La Città dei Bambini e dei Ragazzi is managed by Costa Edutainment SpA, leader in Italy in the management of public and private structures dedicated to recreational, cultural, educational, study and scientific research activities.
Today it manages 11 structures in Italy: in Liguria the Genoa Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in Europe, the Biosphere, the Bigo panoramic lift, La Città dei bambini e dei bambini, the water park Le Caravelle and the tourist village Il Town of Ciribì in Ceriale; on the Romagna coast the Cattolica Aquarium, the Oltremare, Aquafan and Italia in Miniatura parks, and in Tuscany the Livorno Aquarium.
It also manages the Mediterranean Marine Park in Malta.
The group includes C-way, the edutainment Tour Operator, born from the collaboration of two important brands in the sector, Costa Edutainment and Opera Laboratori Fiorentini.
Costa Edutainment's leadership has been consolidated over the years through a path of constant growth also through the acquisition of new parks and new structures on the national and international territory.
In 2022, it joined the IDeA Corporate Credit Recovery II group (“IDeA CCR II”), the second Italian DIP (Debtor-in-Possession) Financing fund, managed by DeA Capital Alternative Funds SGR (a company of the DeA Capital Group ).
The entrepreneurial spirit, a strong educational mission and the close link with the territory make Costa Edutainment a unique group in Italy able to guarantee a high local involvement and strong economic repercussions in the areas in which it operates.
The word Edutainment, which derives from the fusion of educational entertainment, best defines the company's mission: to respond to the growing demand for a qualitative use of free time,
combining culture, education, entertainment, emotion and fun in unique and meaningful experiences.
Edutainment experiences are activities that combine information focused on the topic covered with fun and games, making them more agile
learning and making sure that the messages transmitted are appropriated and assimilated thanks to the greater involvement of the reference target. The transversality of the themes and the connections created between the themes themselves allow Costa Edutainment to propose a new way of making culture that offers the public a quality time to actively experience culture, science, travel, art through involvement and fun.
Costa Edutainment's commitment to sustainability Costa Edutainment, associated with the Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS) since 2022, in the growth path it has undertaken in about thirty years of activity, has consolidated its commitment to sustainability with the objective of producing positive social and environmental impacts in the territories in which it operates. In fact Costa Edutainment, in its way of understanding its business, aims to enhance the economic, social and environmental aspects in a balanced way, with the belief that the value of the company can grow more when it integrates the ESG criteria (Environmental, Social, Governance) within company processes. Since 2014 Costa Edutainment has also chosen to report annually on the non-financial aspects of its business through the Integrated Report which in 2019 the company received the important recognition of the Special Award in the Integrated Reporting category of the Budget Oscar for the Best Integrated Report Italian by Ferpi, Borsa Italiana and Bocconi University.
Acquario di Genova
is the largest aquarium in Italy and one of the main ones in Europe, always able to amaze and excite through new visiting experiences.
Now in its 30th anniversary, the structure has always brought the public closer to the marine and aquatic world to allow them to get to know it, appreciate its priceless value, discover the main threats that undermine its existence and, through direct involvement in edutainment experiences, solicit a personal commitment to contribute to its preservation.
, a forest above the sea that reproduces a tropical environment in which there are many animal species including amphibians, reptiles, insects and birds. Visit www.biosferagenova.it
, the panoramic lift that offers a special 360° panorama of the city of Genoa.
– Structured inside historic buildings dating back to the 1930s, it is the largest aquarium in the Adriatic and the second in Italy. The variegated marine world is the engine of information and learning that the structure addresses to children and families. The Aquarium is divided into four completely covered itineraries (Blue, Green, Yellow and Purple), with over 3,000 specimens of 400 different species including sharks, penguins, otters, rays, jellyfish, numerous species of tropical and Mediterranean fauna and flora but also terrestrial and freshwater. Visit www.acquariodicattolica.it
– on the crest of a wave for over 30 years, Aquafan is the most famous park in Europe, thanks to its spectacular water games, countless events and its ability to be a fashionable and trendy place. It represents a strong point in positioning Riccione and the Riviera Romagnola as a tourist destination and is testimonial of the innovative capacity of a territory suited to hospitality. Visit www.aquafan.it
Family Experience Park is the family park in Riccione, a perfect place to experience exciting encounters, among a thousand adventures, immersed in nature in over 110,000 square meters dedicated to water, air, earth, fire and energy. Among the exhibition spaces, the Dolphin Lagoon, the largest in Europe dedicated to these cetaceans. Visit www.oltremare.org
Italia in Miniatura
In Rimini since 1970 Italia in Miniatura is a breathtaking glance over the Bel Paese, from the Alps to Sardinia, through 300 miniatures of the Italian and European architectural heritage, reproduced in every detail and set between seas, lakes, rivers and 5000 real miniature trees. Born from the dream of a Romagna lover of art and travel, Italia in Miniatura is the place where children feel grown up and adults become children again. Completely restored on the occasion of the park's 50th anniversary, the new Italia in Miniatura is an unforgettable experience where history, art and Italian ingenuity come to life thanks to the work of miniaturists, artists, set designers, technicians and gardeners. Visit www.italiainminiatura.com
The Livorno Aquarium
is housed in a structure with a strong historical, artistic and architectural value of the city and enjoys a splendid location, located on the Livorno seafront inside the Mascagni Terrace. The historical and artistic value of the structure is intertwined with important characteristics of the territory in which it stands: the Etruscan Coast, with a link to the theme of archeology, the Tuscan archipelago, the protected marine areas and the Cetacean Sanctuary of which this section of coast it is part. The aquarium path joins the ground floor with a space on the first floor dedicated to insects, amphibians and reptiles. for a total of 32 tanks, 2,000 animals of 300 species. Visit www.acquariodilivorno.com
The Caravelle Park
Le Caravelle is the most important water park in Liguria. it is located in a green area at the foot of the reserve and extends over an area of 80,000 m2. Natural regional area of Rio Torsero, just 5 km from the town of Albenga, and overlooking the beautiful Ligurian Sea. It boasts consolidated and undisputed experience in the summer accommodation and entertainment sector which makes it one of the most popular water parks in Northern Italy.
The town of Ciribì
The Il Paese di Ciribì tourist village, bordering the Le Caravelle water park, covers an area of over 24,000 m2, with the possibility of further expansion, in the quiet of a forest characterized by thick vegetation. It offers 62 two-room or three-room masonry or wooden bungalows and a camping area and integrates the offer of the water park with an accommodation proposal surrounded by greenery.
Internationally managed structures:
Mediterraneo Marine Park (Malta) is one of the main attractions of the island of Malta for both tourists and residents. It offers customers fun and one-of-a-kind learning experiences. The park promotes the conservation of the marine environment and offers visitors the opportunity to interact with dolphins and get up close to sea lions and reptiles, combining fun and learning.