The area around il Ronco has an amazing amount of children's activities for all ages within easy reach. Some of our favourites are below - from safe play places for the little ones to go karting for the older children. There's something in the area for everyone!
Castle Vezio Varenna
You can visit the tower and vaults that dates back to medieval times with its ancient fortress surrounded by olive groves and a bird of prey breeding centre.
There are daily exhibitions and demonstrations (weather permitting). For the grown ups, it’s a lovely walk with stunning views.
Minitalia Fantasy World
Italy in miniature! See the sights of Italy in one go! There is also the Luna Park with carousels, mini zoo with cows, donkeys, sheep, parrots and an aquarium as well as a reptile house.
There are a good choice of cafés and places to eat and a good picnic area if you prefer to eat alfresco in the parkland.
An amazing mini-Switzerland Park where you can see all the famous sights of Switzerland in one place. Also features amusements, rides and a miniature train tours around the park to see all the sights Switzerland.
There is also a restaurant and a gift shop and a nearby play park with a large grass area for play and picnics.
California Acqua Park
The Acquapark is located in Chiasso, Switzerland, just across the Swiss border from Como. This is a fantastic water world that guarantees lots of fun in the large swimming pool and on flumes and slides. There's a big Jacuzzi pool and a beauty salon and a café or two.
If you are after a little down time, put the youngsters into the crèche, open M-F, 09:00 to 11:30 with qualified staff offering a range of activities, giving you a chance to relax in peace! The California Acquapark is open every day of the year.
Jungle Raider Park
A crazy and fantastic adventure park in the forest of Civenna (approximately 15km from Bellagio) built in the trees of a conifer forest in Civenna, near the springs of the Lambro River.
The park is filled with obstacle courses amongst the trees; from logs to gangways and bridges that connect tree to tree. It is a way to combine fun with physical exercise and fresh air. It is suitable for all levels (younger children have to be accompanied by an adult).
Parco della Preistoria
A prehistoric park inviting children to learn about the dinosaurs and prehistoric earth. There are full sized models of prehistoric animals throughout the park and an exhibition of fossils and minerals. There is even a maze to get lost in!
This park is part of the larger Parco dell'Adda Sud. Children of all ages absolutely love this place! There is a train that goes around the park when those little legs get tired out.
Lido Di Menaggio
The lido di menaggio has recently re opened after a two-year restoration. Its position right on the lake is second to none, and it features two swimming pools, including one for toddlers, a sandy beach, three restaurants, kids activities, volleyball, and its own brewery.
It is reasonably priced and really great value. Parking is easy too.
The park is in Vallecamonica, and is an open-air museum taking you back to prehistoric times. With workshops supervised by skilled instructors you can participate in prehistoric games and learn pottery, fires lighting, bow and arrow shooting etc.
There are picnic areas if you wish to bring your own feast; otherwise there is a decent restaurant.
Crazy Golf - Menaggio
Believe it or not you can actually play this daft but amusing crazy golf course next to one of the most stunning promenades on Lake Como.
It’s just two minutes from the Lido Di Menaggio, and the five minutes from the centre of Menaggio village and its lovely Piazza.
Castello Di Breno
The castle of Breno features a maze of buildings constructed over the centuries giving it the feel of many different ages. Perched on the top of a hill, its position and views are really very special. This 'castle' is full of history going back to the time of Federico Barbarossa (1100-1200)
The Alprose Chocolate Museum
It's all about chocolate and is for the kids, big ones and small ones! Watch chocolate being made from beginning to end.
Of course there are plenty of opportunities to sample the chocolate and gift shop to take some home for friends and family!
This indoor mega playground will keep your little ones amused for hours with its numerous tunnels, slides and obstacles.
There is a garden area outside for the kids and fresh air for you whilst you try to get your hearing back!
With a 100 species of birds, mammals and reptiles this is the place for animal lovers. You can see a variety of cuddly cats and scary reptiles ranging from the white tiger to the alligators of the Mississippi River.
There is a decent restaurant on-site and a café too, plus a nice picnic area. When you get tired of walking, you can take the train around the park.
MokartComo is an indoor go-karting circuit featuring lots of twists and turns. There is a special track for children aged 6 to about 8 (depending on height) .
It is well organised and has good pre-race tutoring, organised races, and many opportunities for budding drivers to emulate the Italian Job on a real Italian race circuit. Helmets and racing jumpsuits are supplied.
“Everything was beautiful inside and outside, clean and shiny and we were really impressed on how the interior is decorated with authentic art pieces.
Hopefully we'll manage to come back again and we strongly recommend this place to people who really pay attention to fine details and of course to everyone who is keen to find a match for a classic Italian property."
- Paul and Oana, 2015