miniature replicas of every major monument found within the country of Italy, complete with running water, scenes of firefighters battling a fire at a petroleum plant, and rural scenes of Calabria and Sicily.
Surprisingly good detail, and the idea is wonderful, but this attraction is beginning to look a bit on the shabby side. More daily maintenance is required, as some piazzas and roads are cracked even more than the original surfaces are. The tiny cars and people are coated with dust, and not a speck of pigeon poop was to be found anywhere, reducing the realism factor.
However, the grounds are well kept, with lots of shade and covered picnic tables available for the asking. There is a waterpark on the same grounds which is included in the initial admission purchase, with odd rides here and there, and play areas for the small ones in your brood, complete with swinging suspension bridges. Just walking through the Italy in Miniature map section can take a couple of hours. Be aware, not much shade is available in this area, but a few steps outside the attraction will reveal numerous benches upon which to rest your weary bones. Washroom facilities were abundant, as were areas for theatrical productions under the big top.
Water, hot dogs, chips, beer etc. are sold at various kiosks throughout the grounds, and at reasonable prices to the captive consumer.
I think kids would enjoy a few hours here, and there is enough of an interest mix that both youngsters and oldsters would be glad to escape the driving portion of a holiday, and stretch their legs and let off excess energy. I wouldn't recommend making this a final destination point however, but as a side trip, it worked for us.
Ma Kettle and I took a tour along the canals in Venice. This exhibit is one fifth actual size, and if we let our minds wander a tad, it was almost like touring the Grand Canal in our own private gondola.
The realism and care taken in the construction of the facade, is so great in fact, that as our flash card was being transferred on to disc, the technician did a double take, asking how we were able to get so close to the peak of St. Marks Basilica.
Not skipping a beat, I explained that I had been commisioned by the Pope to change the roof line, and this was simply a 'before' photo required by my new job. Needless to say, I said this in English, much to Ma Kettle's relief (he spoke only Italian).
He was rather impressed, not with me of course, but with the photos, and was interested in our recent visit, unaware that 'Italia in Miniature' existed.
This photo indicates a typical scene as we glided along the Grand Canal. As an aside, no one in our group experienced any feeling of nausea from sea sickness...